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Stuart Woods Books In Order

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Publication Order of Stone Barrington Books

New York Dead (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dirt (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead in the Water (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Swimming to Catalina (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Worst Fears Realized (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
L.A. Dead (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cold Paradise (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Short Forever (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dirty Work (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reckless Abandon (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two Dollar Bill (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Harbor (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fresh Disasters (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shoot Him If He Runs (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hot Mahogany (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Loitering with Intent (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kisser (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lucid Intervals (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Strategic Moves (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bel-Air Dead (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Son of Stone (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
D.C. Dead (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unnatural Acts (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Severe Clear (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Collateral Damage (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unintended Consequences (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Doing Hard Time (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Standup Guy (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Carnal Curiosity (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cut and Thrust (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paris Match (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Insatiable Appetites (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hot Pursuit (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Naked Greed (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Foreign Affairs (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scandalous Behavior (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Family Jewels (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dishonorable Intentions (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sex, Lies & Serious Money (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Below the Belt (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fast and Loose (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Indecent Exposure (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quick & Dirty (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unbound (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shoot First (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Turbulence (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Desperate Measures (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Delicate Touch (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wild Card (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Contraband (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stealth (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Treason (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hit List (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Choppy Water (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shakeup (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hush-Hush (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Double Jeopardy (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Class Act (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Foul Play (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Criminal Mischief (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Safe House (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Dog (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Distant Thunder (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Holly Barker Books

Orchid Beach (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Orchid Blues (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Orchid (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reckless Abandon (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Iron Orchid (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hothouse Orchid (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ed Eagle Books

Santa Fe Rules (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Short Straw (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Santa Fe Dead (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Santa Fe Edge (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Herbie Fisher Books

with Parnell Hall
Barely Legal (With: Parnell Hall) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Rick Barron Books

The Prince of Beverly Hills (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beverly Hills Dead (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Teddy Fay Books

with Brett Battles, Parnell Hall, Bryon Quertermous
Smooth Operator (With: Parnell Hall) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Money Shot (With: Parnell Hall) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Skin Game (With: Parnell Hall) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bombshell (With: Parnell Hall) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jackpot (With: Bryon Quertermous) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Obsession (With: Brett Battles) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Will Lee Books

Chiefs (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Run Before the Wind (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deep Lie (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Grass Roots (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Run (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Capital Crimes (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mounting Fears (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Under the Lake (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
White Cargo (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Palindrome (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
L.A. Times (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heat (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Eyes (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Imperfect Strangers (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Choke (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Blue Water, Green Skipper (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A romantic's guide to the country inns of Britain and Ireland (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Extravagant Life (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About Stuart Woods:

Stuarts Woods was an American novelist. He was born in Georgia in 1938 and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1959. He then enrolled in the National Guard before moving to New York to start a career in Advertising.

He then moved to London and spent a further 3 years working in advertising before deciding that he wanted a change and he began writing his first novel. It is at this time that he decided to move to Ireland where he lived a solitary life-style, only leaving his home to make money writing adverts for a local television.

He passed in 2022.


Woods moved to Ireland in the 70s and this was where he fell in love with sailing. He spent many years competing in sailing competitions and learning how to be a better sailor. He finally bought his own boat when his Grandfather died and left him some money, so he could afford it. It was then that he took sailing more seriously and spent most of 1974 learning more about sailing.


Woods began writing about his experiences in his yacht races and he was published in 1977, with the book Blue Water, Green Skipper. It seemed like he had found an ideal career based on the thing he loved most, sailing.

Changing Plans

His second book was supposed to about another boat race that he was due to take part in, but the race was cancelled due to inclement weather, so he decided to drive around the UK and write a book about his adventures in county inns.


Woods then went on to write his first novel called Chiefs. He made the mistake of selling the book to publishers unfinished because he thought he would have gotten a lot more for it had he waited until the book was finished.

Norton were the company to publish the hard back, but he felt like the company let him down because they didn’t do much to promote the book. He then contacted Bentham Books, who published the paperback and it was much more successful.

Charlton Heston

In 1983, the book was made into a tv series staring Charlton Heston and Danny Glover. It was aired by CBS over three nights and it ended up being nominated for three Emmy Awards.

The popularity of the tv show meant that more people wanted to read the books and there was renewed interest the paperback version of the books and Woods won the Edgar Award for the Best First Novel.

Series Over Standalones

Woods is one of those authors who are more focused on the series of novels over the standalone. His most popular series is the Stone Barrington Novels. He has just released his 27th novel in the series and he has written 3 more novels, which are set to be released in 2014.

Who is Stone Barrington?

Stone Barrington is a counsel for a law firm. After he finished college, he joined the police and served for 14 years on the force. He left after disagreeing with his superiors and then got a job with the law firm. The novels tell the story of his exploits so far.

