Book Review - The Prince Of Beverly Hills by Stuart Woods
Stuart Woods has a new character in his novel stable... Rick Barron is introduced in The Prince Of Beverly Hills.
Set in the '30s, Barron is a cop in Beverly Hills that has been demoted from detective due to a run-in with the head of the department. While doing a late-night stint watching traffic, he witnesses a deadly accident involving a film star at Centurion Studios. When he gets the actor back to the studio without alerting officials, the head of the studio sees him as a replacement for the security head who recently was involved in a murder/suicide. Barron takes the job and fits in well, impressing everyone with his creativity and results. But when he runs into an associate of the Mafia, he ends up with a price on his head. Furthermore, it looks like this associate was also involved in his predecessor's demise. Barron has to figure out how this all ties together while keeping himself alive in the process.
I didn't go into this book with many expectations, and soon found myself wrapped up in the story. The main character is a strange mix between someone who works around the rules and someone you can count on. The subplots of love and friendship set against the escalating war in Europe also lends a different slant on the story. I hope that Woods continues this character for a few novels, as I think this would be an interesting series to follow.