Stone Barrington Books In Publication Order
- New York Dead (1991)
- Dirt (1996)
- Dead in the Water (1997)
- Swimming to Catalina (1998)
- Worst Fears Realized (1999)
- L.A. Dead (2000)
- Cold Paradise (2001)
- The Short Forever (2002)
- Dirty Work (2003)
- Reckless Abandon (2004)
- Two Dollar Bill (2004)
- Dark Harbor (2006)
- Fresh Disasters (2007)
- Shoot Him If He Runs (2007)
- Hot Mahogany (2008)
- Loitering with Intent (2009)
- Kisser (2009)
- Lucid Intervals (2010)
- Strategic Moves (2010)
- Bel-Air Dead (2011)
- Son of Stone (2011)
- D.C. Dead (2011)
- Unnatural Acts (2012)
- Severe Clear (2012)
- Collateral Damage (2012)
- Unintended Consequences (2013)
- Doing Hard Time (2013)
- Standup Guy (2014)
- Carnal Curiosity (2014)
- Cut and Thrust (2014)
- Paris Match (2014)
- Insatiable Appetites (2015)
- Hot Pursuit (2015)
- Naked Greed (2015)
- Foreign Affairs (2015)
- Scandalous Behavior (2016)
- Family Jewels (2016)
- Dishonorable Intentions (2016)
- Sex, Lies & Serious Money (2016)
- Below the Belt (2017)
- Fast and Loose (2017)
- Indecent Exposure (2017)
- Quick & Dirty (2017)
- Unbound (2018)
- Shoot First (2018)
- Turbulence (2018)
- Desperate Measures (2018)
- A Delicate Touch (2018)
- Wild Card (2019)
- Contraband (2019)
- Stealth (2019)
- Treason (2020)
- Hit List (2020)
- Choppy Water (2020)
- Shakeup (2020)
- Hush-Hush (2020)
- Double Jeopardy (2021)
- Class Act (2021)
- Foul Play (2021)
- Criminal Mischief (2022)
- A Safe House (2022)
Holly Barker Books In Publication Order
- Orchid Beach (1998)
- Orchid Blues (2001)
- Blood Orchid (2002)
- Reckless Abandon (2004)
- Iron Orchid (2005)
- Hothouse Orchid (2009)
Ed Eagle Books In Publication Order
- Santa Fe Rules (1992)
- Short Straw (2006)
- Santa Fe Dead (2008)
- Santa Fe Edge (2010)
Herbie Fisher Books In Publication Order
- Barely Legal (With: Parnell Hall) (2017)
Rick Barron Books In Publication Order
- The Prince of Beverly Hills (2004)
- Beverly Hills Dead (2008)
Teddy Fay Books In Publication Order
- Smooth Operator (With: Parnell Hall) (2016)
- The Money Shot (With: Parnell Hall) (2018)
- Skin Game (With: Parnell Hall) (2019)
- Bombshell (With: Parnell Hall) (2020)
- Jackpot (With: Bryon Quertermous) (2021)
Will Lee Books In Publication Order
- Chiefs (1981)
- Run Before the Wind (1983)
- Deep Lie (1986)
- Grass Roots (1989)
- The Run (1995)
- Capital Crimes (2003)
- Mounting Fears (2008)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Under the Lake (1986)
- White Cargo (1988)
- Palindrome (1990)
- L.A. Times (1993)
- Heat (1994)
- Dead Eyes (1994)
- Imperfect Strangers (1995)
- Choke (1995)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- Blue Water, Green Skipper (1977)
- A romantic’s guide to the country inns of Britain and Ireland (1979)
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Stuart Woods Books Overview
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 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. ‘Suspenseful and surprising.’ Atlanta Journal Constitution ‘Hollywood slick and fast moving.’ Los Angeles Daily News
Coming on the heels of his bestselling Choke, and Imperfect Strangers, Stuart Woods brings back one of his best loved characters, Stone Barrington, who most recently appears in New York Dead, in a fast paced, rollercoaster ride through the high profile world of celebrity gossip. Feared and disliked for both her poison pen and ice queen persona, bi coastal gossip columnist Amanda Dart finds the tables have turned. The unwitting victim of an anonymous gossipmonger who is faxing to national opinion makers an outrageous scandal sheet revealing the details of her on going indiscretions with a nationally known takeover artist, Amanda enlists the help of New York lawyer and investigator Stone Barrington to learn the identity of the faxer. Everybody is a suspect in the world of tabloid journalism. As the faxes grow more scathing and begin to expose the peccadilloes of not only Amanda but other members of the gossip community, Barrington winds up with more leads than he can handle, and an employer who is about to take matters dangerously into her own hands. The world of gossip is turned on its head. It becomes clear to Stone that even the most respected members of the social scene will stop at nothing even murder to clear their names. Irresistible as only good gossip can be, Dirt is a mesmerising tale of betrayal and murder set against a backdrop of the fast paced Manhattan tabloid business; it is filled with the twists and turns that have made Stuart Woods’s nocels international hits.