In the Stone Barrington novels, Woods is often congratulated for getting the law procedures correct when he has no background in law himself. It is noticed a lot and one fan asked how he gets it all right. He indicates that he is a massive fan of law procedurals such as LA Law and Law & Order, so gets all of his knowledge from there. He has made a few friends who are Lawyers, so if he gets anything wrong, they tell him.

Holly Barker

Holly Barker is a character in another series of books that he writes. She is an ex army officer, and navy-brat. She left the army because of a sex scandal and she has to learn how to live the civilian life. She begins her new life as the Chief of Police and she learns just how dangerous her new life is.

Even though Woods has written a number of series, which focus on the life of a single character, the characters from each of the novels do crossover into other series. For example, Stone Barrington appears in the second Holly Barker novel and he also appears in the second novel of the Rick Barron novels.

Rick Barron

The Rick Barron novels are only two books deep at the moment. Rick Barron was a police detective and he was demoted after a run in with a higher officer. He gets the job as security for Centurion Pictures but finds himself in the middle of a double murder case in the time period that is said to be the golden age of Hollywood cinema.

The first Rick Barron novel, The Prince of Beverly Hills, was meant to be a standalone novel but Woods ended up writing a sequel after he was bombarded with emails from fans asking him to write another. He has no plans to write another at this moment in time.

Further TV and Movies

After Chiefs was made into a TV series, one of his other books was adapted for TV as well. Grass Roots was made into a TV series in 1993. Since then, no other books have been made for TV.

Woods indicates that he would love it for his other books to be made into movies and if a director has read one of the books and wants to buy the rights, then he encourages the writer to get in touch with his agent.

Some other books have been bought to be made into TV, but nothing ever came of it. Chiefs is available on Netflix now and has a cult following, however Woods has no plans to make more novels based on the characters in the books.

Personal Life

In his personal life, Woods loves to fly, having his own planes and he still sails regularly on his own private yacht. He had married before but it ended in divorce and little is known about this marriage. He has stated that he preferred to live the life of a bachelor, but in 2013 he fell in love and married Jeanmarie Cooper. They have three homes, which they travel between, with their dog Fred.

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37 Responses to “Stuart Woods”

  1. robert e bala: 4 weeks ago

    I have enjoyed all Stuart woods books and am sorry he has passed. Maybe his estate will license another author to ghost his style. If there is one criticism it would be his introduction of his political beliefs.

  2. Barbara: 1 month ago

    I love all his books. Thought I read them in all in order but find more to read. How is he still wrting if he passed in 2002.

    • Graeme: 1 month ago

      Oops thanks it was a typo. He passed on July 27th, 2022.

  3. Bob Bartell: 3 months ago

    Am in my late 80s & in poor health.
    As a professional sailor & pilot, we share those experiences.
    Reading his books everyday helps me get through my daily misery!

  4. Tony Mixter: 3 months ago

    Thanks for being an amazing writer. You will be missed

  5. Albert Valdez: 4 months ago

    Did they discontinue the most recent Stuart Woods books on CD? Do not see them available anywhere.

  6. Mike: 5 months ago

    I’m a truck driver. So finding a series like this was great! My first Stuart Woods book was Cold Paradise. It has taken almost 20 years, but I am close to “reading ” all his books

    • Craig Storteboom: 4 months ago

      I’m a trucker too. I believe I have every CD audiobook that Mr. Woods has written. Takes up a whole cupboard in my basement at home. Haha

  7. Terry-Lynn: 6 months ago

    If you’ve never read Under the Lake – 1986, it’s a must read. Not like any book he’s ever written. I’ve read every book in order and now just starting his latest An Extravagant Life: autobiography Incorporating Blue Water, Green Skipper. Maybe Mr. Woods is shaking things up now.

  8. BJ B: 7 months ago

    I have library cards for two substantial libraries – both of which have extensive collection of Wood’s books. I check out the E-Books online and read one every couple of days. Somewhat predictable but it’s nice sitting down with “old friends” and involving myself in their pursuits..Teddy Fay is the favorite..

    • Georgia Jacquard: 5 months ago

      Love all the books. Just finished Jackpot. It is the best ever. Have a list since 2008 of over fifty books I have read of Stuart Woods. Missed the one on Herbie Fisher-need to find that!! Thank you for writting!

    • RLS: 2 months ago

      I also have 2 library cards and agree with everything you said. They are like family. I only read hard cover books.

  9. Yvonne West: 9 months ago

    I have read books by Stuart Woods over many years. Never in order. Recently more in order. I have tired of less warmth of characters and to much causal sex. Looking at other authors.

  10. michael BONTATIBUS: 9 months ago

    Have read every Stuart Woods book and now I am in the
    midst them a second time, but in order of being
    written. Can’t wait til the next page. Mike B.

