Grass Roots (Will Lee Series #4)

Grass Roots (Will Lee Series #4)

by Stuart Woods

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In this breathtaking thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods, attorney Will Lee returns to his southern roots—and gets involved in a political firestorm that could make or break his career. 

As a Georgia senator’s chief of staff, attorney Will Lee knows what it takes to run a successful political campaign. With his sights on his own senate run in two years’ time, he heads to Delano, Georgia—and back to his family’s law practice—hoping to establish a presence in his home state. But his first case, defending a white man of murdering a black woman, puts Will on shaky ground. And when his boss is struck down and Will decides to run for his vacant seat, he’s catapulted into the spotlight—and becomes a target for the shadowy forces who will stop at nothing to keep him out of office...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451234308
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Series: Will Lee Series , #4
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 167,246
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stuart Woods is the author of more than sixty novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Stone Barrington series. He is a native of Georgia and began his writing career in the advertising industry. Chiefs, his debut in 1981, won the Edgar Award. An avid sailor and pilot, Woods lives in Florida, Maine, and New Mexico.


Key West, Florida; Mt. Desert, Maine; New York, New York

Date of Birth:

January 9, 1938

Place of Birth:

Manchester, Georgia


B.A., University of Georgia, 1959

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Grass Roots 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
ReadalotNC More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Stone Barrington books and all of the Holly Barker books and have loved them all. I had heard about Chiefs but had not read it; so I did and thus began my quest for Will Lee books. I'm working my way through them and while they are different they still are among the best reading material available. Did I mention Ed Eagle. Another must read.
poppaDS More than 1 year ago
This is about the early days of Will Lee's Career and has a lot of intrigue. It is also an early Stuart Woods novel and not as good as his later ones. Like most of his novels this shows his biased view of politics and paints things in black an white when there are shades of grey. He paints the Democrats as all good and the Republicans as all bad when as any. intelligent person knows, in the real world both are equally bad.
sjmccreary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stuart Woods returns to the Lee family of Delano, GA, first introduced in [Chiefs] and follows Will Lee, son of former governor Billy Lee and head staffer for Georgia's senior senator, Ben Carr, as he first is recruited by the local judge to serve as the court-appointed attorney for a white man accused of raping and murdering a black woman, and then must deal with the decision to enter the senate race after Carr is suddenly incapacitated. The senate race is the main plot, and we are treated to an inside view of the Lee campaign as it becomes organized, deals with the opponents in the race, the press, financing, and the interpersonal relationships of Lee and his staff. Meanwhile, we are shown glimpses of what appears to be some sort of fundamentalist, white-supremacist, or para-military group - it's not entirely clear for a while just what they are. This group seems to be behind a series of attacks and murders that the police don't seem to be connecting. Of course, these two threads must be connected somehow, but Woods does a fine job keeping us (me, at least) in suspense until late in the book.This book has politics, murder, intrigue, and even a little sex and scandal. It is a well-written book with well-developed characters that should have general appeal. Even though some of these characters and this location have been used in earlier books, I think Woods has done a thorough job of introducing and explaining all essential back-story issues so that a reader shouldn't feel they must go back and read the earlier books before this one can be enjoyed. This book is fast-paced and engrossing, and I would recommmend it to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Will Lee novels, at least this one, are better reads than the lightweight Stone Barrington books. There is more depth of storytelling here, more for the reader to chew on, so to speak. Ifyou enjoy behnd-the-scnes political maneuvering and a good mystery, I recommend this book and the series. "Grass Roots" kept me involved and entertained from the first page, even though it wasn't a challenge at times to see where Woods was heading.
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Madriver More than 1 year ago
I've read most of Woods' books, but somehow missed this one. I was familiar with the Will Lee and Katherine rule characters from the Stone Barrington books, so was interested to "see" them at their character beginnings. Since I've read so many of Woods' later books, I found myself wondering if this is the type of book he was capable of writing before he became so successful he was forced to write in fast motion (or with a helper-writer). This book may have its flaws, but it is MUCH better than most of the Barrington books, and I really enjoyed it. I see Grisham comparisons in other reviews, but I mostly see a commonality between the authors' complete works, where the quality took a huge downturn as their publishers demanded rapid releases of new books. Grisham's latest books are pretty good, as are his early ones, while the huge middle is just mediocre at best. Woods isn't showing any signs of recovering, though, but it's good to know he was once a decent writer.
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This was really a very good book. It did not drag at all to me. What I dont understand are the reviews! This is one time I am glad I didnt read them first. Unless someone can explain them to me, I think BN should take them off. They dont seem to have ANYTHING to do with the book.
LinWright More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Stuart Woods book and highly recommend all of them!
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tlcaz1 More than 1 year ago
I do love Stuart Woods books; but, this one dragged in a few places. It was still worth reading.
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This one of the greats from Stuart Woods. Could not put it down.
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He doesnt understand its Rubbykit not
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"Everyone is already here, really..."
Fashionista-X More than 1 year ago
Not for me, this item is a Christmas gift.
harstan More than 1 year ago
When highly regarded Senator Ben Carr of Georgia suffers a debilitating stroke, his loyal chief of staff, Will Lee runs for the office. His opponent in the Democratic primary is the state¿s governor Mack Dean; if he wins that his most likely Republican foe is an extreme TV star fundamentalist.

However, Will places his personal campaigning on hold when Judge Boggs asks him to serve as a public defender on a hate crimes homicide case in Meriwether County where he grew up and his ma still lives in Delano. The case is a racially charged murder that could impact his election chances as his client is a white male accused of killing a black female.

Meanwhile a former cop hunts a vigilante group assassinating people involved in what they interpret as porn peddling gangland-style. This too impacts Will¿s chances of winning the election as the issues of soft on crime and pornography surface.

Each of the three prime threads is gripping and easily could have served as fully developed novellas in differing sub-genres: political, legal and investigative. However, the fun in this tale is how Stuart Woods cleverly interweaves the three seemingly diverse subplots into a cohesive exciting thriller. This reprint of a 1989 tale holds up nicely two decades later.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG this was the best book i ever read. grass and roots were truly and deeply in love. i recommend this to anyone who likes gardening adn everyone at chapin.