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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 (With: Brett Battles) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Smolder (By: Brett Battles) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Holly Barker Books

Publication Order of Ed Eagle Books

Publication Order of Herbie Fisher Books

with Parnell Hall
Barely Legal (With: Parnell Hall) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Rick Barron Books

The Prince of Beverly Hills (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beverly Hills Dead (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Teddy Fay Books

Smooth Operator (With: Parnell Hall) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Money Shot (With: Parnell Hall) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skin Game (With: Parnell Hall) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bombshell (With: Parnell Hall) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jackpot (With: Bryon Quertermous) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Obsession (With: Brett Battles) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Golden Hour (With: Brett Battles) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Will Lee Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Blue Water, Green Skipper (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
A romantic's guide to the country inns of Britain and Ireland (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Extravagant Life (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Barrington Universe Books

Chiefs (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Run Before the Wind (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deep Lie (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
White Cargo (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grass Roots (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
New York Dead (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Santa Fe Rules (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Choke (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Run (1995)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
Orchid Beach (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
Orchid Blues (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Short Forever (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Orchid (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Capital Crimes (2003)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
The Prince of Beverly Hills (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Iron Orchid (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Short Straw (2006)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
Beverly Hills Dead (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Santa Fe Dead (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hot Mahogany (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mounting Fears (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Loitering with Intent (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hothouse Orchid (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kisser (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lucid Intervals (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Santa Fe Edge (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
Smooth Operator (With: Parnell Hall) (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
Barely Legal (With: Parnell Hall) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Quick & Dirty (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unbound (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Money Shot (With: Parnell Hall) (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
Skin Game (With: Parnell Hall) (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
Bombshell (With: Parnell Hall) (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
Jackpot (With: Bryon Quertermous) (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 (With: Brett Battles) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Obsession (With: Brett Battles) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Most Woods novels take place in the same universe and this is a listing of them in order.Chronological order and publication order is the same except The Prince of Beverly Hills, then Beverly Hills Dead, fall first chronologically.

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.

Sailing

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.

Writing

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.

Chiefs

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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57 Responses to “Stuart Woods”

  1. Marty Graham: 4 weeks ago

    Oh, I just heard of his passing. My heart is broken and now I won’t even loan any more of his books out. I just bought one today which I assume was and is his last. R>I>P and write for them in heaven 🙂 <3

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  2. Penny Palmatier: 1 month ago

    I am sorry to have just learned of Mr. Woods passing. My sincere condolences to his Family. I have spent many pleasant hours reading & rereading all of his books. Mr. Wood’s books are a treasure.

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  3. Hedy: 2 months ago

    Miss Mr. Woods books very very much. His character of Stone Barrington is brilliant. I wondered if he would have eventually had Barrington and Holly Barker marry. I am re-reading all of his books. RIP

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  4. Donna K: 3 months ago

    I have loved Stuart Woods books from the time I found them. I am so sorry at his passing but memories of him and his stories will never go away!

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  5. HerbErt Fisher: 6 months ago

    I am truly sorry to hear of his passing. Natuarally my favorite book is “Dirty Works”, and I have introduced more than 20 new fans to Mr. Woods books because of his Herbie Fisher character and I having the same name, Rest in peace, you are still here in your work

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  6. Lana: 10 months ago

    I was saddened to just learn of Mr. Woods’ passing. I have read almost all of his books. I am currently reliving the life of Stone Barrington (my fav). I absolutely love Tony Roberts on the audiobooks. I would love to see the series continued

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  7. D Stevens: 10 months ago

    I just finished Near Miss and must say that I was very disappointed. There was a little plot and the dialogue were short one-liners. Battles cannot compare to Stuart Woods. I am glad I got it from the library and did not waste the money buying it. I have all Stone Barrington novels in my personal library

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  8. Ruth Bie Brown: 10 months ago

    I miss him, and knowing he is “gone” makes me miss him even more as there are no more Stone Barrington books to look forward to. He was indeed one of a kind -I’ve read ALL his books and listened to many on audio. What a wonderful legacy he has left – and thank goodness WE CAN ALL REREAD his words!

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  9. Cathy H.: 1 year ago

    Was deeply saddened to hear Mr. Woods passed away. I have thoroughly enjoyed slowly reading all the Stone Barrington novels in order and am just starting Foul Play. I enjoyed the all the characters, Stone’s lavish lifestyle and the cross over from his other series. Sincere condolences to his family.

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  10. Scot O: 1 year ago

    Started with Palindrome on a recommendation from a friend. Then Chiefs and all the Will Lee series. Now onto Holly Barker. I love that he went UGA like me, incorporates familiarities of the South like Cumberland island, small town culture, aeronautics, sailing, firearms, and how he crosses over characters. The summary should have also included how Holly Barker shows up in the Will Lee series and how the Villains (not to spoil it) also show up in a couple series. Amazing how prolific Woods was with up to 3 or 4 books a year sometimes. Rest in Peace Mr Woods. And Go Dawgs!!

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  11. Ilene Lane: 1 year ago

    I just discovered today that Stuart Woods passed away last year. I felt as though he would be here for a lifetime, but just wishful thinking. I’m quite sadded about his passing. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading his books and hope to read all before I pass. Easy reading and quite enjoyable. Thank you Mr. Woods for all the reading enjoyment you have given your fans. Hugs

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  12. Clarence Richardson: 1 year ago

    Stuart Woods books are great. With a bout of Covid and the pandemic I have read 32 of his books. Looking to reading all of his work.

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  13. ANTHONY LETTEREL SR.: 1 year ago

    I GOT TURNED ON TO STUART WOODS BY THE LIBRAIAN IN MY LOCAL LIBRARY. NEEDLESS TO SAY I’VE READ ABOUT 27 OF HIS BOOKS TO DATE THRU THE PANDEMIC. MY FAVORITE IS TEDDY FAY. I’M SORRY TO HEAR OF MR. WOODS PASING, HE HAS GIVEN ME COUNTLESS HOURS OF READING PLEASURE. RIP

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  14. Andrea: 1 year ago

    I am going to miss Stone Barrington…

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  15. Dottie Williams: 1 year ago

    So sorry to hear of his passing. The Stone Barrington series was very entertaining and I wonder if it will be continued with his co-writer? Also, Tony Roberts characterizations are a joy to listen to.

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  16. Tommy G Henry: 1 year ago

    Love Stuart Woods writing. I am proud to say that I own ALL of his books in hardback, many of them are first editions. My Grandson will have quite am extensive library when I pass on from this world

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