Short Straw

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Stuart Woods

Narrated By: Michael Kramer

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: October 2006

Duration: 6 hours 52 minutes


Santa Fe lawyer Ed Eagle fell in love with the seductive Barbara Kennerly, and married her, against his better judgment.

He should have listened to his intuition. Ed awakens on the morning after his 40th birthday to find that Barbara has vanished, and Ed's money from his business, his bank, and his brokerage accounts has been wired to the Cayman Islands. Barbara, it appears, drugged his birthday wine, neatly cleaned him out, and then fled to Mexico, from where she can't be extradited. And as if that weren't bad enough, when Ed arrives at work that morning, he discovers he's been assigned a new client who looks like nothing but trouble: Joe Big Bear, a part-time mechanic charged with a triple homicide.

Ed hires two slightly shady investigators to search for his wife. But when they track Barbara down in Puerto Vallarta, they discover that Joe Big Bear may also be embroiled in Barbara's plot. Ed soon finds himself caught in a scheme much more far reaching and deadly than anyone could have expected.


  • Cyndie Browning

    I LOVED the last Ed Eagle novel, Santa Fe Rules, but this one was a bit of a disappointment--which was hard to take because I'm a long-time Stuart Woods fan. First of all, there seemed to be no particular motive for Barbara to suddenly make off with all of Eagle's assets. She just took it? Why?? And second, the chase itself seemed more than a little plodding. But the ending wrapped it all up tight, and maybe Woods will do better next time.

  • Cassie Piehl

    I adore Stuart Woods and this title does not disappoint. Listen for references of course, Delano Georgia and another favorite Centurion Studios and Rick Barron. I Highly Recommend