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Publication Order of Stone Barrington Books

New York Dead (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dirt (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead in the Water (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Swimming to Catalina (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Worst Fears Realized (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
L.A. Dead (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cold Paradise (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Short Forever (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dirty Work (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reckless Abandon (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two Dollar Bill (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Harbor (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fresh Disasters (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shoot Him If He Runs (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hot Mahogany (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Loitering with Intent (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kisser (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lucid Intervals (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Strategic Moves (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bel-Air Dead (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Son of Stone (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
D.C. Dead (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unnatural Acts (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Severe Clear (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Collateral Damage (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unintended Consequences (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Doing Hard Time (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Standup Guy (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Carnal Curiosity (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cut and Thrust (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Paris Match (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Insatiable Appetites (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hot Pursuit (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Naked Greed (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Foreign Affairs (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scandalous Behavior (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Family Jewels (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dishonorable Intentions (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sex, Lies & Serious Money (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Below the Belt (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fast and Loose (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Indecent Exposure (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Quick & Dirty (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unbound (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shoot First (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Turbulence (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Desperate Measures (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Delicate Touch (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wild Card (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Contraband (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stealth (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Treason (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hit List (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Choppy Water (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shakeup (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hush-Hush (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Double Jeopardy (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Class Act (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Foul Play (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Criminal Mischief (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Safe House (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Dog (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Distant Thunder (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Near Miss (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Smolder (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon
Formerly a detective for the New York City Police Department, Stone Barrington is the fictional lead character in over 20 novels written by Stuart Woods. Stone was born into a wealthy family, and likely would have inherited the family fortune had his parents not been cut off due to their rebellious natures.

This behavior was one thing Stone apparently did inherit. His outspoken behavior leads to his termination from the New York City Police Department after fourteen years on the force. Stone starts out in the series as broke and in debt. He would likely have been homeless had his great aunt not left him her Turtle Bay Townhouse that he has been every dime of his renovating.

Prior to his career on the force, Stone attended college and received his law degree from New York University, and when it seemed like Stone had reached the bottom of the barrel he was confronted by an old law school friend offering him an opportunity to work for the prestigious law firm, Woodman and Weld.

Although the position was better than filing for unemployment, Stone had to deal with all of the clients that the law firm did not want to be associated with. “Stone is humorous, classy, sarcastic, well educated, well dressed, handsome, rich, single and well heeled. It is a given that Stone will get into deep-trouble without asking for it.” (BookReporter 2011) Like his creator, Stone is also an experienced pilot and frequently references his aircraft throughout the series.

New York Dead

After witnessing television newscaster Sasha Nijinsky’s near death experience of falling 12 stories from her terrace, Stone Barrington becomes engulfed in her case, especially when Sasha disappears after her ambulance collides with a fire truck. When the NYPD quickly pins the supposed murder on her lesbian lover, Stone is not so easily convinced and takes the case farther.


In the sequel of the Barrington series, Dirt, Stone finds himself investigating a case for Amanda Dart. A gossip columnist herself, Amanda has become the victim of an anonymous writer out to ruin her.

Dead in the Water

In this third addition to the Barrington series Stone is enjoying his much-needed time off in Saint Marks. However, his vacation is short-lived, when the seemingly innocent Allison Manning arrives onshore with her yacht containing one less husband than when she left. Convinced she is innocent, Stone is the only one that stands between Allison and Sir Winston Sutherland, the minister of justice in Saint Marks.

Swimming to Catalina

After Arrington leaves Stone broken hearted for the Hollywood star, Vance Calder, she goes missing and Calder asks Stone for help in finding her. Dealing with his ex’s fiancé is the least of his problems when he realizes he has absolutely no leads to go on. Stone must set his feelings aside and rely on his intuition to solve this missing person’s case.

Worst Fears Realized

Worst Fears Realized forces Stone to search his past for a killer, that he may have known once before, when people he is close to start dying. Stone’s problems escalade when Arrington, Stone’s ex, clashes with his current girlfriend, a Mafia princess. The only good news is he gets to work with his old partner Dino Bacchetti.

Other Novels in the Barrington Series

Stone Barrington goes on to be the leading role in 25 other novels written by Stuart Woods including L.A. Dead in (2000), Cold Paradise in (2001), The Short Forever in (2002), Dirty Work in (2003), Reckless Abandon in (2004), Two Dollar Bill in (2005), Dark Harbor in (2006), Fresh Disasters in (2007), Shoot-Him-if-He-Runs in (2007), Hot Mahogany in (2008), Loitering With Intent in (2009), Kisser in (2010), Lucid Intervals in (2010), Strategic Moves in (2011), Bel-Air Dead in (2011), Son of Stone in (2011), D.C.-Dead in (2011), Unnatural Acts in (2012), Severe Clear in (2012), Collateral Damage in (2013), Unintended-Consequences (2013), Doing-Hard Time (2013) and Standup Guy (2014).

