In The Short Forever, the unflappable Stone Barrington flies to London to see a client he's never met-and comes face to face with two, possibly three, murders and the affectionate attentions of two former lovers. And when the intelligence services of three countries become involved, he can only hang on for a wild ride-and hope for a not-too-bumpy landing.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful: Pretty [bad], August 12, 2003 Reviewer: Steven P Herrmann from Redlands, CA USA I don't know what book these other reviewers were reading, but I found this to be a very [bad] effort. I read a lot of books in this genre, and I'm not usually very critical, but this mess is an exception. The whole style of writing, not just the locale, is very upper-crust British, annoyingly so. I don't really care exactly what Stone (what kind of name is Stone, anyway?) had for lunch at the Connaught grill, or how many suits his tailor made for him, ad nauseum. The plot is bad, and gets worse as it goes along. I stuck it out till the end, hoping for some kind of surprise, but it never climaxes, just fizzles out. But the biggest problems for me are the characters and the dialogue. Characters are extremely one-dimensional, and even the lead is never flushed out. And really, PEOPLE DON"T TALK LIKE THIS, and if they do, I don't care to read about them. The dialogue is simply terrible. I've given this some thought, and I came up with this comparison (maybe it's the British setting that did it). IF Roger Moore is your favorite James Bond, then you will probably like this book. Woods' writing is on a par with Moore's acting. But if you have any taste, and you like Connery or even Brosnan better, or you want something with more meat than any Bond flick, then skip this fluff, and go get some Parker (Robert or T Jeff) or LeHane, or SJ Rozan, or Connelly, or anybody, really. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition