Carnal Curiosity (Stone Barrington Series #29)

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Stone Barrington is back in the extraordinary new adventure from New York Times–bestselling author Stuart Woods.
 
Stone Barrington seems to have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  When Manhattan’s elite are beset by a series of clever crimes—and Stone is a material witness—he and his former partner Dino Bacchetti find themselves drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud, where insider knowledge and ...
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Overview


Stone Barrington is back in the extraordinary new adventure from New York Times–bestselling author Stuart Woods.
 
Stone Barrington seems to have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  When Manhattan’s elite are beset by a series of clever crimes—and Stone is a material witness—he and his former partner Dino Bacchetti find themselves drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud, where insider knowledge and access are limited to a privileged few, and the wealthy are made vulnerable by the very systems meant to keep them safe. As Stone and Dino delve deeper into their investigation, they learn that the mastermind behind the incidents may have some intimate ties to Stone . . . and that the biggest heist is still to come.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/03/2014
Stone Barrington shows he’s one of the smoothest operators around, despite running into a few rough patches, in Edgar-winner Woods’s entertaining 29th novel featuring the New York City attorney (after Standup Guy). What starts as a business meeting for insurance adjuster Crane Hart ends in Stone’s bedroom, as so often happens with beautiful women in this bestselling series, but the tryst leads to a confrontation with Hart’s estranged husband, Don Dugan, who’s stalling on the divorce settlement. Stone handles the oversized Dugan with his usual panache, but his troubles with the couple are just beginning. When the guests at a ritzy private party are robbed, Stone recognizes one of the crooks as a Dugan henchman. A subsequent robbery gets even more personal, when someone is able to bypass Stone’s state-of-the-art security system in his Manhattan townhouse and steals valuable paintings. Stone needs to draw on all his talents to recover his artwork and lay a trap for highly elusive thieves. Agent: Anne Sibbald, Janklow & Nesbit. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-06
New York lawyer Stone Barrington, who's slept his way through 30 fleet, mindless suspensers, comes a cropper with his latest conquest. In fact, you can't really call insurance investigator Crane Hart a conquest, since she comes on so strong during the visit she pays Stone's Turtle Bay home to discuss the $500,000 he lost over his most recent inamorata (Standup Guy, 2014) that they've retired to his boudoir before the visit is over. It's only then that the complications begin. Crane isn't quite divorced after all; her husband, private eye Don Dugan, gets just as fixated on Stone as his wife is, though not in the same way; and despite the best legal help Stone can provide, the estranged couple end up reuniting. Stone would be inconsolable if it weren't for Ann Keaton, personnel director for first lady Katherine Lee's presidential campaign, who obligingly follows the tracks in his bedroom carpet, but not before thieves interrupt a swanky party at Ann's place and relieve most of the high-profile guests of their glitter. Could Dugan be behind the daring robbery? Could he be conspiring with his on-again spouse to worm security information out of well-placed male targets and then put it to larcenous use? Woods can't resist interrupting this tale for brief, irrelevant glimpses into the lives of semiregulars Teddy Fay, the CIA operative who went spectacularly rogue before he got a secret presidential pardon, and Holly Barker, the CIA assistant director who orders all records of him expunged from the nation's intelligence database, and for occasional reports on the fortunes of Katherine Lee's campaign. Zero mystery, zero ingenuity, very little suspense. But Woods mostly keeps his eye on the ball, which elevates this installment well above the run of his recent work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399164163
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Series: Stone Barrington Series , #29
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 65
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods is the author of more than fifty-five novels, including the New York Times–bestselling Stone Barrington and Holly Barker 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 New York City, Florida, and Maine.

Biography

Stuart Woods was born in 1938 in Manchester, Georgia. After graduating from college and enlisting in the Air National Guard, he moved to New York, where he worked in advertising for the better part of the 1960s. He spent three years in London working for various ad agencies, then moved to Ireland in 1973 to begin his writing career in earnest.

However, despite his best intentions, Woods got sidetracked in Ireland. He was nearly 100 pages into a novel when he discovered the seductive pleasures of sailing. "Everything went to hell," he quips on his web site "All I did was sail." He bought a boat, learned everything he could about celestial navigation, and competed in the Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) in 1976, finishing respectably in the middle of the fleet. (Later, he took part in the infamous Fastnet Race of 1979, a yachting competition that ended tragically when a huge storm claimed the lives of 15 sailors and 4 observers. Woods and his crew emerged unharmed.)

Returning to the U.S., Woods wrote two nonfiction books: an account of his transatlantic sailing adventures (Blue Water, Green Skipper) and a travel guide he claims to have written on a whim. But the book that jump-started his career was the opus interruptus begun in Ireland. An absorbing multigenerational mystery set in a small southern town, Chiefs was published in 1981, went on to win an Edgar Award, and was subsequently turned into a television miniseries starring Charlton Heston.

An amazingly prolific author, Woods has gone on to pen dozens of compelling thrillers, juggling stand-alone novels with installments in four successful series. (His most popular protagonists are New York cop-turned-attorney Stone Barrington, introduced in 1991's New York Dead, and plucky Florida police chief Holly Barker, who debuted in 1998's Orchid Beach.) His pleasing mix of high-octane action, likable characters, and sly, subversive humor has made him a hit with readers -- who have returned the favor by propelling his books to the top of the bestseller lists.

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Some fascinating facts about Stuart Woods:

His first job was in advertising at BBDO in New York, and his first assignment was to write ads for CBS-TV shows. He recalls: "They consisted of a drawing of the star and one line of exactly 127 characters, including spaces, and I had to write to that length. It taught me to be concise."

He flies his own airplane, a single-engine turboprop called a Jetprop, and tours the country every year in it, including book tours.

He's a partner in a 1929 motor yacht called Belle and spends two or three weeks a year aboard her.

In 1961-62, Woods spent 10 months in Germany with the National Guard at the height of the Berlin Wall Crisis.

In October and November of 1979, he skippered a friend's yacht back across the Atlantic, with a crew of six, calling at the Azores, Madeira, and the Canary Islands and finishing at Antigua in the Caribbean.

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    1. Hometown:
      Key West, Florida; Mt. Desert, Maine; New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 9, 1938
    2. Place of Birth:
      Manchester, Georgia
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Georgia, 1959
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  • Posted April 11, 2014

    You know, if you removed the alcoholism and the nonsense associa

    You know, if you removed the alcoholism and the nonsense associated with it from this novel, you'd be left with a brochure instead of a book. And this applies to the entire Stone Barrington series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    Cannot read book

    I cannot get through one chapter the page when turned either stays on the same page or previous. So frustrated....please fix this problem so I can actually read the book I purchased...very frustrating.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    I've read the entire Stone Barrington series. I think this is po

    I've read the entire Stone Barrington series. I think this is possibly the best book yet. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Does not get any worse

    Sorry exuse for a book i would like a refund joe d knew when to quit woods is not so gracious

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    I always am excited to pick up the latest Stone Barrington book.

    I always am excited to pick up the latest Stone Barrington book. It is a delightful read because of the laughs one gets from the story. Stone only has beautiful clients who apparently have no underwear. He always sleeps with his clients. Stone jogs wearing a "light cotton sweater tied around his shoulders". Obviously the author has never jogged. When Stone isn't jogging in his light cotton sweater over the shoulders he is dining several times a week in a tuxedo. He is always having drinks. Stone is the main character and unlike most books where one cheers for him or her, I find one does not like Stone. He is shallow and phony and only sees beautiful and young women for clients. If you like a cheap escape into unreality, read the Stone Barrington series.

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