Stuart Woods has created no better known or loved character than the ex cop, Manhattan attorney, and investigator, Stone Barrington, whose work treads the thin line between the respectable practice of law and the dark side of humanity. In Dead in the Water, Stone has barely arrived in St. Marks, a lovely Caribbean island nation, on a sailing vacation when something very strange happens: A beautiful young woman sails into the harbor, entirely alone on a large yacht. Before long she is under the intense scrutiny of local authorities in the very considerable person of Sir Winston Sutherland, the minister of Justice. The problem is, though she arrived alone, she had departed the other side of the Atlantic in the company of her husband, a well known writer, who is no longer in evidence. Evidence is what fascinates Stone Barrington, and before many pages have been turned, he is all that stands between the apparently innocent Allison Manning and the patently evil intent of Sir Winston, whose motives are unclear. What is clear is that the St. Marks’ system of justice bears little resemblance to the American courts to which Stone is accustomed and that his smallest error could prove fatal to his client Inextricably caught in a swirling storm of island madness and murder, made worse by a hurricane of sensational press coverage, Stone can hardly find the time to indulge his usual romantic inclinations, but he learns that, even under the intense illumination of a Caribbean sun, nothing is what it seems to be, and no one can be trusted. Dead in the Water is a roller coaster ride teeming with plot twists, which have made the novels of Stuart Woods New York Times bestsellers and international hits.
New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods kept a nation of readers glued to their seats as one of his best loved characters, ex cop turned Manhattan attorney and investigator Stone Barrington, battled a viciously corrupt Caribbean minister of justice in Dead in the Water and fought the gossip mongering hordes of the newspaper business in Dirt, proving that the line between what’s legal and what’s lethal can be deadly fire. In Swimming to Catalina,Stone is back, still smarting from his sudden breakup with the brilliant, beautiful magazine writer Arrington Carrington, who has left him to marry Hollywood’s hottest male star, Vance Calder. Then Calder calls Stone for help: Arrington has vanished without a trace, and Calder, refusing to call the police, wants Stone to find her. Arriving in L.A. with little to go on, Stone soon finds himself in the deepest kind of trouble as he nearly drowns in a sea of lost leads and empty clues that take him from Bel Air to Malibu to Rodeo Drive. In a town where the sharks drive Bentleys and no one can be trusted, Stone must use all his wits to find Arrington and keep his head above water…
without losing it. Drenched in Hollywood glitz and glamour, and filled with the dizzying plot twits and turns that have made his novels New York Times bestsellers and international sensations, Swimming to Catalinais Stuart Woods’ fastest paced, most riveting and unabashedly clever thriller yet.
Stone Barrington is Back! Stuart Woods brings back one of his most popular characters, Stone Barrington, in his fifth novel of the life and times of the former cop turned lawyer turned investigator. Stone is in a position that every ex policeman dreads all around him people are dying, and he suspects the killer may be someone he’d put in prison years before. Dino Bacchetti, Stone’s ex partner, now the head of detectives in the 19th Precinct, is not immune either, and the Two men must pool their resources to protect those close to them. Stone’s former love, Arrington, now married to movie star Vance Calder, is back, too, and face to face with a new woman in Stone’s life, one with a Mafia bloodline who may be as dangerous as she is beautiful. Stone and Dino begin to trace their tracks from years before, looking for clues that might lead them to the brilliant killer. From a premier table at the legendary Elaine’s to dark back alleys where Armani clad mobsters with the latest lethal accessories dwell, this nail biting suspense tale takes Stone on a life and death hunt that twists and turns till the very end; a gripping thrill ride that will test him as no case has ever done before. Racing to find a killer, Stone can only pray that his worst fears won’t be realized. Worst Fears Realized is Stuart Woods’s most explosive fun novel yet; an enthralling tension filled tale that will continue to thrill his growing regions of readers.
Each new Stone Barrington novel has brought Stuart Woods more and more fans eager to follow the adventures of the always surprising attorney and investigator. The most recent thrillers in the series have been New York Times bestsellers, from last year’s Worst Fears Realized to Swimming to Catalina, Dead in the Water, and Dirt. In L. A. Dead, Stone finds himself caught between two alluring women one who has been left at the altar and another who is suspected of murder. Stone is in the midst of plans to marry Dolce, the daughter of a New York mafioso, when he is suddenly called to the side of Arrington Calder, a woman he has loved and lost, but never forgotten. To her horror, Arrington believes she is about to be indicted for the murder of her husband, one of America’s most beloved film stars. With both enemies and friends among the Hollywood A list swarming around her, Stone is the only person she can trust to gather her defense. But how much does Arrington actually remember about the night of the murder? And can Stone really trust her? The evidence against her mounts, the trial date looms, and Stone’s feelings for her return. But even he doesn’t know what danger the truth will bring.’Stuart Woods is a no nonsense, slam bang storyteller.’ Chicago Tribune
Cop turned lawyer Stone Barrington, he of street smarts, dry wit, and debonair charm, becomes reacquainted with a case he thought was buried years ago, and must settle romantic entanglements that haunt him still. Allison Manning, the beautiful and enigmatic woman Stone defended against a murder charge in Dead in the Water, mysteriously reappears to request his help with a set of problems she has never resolved, which involve millions of dollars. She fears, too, that somebody might be stalking her, but she’s not sure who or why. She knows of no one better than Stone, who has both the legal experience and the investigative instincts to guarantee her safety.
Stone is happy to enjoy a few days in Palm Beach and to have left frigid New York and the tempestuous Dolce Bianchi behind but before he can dig into this latest case, he comes face to face again with Arrington Calder, the one woman who still holds a key to his affections.
