Monday, September 8, 2008

Dirt by Stuart Woods

I have heard a lot about Stuart Woods and his novels, and when I saw this one for sale at my local library, I decided to pick it up. The blurb on the back sounded really interesting and something that I would like, however, I was a bit disappointed. I can only give it a C+.

From the back of the book:
Feared and loathed for her poison pen and ice-queen persona, gossip columnist Amanda Dart has made her share of enemies. Then the tables are turned. An anonymous gossipmanter is faxing Amanda's personal and private peccadillaes 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, in this mesmerizing tale of betrayal, murder, and tabloid terror.

I was a bit disappointed with the story. While the blurb was somewhat true, I felt like it was misleading. A lot of the story was kind of confusing and unbelievable. Amanda was a minor character in the story and I thought a lot of what the faxes had wasn't that big of a deal. There were only about 3 faxes, anyways, and I didn't see a whole lot of problems caused by them. The time line was also very difficult to follow and one day it seemed to be summer and then there was a blizzard. Overall, I was left confused and not 100% clear about everything. A disappointing read for me.

I am not sure what I am going to read now. I have to get to bed because I have to work tomorrow morning, so I probably won't pick anything until tomorrow afternoon. Maybe one of my books I ordered from Mira. I hope everyone had a great weekend and had more successful reading that I did. Happy Reading!

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