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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,542 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stuart Woods Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ed Eagle Novels Release Date: October 2006 ISBN: 9781429586344
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Santa Fe lawyer Ed Eagle fell in love with the seductive Barbara Kennerly, and married her, against his better judgment.

He should have listened to his intuition. Ed awakens on the morning after his fortieth birthday to find that Barbara has vanished, and Ed’s money from his business, his bank, and his brokerage accounts has been wired to the Cayman Islands. Barbara, it appears, drugged his birthday wine, neatly cleaned him out, and then fled to Mexico, from where she can’t be extradited. And as if that weren’t bad enough, when Ed arrives at work that morning, he discovers he’s been assigned a new client who looks like nothing but trouble: Joe Big Bear, a part-time mechanic charged with a triple homicide.

Ed hires two slightly shady investigators to search for his wife. But when they track Barbara down in Puerto Vallarta, they discover that Joe Big Bear may also be embroiled in Barbara’s plot. Ed soon finds himself caught in a scheme much more far reaching and deadly than anyone could have expected.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mimi | 2/19/2014

    " d plot was rather lame with no suspense and annoying twists "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaley | 2/8/2014

    " Wife steals husband's money and runs to Mexico. Light on depth. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 May | 2/3/2014

    " For whatever reason, I cannot stand Woods's Ed Eagle series. Couldn't even bring myself to finish this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 1/31/2014

    " Ed Eagle from Santa Fe is the main character whose wife leaves him and takes his money w/her. Typical Stuart Woods. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard | 1/28/2014

    " An easy read, or in my case, listen. Story seems most defintiely geared to a male audience. Characters are a litttle too one-dimensional for me, and the plot s fairly predictable. That said, it kept my attention throughout, so it wasn't all bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 1/25/2014

    " This is the second Stuart Woods book I've read. I find them entertaining but basically I like a more intricate read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janette | 1/18/2014

    " I've always liked S. Woods. They are great, fast reads which renews my love of reading once again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/17/2014

    " I enjoy all of Stuart Wood's books... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne Ader | 1/11/2014

    " Great book from an author we really enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Roth | 11/27/2013

    " An amazingly addictive read. I could not put this down. Great twists & turns. Stuart Woods is now one of my favorite writers! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Curtin | 11/12/2013

    " i found stuart woods in chester county prison and he writes, fun, quick thrillers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 10/29/2013

    " Audio Book. Another Stuart Woods novel. How can marry someone and then wake up to them leaving you. All of Stuart Woods character relationships seem so shallow. They don't ever seem to know each other very well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 10/26/2013

    " Nancy 4 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy | 10/21/2013

    " After I finished I wondered why I keep reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elesa Labanz | 10/10/2013

    " I have to admit that I just loved this book. I know it's no work of great literary merit, but for a good read for a long plane ride it was perfect. Actually, it reads pretty fast so perhaps a short plane ride would be more appropriate. I always enjoy Stuart Woods' mysteries and his characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 8/21/2013

    " Guys would also enjoy this book. Some interesting parts for everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 5/12/2013

    " This was such an easy, fun, quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Large | 4/2/2013

    " This is my first Ed Eagle mystery. I liked his two private detective characters. The story kept my interest all the way through. Good job Stuart! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/13/2013

    " I read the one after this before this one so I knew how it would turn out but I liked this one much more then the follow up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulette | 2/9/2013

    " Sante Fe lawyer Ed Eagle wakes up on his 50th birthday to find his wife has left him, taken all his money then he learns someone is trying to kill him. He gets most of his money back and has two detectives track his wife to Mexico. Fast, easy read. Good read all the way to the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 7/30/2012

    " Okay, so I am reading the Ed Eagle books in reverse order, started with Sante Fe Dead. Just finished Short straw. Have Sante Fe Rules on the pile of books. Oh well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ralph McEwen | 6/21/2012

    " A fast paced good quick read. Lots of money and bullets with some sex thrown in. I enjoyed the book. This book is registered at bookcrossing.com. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/26/2012

    " Great beach reading. Very fast and entertaining. Brain candy... ;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pagan | 4/10/2012

    " Another mystery based in Santa Fe in search for the attorney's wife who acts like a black widow that the attorney had sent a couple of private investigators searching all over Mexico. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 3/2/2012

    " Fast and easy read...could not put the book down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 10/21/2011

    " loving this book...on the same lines as James Patterson "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 7/29/2011

    " Did not learn a thing. I love that about Stuart Woods. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 5/24/2011

    " Nancy 4 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. Another Stuart Woods novel. How can marry someone and then wake up to them leaving you. All of Stuart Woods character relationships seem so shallow. They don't ever seem to know each other very well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 3/19/2011

    " i found stuart woods in chester county prison and he writes, fun, quick thrillers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 2/16/2011

    " OK book-if you like Santa Fe, NM you will like this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 1/31/2011

    " Sante Fe lawyer Ed Eagle wakes up on his 50th birthday to find his wife has left him, taken all his money then he learns someone is trying to kill him. He gets most of his money back and has two detectives track his wife to Mexico. Fast, easy read. Good read all the way to the end!
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 1/20/2011

    " easy read, thought ending was dull but found out my next book Sante Fe Dead picks up right where this one ended... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 12/6/2010

    " Entertaining: lots of twists/turns in this predictable melodrama "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 9/11/2010

    " Typical Stuart Woods, that is fast action and twists and turns. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 8/5/2010

    " A fun read. Finished the next day "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenda | 7/13/2010

    " I like Stuart Woods when I want a quick read. He always writes entertaining books. He brought back his 6'4" Santa Fe lawyer, Ed Eagle. He's a take-no-prisoners kind of guy and Stuart Woods writes a great suspense story around him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deborah | 7/5/2010

    " Weakest of the Ed Eagle series. A bunch of men thinking with other parts then their head, when they know the woman is a convicted felon and a bitch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 6/24/2010

    " loving this book...on the same lines as James Patterson "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 4/7/2010

    " Great book from an author we really enjoy. "

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About the Author
Author Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods is a New York Times bestselling author. His first novel, Chiefs, the first of the Will Lee novels, won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel and was made into a television miniseries starring Charlton Heston. His other works include the Stone Barrington novels, the Holly Barker novels, the Ed Eagle novels, and a number of standalone works. He has had more than thirty straight New York Times bestsellers on the hardcover list. He was born in Manchester, Georgia, and earned his BA in sociology at the University of Georgia. Aside from being an accomplished novelist, he is also an avid sailor and has sailed in many prestigious races, including the Observer Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race (OSTAR) and the Fastnet Race. He wrote an account of his OSTAR race experiences in a memoir called Blue Water, Green Skipper, which was published in 1977.

About the Narrator

Michael Kramer has narrated many audiobooks over the last twenty years; his favorite authors include Donald E. Westlake, Thomas Perry, and Robert Jordan. He has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work. He lives in the DC area, where he also works in theater as an actor and director.