Stone and his partner, Dino, comb the glittering streets of Palm Beach and begin to suspect that more than one person might be after Allison: one so clever he manages never to show his face, but even more frightening, another man everybody has long forgotten. In a search that ranges from the boardrooms of Manhattan to the sumptuous villas that line the Gold Coast, Stone uncovers the sly and greedy plan to steal millions of dollars and reveals the crafty killer behind it in this electrifying thriller.
In The Short Forever, the unflappable Stone Barrington comes face to face with two men whose lives are wrapped in shadows and lies and who both still feel a sting of betrayal they can never forget. Stone’s new client, John Bartholomew, asks him to fly to London in search of a young woman whom he suspects has taken up with a mysterious character. Bartholomew asks Stone to see what he can find to discredit the man, Cabot, which seems a simple enough task, and Stone is eager to spend time in London and with his friend Sarah Buckminster. What Stone finds is more bizarre than he had expected. The woman in question isn’t related to Bartholomew in quite the way he had implied. And it appears that Bartholomew and Cabot, who once worked together on a secretive assignment, now have very different versions of what went wrong. When Stone himself is implicated in a shocking double murder, he and his partner, Dino, know they have stepped into a strange case unlike any other.
Back in New York City after the London adventures of The Short Forever, cop turned lawyer Stone Barrington is approached by a colleague at the firm of Woodman & Weld who needs help with a celebrity divorce case. Heiress Elena Marks needs proof of her layabout husband’s infidelity before she can begin divorce proceedings. When the undercover work Stone sets up turns dirty and catastrophic leaving the errant husband dead and the mystery woman gone without a trace, Stone must clear his own good name and find a killer hiding among the glitterati of New York’s high society. Carpenter the beautiful British intelligence agent first encountered in The Short Forever arrives in New York to begin an investigation of her own; Stone suspects that her case is strangely connected to the dead husband. And he and Dino, his former NYPD partner, are set to face the most bizarre and challenging assignment of their very colorful careers.
Cop turned lawyer Stone Barrington tracks a mobster hiding deep inside the witness protection program in this next thriller in the New York Times bestselling series. Stone Barrington is, once again, right at home in New York City; but this time he is joined by the tenacious Holly Barker from Orchid Blues, the lady police chief of Orchid Island, Florida. In Reckless Abandon, Holly finally makes it to Manhattan, hot on the trail of an evil fugitive from her jurisdiction. Stone is, well, glad to see her, right up until the moment when her presence creates a great danger to both of them and to their surprise, she becomes the pursued, not the pursuer.
Stone Barrington is caught between a clever con man who’s just become his client and a beautiful prosecutor in this stylish thriller in the bestselling series. Two Dollar Bill delivers all the storytelling twists and whip smart banter readers have come to love in Stuart Woods’s thrillers. In this latest, Stone Barrington, the suave Manhattan cop turned lawyer, is back on his home turf facing down a brilliant Southern flimflam man. The fun and action begins with what Stone believes will be a quiet dinner with his ex partner, Dino, but they are interrupted by Billy Bob, a filthy rich, smooth talkin’ Texan, who strolls in and parks himself at their table. He’s in town ‘to make money,’ he says, unwrapping his wad of rare Two Dollar Bills, and in need of an attorney namely, Stone though he won’t say why or when such representation will be necessary. As they leave the restaurant, however, an unknown assailant shoots at Stone and his cohorts and the wily Southerner has spread his Two Dollar Bills around to everyone like confetti. Against his better judgment, Stone offers Billy Bob a safe haven for the night but almost immediately begins to suspect that he’s made several precipitous misjudgments for the slippery out of towner has gone missing and someone has been found dead in Stone’s town house no less. Stone is now caught between a beautiful federal prosecutor and a love from his past, a con man with more aliases than hairs on his head, and a murder investigation that could ruin them all.
Stone Barrington investigates the secrets of a CIA officer’s suicide in this next thriller in the bestselling series. Stuart Woods’s newest bestseller, Dark Harbor, brings us the perfect mix of sexy intrigue and swift suspense that have earned him legions of fans over the years. In this latest thriller, Stone enters the picturesque town Dark Harbor off the coast of Maine, where the shocking deaths of three people have cast a long shadow over this island haven a locale as mysterious as it is exclusive. Stone Barrington hasn’t heard from his cousin, Dick Stone, in years though he has fond memories of a teenage summer spent at his house in Maine. Then, Lance Cabot of the CIA interrupts an otherwise pleasant meal at Elaine’s with news of Dick’s death apparently by his own hands. It seems that Dick Stone, a quiet family man who doubled as a CIA agent, methodically executed his wife, daughter, and then himself or did he? What would cause a loving father and husband to murder his family as they slept? Before his death, Dick had appointed Stone executor of his will, giving him full control of the disposition of a sizable family estate. Was Dick preparing for his suicide, or forewarning Stone of his murder? With the help of his ex partner, Dino, and his friend Holly Barker, Stone must settle the estate and piece together the elusive facts of his cousin’s life and death as a CIA operative. At every step Stone knows he is being watched by Dick’s family and one of them just may be a killer.
With Dark Harbor, Stuart Woods proved yet again that he is the master of the popular crime novel. Now he outdoes himself with the newest addition to the series.
Stone Barrington embarks on his most dangerous adventure yet when he takes on a job as a lawyer for a sleazy and clueless con man and ends up getting embroiled in the underworld of the New York mafia. It started out as just another late night at Elaine’s, where Stone was eating a porterhouse steak and enjoying the company of his friends. But when Herbie Fisher, a notoriously not so sharp swindler, walked in, the pleasant atmosphere turned to ice.
