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D.C. Dead (Stone Barrington #22)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  2,592 ratings  ·  256 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 301 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Signet (first published December 22nd 2011)
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Ms Athos
Well, this had to be the MOST misogynistic Stone Barrington yet (and that is saying something!) I read (or should I say, used to read) Stuart Wood's books for escapism--Stone has plenty of money, a great townhouse, a jet (!), a loyal best friend, and exciting cases to solve. In this one, however, Stone's complete self-involvement (or Woods' lack of a good editor) allows two more beautiful women to die unnecessarily. In this book, it is as if Woods cannot eliminate strong, successful women fast e ...more
Jay Connor
I fear the day has arrived. Stuart Woods has lost his touch.

Now Woods was never an overambitious author. His novels are fun, tight stories with clearly etched characters delivered in 300 pages or less. Perfect for a nonstop from Atlanta to LA, including a break for dinner in first class.

Woods has been developing a stable of characters to assist in churning out a new novel every six months without going the franchise route that has so diminished James Patterson. With the exception of Ed Eagle, al
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Reving
The reviews on amazon for D.C. Dead were terrible. I'm not saying this book is any more than what I always say the Stone Barrington books are: Private and Privilege for adults, but a lot of the reviews claim that Woods' books have gone down hill. I actually don't remember them being any better than they are now. I started reading them maybe twenty years ago, so maybe I am just forgetting, but to me, they were all was just candy, guilty-pleasure fantasy. When were they more than that? Sure, Chief ...more
Leslie Lange
Apr 24, 2012 Leslie Lange rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: simple-minded folk
Recommended to Leslie by: a gift from someone who said he didn't like it much
Wow! I was shocked by how bad this was--especially the second half. Just...shocked. As one reviewer put it: "Two particular bad plot holes: First, Stone gets a call that essentially identifies the killer. He lies to his friends about who called, and then for the rest of the book apparently forgets the contents of the call, as he is clueless about who done it. Worse, at one point Stone is telling B that A is dead (truthfully). Later B is murdered and Stone thinks A did it! And no one seems to not ...more
Deborah
Like I said Son of Stone was sort of a prequel to this book. Actually he was just setting up his fans with new characters. Not completely necessary. In this book since so many came back. Holly Baker, Lee, Lance, Teddy Faye to mention few. Stone Barrington is in washington dc with his buddy Dino. This book starts where SOn of Stone ends: after bringing his son Peter to college and after Arrington's death. Stone & Dino are asked to investigate the apparent murder suicide of a white house emplo ...more
Derk
OK, so I've read most of Wood's books and should know what to expect--a ho-hum read. But this one was worse this usual. I would give it one star, but I did finish it. At one point the hero's second (Dino) says "we've been asses." That accurately sums up the characters behavior. Two particular bad plot holes: First, Stone gets a call that essentially identifies the killer. He lies to his friends about who called, and then for the rest of the book apparently forgets the contents of the call, as he ...more
Hapzydeco
Gratuitous boudoir scenes. Execrable plot. Next time someone calls lets hope the real Stone Barrington and Dino Bacchetti show up.
PepperP0t (ireadthatbook.com)
3.75stars
Getting into 22nd installment of this comfortable to read cozy mystery series finds Stone adrift. Things have been permanently settled with Arrington, Peter & Ben are off to school but before Dino and Stone can drown their sorrows at Elaine's, Holly Barker pops in with a new mysterious case in Washington D.C. Since there will be no re-election bid and there aren't any political aspirations in the offing, President Will Lee and his CIA Chief wife Kate Rule Lee feel their uneasiness a
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Gail
Spoiler alert. Way too many mistakes in this book. Mike Freeman of Strategic Services got a name change to Mike Newman; Stone was told that Milly lived in Georgetown in a house with a black door a block from the Trasks but in the next chapter he didn't know where she lived and found her at the Watergate; Charlotte died before Fair (which was acknowledged) but in the next chapter the guys decided to pin Fair's death on her. Never did find out how the lipstick got on the stone/brick (?) or why Sto ...more
G G
This book is vintage Stone Barrington, a character whom I've always liked. That being said, the book was not without its faults.

