Unnatural Acts (Stone Barrington Series #23)

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In Stuart Woods’s bestselling series, Stone Barrington discovers that some jobs don’t pay…

When a hedge fund billionaire hires Stone Barrington to talk some sense into his wayward son, it seems like an easy enough job; no one knows the hidden sins and temptations of the ultra-wealthy better than Stone. But as Stone and his erstwhile protégé, Herbie Fisher, probe deeper into the case—and an old one comes back to haunt him—he realizes that even he may have underestimated just how ...

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Overview

In Stuart Woods’s bestselling series, Stone Barrington discovers that some jobs don’t pay…

When a hedge fund billionaire hires Stone Barrington to talk some sense into his wayward son, it seems like an easy enough job; no one knows the hidden sins and temptations of the ultra-wealthy better than Stone. But as Stone and his erstwhile protégé, Herbie Fisher, probe deeper into the case—and an old one comes back to haunt him—he realizes that even he may have underestimated just how far some people will go to cover up their crimes—and commit new ones…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The closing of Manhattan’s real-life Elaine’s restaurant kicks off bestseller Woods’s 23rd Stone Barrington novel (after D.C. Dead), in which the usual cast overcome whatever obstacles fate places in their way with an appealing and inspiring insouciance. Barrington, partner in the prestigious law firm Woodman & Weld, plays a mostly subsidiary, advisory role, while once inept and bumbling Herbie Fisher continues his transition to rainmaking senior associate in the same firm. Fisher has numerous new tasks, including dealing with the sociopathic son of a wealthy investor and helping transform a fledgling software company into a major player. Meanwhile, Barrington’s best friend, NYPD Lt. Dino Bacchetti, can’t bring himself to arrest or turn in former assistant FBI director Shelley Bach, who’s both a serial killer and a fantastic lover. Woods’s well-tested formula ensures that the action purrs along fueled by good food, good liquor, good sex, and plenty of wealth. Agent: Anne Sibbald, Janklow & Nesbit. (Apr.)
Library Journal - Audio
In the 23rd Stone Barrington mystery, the attorney takes a backseat to his best friend Dino Bacchetti of the NYPD, who is knowingly dating a serial killer, and his young colleague Herbie Fisher, who is asked to look after the interests of a spoiled sociopath, arguably the most repellent character in this series. After considerable treading of water, the various strands of the plot are resolved in two well-handled action scenes. That none of the dangers faced here is regarded as more serious than finding a place to have dinner after the closing of Stone's beloved Elaine's is part of the charm of these tales. VERDICT As always, Tony Roberts offers an inspired reading, supplying nuances for each protagonist. Although some readers may find the story slow to evolve, fans of the series should enjoy.—Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Lib.
Kirkus Reviews
Now that everything in New York super-lawyer Stone Barrington's life is perfect, it's time to start grooming a successor: ex-loser Herbie Fisher, now a junior associate at Woodman & Weld. Although he's willing to listen to billionaire Marshall Brennan's tale of woe about his son Dink's piddling $200,000 gambling debt, Stone's too big a player to give the problem his personal attention. So he recommends it be turned over to Herbie, who's had plenty of personal experience dealing with loan sharks. It's a good choice. In short order Herbie rouses Dink, gets him to sign a power of attorney, reads him the riot act and packs him off to rehab. Even after Dink jumps out of the van taking him to Winwood Farm and escapes, Herbie promptly tracks him down again and makes sure he's properly checked in. Meanwhile, Shelley Bach, the deranged serial killer Stone and Lt. Dino Bacchetti identified but didn't lock up in D.C. Dead (2011), has come to New York and rekindled Dino's sex life. Not to be outdone between the sheets, Stone, fresh from a quick tumble with U.S. Attorney Tiffany Baldwin ("he knew he was not going to make it through the evening without feeding her pleasure"), picks up theater director Marla Rocker at P.J. Clarke's and sets about sweeping her off her feet--a job that's made both easier and more complicated by the fact that publicist Ed Abney, who's been sending her candy and flowers, just won't take no for an answer. As Herbie's star rises at Woodman & Weld, he reflects that he's overdue for some trouble of his own, and he's absolutely right. But nothing very bad will happen to Herbie or any of the regulars, though several members of the supporting cast end up rather the worse for wear. More coherent than most of Stone's recent adventures, with actual resolutions for the major plot lines instead of the usual annoying to-be-continued signs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781464035272
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Series: Stone Barrington Series , #23
  • Format: Other