Herbie convinces Bill Eggers, the managing partner of Woodman & Weld, to sign him on as a client with the goal of taking down the infamous mafia boss Carmine Datilla. And even though Stone doesn’t want to have anything to do with Herbie or the mafia, for that matter he is soon coerced into being Herbie’s lawyer.
With the help of his ex partner, Dino, Stone investigates ‘Datilla the Hun,’ and the rest of the mob family, encountering intrigue and danger at every turn. Will Stone finally take a stand, or will he end up at the bottom of Sheepshead Bay?
With the swift action, razor sharp characters, and crackling dialogue that are Stuart Woods’s hallmarks, Fresh Disasters is Woods at the very height of his storytelling powers.
In the newest addition to the bestselling series, Stone Barrington and Holly Barker pursue a master spy and murderer in a tropical paradise where very little is as it seems.
Teddy Fay, a rogue agent last seen escaping an imploding building in Iron Orchid, has been considered dead for some time now. But President Will Lee thinks Teddy may still be alive. In a top secret Oval Office meeting, Stone learns that he and his cohorts, Holly Barker and Dino Baldachetti, are being sent to the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Marks, courtesy of the CIA, to track down Teddy once and for all.
St. Marks is a vacationer’s paradise, but its luxurious beach clubs and secluded mountain villas are home to corrupt local politicians and more than a few American ex pats with murky personal histories. Stone and Holly soon discover that in St. Marks, everyone is hiding something, and Teddy Fay may just be hiding in plain sight.
One night at Elaine s, Stone Barrington back in Manhattan after chasing down the bad guys in the Caribbean meets Barton Cabot, older brother of his sometime ally, CIA boss Lance Cabot. Barton’s career in army intelligence is even more top secret than his brother s, but he s suffering from amnesia following a random act of violence. Amnesia is a dangerous thing in a man whose memory is chockfull of state secrets, so Lance hires Stone to watch Barton s back. As Stone discovers, Barton is a spy with a rather unusual hobby: building and restoring antique furniture. The genteel world of antiques and coin dealers at first seems a far cry from Stone s usual underworld of mobsters, murderers, and spies. But Barton also is a man with a past, and one event in particular in the jungles of Vietnam more than thirty years earlier is coming back to haunt his present in ways he d never expected. Stone soon finds out that Barton, and some shady characters of his acquaintance, may be hiding a lot more than just a few forged antiques.
The newest addition to the New York Times bestselling Stone Barrington series. Dumped by his glamorous Russian girlfriend during dinner at Elaine’s, and running low on cash, Stone Barrington is having a bad week. So his luck seems to be improving when he’s hired to locate the missing son of a very wealthy man lucky because the job pays well, and because the son is hiding in the tropical paradise of Key West. But when Stone and his sometime running buddy Dino Bacchetti arrive in the sunny Keys, it appears that someone has been lying in wait. When Stone very nearly loses his life after being blindsided at a local bar, he realizes that the young man he’s been hired to track may have good reason for not wanting to be found. Suddenly Key West is looking less like Margaritaville and more like the mean streets of New York…
Stone Barrington is back in this thrilling new page turner from the perennially entertaining New York Times bestselling author. Stone Barrington is back in New York, and after a rather harrowing sojourn in Key West, he’s looking to stay closer to home and work on some simple divorce and custody cases for Woodman & Weld. But when he crosses paths with a fetching Broadway actress and sometime lip model Stone gets a little more deeply involved with business than he’d expected. When his new lady love turns out to be a lady with a shady past, Stone and downtown cop Dino Bacchetti realize that her beauty may have an unusually high price…
A brand new page turning Stone Barrington novel from the perennially entertaining New York Times bestselling author. It seems like just another quiet night at Elaine’s. Stone Barrington and his former cop partner, Dino, are enjoying some pasta when in walks former client and all around sad sack Herbie Fisher…
with a briefcase containing $14 million in cash. Herbie claims to have won the money on a lucky lotto ticket, but he also says he needs a lawyer and after a single gunshot breaks the window above his head and sends diners scrambling, Stone and Dino suspect Herbie might need a bodyguard and a private investigator, too.
The new page turning Stone Barrington novel from the perennially entertaining New York Times bestselling author. Stone Barrington is enjoying his usual dinner at Elaine’s when his boss at Woodman & Weld, the law firm where Stone is ‘of counsel,’ walks in, sits down, and hands Stone a check for one million dollars. It seems Stone’s undercover dealings with MI6 have brought in a big new client for the firm, and they’re willing to pay Stone a huge bonus and make him a partner. But almost as soon as he’s taken the deal, Stone gets wind of an impending scandal that might torpedo his big promotion: It may be that the lucrative new client whom he’s introduced to the firm might be a Bernie Madoff in disguise…
In the newest addition to the New York Times bestselling series, Stone Barrington comes face to face with a beautiful woman from his past…
. Stone Barrington receives a rather unexpected phone call from Arrington Calder, the ex girlfriend with whom he has a son. Arrington’s much older husband, the actor Vance Calder, has just died, leaving her a fortune in Centurion Studios stock. Arrington has plans for the money and asks Stone to represent her in the sale of the company. But when he arrives at her home in Bel Air to finalize the deal, things take a nasty turn. It seems many of Hollywood’s rich and beautiful have Arrington and Centurion in their sights, and Stone finds himself dragged into a surprisingly deadly web of intrigue.