The next two novels, Carnal Curiosity and Cut and Crust are set to be released in 2014. The most recent novel in the Barrington series, Standup Guy, was published recently on January 7, 2014. In this novel, Stone helps out a gentleman with some legal advice and thinks nothing of the situation until the case takes a turn for the worst when the man’s activities are somehow related to a long-ago-crime and Stone gets caught up in the middle of it all.

About the Author

Stuart Woods was born on January 9, 1938 in Manchester, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1959 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Shortly after that he enlisted in the United States Air Force, beginning his career in the advertising industry, and was stationed in New York.

Less than a decade later, Woods moved to London and spent three years there before moving to Ireland in 1973 where he began writing his first novel, Chiefs, which was published in 1981. During his time in Ireland, Woods also took up sailing, competing in races including the Mirror National Championships, the Observer Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race in the year 1976, and the Multihull Offshore Cruising and Racing Association Azores Race in the year 1975.

Along with sailing, Woods is also a licensed, instrument-rated private pilot and owns a Cessna Citations Mustang. Wood’s second novel was actually a guidebook which included over 150 establishments in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

It was titled A Romantics Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland and published in the year 1979. Although none of the Barrington novels received awards, Chiefs, was adapted into a miniseries that was nominated for three Emmy Awards and one Eddie Award.

The success of the miniseries actually sparked interest in the novel which led to Wood’s winning and Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America. He has also had 30 consecutive novels listed on the New York Times Best Seller list. In Addition to the Barrington series, Woods has also completed seven Will Lee novels, five Holly Barker novels, four Ed Eagle novels, two Rick Barron novels, eight standalone novels, and two nonfiction pieces.

Woods is married to Jeanmarie Cooper, and they own four homes; one in Key West Florida, one in Mount Desert Island, one in Maine, and one they occasionally use in New York City. They share their homes with a Labrador retriever named Fred.

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16 Responses to “Stone Barrington”

  1. Linda Krieger: 1 year ago

    I started reading Mr. Woods novels about 5 years ago, I continue reading the Stone Barrington novels, they are witty, fun, and captiving.
    I enjoy them so much that I have collected about half of them in hard cover for my personal library, when I have the entire series I will enjoy reading them again in order.

  2. Eddie Kerstein: 2 years ago

    With the passing of Mr. Woods will there still be a novel released after Distant Thunder? It was to be released 12/27/22. It was untitled.

    • Graeme: 2 years ago

      I don’t believe it has been confirmed yet whether there will be more or not, but I have a feeling it may continue at least for a book or two.

  3. andrew: 2 years ago

    Man, just saw that Stuart Woods passed away recently. Will miss the books. They were always fun easy reads.

  4. George Voss: 2 years ago

    I discovered your books while recovering from surgery. Once I found out it was a series, I immediately started requesting them in order from my local library. I pick up Black Dog tomorrow to finish up the currently available books in the series. We have missed “Worst Fears Realized” as the only copy available was checked out but never returned. I may have to buy it as it will always haunt me to not be able to say I’ve read the entire series. Great volumes, all.

  5. Steve Reinke: 2 years ago

    I noticed that at least a character out of each book is from Delano, GA. I believe, if I remember correctly, that Will Lee is fro Delano. What if any is the significance of Delano, Georgia?

    • John: 1 year ago

      Stuart Woods was born and raised in Delano, Georgia and also has lived in New York, Southern California, Virginia, New England, and Key West (as I also have, which is why I enjoy his novels so much.) We both have also traveled in the Caribbean a lot.

      • F. Mitch: 10 months ago

        No, Stuart was born in Manchester, GA. He uses Delano as a pseudonym for Manchester. He explains the connection in his biography “An Extravagant Life”. The bio is a very interesting read. Check it out!

  6. Thomas Green: 2 years ago

    when will the next Stone Barrington book be coming out?

    • Graeme: 2 years ago

      Hi Thomas – the next novel is Black Dog currently scheduled for August 2nd.

  7. Carolyn Harlin: 2 years ago

    when will a safe house be released

    • Graeme: 2 years ago

      It’s scheduled for March 22nd, 2022.

  8. Cora Mullikin Fellenstein: 3 years ago

    I have been avid reader of the Stone Barrington stories for several years. My only regret is not finding them in the correct order. Going back and picking up the missing ones now that I have to read on-line. At age 91 I still enjoy reading. Thank you for sharing your talent/gift with us.

    • Gord Folk: 4 months ago

      Have read every book up to Contraband. Actually some for the 2nd time. They are very easy to find in order.

  9. Karl Lanteigne: 5 years ago

    From the moment I first picked up a novel by Stuart Woods, I knew it wasn’t going to be the last one. I was captivated from page one, then I discovered the Stone Barrington series and my days became consumed with literary brilliance. I am currently working on the eighth installment in this “masterpiece of mystery”. I highly recommend anyone who is reading this to pick up one of his books, you will not be disappointed and if you’re like me, you’ll want to start at the beginning.

    • Vivian: 8 months ago

      I am 94 and started Stuart Woods books a few years ago. So far I have read every book he has written. Was so sadden to hear of his death.
      His literary ability will be gravely missed. Rest in peace my friend.


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