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

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    Of all the Stone Barrington novels this is one of the weakest. It is really a Herbie Fisher novel and from a long time Stuart Woods reader it is a huge stretch to see Herbie as sophisticated, highly successful, and a Stone Barrington look alike. After presenting Herbie as a bumbling, like able looser for all those books, its hard for a reader to accept this transformation.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

    After reading this latest Stone Barrington SHORT STORY I have fo

    After reading this latest Stone Barrington SHORT STORY I have formed a new "appreciation" for Stuart Woods. Notice that later Barrington stories barely fill 200 pages? And Elaine is killed off in this story, closing the restaurant. Worse, Woods reveals that Barrington is a liberal, Republican-hating Democrat! I expect those of you who remain a BarringtonBoy will soon see Bloomberg's gun control policy hailed as a proven crime prevention tool! Adios, Piedra!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Insultingly bad

    Please, if you dont have time to write a good book please dont waste our time with an insultingly contrived book like this. Shame on you for taking your Stone Barrington fans for granted - we both deserve better.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    Stuart must be getting hungry. I have never read a more contriv

    Stuart must be getting hungry. I have never read a more contrived book. A junior associate with two years of experience in a major law firm demanding to become a Senior Associate. C'mon, and to fashion the purchase of an entire building for his first-ever client in a matter of days, and for a decorated NYC detective not to turn in an serial killer, and for the young attorney to be charged with the murder of the principal of his law firm. It stretches my imagination to the core. I have read many of Stuart Wood's book and at one time counted him as a favorite author, but with this drivel in his 270 page book, I must rethink any more purchases. His title is correct, "Unnatural Acts" is replete throughout the book. Save your money.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    I feel this book has not risen to the standards of the better ma

    I feel this book has not risen to the standards of the better majority of Woods work. Events are contrived, characters are non dementional. Main theme or plot, is there one...it's all over the map. Reads to me like a book put together for a quick buck. I am a loyal Woods reader and fan, I was disappointed in this effort.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012

    ARE YOU KIDDING !!!!

    I don't no which is worse, Woods taking money for this crap or the professionals (???) who wrote reviews taking their salary. I've read every Stuart Woods book because they were quick reads and you could fantasize a bit. My imagination refuses to work with me any longer.
    The only reason I have one star is you can't post w/o at least one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    Chilling Reality

    For those who have criticized this book...I wonder what they were expecting? This is Stuart Woods way of writing. I found the story moving along the way his other stories have. I thought it was realistic and could easily happen in our lives...slightly off balanced kids who turn to violence and attempted murder. Rather chilling. I found the whole story interesting from Stone & Dino trying to find a new restaurant to replace Elaine's to Herbie's growth. To those who haven't read his books Elaine's was kind of the foundation to the storylines. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Skylar's Bio

    Name: Skylar Ivis / Age: 17 / Gender: female / Parents: John Ivis and Scarlet Ivis / Powers: split into two clones with a ligh and dark peraonality. I have twin samurai blades that are basically a part of me but u need to know my past in order to uderstand their power. Crush: none. History: u need to get to know me better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Asylum