A new addition to the New York Times bestselling Stone Barrington series. After an eventful trip to Bel Air and a reunion with his sophisticated and very wealthy former love, Arrington Calder, Stone Barrington is back in New York, and he’s looking to stay closer to home and cash in on his partnership at Woodman & Weld. But Arrington has other plans for Stone…
including introducing him to the child he fathered many years ago.
After a shocking loss, Stone Barrington is at loose ends, unsure if he wants to stay in New York and continue his work as a partner at Woodman & Weld. It comes as a welcome relief when he’s summoned to Washington, D.C., by President Will Lee. The president has a special operation that calls for Stone’s unique skill set, and it’s a mission that will reunite him with his former partner in crime and in bed, Holly Barker.
New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods has entertained and engrossed readers with hisfast paced, suspenseful novels including Swimming to Catalina, Dead in the Water, Dirt, andChiefs. Now from this master storyteller comes a riveting thriller introducing an exciting addition tothe pantheon of fictional sleuths. Smart, attractive, and fiercely independent, Major Holly Barker, thearmy brat daughter of a master sergeant, has been forced into early retirement at the age of thirty sevenas the result of a scandalous sexual harassment case. With the help of her dad she makes the move tocivilian life, becoming deputy chief of police in Orchid Beach, Florida. But below the calm, sunnysurface of this sleepy, well to do coastal island town lies a web of evil and deceit that escalates when acolleague and another associate are brutally gunned down. Alone, an outsider with no clues to go on, findingthe killers won’t be easy for Holly, and her seemingly low key new career soon thrusts her into adangerous game of cat and mouse. Surrounded by a staff of officers she neither knows nor trusts, Hollyfinds help in a most unexpected source Daisy, a Doberman of exceptional intelligence and loyalty whoquickly becomes her inseparable companion and protector. The closer she gets to unraveling the mystery ofOrchid Beach, however, the nearer Holly comes to danger darker and more deadly than any she could everhave anticipated. Filled with the dazzling twists and sizzling turns that have made his novels nationalbestsellers and international hits, Orchid Beach ranks as one of Stuart Woods’s most inventive andbrilliantly drawn works an entertaining, nonstop tale that will keep readers on the edge of their seats asis races from the first page to its exhilarating conclusion.
Chief of Police Holly Barker the hero*ine introduced in the New York Times bestselling Orchid Beach returns with her trusty Doberman, Daisy, to track an unusual band of thieves in this second thriller in Stuart Woods’s newest and most captivating series. ‘Holly Barker tough and tight lipped is fun to watch as she maneuvers among city politicians and wary colleagues, one of whom may be a murderer.’ Entertainment Weekly review of Orchid Beach Holly is on her way to be married to Jackson Oxenhandler, her steady beau, when her wedding day is shattered by a serious crime that takes place very close to home. A highly disciplined team of men hit a bank in Orchid Beach, Florida, and the waves from this robbery nearly capsize Holly’s life. She vows to find these men who have been careful enough to leave nothing behind except the corpse of a bank customer and quickly, she discovers evidence that leads her into the midst of what appears to be a politically motivated clan. Her father, Ham, a retired army chief master sergeant, is her ticket into this strange world, and what Ham inds there stuns both Holly and her FBI contact, Harry Crisp. Holly and Ham find themselves sucked into a whirlpool of crazed criminality and, in the end, the FBI can do little to help them. This time, Holly, Ham, and Daisy are on their own, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Blood Orchid is the third adventure of one of Stuart Woods’s most engaging characters, Chief of Police Holly Barker. This time out, Holly is trying to get her life back together after the shattering loss of her fiance. With the help of her wily Doberman, Daisy, and her father, Ham, she throws herself back into the job with a vengeance. At a local restaurant, Holly and Ham meet a gentleman new to the area, rich and dapper developer Ed Shrine, who has found an evocative name for both his favorite flower and his latest real estate venture: the ‘Blood Orchid.’ But before Holly can settle into her routine again, bullets crash into the home of a friend and a floater is found bobbing in the Intercoastal Waterway. Holly connects these events to the death by sniper fire of two Miami businessmen and a man evading questions at a Federal agency but she can’t imagine how these violent occurrences could be related to her own quiet, unspoiled town of Orchid Beach. Joining forces with a handsome FBI agent, she tracks the clues straight to their source, only to find a scam more lucrative and more dangerous than any this idyllic town or Holly has ever seen.
Holly Barker, the small town cop turned CIA agent, tracks a master of disguise and a consummate killer. Iron Orchid, Stuart Woods’s latest in the Holly Barker series, pits the no nonsense cop against a very elusive killer Teddy Fay, a villain first introduced in Capital Crimes and the sparks fly. Authorities thought they had seen the last of Teddy Fay the ex CIA tech wizard who kills his political targets for sport when his plane exploded off the coast of Maine. But they underestimated him once, and they’re in danger of doing so again. Now they’ve found irrefutable evidence that he is alive and on his way to hit a group who will never see him coming. Holly, having resigned her position as the Orchid Beach Chief of Police to work for the CIA, joins the elite task force tracking Fay in New York City. There, she begins to suspect that there are boulders being left unturned in the investigation. Fay seems privy to too many secrets and employs tricks only an insider would know. He begins to pick off America’s enemies one by one and no one seems the wiser. Can Holly trail her quarry and beat him at his own game? Can she get close enough to find him, and still keep her cover? A chance meeting between Holly and Fay kick starts a high speed chase through the canyons of midtown Manhattan, the Metropolitan Opera house, Central Park, and the United Nations Plaza, all to prevent another assassination before Fay disappears again maybe this time for good. With the signature mix of slick repartee and rapid fire action that has won Stuart Woods many fans over the years, Iron Orchid confirms just why he is a master of the popular crime novel.
