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D. C. Dead (Stone Barrington Series #22)

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A new city brings new life to Stone Barrington as Stuart Woods’s bestselling series continues…

After a shocking loss, Stone Barrington is at loose ends, unsure if he wants to stay in New York and continue his work as a partner at Woodman and Weld. It comes as a welcome relief when he’s summoned to Washington, D.C., by President Will Lee. The President has a special operation that calls for Stone’s unique skill set, and it’s a mission that will ...

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Overview

A new city brings new life to Stone Barrington as Stuart Woods’s bestselling series continues…

After a shocking loss, Stone Barrington is at loose ends, unsure if he wants to stay in New York and continue his work as a partner at Woodman and Weld. It comes as a welcome relief when he’s summoned to Washington, D.C., by President Will Lee. The President has a special operation that calls for Stone’s unique skill set, and it’s a mission that will reunite him with his former partner in bed and in crime, Holly Barker.

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Even elite lawyer Stone Barrington can't refuse a job request from the president. Called to Washington to take a second look at a problematic murder/suicide, Barrington and his NYPD buddy Lieutenant Dino Bacchetti soon discover that the FBI investigation was hopelessly flawed, which means, of course, that the killer or killers are still out there. A suspenseful thriller with an erotic subplot; now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Woods’s lackluster 22nd Stone Barrington novel (after 2011’s Son of Stone) takes the New York City lawyer and his NYPD sidekick, Lt. Dino Bacchetti, to Washington, D.C. There, the U.S. president asks Stone, a retired homicide detective, and Dino, to look into a year-old murder case close to home. The FBI concluded that Brixton Kendrick, the White House’s manager “in charge of the physical plant and office arrangements,” murdered his wife, the president’s social secretary, then hanged himself, but the president and the first lady, who’s also the intelligence director, have their doubts. “FBI agents are not awfully good at investigating homicides,” the first lady remarks. Stone’s romance with Holly Barker, “an assistant deputy director for the CIA,” provides some heat, while further murders raise the stakes. A redundant subplot involving a fugitive former CIA agent adds little to the main story line. A fast pace compensates only in part for superficial characters with a penchant for spewing one-liners. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
Now that their sons have gone off to Yale in a blaze of triumph (Son of Stone, 2011), super-lawyer Stone Barrington and his friend Lt. Dino Bacchetti, NYPD, get called back to Washington to do what they do worst: investigate a murder. Talk about your closed cases. The very day that first lady Katharine Rule Lee's social secretary Emily Kendrick was found bashed to death, Mimi's husband Brixton Kendrick hanged himself, leaving behind a note taking full responsibility. Nor did an FBI investigation turn up any new suspects. But President Will Lee's not satisfied. He wants Stone and Dino to find out the truth. It's obvious that he's made a wise choice, because hours after going on the job, Dino finds the murder weapon on the White House grounds, where it had lain unnoticed for a whole year. Stone, pursuing his own distinctive brand of undercover work, learns that Brix was more than the White House manager; he was an insatiable adulterer, one of whose paramours, the one he playfully dubbed "the March Hare," presumably killed Mimi. This party wouldn't be complete without some strands left over from Woods' earlier work (Mounting Fears, 2009, etc.). So utility assassin Teddy Fay, spotted by hapless CIA agent Todd Bacon, rouses himself to offer a mutual nonaggression pact to CIA assistant deputy director Holly Barker. While they're waiting for this deal to sour, readers get to watch Stone bed Holly and two less fortunate ladies whose deaths mark Stone as a Calamity John and make it obvious, through process of elimination, who the March Hare is. Acknowledging the fact that everyone in the nation's capital knows everything about everyone else, Stone and Dino develop a mantra--"It's Washington"--that serves as the perfect model for another gauge of familiarity--"It's Woods."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451237859
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Series: Stone Barrington Series , #22
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 90,718
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods is the author of more than forty novels. A native of Georgia, he began his writing career in the advertising industry. Chiefs, his 1981 debut, won an Edgar Award. An avid sailor and pilot, Woods lives in Key West, Florida, Mount Desert Island in Maine, and New York City.