I had a problem with the fact that neither the CIA nor the FBI nor, for that matter, Stone or Dino, suggested contacting a cell phone provider to obtain a list of calls. The deceased (one of many, by the way) had received a call on her cell phone, presumably luring her to her death. Everyone involved seemed to be totally stumped by the fact that the phone couldn't be fo
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Ruth
I always enjoy a good Stone Barrington mystery but was very disappointed in Son of Stone. I was happy to see that this book showed that Wood could still spin a good tale.

Stone and his friend Dino are invited to come to DC by the president and First Lady themselves. They want them to use their investigative skills on a year old crime. A friend and worker in the White House killed his wife and then committed suicide. The president and First Lady don't believe that he killed his wife or himself. St
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Clare
The Trifecta! - Stone & Dino, Holly and Lance, Will and Kate. Well, actually, it's a quad-fecta, since Teddy Fay returns, along with Lauren Cade.

This book picks up after Arrington's death, when Stone and Dino are having empty-nest syndrome.They head to Washington DC at Holly's request on behalf of Will Lee to investigate a murder that the FBI cleared.

This was a good one, as I only briefly suspected the killer, and then dismissed it.


But P.S. How is it that Stone does not have an STD by now?
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Katy
Teddy Faye is Stone's, Holly's, and Dino's nemesis, but now they have another one, the killer of this whodunit. In Washington, the murder and then a few days later the suicide of the spouse should have been been just that. But President and First Lady Will and Kate Lee ask Holly, Dino, and Stone to investigate it just to be sure. As they do more women are murdered, and they uncover someone called The Mad hatter from an Alice in Wonderland story. As the killer is revealed, and it's surprising who ...more
Marjorie Johnston
I thought someone else had written it under Stuart Woods name. The characters were no longer sophisticated and clever but came across as horny teenagers with limited vocabularies. The plot was thin and predicatable. Very, very disappointing. Far from Woods usual hard to put down page turners.
Greer Andjanetta
A weaker story than usual. Stone and Dino (the two major characters of the series) are sent to Washington D.C to investigate a year-old murder. The murder occurred on the grounds of the white house but despite the facts that the crime was investigated by federal agencies and over a year has passed, super-cop Dino finds, within a couple of minutes of looking a stone lying in a garden which has blood and other material on it and which turns out (surprise! surprise) to be the murder weapon.
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Michele Creech
I picked up this book because my husband enjoys all of the Stuart Woods books. It was a very quick read - I finished it in a few hours. I didn't hate it, but there was not a lot of characterization. I prefer novels where I feel like I know the characters. There were also times where "poetic license" was taken to the extreme. The President's wife is head of the Central Intelligence? Central Intelligence (Woods' version of the CIA) are not completely investigated and reinvestigated? There were als ...more
Joe Nowak
D. C Dead is yet another story of Stone Barrington. This time we see the lawyer/former homicide detective, working for the CIA and the first family. It seems there was a murder/suicide at the White House and the President doesn't believe the official reports. Barrington and his friend, NYPD Homicide detective Dino Bishetti, (sp?) are contracted to dig deeper. They do dig deeper and we find a convoluted series of affairs and bedroom activities (as usual with Barrington) before all the answers bec ...more
Allynn Riggs
Listened to CD while driving 3,100+ miles in ten days. The perfect kind of book to keep driver and passenger awake and interested. I enjoy the stories of Stone Barrington immensely. The narrator is able to use voice changes for most of the characters which boosts the listening pleasure. The political intrigue was tight and not far-fetched. Love the mix of spy, murder, politics and romance. The balance Mr. Woods maintains throughout the series is remarkable and I pick up techniques which I may be ...more
Ralph
I am a new fan of Stuart Woods Stone Barrington novels.
Carole
The President wants a year-old homicide reinvestigated so the CIA calls in two men from New York who do sometime work for them. One is a New York detective; the other is a lawyer who was formerly a police detective. They are to quietly check out all the evidence collected a year ago and see if they find anything new. In searching for the killer, they end up with new bodies to find the murderers of, who somehow are tied to the original murder. Every time they seem to be making headway another wom ...more
Susan
Book #22 of the Stone Barrington series. I enjoy this series very much from Stuart Woods and have loved his characters. As the series goes along some writers lose their touch in keeping their characters real and not boring. I think some authors just get plain lazy at cranking them out. Not Mr. Woods. Stone is awesome and so is Dino. I always love when Holly Barker comes to town or in Stone and Dino's case come to Washington DC. It's up to Stone and Dino to solve a case that is considered closed ...more
Mason
For his latest mystery, author Stuart Woods brings the main characters from three of his series* together for a search for a killer.