A brand new page turning Holly Barker novel from the perennially entertaining New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods.
After Special Agent Holly Barker lets international terrorist Teddy Fay slip through her fingers for a second time, the CIA thinks she might want a long vacation, at least until Teddy is captured and the bad publicity has blown over. So Holly returns to her hometown of Orchid Beach, Florida, where she had been police chief for many years. But a very unpleasant surprise awaits her. Many years earlier, Holly and another female army officer had brought charges against their commanding officer for sexual harassment, attempted rape, and rape. Holly had managed to fight him off, but the other woman, a young lieutenant, had not. The officer in question was acquitted of all charges, and has also left the army for a job as Orchid Beach’s new police chief.
Will Holly return to the CIA? Or will she challenge her old nemesis for control of the Orchid Beach Police Department?
Better Off Dead
Successful Hollywood movie producer Wolf Willett is stunned when he happens to read his own New York Times obituary victim of a sordid triple homicide amid a steamy m age trois with his young bride and best friend. Who’s the corpse? Who wants him dead? And why has Wolf blacked out the entire evening of the grisly crime?
Unfortunatly, the Santa Fe D.A. thinks Wolf has all the answers. With the means, the motive and an inexplicable memory loss, he is promptly arrested star suspect in a murder case that’s making headlines from coast to coast. Then another murder complicates the scenario. With help from hot shot criminal attorney Ed Eagle and with New Mexico’s death penalty as an incentive, Wolf races to clear his name and dodge the real killer in this thrilling novel of mazes, mystery and murder.
Short Straw reintroduces Santa Fe lawyer Ed Eagle, who first appeared in Stuart Woods’s 1992 thriller, Santa Fe Rules. In his first adventure, Ed fell in love with the seductive Barbara Kennerly, and married her against his better judgment. Turns out that Ed should have listened to his intuition. Ed Eagle awakens the morning after his fortieth birthday to find that Barbara has vanished, and Ed’s money from his business, his bank, and his brokerage accounts has been wired to the Cayman Islands. Barbara, it appears, had drugged his birthday wine, neatly cleaned him out and then fled to Mexico, from where she can’t be extradited. And as if that weren’t bad enough, when Ed arrives at work that morning he discovers that he’s been assigned a new client who looks like nothing but trouble Joe Big Bear, a part time mechanic charged with a triple homicide. Ed hires two slightly shady investigators to search for his wife. But when they track Barbara down in Puerto Vallarta, they discover that Joe Big Bear may also be embroiled in Barbara’s plot. Ed soon finds himself caught in a scheme that is much more far reaching and deadly than anyone would have expected.
New York Times bestseller Stuart Woods returns with a fast paced thriller, starring Ed Eagle, the take no prisoners attorney from Santa Fe Rules and Short Straw. When last we encountered Ed Eagle, he had been the target of a murder for hire plot orchestrated by his wife, Barbara, the ultimate black widow. But when Barbara escapes from police custody, Ed knows that not only will his life be in danger but also the life of his new girlfriend, and, of course, of any rich man unlucky enough to be lured into Barbara’s web. To add to his troubles, Ed has taken on a new client, Don Wells, who may or may not have murdered his own wife and son. From the posh resorts of southern California to the New Mexico desert and the seedy hotels of Tijuana, Ed Eagle will follow every lead and hope that he doesn t wind up Santa Fe Dead.
If you run into trouble in Santa Fe, Ed Eagle is the man to see. Ed Eagle, the six feet six, take no prisoners Santa Fe attorney, has recovered from his encounters with Mexican organized crime and more treacherously his ex wife, Barbara. Now a mysterious new client has come his way, one who may shed light into some dark corners of Ed’s past…
and put him in danger once more.
A brash detective enters the Hollywood fast lane jammed with the sort of wealth, glamour, and blackmail it is famous for in this new thriller by the bestselling author of the Stone Barrington series. Stuart Woods’s new novel is a sexy, action packed thriller in the tradition of his best. As the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote about his last novel, Capital Crimes, ‘Woods knows how to deliver a taut, well told tale…
The last two paragraphs will make any reader gulp.’ In The Prince of Beverly Hills, set in Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1930s, Woods introduces a new character that possesses the kind of suave confidence, take charge manner, and clever wit under pressure that his fans will recognize and love at first sight. Rick Barron, a sharp, capable detective on the Beverly Hills force, finds himself demoted after a run in with his captain, but soon lands a job on the security detail for Centurion Pictures, one of the hottest studios. As the protector of the studio’s interests, Barron looks after the cream of the crop of filmdom’s stars Clete Barrow, the British leading man with a penchant for parties; and Glenna Gleason, a peach of a talent on the verge of superstardom. Rick’s easy charm has society columnists dubbing him ‘The Prince of Beverly Hills,’ the white knight of movie stars, until he uncovers a murder cover up and a blackmail scam that threatens the studio’s business and may originate with the West Coast mob. When two suspicious deaths begin to look like double murder, and an attempt is made on Glenna Gleason’s life, Barron knows he is up against wise guys whose stakes are do or die. A dicey war of nerves is on. Set in the era of high style and silver screen romance, Woods’s thoroughly entertaining new crime novel shows us once again why he is a ‘master of the genre’ Los Angeles Times.
