Two-Dollar Bill (Stone Barrington Series #11)

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Two-Dollar Bill delivers all the storytelling twists and whip-smart banter readers have come to love in Stuart Woods's thrillers, as suave Manhattan cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington is back on his home turf caught between a filthy rich conman-who's just become his client-and a beautiful prosecutor.

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Overview

Two-Dollar Bill delivers all the storytelling twists and whip-smart banter readers have come to love in Stuart Woods's thrillers, as suave Manhattan cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington is back on his home turf caught between a filthy rich conman-who's just become his client-and a beautiful prosecutor.

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Editorial Reviews

Janet Maslin
The escapist appeal of this series is best summed up by Stone's old pal and fellow Elaine's loiterer, Lt. Dino Bacchetti. "All I do is follow the evidence, wherever it leads," Dino says. "It's just more fun when it leads to Stone."
— The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Fans of Woods's ex-cop turned lawyer, Stone Barrington, will not be disappointed in this latest entry in the series. This time out, Stone becomes involved with a loud-talking Texan improbably named Billy Bob Barnstormer. It isn't long before Stone regrets ever being introduced to Billy Bob, especially when he leaves a dead body in Stone's guest room. But that is only the beginning of a tale that finds Stone, along with his best friend, Dino Bacchetti, following a twisted trail as they attempt to capture Billy Bob, who, it turns out, is much more dangerous than Stone could ever have imagined. Narrator Roberts slips comfortably into his performance, bringing a nice, down-to-earth quality to his portrayal of Stone. He is equally at home in his characterizations of Stone's recurring circle of friends, giving each a distinct voice and personality. Roberts's slightly over the top, good old boy portrayal of Billy Bob works well, and he nicely shifts his performance as the likable, backwoods-sounding Texan changes and his true sociopathic tendencies rise to the surface. Roberts is also adept at handling Woods's dialogue, providing some laugh-out-loud moments in his delivery of the banter between Stone and Bacchetti. Simultaneous release with Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 28). (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Flashy Billy Bob sweet talks Stone Barrington into taking him on as a client and then putting him up when someone sends a bullet his way. And now Stone's in big trouble. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Jet-setting New York attorney Stone Barrington (Reckless Abandon, 2004, etc.) proves that you just can't be too careful about who you take into your house. Even though he's hazy about the reasons, Texas businessman Billy Bob Barnstormer has blown into the Big Apple convinced he needs a lawyer, and he has 50,000 reasons why he deserves help. Bill Eggers, the managing partner of Woodman & Weld, knows Billy Bob is outside his comfort zone, but he sees no reason why Stone, of counsel to W&W, shouldn't help him, even to the extent of putting his new client up for the night. Big mistake. Billy Bob, it turns out, is a man of many names-Rodney Peeples, Whitney Stanford, Harlan Wilson, Jack Jeff Kight [sic]-who takes advantage of Stone's hospitality to broil a steak Stone had been saving for a special someone, bring home a hooker and strangle her, place bugs all over the department, plant an embarrassingly hot handgun on his host and swindle him out of that $50,000. Stone's current cookie-cutter romance with beautiful Tiffany Baldwin, the new U.S. Attorney for New York, puts him between the law and his client. But even after he's wriggled off the hook as Billy Bob's legal representative, his troubles continue. His erstwhile client, who's much, much more than a common con artist, goes on a spree that suggests his only joy in life is giving ebullient Stone problems. Even when Stone's former lover Arrington Carter Calder replaces Tiff in his bed, the instinctive warmth between them ("they came together as if they had never been apart") is only a setup for more high-concept skullduggery and condign retaliation. How does Woods keep churning out bestsellers? By taking exceptional pains not to adulteratethe formula with any new character types, plot twists or ideas. Mystery Guild main selection; Literary Guild alternate selection
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451213198
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/4/2005
  • Series: Stone Barrington Series , #11
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 96,176
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 7.48 (h) x 0.95 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2006

    The best Barrington novel I've read

    I've read all the Stone Barrington novels, and I think this one is the best. Mostly because there's not a lot of Stone jumping into bed with someone every 5 pages. I thought this was more suspenseful than the others too. I had a difficult time putting it down. Of course, it¿s a little far-fetched, but so what. It¿s a fun read! Also, this is one of the first novels by Mr. Woods that made me laugh out loud. (The Internet scandal!) Even though I felt bad for him, I had to laugh at all the crazy things that happened to Stone in the first half of the book. The only negative thing I can say about the book, is when Mr. Woods gets political. I don¿t want to hear the political opinions of any celebrity ¿ especially when I just want to be entertained. But, that aside, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2005

    Restores my Interest

    The Stone Barrington stories had been losing their punch, but Woods has restored my interest in this series. Less bed-hopping and more adventure made for a fast moving and exciting story. And his characters are again real, as they were early on.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2005

    Dinner, anyone?

