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The Short Forever (Stone Barrington #8)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  4,435 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
The unflappable Stone Barrington comes face to face with two men whose lives are wrapped in shadows and lies—and who both still feel the sting of betrayal they can never forget. 

Between a Rock and a Hard Place 

Hired by an odd client previously unknown to him, Stone arrives in London, on a mission he thinks he understands, but doesn’t. Soon he finds himself not only out of
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 28th 2003 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published April 15th 2002)
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Jul 16, 2012 Ray rated it it was amazing
Anyone who gave this book a bad review might want to re-think why they read Stuart Woods' novels. They are not classic literature. They are escapist fiction. You need to check your disbelief at the door. I haven't read a Stone Barrington novel in a while and I don't understand why I don't read them more often. I was caught up in Stone's world. I couldn't put the book down. It was a fun 300 pages. I'd love to go to Elaine's and meet up with Stone and Dino for their next adventure. Stuart Woods' a ...more
Kent Woodger
Feb 04, 2014 Kent Woodger rated it liked it
Everyone always has lots of money in Woods' Stone Barrington novels. This mystery/crime edition was fast, light reading (two days) and fairly entertaining as long as credibility is suspended. Not up to four star level.
Peter Charleston
Apr 02, 2017 Peter Charleston rated it really liked it
Nice trip to England and enjoyable reading.
Laura Ruetz
Jan 14, 2016 Laura Ruetz rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fan of the Stone Barrington novels, having discovered them in the last few years. Stone is a down to earth lawyer, who certainly leads an interesting life. Favorite characters like Dino, his ex cop partner, are back in this story, which just adds to the wonderfully mix of interesting and engaging characters, as well as new ones.

This one was a mystery wrapped up in the mystery, and the levels of intrigue made it a fun, thrilling read. Very solid and fun book. The characters are well w
Karen Taylor
Sep 25, 2015 Karen Taylor rated it liked it
I found this book in a beach house rental. It was a fast read and the first I have read by the author. Stone Barrington, a former cop turned lawyer/investigator, sets off on an adventure with many twists and turns. The book was interesting up until about 3/4 of the way through. Then I started getting confused with new characters introduced and in-fact the primary character expresses his confusion as well. I also felt he became a little unbelievable as it seems every woman that crossed his path w ...more
Mar 22, 2015 Montessahall rated it did not like it
This insipid story recycles the same basic plot and literary devices from prior books in the Stone Barrington series. A dreadful mash up of; stolen identities of dead people and using similar character names from previous books in the series. Also deceitful, lying, beautiful women who prey on rich, stupid sex led men for their money. Eat,drink,sex, repeat...
Matt Vesci
Dec 05, 2012 Matt Vesci rated it it was ok
Seems that we are already recycling plots and this is only book 8 of how many?? Even the names seem to be similar Vance Calder...Lance Cabot. Rich husbands/fiancees ending up dead and the wife/girlfriend is setup to make millions? Still kind of fun, but I'm starting to wonder if I will make it through the series or give this up as dead on arrival.
May 10, 2010 Rhonda rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Stone Barrington takes a job and has to go to England. Secrecy, lies, deception, and death surround the case. Okay so far.

I will not read another by Stuart Woods. Booze, women, & sex are included too much & are not relevant to the plot.
Jun 02, 2014 Jeanne rated it it was ok
Recommended to Jeanne by: Rod Julkowski
Stuart Woods introduced so many characters into this mystery that it was difficult to keep them all straight and how they added anything to the plot other than to complicate things.
Jul 21, 2010 Denise rated it it was ok
The books are getting more and more far-fetched. . . . even James Bond didn't have/get/give this much sex.
Jul 07, 2016 Dennis rated it liked it
Brain candy , and not exactly top shelf.
Michael Redd
Jun 06, 2013 Michael Redd rated it really liked it
Usual romp with Stone and the gang...on to the next adventure!
Feb 21, 2013 Jodi rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Just found Stone Barrington to be a pompous jerk and couldn't really get into this story. Guess it is a whole series but I won't be looking for other books to read in this series.
Denice Hogan
Jun 04, 2017 Denice Hogan rated it really liked it
Was a book that kept my interest. Stone Barrington's typical travels filled with so many different turns and twists. Most of the time you did not know what was going to happen next
The only thing I did not like was his graphic sex scenes. I feel it did not add anything to the book and were unnecessary
May 13, 2017 Pam rated it did not like it
I use these books as a break between other, heavier, novels. Although this one was so repetitive that it couldn't even hold my attention. Hoping the next one is better. Since there are 40 in this series, I'm thinking they do get better.
Jun 08, 2017 Nu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! My grandmother gave me this book and now I need the whole series!
Brad Harrison
Jul 13, 2017 Brad Harrison rated it it was ok
Next one start with Stone girlfriend standing up and getting married will be the last one I read.
Jun 14, 2017 Mollie rated it really liked it
I was not familiar with Mr. Barrington! This book came to me via the Rescue Mission bookshelves and I will pass it on, with great pleasure.
D.B. McBrierty
Jul 16, 2017 D.B. McBrierty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read very complicated but enjoyable