New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods returns with the sequel to The Prince of Beverly Hills a page turning novel of murder, political intrigue, and betrayal set in 1940s Hollywood, the era of the ‘Red Scare,’ when almost anyone could be a suspect.
Rick Barron, a former Beverly Hills cop, has risen to head of production of Centurion Pictures, and he’s at the top of his game. But tensions are high in Hollywood, and when Rick’s friend Sidney Brooks, a successful screenwriter, receives a subpoena from the House Un American Activities Committee, Rick isn’t surprised. The witch hunt is spreading, and those under investigation are Rick’s closest friends even his wife, the glamorous starlet Glenna Gleason.
Set in a time of suspicion and uncertainty, Beverly Hills Dead is Stuart Woods’s best novel yet a fast paced and sexy thriller full of the nail biting twists and startling turns that Woods fans always expect.
15 Compact discs. Over 40 years ago, Stuart Woods found a battered chief of police badge in his grandmothers house. It had belonged to his grandfather, who had been shot in the line of duty. The story of the lawmans death inspired Woods to write Chiefs. This novel won an Edgar Award and was made into a popular TV miniseries. In 1919, Delano, Georgia appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delanos second chief of police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delanos third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files. As Stuart Woods riveting tale spans three generations, Chiefs also probes deep into southern small town attitudes and behavior. The residents of Delano, and their reluctance to disturb a familiar social order, provide the perfect environment for this tale of dark secrets and murder.
Will Lee ran from a life of Southern wealth and privilege to spend a peaceful summer on the coast of Ireland. But there is no peace in this beautiful, troubled land. Restless and dissatisfied, Will dreams of shipbuilding and sailing on crystal blue waters. But an explosion of senseless violence is dragging the young American drifter into a lethal game of terror and revenge. For the fires of hatred rage unchecked in this place of lush, rolling hills and deadly secrets. Now Will Lee must run for his life from a bloody past that is not his own and he will find no sanctuary on the rolling waves of the Irish sea. Run Before the WindA breathtaking novel of suspense and high adventure by New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods. Will Lee ran from a life of Southern wealth and privilege to spend a peaceful summer on the coast of Ireland. But there is no peace in this beautiful, troubled land..
The classic techno thriller of superpower espionage from New York Times bestselling master of suspense Stuart Woods!
Sifting through reams of seemingly unrelated intelligence, CIA analyst Katherine Rule discovers a chilling pattern: an ultrasecret Baltic submarine base…
a crafty Russian spy master in command…
a carefully planned invasion about to be launched from dark waters.
Her suspicions, however, are dismissed by those higher up; her theory, they say, is too crazy to be true. But to Katherine, it’s just crazy enough to succeed unless she can stop it. If she’s right, an attack sub has already penetrated friendly waters. Worse yet, the enemy has penetrated deep into her own life, so deep she can touch him. And in this game, one wrong touch can mean Armageddon.
Will Lee has returned to his roots to kick off his campaign for the Senate. A prominent lawyer, he has come back to his hometown of Delano, Georgia, to plan his strategies…
and to argue an explosively controversial case that could seriously damage his political career. For Delano is a town with a dark secret a smoldering hotbed of racial hatred and moral outrage, held in the thrall of a sinister white supremacist group called The Elect…
a breeding ground for violent, evil forces that will stop at nothing to keep the candidate out of office.
At first, Will Lee was running for the Senate. But now he is running for his life.
New York Times Bestselling author of Worst Fears Realized Will Lee, the hero of the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers Run Before the Wind and Grassroots, has finally established himself at the heart of American government as the respected Senator from his home state of Georgia. The road to the White House, however, will be more treacherous and deadly than Will and his wife, Kate, an associate director in the Central Intelligence Agency, can imagine. A decent, courageous, and principled man, Will soon learns he has more than one opponent with whom he must contend. Thrust into the national spotlight as never before, he becomes the target of clandestine forces from the past who will use all their money and influence to stop him dead in his tracks. Now Will isn’t just running for president…
he’s running for his life. Filled with all the suspense and roller coaster plot twists that have become Stuart Wood’s trademark, The Run is this master storyteller at his best.
Someone is out to kill the nation’s high level politicos in this electrifying new thriller in the bestselling Will Lee series. Will Lee, the courageous and uncompromising senator from Georgia, is back now as President of the United States, in this fifth book of the New York Times bestselling series. When a prominent conservative politician is killed inside his lakeside cabin, authorities have no suspect in sight. Then two more seemingly isolated deaths achieved by very different means are feared to be linked to the same murderer. With the help of his CIA director wife, Kate Rule Lee, Will is thrust in the middle of the deadly game to catch the most clever and professional of killers before he can strike again. From a quiet D.C. suburb to the corridors of power to a deserted island hideaway in Maine, Will, Kate, and the FBI track their man and set a trap with extreme caution and care and await the most dangerous kind of quarry, a killer with a cause to die for.