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.

Good To Know

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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1

STONE BARRINGTON AND DINO BACCHETTI ENTERED ELAINE’S on a Sunday evening, and drinks were brought to them immediately.
They took their usual table, and Elaine came over and sat down. “You two are oddly dressed,” she said. “For you. What’s going on?”
“Oh,” Stone said, “we delivered our sons to Yale for their freshman year this afternoon, and we’re dressed for humping boxes of their gear up to their apartment.”
Elaine nodded. “So the boys are off?”
“They’re off,” Dino said.
“No wonder you both look so glum,” Elaine said.
Stone looked at Dino. “Do I look glum?”
“Yeah,” Dino said.
“So do you.”
“You’re empty nesters now,” Elaine chortled. “Never thought I’d see the day.”
Stone shook his head. “Nine months ago I didn’t have a son, at least not one I’d ever met. Now I don’t have a son again.”
Elaine reached over and patted his cheek. “You haven’t lost a son,” she said, “you’ve gained a college boy.” She got up and continued her rounds of the regulars’ tables.
“I guess that’s one way to look at it,” Stone said. “Do you think he’ll ever come home again?”
“Probably not,” Dino replied. “You’ve seen the last of that kid.”
“Oh, shut up. You’re in the same spot.”
“Nah,” Dino said, “you’re worse off. At least I’m not used to having Ben around the house all the time. He’s been at prep school for four years, and then his mother yanked him to her place every chance she got. This afternoon, why didn’t you raise the subject of visits home?”
“I thought about it,” Stone said, “but I was afraid I wouldn’t like the answer. After all, the kid’s got the money he was paid for his film, which is more than I had a year ago, so he doesn’t need me for anything.”
“He just doesn’t need you for buying stuff,” Dino pointed out. “He still needs a father.”
“You really think so?”
“Ben needs me, I’m sure of that. Why wouldn’t Peter need you, what with his mother dead and all?”
“He’s got Hattie. They’re sleeping together, you know.”
Dino laughed aloud. “No shit? What were you doing your freshman year?”
Stone shrugged. “Fucking my brains out, if I recall correctly.”
“Actually, you continued to do that, at least until you and Arrington got married.”
Stone managed a smile. “If anything, the activity increased after that.”
“I’m getting worried about you, kiddo,” Dino said. “You’re gonna have to get back in the saddle pretty soon or you’re gonna forget how.”
“Yeah, I think about that a lot. It’s just that . . . well, it’s like not being hungry at dinnertime. I just don’t have an appetite.”
Dino turned and watched as a very pretty brunette in a short skirt came through the door and took a seat at the bar, crossing her long legs. “Doesn’t that do anything for you?”
“Sort of,” Stone replied. “I mean, I remember what it was like, the way you remember how you roller-skated when you were a kid, but it just isn’t all that appealing.”
Dino felt for Stone’s pulse and looked at his watch. “Your vital signs seem normal.”
“That’s something, I guess.”
“Look who’s here,” Dino said, nodding toward the door.
Stone turned in time to see a tall redhead in a well-cut pantsuit enter the restaurant. She headed for their table and sat down. “Hello, sailors,” she said, leering a little.
Stone leaned over and kissed her. “Hello, Holly. What brings you to town?”
Dino kissed her, too. “Same question here.”
“Agency business,” Holly Barker replied. She was an assistant deputy director for the CIA. “I hope you guys remember that you’re still under contract to us as consultants.”
“How could we forget?” Stone asked. “Lance keeps reminding us.” Lance Cabot was Holly’s boss, deputy director for operations, or DDO.
“Well, fellas, you’re about to get the call again.”
Stone slumped. “Now what?”
“I can’t tell you,” Holly replied.
“Can’t tell us what?” Dino asked.
“That’s what I can’t tell you, dummy,” she said.
“What kind of deal is this?” Stone asked.
“Here’s the deal: you get the daily rate specified in your contract and five hundred per diem.”
“For how long?” Dino asked.
“That depends on how good you are,” she said.
“Who can live on five hundred a day?” Stone asked.
“Clearly, you’ve been living too well,” Holly replied. “If you stay at a Holiday Inn Express, and eat at McDonald’s, you can make money on that. Would you like my office to book you in?”
“Thanks,” Stone said. “I’ll make my own arrangements.”
“He’ll make mine, too,” Dino said. “He’s a regular travel agent.”
“As you wish,” Holly said.
“Come on, give us a hint.”
“Here’s the only hint you’re going to get,” Holly said. “I’ll have a car left for you at the Manassas, Virginia, airport. There’ll be an envelope locked in the glove compartment containing your credentials.”
“Credentials?” Dino asked. “You think we don’t know who we are?”
“Sure,” Holly said, “but nobody in Washington does. You’ll have to prove it, especially at the White House.”
“Which White House is that?” Stone asked.
“The only one,” Holly said. “Find yourselves hotel rooms, then be there at six sharp tomorrow evening, freshly scrubbed and pressed. If you’re lucky, you’ll get dinner, but don’t count on it.”
“Is it black tie?” Stone asked.
“You’re not that important,” Holly said. “Just wear one of your nice suits.”
“The blue or the pinstripe?” Stone asked.
“Your choice, sweetie. By the way, I’m very sorry for your loss.”
“Thank you. I got your very nice letter. I’m afraid I haven’t responded to all those yet.”
“Don’t worry about it.”
“How are you and the boyfriend doing?” Dino asked.
“He’s running a big trauma center in San Diego,” she replied. “He didn’t take to the agency life—not enough blood and guts, I guess. It’s been a couple of months. It was amicable.”
“Let me get you a drink and a menu,” Stone said.
“Love to, but can’t,” she said. “There’s a chopper waiting for me at the West Side heliport, and I’ve got a briefcase full of work to keep me awake on the flight home.” She stood up, and both men stood up with her.
“See you tomorrow evening,” she said, then walked briskly out.
They sat down again.
“Why did you ask her about the boyfriend?” Stone asked.
“Because I knew you wouldn’t,” Dino replied.