Great book I enjoyed completely

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 dumb requirement may it's time to stop writing these
Jenny Rowe
May 13, 2017 Jenny Rowe rated it really liked it
Quick read! Enjoyed!!
Mar 14, 2017 Eva rated it really liked it
An interesting read. Stone Barrington is in England, for the most part, in this novel, working a job through Woodman and Weld for a client he doesn't know -- and who isn't whom he appears. Between trying to track the man and woman he was sent to England to investigate and dealing with the maybe intentional killing by being knocked overboard a yacht of a long ago friend's fiancée, Stone has his hands full -- and he seems to be going nowhere fast. Until Dino, his former partner, and my favorite ch ...more
Oct 06, 2016 Andrea rated it really liked it
Early Stone Barrington, #8. Stone takes a job offered by John Bartholomew through Woodman and Weld, the law firm where Barrington is 'If Counsel' Bartholomew asks Stone to go to London, meet with his niece, and hopefully bring her back to the US. The Bruce is currently living with an American named Lance Cabot (a major player in future Stone Barrington novels). He gives Stone a large envelope of currency, makes his reservation at the Connaught Hotel, and transports him to England on the Concorde ...more
John Wintersteen
Oct 16, 2016 John Wintersteen rated it liked it
Typical enjoyable book. Good to read if you do not need to pay attention to the plot.
Oct 12, 2016 Russty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable story in the Stone Barrington series...
Mar 11, 2017 Emma rated it really liked it
My favorite Stone Barrington story so far. Fun, entertaining, and suspenseful. Still a playing who doesn't use the word penis which is annoying, but maybe that is a sign of him being a man child.
Jul 26, 2013 JBradford rated it liked it
My brother turned me onto Stuart Woods a couple summers ago when he passed on to me a box full of books he was done with (some of which I have not yet gotten around to reading), and I have enjoyed the ones I read, so I was happy to pick up four more of his books at a recent library book sale (at $3 a bagful, which I could not resist). I was then even happier to find that three of the four were Stone Barrington novels and in sequence, so reading the three of them one after the other was like read ...more
Jul 24, 2010 Jerry rated it liked it
Stone is back, but hard to follow meandering plot...

Prolific Stuart Woods is back with his 8th Stone Barrington novel, of his 24 fictional works to date. If he had accidentally called Stone "James Bond" it would have been just as believable, as Barrington sleuths in espionage and intrigue during the day, and drinks and bed hops during the night. Traveling to London via the Concorde on an unlimited expense account, much of this book seems devoted to the lifestyles of the rich (even if not famous
I enjoyed listening to audio cassette tape version of The Short Forever by Stuart Woods. This is my first experience with this author. Tony Roberts was the reader. First a note about Mr. Roberts, he does the men’s voices very well but the women all seem older and have deeper voices than usual. But this reading was still a lot of fun.

Stone Barrington is new to me. I wasn’t prepared for his willingness to trust people so much and he seemed a bit naïve but also had an odd way of viewing life. At th
Jul 31, 2010 Rebekkila rated it it was ok
Shelves: bookcrossing, mystery
Hired by an odd client previously unknown to him, Stone arrives in London on a mission he thinks he understands, but doesn't. Soon he finds himself not only out of his territory, but out of his depth as well. Stone is baffled by the behavior of both his quarry and his client, and his life is further complicated by two possibly three murders and the affectionate attentions of two former lovers. When the intelligence services of several countries become involved, he can only hang on for a wild rid ...more
Mar 16, 2014 Devon rated it really liked it
I was first introduced to Stone Barrington, the hero who always gets the lady and his man in `COLD PARADISE'. I started in the middle of the series because the premise of that particular book interested me but once I finished, I was hooked on the series. Stone Barrington is a 007 type of agent minus the flashy equipment, but he is every bit as much the ladies man. In `THE SHORT FOREVER' Stone is hired to watch over the niece of John Bartholomew, a very rich and very influential man who supplies ...more
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