Stuart Woods - a former Edgar Award winner - is one of the USA's most popular thriller writers. Two of his fourteen bestselling novels - `Chiefs' and `Grass Roots' - have been made into successful TV mini-series.
In this adaptation of Woods's (The Run) 1991 novel, photographer Liz Barwick takes the abuse of her pro football husband until he puts her in the hospital. She then divorces the brute and goes into hiding on a Georgia coast island owned by a mysterious Southern family. There she finds safety, friends, interesting work, natural beauty, and romance. Predictably, however, Liz's past soon looms over her new life. While the plot is conventional and holds few surprises, Woods does gives us an interesting cast of characters. Reader Susan Ericksen does an excellent job presenting the story. For larger audio collections. Stephen L. Hupp, Urbana Univ., OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Woods ( Chiefs ) is in bestseller form with this fast-paced, multilevel tale of mystery and revenge. When Liz Barwick is beaten nearly to death by her steroid-crazed husband, Baker Ramsey, a star NFL running back, she quickly divorces him, takes a large cash settlement and disappears from public view. Liz, whose book of sports photographs has just been released, takes advantage of her publisher's offer to live in his cottage on an isolated private island off the Georgia coast. But when Ramsey goes on a murderous rampage, Liz's lawyer and publisher and his wife are among his victims. Meanwhile other events are unfolding on Cumberland Island, where Liz becomes involved with the Drummond family, the island's original settlers, and forms a warm relationship with patriarch Angus Drummond. She also embarks on a romance with one of a pair of handsome twins--inseparable as children, they now mysteriously refuse even to acknowledge each other's existence. A tragic secret more than two decades old shatters the island's tranquility just as Ramsey arrives on the scene. In a suspenseful--albeit telegraphed--final encounter, one deadly monster destroys another. 75,000 copy first printing; $140,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Jan.)