CIA Agent Holly Barker contacts Stone Barrington and NYPD Detective Dino Bacchetti on behalf of President Will Lee. A sensitive case needs their discretion and expertise.

Lee will soon be leaving the White House and he and his wife, the CIA Director, want to know for sure if a former member of their cabinet killed his wife and then himself. The investigation leads St
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Leslie
Stone Barrington is 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.


Joining Stone on his trip to DC is his friend Dino, a New York homicide detective. They are needed in Washington to investigate the murder/suicide of a White House staffer accused of killing his wife. The president doesn’t believe the dead man was g
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Martha
AARP porn.

The main characters are all eligible for AARP membership, and they all revel in older people's fantasies - salted steaks, drinking at all hours, parenting children introduced fully formed (and going to an Ivy League school), piloting airplanes, and driving fancy cars. Sorta out of an old "Dynasty" episode, complete with shoulder pads.

I guess the biggest suspension of reality centers around the procedural part - like the Secret Service / FBI would be ok with the original explanation of
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Alistair
Ugh.............

There is no way to say it nicely............Stone is finished (for me at least). Stuart Woods has given up and his editors should be fired. Please see some of the other reviews, for the plot holes that are so bad that it makes you wonder.....why bother (even writing this short review). To repeat them is just reduntant.

I knew things were going to be tough after the last book which was also poor. I hoped that by bringing together so many of his other characters, Holly, Teddy etc et
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Laura Graves
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I started this audiobook because I received a copy from the publisher. Frankly, I didn’t think it would do much for me, but I was pleasantly surprised. I found myself thoroughly entertained by the mystery. I think I’ve just found a few genre to explore. I’ve already checked out the first book in this series so I can catch up on what I’ve missed from Stone’s previous years.

Though I like Stone, I’m much more intrigued by some of the other characters
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Bill
The Stone Barrington novels are back on track [I hope] with DC Dead.

The last few Stone Barrington novels have been interesting because they dealt with family, friends and financial wealing and dealing. They were not horrible but I missed the good old days of Stone and Dino working together to catch the bad guys.

DC Dead is a great book with all the things that originally drew me to the Stone novels. Stone and Dino are whisked off to DC in order to investigate what may be a suicide but could also
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Quillracer
Another typical Stuart Woods Stone Barrington novel--lots of flying, lots of Knob Creek, lots of dining at fancy restaurants, and lots of sex. Having just lost his wife, Arrington, on their wedding day in the previous novel, Stone wastes no time hopping into the sack with Holly Barker and another woman in this one.

This one didn't have much in the way of car chases or gunplay, mostly it was Stone and Dino questioning people about a murder that evolved into several murders and discussing what they
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Charles
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L.a. Presas
I've been a faithful Stuart Woods fan since his first Stone Barrington novel but I must say I'm really disappointed with this one. Events seem randomly strung together and he seems to have abandoned continuity altogether.
After the death of Stone's wife, Arrington, he and Dino are summoned to DC by high ranking CIA agent Holly Barker, a one-time small town sheriff (and star of her own Woods series) and sexual conquest of Stone's. They'd previously agreed to, on an as needed basis, assist the Agen
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Stuart Woods is the author the New York Times-bestselling Stone Barrington series and Holly Barker series. He is an avid private pilot, flying his own jet on book tours. You may see his tour schedule and learn more about the author on his website.

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