2

STONE PACKED A BAG THE FOLLOWING MORNING, THEN, ON second thought, packed a second bag. The last time he had consulted for the CIA, he, Holly, and Dino had spent a couple of weeks on a tropical isle, pursuing a federal fugitive named Teddy Fay, who gave them the slip. Who knew how long this one would take or where they would end up?
He took the elevator down to the garage and put his bags in the car, then he went to his office and wondered what to put in his briefcase.
Joan Robertson, his secretary, appeared in the doorway. “You off to someplace?”
“To Washington—for a few days, I think.”
“Could be longer?”
“It’s one of those things for Lance Cabot and Holly Barker. Who knows?”
“You’d better take your passport,” she said, opening his safe and tossing him the document.
“I’d take my vaccinations, if I knew which ones to take,” he replied.
“You don’t look very happy about this,” Joan said, pouring him a cup of coffee.

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    Not as awful as "Son of Stone" but not great, either

    As always, this entry into the Stone Barrington series is easy to read and move quickly. It's also MUCH better than "Son of Stone," but then it would be nearly impossible to be worse. Get it from the library - don't spend any money on this.

    This book has a plot, improbable as it may be, and even a secondary plot, also improbable. But that's why I like fiction - I can suspend my sense of reality for a while. And there's also a mystery that moves along amongst all the bed-hopping to keep your interest. The problem is that it's not a very good mystery - I picked out the murderer early on and, even when I thought Stone and Dino and Holly had reached the same conclusion it turned out they missed all the obvious clues. All of them. Maybe all the bed-hopping drained the blood from their brains, or maybe all the scotch and Knob Creek just killed too many brain cells.