    'Sup. So I was just chillin'...wif mah doritos...and mah j<3>ugs...and I saw an add that said "Chicken for sale". So I clicked on it and joined this fancy roleplay!<br><br>When I uno uno seis...when I uno uno seis...when I uno uno seis...please don' get up (and yes, I left the T out on purpose) in mah way. HOMIE, ONE-ONE-SIX, WE SAFE. HOMIE, ONE-ONE-SIX, WE SAFE.<br><br>Mah name is Asylum, I am... *he counts on his hands.* ...five. Wait, no... O.e Sixteen. :D SEE?!?! *he proudly holds up two fingers.*<br><br>I POP UP, BEATER, ALL ABOUT THE BLOOD AND BODY, FRESH-EATERS... USED TO BE THE WALKIN' DEAD, BUT DAT SEASON END...AND NOW PARTNEH I'MMA BELIEVEH, RAH!<br><br>I am an organic anomaly...literally... CLICKED UP, HE AIN'T TRYIN'-A-BE FAMOUS...PEOPLE FORGET, THAT I KNOW JUST WHAT THE AIM IS...DANGEROUS...WHAT CHU GONNA SAY, THAT'S A MAN THAT'S BEEN CHAAAAAANGED...WHO KNOW DAT TO DIE IS TO GAIIIIIIIN...YAH! YOU KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE, YOU KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE...GETTIN' READY FOR THE MOMENT, GETTIN' READY FOR THE NIGHT...<br><br>I generate a "Critical Mass" (I typed ass at first.), an organic substance with no specific definition or relation to any other organic or biological material known. :3 I can honestly say I don't know if :3 is someone sticking out their tongue or covering their mouth.<br>It can come in many forms, okay, okay, just gaseous and solid. The gaseous I vent from my pores to fly, the solid I can generate from my body or thin air. Either type requires me to lose blood, and if I run out of a certain amount of blood, I go x.x. I usually project it in tendrils, to use to move things, trap people, or manipulate matter by narrowing Critical Mass tendrils down into monomolecular lines and controlling the electric charges (of the Critical Mass, mind you.) within them to further move matter. I can regenerate in small amounts from wounds, and use the Mass to form constructs, such as transforming my arms in weapons or shields or coating myself in it for armor. If this roleplay fights realistically, it's going to be heaven for me, since I am something of a superpower fanatic. o.e IT TAKES A MOMENT TO MAAAKE MEMORIIIIIES, A LIFETIME TOOOOO FORGET 'EM, FORGET 'EM, FORGET 'EM...CURIOUS...DAT'S WAH AH'M...STILL CURIOUS...<br><br>My personality? Pssh. Take a gandah at mah name. There's a reason.<br><br>My looks? I am above good looks. Black spiky hair...tan skin...oh yeah. :D<br><br>My status? *he gasps.* I am singletacular...but by the way people spell on this rp, I'll probably remain that way.<br><br>Mah music? RED and Andy Mineo...MAN, I'M SO BACK-AND-FORTH, LIKE A TUG-OF-WAAAAAAAR, YEAAAAAAAH.<br><br>Reader, do you mind if I straddle you?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Moon's bio

    Name- moonistagia Mia Turnner. farther- William Turner. Mother- Elizabeth Turner. Powers- water control, water bending. Fire bending. Can turn anything into frost. Looks- snow white hair, one red eye and one black eye, weares a black t and and tiedye pants. Pets- the hraken and dog named charlie. Anything else ask.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Andrews bio updated

    Name andrew karow father dave karow mother jasmen karow powers iron skin and bones unhuman reaction time and super strangh age 15 apperince 6"3 short dark brown hair tan skin slim but musculer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Cassi bio

    Name: cassi shiva. Age: older than you. Gender: female. Desc: black cloak, black leathe jacket, black tshirt, black gloves, black skinny jeans, specialized black knee high combat boots. Personality: meet me. You only might die. Power: can control energy. Race: jesthivan(ask if you dont know.) Other: im awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Talk more about it

    Here

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  • Posted June 3, 2013

    Pretty much about HERBIE and pretty much BORING.    I use to lov

    Pretty much about HERBIE and pretty much BORING.    I use to love reading Stone Barrington series, but these days finding them of no consequence.  Ah...perhaps a name for a new Woods book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Not verry good

    This was just unbelievable Woods has spend all this time making Herbie a miss up and now he expects us to believe that
    He Can't do no wrong. Give me a break Woods you can do
    Better or you need to come up with a new hero for your books
    If you've run out of ideas for a story to put Stone ln.
    Stop selling this stuff to your fans WAKE UP WHILE YOU STILL HAVE FANS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Not his best

    Not a lot of intrigue. In fact no real story. I wanted to have Elaine discussed and honored.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Oouch,,,,,,,,

    I like wood's books alot.
    My wife showed me the ad in the paperfor unnatural.
    Based on the reviews i won't buy it..........

    BUMMED IN BOSTON , COULD BE BANNED IN BOSTON!!

    DJW

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Terrible Book

    I have dropped Woods as my favorite authors. The first 100 some odd pages were about his new friend. I could not read it so I went thru them. His last part of the book was fine. I wouldn't reccomend it to anyone.

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