Barrington’s back, and in a fix, in ‘Kisser’

Posted Feb. 14, 2010, at 6:06 p.m.

KISSER, by Stuart Woods, G.P. Putnam, New York, 2010, 304 pages, hardcover, $25.95.

The part-time Mount Desert Island resident returns with his 17th Stone Barrington novel.

This time around, the former NYC cop turned attorney and ladies man about town finds himself in a bit of a pickle, as always.

First he connects with a hot young starlet with a checkered past, who is being stalked. Then his law firm assigns him to extricate the daughter of an important client from the “artist”-drug dealer with whom she’s enthralled.

He sets up a sting with the police, and he starts up a relationship as well with the attractive young undercover detective assigned to the case. It turns out the detective and the starlet are old high school rivals, and Barrington finds himself caught in the middle. An assistant district attorney, an old flame, wants in, both on the case and with Barrington.

And so, in typical, breezy Woods style, Stone goes back and forth between the demanding actress and the undercover cop (and her gallery-executive roomie), getting more sex than most middle-aged men can handle. Oh, yeah, the cases proceed apace as well.

It’s another enjoyable procedural by the prolific Woods. In “Kisser,” there’s never much doubt whodunit; it’s just a matter of how Barrington is going to catch them in the end.

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