    I have read all of Stuart Woods' novels, and have enjoyed most of them. There are two things that you can always count on that are getting a little old, though. Stone Barrington is having dinner with someone at Elaine's every few pages, and he has no problem bedding the female lead character. It would be refreshing for Stone Barrington to go the entire length of the story without having dinner at all! This one was ok for light reading, but Mr. Barrington is becoming all too predictable, in my opinion.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Teriffic thriller

    At Elaine¿s nightclub in Manhattan, lawyer Stone Barrington meets his new client Billy Bob Barnstormer. Stone doesn¿t understand why Billy Bob needs an attorney, but he gets his first inkling that this is the client from the nether regions when someone shoots at them while in a moving vehicle. Billy Bob stays at Stone¿s house for awhile floating a wad of cash including two dollar bills. When his latest client and houseguest vanish, Stone and his girlfriend District Attorney Tiffany Baldwin share some recreational sex.--- The next day on the Justice website, is a video of the DA and Stone having sex; another relationship of Stone¿s is also trashed. Besides the video, Billy Bob left behind a present for his host, the strangled body of a call girl. Stone does an internet search on his former guest only to find that Billy Bob has many aliases in varying corporations. The CIA want Stone to help them find Billy Bob who has stole weapons that terrorists will pay a great deal of money to get their hands on. The FBI wants Stone to help them find Billy Bob who has stolen money in his possession. The DA wants Stone to find Billy Bob not just because of the embarrassing video, but because he stiffed many people with his con games. Stone wants Billy Bob for personal reasons.--- Stuart Woods has created a fabulous hero who can turn from nebbish to dynamo when he feels someone threatens people he cares about. Stone does not know why Billy Bob targeted him, but he knows he must take precautions to stop this psychopath; alas his efforts fail and he becomes a hunter tracking his prey. Mr. Woods provides a delightful Barrington tale in which the enemy will fascinate readers with his outrageous behavior.--- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2005

    Fun

    A Stone Barrington story is always a good one, but this is great. The evil 'client' out to get our hero is quite a character, but Stone always gets his man and this one is no exception. This character is classy, laid back and very smooth. Life should be like that for all of us, not just in a Woods novel. If you do not know Stone Barrington, now is the time to get acquainted and enjoy what so many others have found to be real fun.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2005

    One of the Best yet.

    From the moment the Big Texan and the new US Attorney for New York comes into his life Stone is up to his neck in Trouble and Beautiful Women. Having old friends Like Arrington, Lance and Dino return, as well as learning about Stone's Son is also exciting. The mention of one Holly and her best friend joining Lance at the CIA Really leaves you panting for the next book Mr. Woods will write. Once you start this book you will have a hard time stopping for any reason.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2005

    A Good Read

    I am a true fan of Stuart Woods' Stone Barrington and Holly Barker characters, and I enjoyed the most recent 'Two-Dollar Bill.' The only gripe I might have is that I think the premise of Stone hopping into bed with all the women that come his way, known or unknown, is getting to be a bit tired. There is never any mention of Stone being concerned about his partner's well-being, as far as sexually transmitted diseases is concerned, and as much as he screws around, there should be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2005

    Stuart Woods is back!

    This is the best book ever! Ilove Stone Barrington and all his adventures, but this one kept me on the edge of my seat. I wanted to hurry to the end to see what would happen, but was sad when it was all over. I can't wait for the next one!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    To u both

    Sry to interupt but come to are party tonight at party question res 1 be there xoxo bartender hope

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    John

    Yeah.

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

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    Good Complex Story Line

    Two Dollar Bill is back to what I expect from Stuart Woods. Very good and fun to read. The story has some unexpected twists and turns and is never boring. I am, however, getting a little bored with the extent of Stone Barrington's sex life. He's in bed with ever woman he meets to the extent it is beginning to look like page filler. If the writter would fill the pages with adventure and mystery and back off the sexual all-nighters, his books could be 5 stars every time. I keep woundering how long before Stone comes down with some strange croch disease.

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

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    Stone Barrington Does it Again!

    Pretty good one - nice to see Arrington back

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

    A Page Turner

    After reading Reckless Abandon, I was wondering if I should bother reading the next book in the series. I have to say that I am glad I did. Billie Bob is quite the character with many odd, if not interesting, talents. This is well worth the read and restores my faith in the Barrington series.

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

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    Totaly awesome

    i thought that this book was completely awsome! it keeps you guessing till the end..not a dull moment.. i have read most of the stone barrington novels and i think that they are all just so great! i would rekamend this to anyone

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2006

    Pure Trash

    This is what I would call a 'trash book.' It doesn't even deserve one star. It's full of Woods political views. I want to read a mystery, I don't care to read about Barrington's sex life. This is the last book I will buy written by Woods.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2005

    stuart woods becomes danielle steele

    If half of the explicit sex scenes were left out, it would be a short story. This is trash at its worst. Barrington's character is the worst of all the other mystery heroes. He is constantly obsessed with sex with anybody (except males, I think). He dines almost every night at the most expensive eateries, bosses everyone as if they're his maids/valets. Thankfully, this is the last Stuart Woods that I will read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2005

    Republicans need to be thick skinned

    Good book and story. Mr. Woods has taken it upon himself to smash our Former Attorney General and President Bush. If you are christian or Republican beware. If you are liberal, go for it. Mr. Woods bashes Republicans throughout the book. He is relentless. The story is good though if you are not too thin skinned.

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