Book Review: Prince of Beverly Hills by Stuart Woods
Stuart Woods introduces a new character in this book: Rich Baron, a cop on patrol who witnesses an accident in the wee small hours of the morning. A woman runs a red light and broadsides a car driven by Clive Barrow, a well-known actor at a major studio in Hollywood. The woman is killed and Rick recognizes Clive when he rescues him from the wreckage. He gets him away from the scene and takes him to the studio where he's making a motion picture. The studio owner offers Rick a job as chief of security. His main job will be to keep Clive sober and on the set everyday. The story takes place in the late 30's the heyday of the old glamorous Hollywood. Mix in a little romance, gangsters such as Bugsy Siegel, blackmail and the beginning of WWII and you've got a good story. Woods has written 28 novels. I've read about 3/4 of them. His heroes are Holly Barker, Stone Barrington and Will Lee. Rick Baron joins this distinguished group of detectives. My favorite of all his books has always been "Palindrome". His books are enjoyable, sometimes a little violent, but a fast read. I highly recommend them.