    I gave this 2 stars because it wasn't as bad as "Son of Stone" (which didn't even deserve 1 star), and like so many others here am wondering if Woods is just getting tired of the character or has been outsourcing.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    LEADEN, Deadly-I gave up!

    I rarely give up on a book, but this was an exception. The characters are wooden, the prose leaden, the dialogue plodding, and the setting is one-dimensional.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Gj

    Classy... giving away plot details in the review. Sad how many douchebags are out there.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Lovestoread

    I will finish this book, but it will be the last Stuart Woods book I purchase. The last four have been way below par. Also I have always thought his comment in the back of the book was rude, arrogant and uncalled for.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    I was so disappointed with this book. Stuart Woods used to be m

    I was so disappointed with this book. Stuart Woods used to be my favorite author and Stone Barrington my favorite character. They pretty much gave up three quarters of the way through the book and even though the characters didn't believe it, they were just going to blame it on someone so that they could go see their sons play. At one point, they also blamed a murder on a suspect that was already dead at the time of the crime. I cannot believe that a book this poorly written was even published. I was embarrassed reading it. Stuart Woods may not want to be contacted about typos in his book but how about COMPLETE PLOT ERRORS????

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Stuart Woods

    Different

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Have been a big fan of Stuart Woods until "son of Stone&quo

    Have been a big fan of Stuart Woods until "son of Stone", really bad, "D C Dead" is a little better, but it feels like Stuart is phoning it in.
    I will not buy another of his books as I feel cheated, I will still check a new one of his out, but from the library, where it does not cost me anything.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    recommended listening

    great job by reader as always in the stone barrington series. cannot recommend highly enough as you can listen to over and over again. tony Roberts reads and sounds exactly like the late actor Humphrey bogart - for you bogart (& stuart woods fans), of which I am one, you will enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Not his best work.

    The plot was implausible and not up to his already not ambitious standards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Calla

    That's lovely, now the truth?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Cain

    Cal i think its best that we...break up. I love you, but i dont think you love me back. Dont ever talk to me again, kay? You never wanted me sexually and thats ok with me. Now you lost me. Bye for ever because im killing myself to be with viper.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    a good read

    I am trying to find out what happened to Elaine. I have read all of the Barrington series and in one book she is there and the next book she is dead & the restaurant is closed. What happened to her?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Book was ok

    I used to love the Stone Barrington books. The last couple of books I've read I found to be predictable. As if the author was just going through the motions. This will be the last book I buy from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Med den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    not that bad

    Whats with all the bad reviews, is it pile on time or something
    You buy the book you should know that it's lit reading and not to be taken that seriously these novels aren't classics and
    shouldn't be taken that way, I don't see it as much different then
    the other Stone novels it was pretty good, with some problems
    but I liked it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    A good read!!!

    This is the first book by the author I have read. I enjoyed it. It is a very fast read. I found the story predictable, but that may be because I am so used to detective novels that I can name the guilty within the first couple of chapters. I would recommend this book.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Better than the last few Barrington novels

    DC Dead is actually a good story with some actual crime solving. A bit of a departure from the last few books that to me have been disappointing.
    Stone and Dino are invited to the White House at the request of the First Lady. Stone's former partner, Holly Barker works in the White House and their has been a murder. She calls in Stone and Dino for the investigation. All the usual escapades ensue as their embark on solving the murder. Fans of any Stone Barrington story know that there are several evenets that always occur. Here is my best count of said events.
    Dinners at Elaine's: 1
    Knob Creek Drinks: 3
    Sexual encounters (Stone): 6
    Differet Sex Partners for Stone: 3

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    An ok book but...

    This particular Stone Barrington story is so predictable I feel.like yelling at the characters that they keep falling behind the bad guys. One to many crossover characters for my taste. This Stone is gathering moss

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

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    Nedoc

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    excellent read

    Loved seeing all three characters in one book. Awesome

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