Doing Hard Time (Stone Barrington Series #27)

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Nothing comes easy for Stone Barrington in this riveting novel from New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods.

When Stone Barrington embarks on a trip to Bel-Air to check in on some business and personal concerns, he expects a relaxing break from the fast pace and mean streets of New York. But trouble never takes a vacation, and it has a way of finding Stone. A case that had seemingly been resolved has returned in full force—with lethal results. And this deadly situation ...

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Overview

Nothing comes easy for Stone Barrington in this riveting novel from New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods.

When Stone Barrington embarks on a trip to Bel-Air to check in on some business and personal concerns, he expects a relaxing break from the fast pace and mean streets of New York. But trouble never takes a vacation, and it has a way of finding Stone. A case that had seemingly been resolved has returned in full force—with lethal results. And this deadly situation makes for strange bedfellows when Stone finds himself teamed with the least likely ally…a gentleman of unique abilities, who can fly below the radar and above the law.

From the high-stakes poker tables of Las Vegas to California’s lush beachside resorts, the trail of disguise, subterfuge, and murder leads to a shocking conclusion.

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When all hell hit close to home, Manhattan attorney Stone Barrington was in L.A. performing a good dad deed. Apparently, a real-estate deal that Stone's son had made had made him the target of a maniacal Russian mob boss. To neutralize the situation, the elder Barrington finds himself needing the help of a most unlikely ally: rogue CIA agent Teddy Marks. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

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2013-09-01
Now that he's graduated from the Yale School of Drama, Stone Barrington's son Peter heads with his friends and movie collaborators, Ben Bacchetti and Hattie Patrick, on a road trip to La-La Land, little suspecting that a Russian mobster is determined to kill him. At least that's one of the plot strands here. Another is the continuing saga of Teddy Fay, the rogue CIA agent who takes to the road again after a stranger in his little North Carolina town looks funny at him. Teddy's path crosses Peter's in Paso Grande, N.M., where Teddy, using the alias Billy Burnett, has landed a job as a mechanic at a service station Peter pulls into after a blowout brings him within the sights of the two Russians following him in a Lincoln Navigator. Getting wind of their dastardly plan, Billy kills them both, buries them and the Navigator in a swimming pool–sized hole he digs with a backhoe, trades his recognizable Cessna for a nearly new JetPROP, and takes off for Las Vegas after telling Peter that the guys who were looking for him changed their minds and turned around. Peter's too distracted by Centurion Studios' upcoming production of his first movie to question this story, but Stone's not. Meanwhile, Yuri Majorov, the mobster supposedly killed at the end of Unintended Consequences (2013)--yeah, right--not only isn't dead, but vows to send more assassins after the two Teddy put in the ground in order to force Stone to sell him his interest in The Arrington, his wildly successful hotel. It's only a matter of time before Peter offers Billy a job, and the one-time domestic terrorist joins forces with Stone to get Majorov for real. It's a natural alliance, since both men are businesslike, resourceful, masters of many skills, quick on their feet and fond of casual sex. The nonstop action is certain to keep fans turning pages, even though the figures Woods is putting through their paces are plot functionaries rather than characters in any meaningful sense.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594136955
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 4/23/2014
  • Series: Stone Barrington Series , #27
  • Edition description: Large Prin
  • Sales rank: 295,051
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods is the author of more than fifty novels. He is a native of Georgia and began his writing career in the advertising industry. Chiefs, his 1981 debut, won an Edgar Award. An avid sailor and pilot, Woods lives in Florida, Maine, and New York. 

His latest Stone Barrington novels are Unintended Consequences, Collateral Damage, Severe Clear, and Unnatural Acts

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
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Kids playing

    I wish bn woukd ban kids from playing on the book review site. You come for reviews and see stupid kids pkaying cat games. Please bn, ban these kids from playing on the nook.

    6 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    I must confess when I see a new Stuart Woods book is out, I imme

    I must confess when I see a new Stuart Woods book is out, I immediately get it to read, not bothering to see what the story is. I don't know why I keep reading Stone Barrington. I find him too froo froo. He is a rich spoiled lawyer who hangs out with a cop, Dina, who is also rich and spoiled. They are always in the finest restaurants, having cocktails. Stone picks up a beautiful woman. Everything turns out well for them. Then of course is his twenty something son, Peter, who has everything given to him yet is very mature, already is producing a film - took me thirty years but whatever. Under all the pretentiousness there usually is a good story. I like Lance Cabot and Holly Barker. Stuart wastes a lot of dialogue with "good morning...." and the other person replies "good morning" Why not just say they exchanged morning pleasantries.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2013

    would recommend

    I felt of all Stuart Woods books this one was a little boring and lacked excitement

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    Not as riveting as his past books...

    I felt like something was missing... that something else was going to happen, but didn't.

    Avid Woods reader

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Trite

    Everything was too easy for.the characters and the story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    if it stuart woods you know it good

    if it stuart woods you know it good

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    I have been reading all of Stuart Woods' books from the very beg

    I have been reading all of Stuart Woods' books from the very beginning, and have always thoroughly enjoyed the Stone Barrington series. But the last couple of Stone books have left a LOT to be desired. I can't really put a finger on what it is I'm not liking about them, but if they continue down this same course, I'll be very disappointed. If this was the first book Stone book I had read, I wouldn't bother reading any more, however, I feel compelled to keep reading them, just "because"....hoping the future novels get back to what made me enjoy them to begin with

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Continued enjoyment

    Another enjoyable read. However, if these books get much shorter they should be published as short stories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    Worst Woods book I have ever read!!!!

    Woods needs to get back to his roots.

    To much emphasis on wealth of characters and not enough emphasis on the story!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Recommended for all stuart woods fans.

    Very good reading - you have to be a really good fan in order to enjoy it, It is not as good as some of stuart woods earlier books but I still rate it highly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    Highly recommended

    A very good, easy read! I enjoyed Doing Hard Time immensely. Excellent I the Stone Barrington books, and had become disillusioned with them, but this one was excellent!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Highly recommend!

    If you are s Stuart Woods fan you will be very happy. More about the entire cast of characters but truely enjoyed the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Whatever

    I guess we're not going to get any reviews from this site are we? B&N needs to get a handle on thiis I am tired of looking for a review& can't get one

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Party tonight at "found" first result!!!!

    Spread the word!

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Searinghawk

    He follows after. "I have an idea," he says as they run. "We approach from opposite sides. You pounce on one, the other runs straight into my paws."

    1 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    Maddy

    Waits.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    recommend only if your Stone Barrington fan

    I love Stone Barrington, his police friend, the expensive restaurants, fancy hotels his home is to fantastic for words,
    beautiful women , sex galore, you have to really love him, I've read every book so I've been following him for years. buy his first book & see what you think, I was hooked

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Simply could not put it down. Masterful pacing. Perfect blend of

    Simply could not put it down. Masterful pacing. Perfect blend of thrill, intrigue, and compelling characters (personally loved Teddy Fay). Thank you for keeping it entertaining with optimism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    V

    Card

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    all stuart woods books are wonderful.

    Another great one to read.

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