New York Dead (Stone Barrington Series #1)

New York Dead (Stone Barrington Series #1)

by Stuart Woods
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New York Dead (Stone Barrington Series #1) by Stuart Woods

It Was Just Luck

Everyone is always telling Stone Barrington that he's too smart to be a cop, but it's pure luck that places him on the streets in the dead of night, just in time to witness the horrifying incident that turns his life inside out.

Suddenly he is on the front page of every New York newspaper, and his life is hopelessly entwined in the increasingly shocking life (and perhaps death) of Sasha Nijinsky, the country's hottest and most beautiful television anchorwoman.

No matter where he turns, the case is waiting for him, haunting his nights and turning his days into a living hell. Stone finds himself caught in a perilous web of unspeakable crimes, dangerous friends, and sexual depravity that has throughout it one common thread: Sasha.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061094781
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/24/2007
Series: Stone Barrington Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Author Biography: Stuart Woods was born in Manchester, Georgia, a small town in the American South. He was educated in the local schools and at the University of Georgia, where he graduated with a BA degree in 1959. He served in the United States Air Force, in which he says he "...flew a truck," as an enlisted man during the Berlin Wall crisis of 1961-62.

He devoted his early adult years to a career in advertising , as an award-winning writer for agencies in New York and London. It was while living in London in 1973 that he decided to pursue an ambition held since childhood, to write fiction. he moved to a flat in the stable yard of a castle in south County Galway, Ireland, and while working two days a week for a Dublin ad agency to support himself, began work on a novel. Shortly after beginning, he discovered sailing and , as he puts it, "Everything went to hell." The novel was put temporarily asidewhile he spent all his time, " an eleven foot plywood dinghy against small children, losing regularly."

In the autumn of 1974, a friend invited him to help ferry a small yacht up the west coast of Ireland, and the bug bit even harder. Shortly thereafter, his grandfather died, leaving him "...just enough money to get into debt for a boat," and he immediately decided to go to the 1976 Observer Single-handed Transatlantic Race (OSTAR). He moved to a gamekeeper's cottage on a river above Cork Harbour and had a boat built at a nearby boatyard. He studied navigation and sailed on other people's boats every chance he got, then, after completing a 1300-mile qualifying voyage from the Azores to Ireland, he persuaded the Race Committee to accept him as an Irish entry.

He completed the race in good form, taking forty-five days, and in 1977 his memoir of the Irish period, Blue Water, Green Skipper was published in London and New York. While sporadically working on the novel, he completed another book, A Romantic's Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland, published in 1979.

Chiefs, Woods' long-awaited novel, was published in 1981 to wide critical and popular acclaim, garnering excellent reviews and winning the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Chiefs was filmed for television as a six-hour drama starring Charlton Heston. Following his success with that novel, Woods published a string of fiction that established him as one of the most popular writers in the world.

Orchid Beach is Stuart Woods' eighteenth novel. His previous books, Run Before the Wind (1983), Deep Lie (1986), Under the Lake (1987), White Cargo (1988), Grass Roots (1989), Palindrome and New York Dead (1989), Santa Fe Rules (1991), L.A. Times (1992), Dead Eyes (1993), Heat (1994), Imperfect Strangers and Choke (1995), Dirt (1996), Dead in the Water (1997) and Swimming to Catalina (1998) have been translated into Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Serbo-Croatian, Czech, Japanese, and Hebrew and there are millions of copies of his books in print around the world. Several of Stuart Woods' novels have been optioned for feature films and television movies.

Stuart Woods lives on the the Treasure Coast of Florida and Litchfield County, Connectict. He still flies his own plane, and sails.


Key West, Florida; Mt. Desert, Maine; New York, New York

Date of Birth:

January 9, 1938

Place of Birth:

Manchester, Georgia


B.A., University of Georgia, 1959

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New York Dead 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 153 reviews.
Justine-the-Bean More than 1 year ago
I've read all the books in the Stone Barrington series completely out of order. So, when I picked this one up knowing it was the first, I read with the mindset of having no idea who this particular character was. It was interesting to actually read about the incident that retired Stone and to get a bit of a history on the relationship between Stone and Dino. I can honestly say if I had never read any of the other books in the Barrington series, this one would for sure have me coming back to read the others. Interesting story line with a few twists and turns that I never saw coming, of which, only Stuart Woods can bring about. I'm close to finishing all his books and eagerly anticipating the new ones yet to come. He is by far, my fost favorite author to date!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From reading the initial review,I expexted to find much more sex in this book and am glad to say it was not there. I thought the charaters were very believable. This is the first of Stuart Woods books I have read and I Will be reading more. Good Job
Perry_Mason More than 1 year ago
What can you say about the Stone Barrington series? The characters are the same, there's always Elaine's and Stone can't keep the same girlfriend from book to book. But these are all qualities that endear readers to this series. Although Woods produces these books at a high clip he somehow manages to throw enough in each one to keep us coming back for the sequel. Like all the books in the series, this one is an easy read and a great book to take on vacation.
emsphatgyrl More than 1 year ago
Althought it seemed as if it was a slow starter picked up and wound up with a surprise ending that I enjoyed... He is a great author and this was a good one for his first book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decided to try a new author, glad I did, looking forward to more reads from this author
AuthorsWebTVHost More than 1 year ago
The first of a very long and beloved series, New York Dead is the only one I read out of order. Knowing what the future held for the characters didn't affect my interest in the book at all. If anything, I picked up the back story to what made Stone Barrington who he is all these years later. A fabulous beginning to a fabulous series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should have been the first in my library, I now know how all the characters met. Good read.
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Loved it! I'm hooked on Stone I have some catching up to do!
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Trolli2 More than 1 year ago
Mr. Woods writes with clarity and finesse. He is a writer that other writers could take a few lessons from in developing plots and scenes for the reader to follow and try to anticipate the result herreof.
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ChargerFanDS More than 1 year ago
This is the first in the Stone Barrington series. I have read several but this one was very good and interesting on how he left being a policeman and went to being a lawyer/investigator. Don't miss this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a Stone fan and this one I missed. Love it.
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First Stuart Woods I read. Wanted to start series with first book loved it. Great entertaining mystery. Could not put it down
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Fantastic page turner highly recomend