New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods returns with another page turning thriller. President Will Lee is having a rough week. His vice president just died during surgery. Confirmation hearings for the new vice president are under way, but the squeaky clean governor whom Will has nominated may have a few previously unnoticed skeletons in his closet. And Teddy Fay, the rogue CIA agent last seen in Shoot Him If He Runs, is plotting his revenge on CIA director Kate Rule Lee the president’s wife. Plus there are some loose nukes in Pakistan that might just trigger World War III if Will s diplomatic efforts fall short. It s up to President Lee with some help from Holly Barker, Lance Cabot, and a few other Stuart Woods series regulars to save the world, and the upcoming election.
Still Waters Situated on a peaceful lake in the prettiest part of the north Georgia mountains, Sutherland seems like a nice town, warm and quiet. The kind of place where families know their neighbors and children can grow up safe. Run Deep But this picture perfect hamlet harbors a dark evil whispered rumors of greed, incest, and savagery. Buried deep within the lake’s waters are hideous secrets, unspeakable horrors that can turn hair white and drive a person mad. Wicked lies that can kill. And DeadlyNow, one unknowing outsider has the power to reveal the terrifying truth…
if he lives.
They should have killed Catledge. But they let him live while they savagely brutalized his wife and daughter. Let him live while they sent his yacht and his family to the bottom of the Caribbean. Let him live knowing he could never find the killers in the drug towns of Colombia. Then, late one night back in the States, the phone rang. And one word gave Catledge something to live for. One word that launched a one man war against a ruthless outlaw.
When both your past and future spell fear.
Award winning author Stuart Woods has crafted a masterful novel no reader will soon forget. For years, Liz Barwick has been battered by her brutal husband, a famous pro football player. This time it takes an emergency room to keep her from death. Now, the beautiful and talented photographer retreats to an island paradise off Georgia’s coast to find solitude and herself.
As she becomes increasingly involved with the strange and handsome twin scions of the powerful Drummond family, she feels her traumatic memories begin to fade. But when a killer launches a series of gruesome murders, Liz discovers that there is no place to hide not even in her lover’s arms.
After turning a film student’s directorial debut into a hit movie, New York mobster and movie fanatic Vinnie Callabrese takes off for the bright lights of Hollywood, where he begins a new life as Michael Vincent, Producer. A natural born wheeler dealer, he lands not only a major studio deal, but also a gorgeous actress girlfriend.
It isn’t long before Michael Vincent is one of the most successful producers in town, given his knack for bringing in films under budget not too difficult when you’re willing to lie, seduce, intimidate, and even kill to get what you want. But some of the people from his past have long memories and a far reach, and now it’s Michael’s turn to watch his back. Because even in the land of make believe certain enemies and their bullets are very real.
Ex-DEA agent Jesse Warden has seen enough of the inside of a solitary confinement cell to last him a lifetime. Or two lifetimes, which is the sentence he’s serving after being convicted of a crime he was planning to commit, but never did. So when an old buddy shows up with a deal that could spring him from his hell behind bars, he’s ready to listen.
To gain his freedom, Jesse must infiltrate a dangerous and reclusive religious cult that has been stockpiling weapons and eliminating those sent to investigate. From the moment he arrives in the Idaho mountain town where the cult is centered, Jesse finds every aspect of life dictated by the group’s eerie, imposing leader. Pitted against not only the cult but the feds who sent him, Jesse feels control of his own life slipping away, and must make a final, desperate attempt to regain it-or die trying.
Blind Obsession First there were roses and the notes in her mailbox signed simply, ‘Admirer.’ Then, the accident. One minute Chris Callaway was one of Hollywood’s brightest rising stars, starting a new picture that could send her career skyrocketing; the next, she was falling from the unfinished deck of her beautiful new Malibu beach house…
waking up blind, uncertain whether she would ever see again. An optimist and a fighter, Chris is determined not to let anyone know she can barely see. But neither Danny Devere, her hairdresser and confidant, nor Jon Larsen, the handsome young detective form LAPD’s special stalker squad, can stop the notes that escalate into a chilling obsession. And as Stuart Woods’s mesmerizing new page turner races to its shocking climax, only a clever trap can stop the madman from stalking her with beautiful Chris Callaway as the deadly bait.
Step one: The perfect murder Sandy Kinsolving’s once glittering life hangs by a thread; his future depends on his wife’s inheritance and whether or not she’s about to throw him out on his ear. What he wouldn’t give for a solution to his money and marriage problems. If this were an Alfred Hitchcock movie, the solution would be obvious. Enter a stranger with wife problems of his own, who offers a violent and mutually advantageous proposal. Then in the time it takes to whisper a word, Kinsolving’s normal life ends. What radiates like a mirage before him is wealth, security, and freedom. But lurking in the shadows are a brutal murder he cannot prevent and a madman who stalks his every waking moment.
Murder is not a spectator sport. Chuck Chandler has Choked on more than one occasion first as a pro tennis player at Wimbledon, then as a womanizing coach at posh tennis clubs around the country. Now at Key West’s Old Racquet Club, Chuck gets involved with the wrong married woman the enticing Clare Carras, married to an enigmatic older man and soon he is in way over his head. Enter Tommy Sculley, a retired New York homicide detective who has just joined the Key West force, and his young green partner, Daryl Haynes, who turns out to be smarter than he looks. Up to their necks in an investigation of a bizarre apparent homicide, the two detectives barely keep afloat in murky waters. Events take them from the Florida Keys to Los Angeles and back, as a plot emerges that involves not only the dangerous Clare, but a furious West Coast mob boss determined to get back what is his at any cost.