Fresh Disasters (Stone Barrington Series #13)

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From the New York Times bestselling author A chance encounter with a small-time crook sends Stone Barrington straight into the heart of New York's mafia underworld...

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Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author A chance encounter with a small-time crook sends Stone Barrington straight into the heart of New York's mafia underworld...

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Publishers Weekly

Smooth-talking New York lawyer Stone Barrington, along with his sidekick, NYPD detective Dino Bacchetti, get dragged into an impossible case in Stone's entertaining 13th outing (after Dark Harbor). Stone's bosses at the high-class law firm of Woodman and Weld want him to sue major league Mafia don Carmine Dattila for beating up a character from earlier Stone adventures, the hapless Herbie Fisher. It's all pretty much good fun—the snappy repartee, hot sex, dinner at Elaine's, comedic Mafia hoodlums with names like Sammy Tools, Johnny Pop and Dattila the Hun—until the tale turns darker with the introduction of a psychotic sculptor, Devlin Daltry, who's the ex-boyfriend of Stone's current flame, Celia Cox, a tall, fabulously beautiful masseuse. Woods delivers few surprises, but there are plenty of laughs as the pages speed by. Series regulars and newcomers alike will be perfectly satisfied. (Apr.)

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When Stone Barrington's law firm inexplicably takes on inept con man Bill Eggers as a client, guess who gets the case? Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451221650
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Series: Stone Barrington Series , #13
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 156,109
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods is the author of fifty 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.

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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  • Posted May 30, 2010

    A Series of One-Liners Loosely Tied to a Tired Plot

    Some, but only some, of the conversations between lawyer Stone Barrington and his friends and secretary are entertaining. Other than those tiny morsels, the book isn't worth reading even if you're confined to bed for a couple of months. This is definitely one of those old-fashioned guy fantasy books, with a hero so irresistibly handsome and sexy that every beautiful woman he meets demands to bed him, and so incredibly (seriously incredibly) virile he can keep going over and over night after night. The plot has more coincidences than a soap opera. Events proceed so quickly the reader could almost, but unfortunately not, miss the holes in the story. Characterization is minimal, and the descriptions seem aimed at those with an extremely limited vocabulary. It's the story of the old 'every woman wants him, every man wants to be him' kind of guy who can beat the worst criminals, get all the ladies worth getting, and do some serious drinking afterward. It's been done better by a lot of other writers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    Lukewarm

    I've read a couple of Stuart Woods' books and this one left me lukewarm. I felt like he just threw some characters into a cookie cutter plot to get a book published. Didn't seem like he had his heart into this story line.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2009

    Needs More Mystery

    Normally, I really like Stuart Woods' books. However, this book seemed to have more sex than mystery. Too much "filler" (sex), not enough substance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

    Been a fan for a long time

    I have been Reading Stuart Woods books for many, many years and have always enjoyed them. This was a good, quick read.
    It seems to me though, that this book is close to being a short story. I would have been upset and disappointed if I had spent the amount on the cover ($25.95) for a book that I could read in such a short time.
    I have noticed that many authors are putting out books in this fashion. Larger fonts, more spacing, a thin book, more money. It just doesn't work for me. It is the type of book that I would have waited for my turn to come up at the public library.
    I have come to expect more from Mr. Woods. The story delivered but left me wondering where the rest of it was when I closed the book a few hours after starting it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2009

    This was O.k.

    The plot was good and I enjoy a good mystery. I found some of the behavior of the main character quite unbelievable. There was too much bed bouncing for my taste. At least it was not too descriptive. This is definitely an adult book - I would not recommend for teens

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2007

    Nonsense

    Seriously folks, this book is an absolute waste of money, the humour is poor, the plot whilst good was poorly developed. Im no prude , but the relevance of the sex scenes was completly lost.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2007

    will not be buying a book by stuart woods for a long time

    once on of my favorites he has become the Danielle Steel of the mystery writers. Between sex and eating at Elaine's there isn't much of a story as far as I am concerned. The biggest mystery is how so many people here loved it but in the book clubs felt like I did. did we all read the same book?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 16, 2013

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    Posted November 6, 2013

    TawnyPaw

    She attacks the forcemater, freeing CB

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    Posted August 25, 2013

    LUCY ESCAPED

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Hail

    Kills himself

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    Posted January 13, 2013

    Luna

    I am the wolf luna. Not who u r looking for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Shatteredtear

    A white she cat with shattered marks expanding from her chest in silver pads in. Here eyes are ice cold blue. She nods to the leader wanting to join.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Leafblade

    Brb....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Luna

    Hi Applekit. Steel named you Applefox and required you keep that name then Luna took you back to Horseclan. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Icefox

    She opened her eyes and wiped her tear. "Its fine." She sniffed and thought about Shatteredkit, Neokit, Brokenkit, and Lovekit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Flamestripe

    Really...... um im Flamestripe

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    Posted January 3, 2013

    Lillyflight and Razorstripe

    Hi! Im ur Razorstripe. Shifted akwardly. You wwant to hunt with me at result thirteen or seven?•¿Razorstrip¿•

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Darkstar

    (Ignore hail.)" Yeah." He said.

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  • Posted October 3, 2012

    Very Enjoyable Series

    I've read the whole series now. Some were better than others, but liked them all!

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