Putnam, Apr 2001, 24.95, 336 pp.
Former police officer turned lawyer Stone Barrington agrees to help a client's love life if he can. Thad Shames, a Gates-like billionaire, met Liz at a Long Island house party and fell in love with her, but she left
before he learned anything except her name and that she lives in Palm Beach.
When Stone arrives in Palm Beach, a Mrs. Harding calls because she needs his services. They meet at a restaurant where he is shocked to realize he knows her and that she fears her husband is stalking her. Stone quickly
concludes that she is Thad's Liz. He reunites them and acts as a bodyguard, but has no protector from his own wife who escaped from her keepers and wants Stone dead.
Stone Barrington is always a pleasure to read, particularly about his bumbling interactions with women, which make him all the more precious. The whole gang from previous tales reunites adding to the fun of an enjoyable, fast-paced story line. COLD PARADISE is an engaging legal thriller led by a huggable hunk.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner