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Coming on the heels of his bestselling "Choke" and "Imperfect Strangers," Stuart Woods brings back one of his best-loved characters, Stone Barrington, in a fast-paced roller-coaster ride through the murderous world of high-profile celebrity gossip.

Feared and disliked for both her poison pen and ice-queen persona, gossip columnist Amanda Dart finds the tables have turned. Someone is faxing an outrageous scandal sheet revealing the details of Amanda's ongoing indiscretions with a famous takeover artist to national opinion makers. Amanda enlists the help of New York lawyer-investigator Stone Barrington to learn the identity of the faxer. "Everybody" is a suspect in the world of tabloid journalism. As the faxes grow more scathing and begin to expose the peccadilloes of not only Amanda but other members of the gossip community, Barrington winds up with more leads than he can handle and an employer who is about to take matters dangerously into her own hands. The world of gossip is turned on its head. It becomes clear to Stone that even the most respected members of the social scene will stop at nothing -- even "murder" -- to clear their names.

Irresistible as only good gossip can be, "Dirt" is a mesmerizing tale of betrayal and murder set against a backdrop of the rapid-fire Manhattan tabloid business; it is filled with the twists and turns that have made Stuart Woods' novels international hits.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 399 pages
  • 106 x 192 x 27mm | 236g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0061711926
  • 9780061711923
  • 364,576

Back cover copy

Feared and loathed for her poison pen and ice queen persona, Amanda Dart has made her share of enemies. Then the tables are turned. An anonymous gossipmonger is faxing Amanda's personal and private peccadilloes to anyone who can read. Desperate to save her reputation, she enlists the help of New York lawyer and private investigator Stone Barrington to learn the identity of the faxer. And everyone in the world of tabloid journalism becomes a suspect.

But the faxes don't stop. In fact, they get worse. And Stone winds up with more leads than one man can handle, until Amanda takes matters dangerously into her own hands and turns the world of gossip on its head. As the circle of suspects shrinks, Stone discovers that even the most respected members of the social scene will stop at nothing--even homicide--to clear their sullied names.
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Review quote

"Blackmail, murder, suspense, love--what else could you want in a book?" --" Cosmopolitan" "This slickly entertaining suspense displays Woods at the top of his game...Subtly reminiscent of the waggish P.G. Wodehouse, Woods delivers a marvelously sophisticated, thoroughly modern, old-fashioned read."
-- "Publishers Weekly, " starred review "Dirty fun." -- "People" "Delightfully nasty." -- "New York Daily News"
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2 5% (352)
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