  11. Dee Arends: 11 months ago

    I enjoyed the Stone Barrington series, but getting bored with the series. Would like to see this series end. Will there be more books added to the Herbie Fisher series? Also enjoyed the Holly Barker series.

  12. KATHRYN YOUNG: 11 months ago

    Just read your latest book last night in one sitting. i can never put your Stone Barrington books down. Hopefully we will get more Teddy Faye soon.

  13. John Kepus: 12 months ago

    I’ve read ALL your books and would appreciate more with Teddy Fay and Holly Barker. Stone Barrington were good but I need more of the others.
    Thanks for the entertainment, it’s very hard to put them down.

  14. Kaye Rundquist: 1 year ago

    Have absolutely loved each & every Stuart Woods novel. Thank you so much for the wonderful fantasies from your books. Continually recommend them to other serious readers.

  15. PJ: 1 year ago

    I am a huge fan of Stuart Woods and have read every single one of his novels. I love Stone Barrington and all of his characters but as of late, the series has gotten so predictable. Mix it up a little please, Mr. Woods.

  16. John E. Winkfield: 1 year ago

    I enjoy all the books involving Teddy Faye. The one where Teddy Faye is in Santa Fe New Mexico

  17. Ed Duncan: 1 year ago

    The Stone Barrington series has been one of y guilty pleasures for years, but lately I’ve been disappointed. I don’t know how Mr. Woods pumps out four or five books a year these days, but he must have a lot of help and editorial support.
    I suspect that he has staff pumping out chapter ideas that he edits and revises.
    Currently reading Hush Hush and I barely recognize the Barrington character, who pals around with a hired killer, to whom he says, at one point, “Would you like to come along, because we may need to kill somebody.”
    The plotting is a chaotic mess, the characters are paper thin and the pace throughout is frantic. It has none of the charm of his earlier books, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to get through it.

    • Linda Stender: 12 months ago

      I love your books in audible my eyes are not as great as they uses to be.
      I like all your books. Teddy Fay, Stone Barrington and Rick Barron books.

  18. Karen G Tracy: 1 year ago

    I have read the Barrington series by snathes–not in order–but am now trying to collect them and re=read them. As a lady said, at 80 you can reread them like new! (poor memory)

  19. James Greeene: 1 year ago

    I have read every most book written by Mr Woods From Grass Roots to Hush-Hush. I really like the ones about Teddy Faye.I am about to start Double Jeopardy. Keep up the GOOD Work.

  20. Patricia C.: 1 year ago

    I have been collecting Stuart Woods books for the past 3 years in hard back only, reading the Stone Barrington novels first in order. I love all these books, I had to take a break when I had eye surgery but since I can read again, it has been non-stop. I love them. Since I can not afford to travel, I live through Stone’s.

  21. Ruby Lee Range: 1 year ago

    I just finished jackpot,it wasn’t a good book.

  22. Dennis Willett: 1 year ago

    Love Stuart Woods as an author but please do not do any more books like Jackpot; it was terrible.
    Love Stone Barrington character, please keep writing.

    • Judith White: 1 year ago

      I agree Dennis, love Stuart Woods but could not get through Jackpot. Please find another co-author. I have read all the book and have all of them twice. I never finished Jackpot.

      • Vince greco: 11 months ago

        I agree
        I like it best with no coauthor

  23. June: 1 year ago

    My favourites of Stuart Woods books are the Teddy Faye
    series and Stone Barrington. I have all his books and
    numbered by release date. Total- 58. Waiting for last two available in July!!


  24. Judi O’Malley: 1 year ago

    Love Stuart woods series

  25. Glen Chateauneuf: 1 year ago

    Have all the books by Stuart Woods except a few of the Will Lee series & have read & enjoyed them all.

  26. Doreen Hoffmann: 2 years ago

    I love all Mr. Woods books and have read most of them in order. I really liked the Ed Eagle series Would love to read more stories about Ed.

  27. Walter Davis: 2 years ago

    I have finally collected ALL of the Stuart Woods books up to 2020. I am 80 years young and have read the whole series several times. This being the advantage of having a poor memory I still enjoy them all. My particular favorite is both of the Holly Barker & the Teddy Fay series. I have a standing order of any new books by Woods and always looking forward to the next one. Thank you so much.

  28. AbbyandSadiesMom: 4 years ago

    Stone Barrington is my favorite character; however, my Stuart Woods books are collectibles. I haven’t read them all yet, but am pretty far into them.

  29. Linda C. Dines: 7 years ago

    My 93 year old Mother loves the Stone Barrington series which we have been reading in the evenings, we are on Paris Match currently.

    • June: 1 year ago

      Stuart Woods books are available on audio cd. Very enjoyable! Especially Dino’s character. And Teddy Faye!


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