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Fresh Disasters (Stone Barrington #13)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,196 Ratings  ·  218 Reviews
With "Dark Harbor," Stuart Woods proved yet again that he is the master of the popular crime novel. Now he outdoes himself with the newest addition to the series. Stone Barrington embarks on his most dangerous adventure yet when he takes on a job as a lawyer for a sleazy and clueless con man-and ends up getting embroiled in the underworld of the New York mafia. It started ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Putnam Adult (first published January 1st 2007)
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Annis Marney
Jul 27, 2007 Annis Marney rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Someone stuck in an airport
OK. I'm not proud of this one, but I was given it by a friend who was moving back to Mobile and didn't want to pack a cheap hardback. I needed a break from the Gettysburg drama and read this page turning pice of crap. Wow. The protagonist's name is (I couldn't make this up) Stone Barrington. He's (naturally) an ex-cop, now lawyer, dashing, heavy drinking, and unattached. Need I say more? He eats steak and drinks artisan bourban, saves women in distress, and catches killers. Enter at your own ris ...more
Aug 16, 2007 Kate rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mystery/Fun lovers
Shelves: haveread
Love the Stone Barrington novels...Start from the beginning, New York Dead.
Nurse Lisa in Ohio
I shamelessly admit: I am in total spellbound fascination with the "Stone Series". (if that makes sense?)

While this was not a five star intallment in the series, it was a fast read with really good dialogue amongst the characters, something I personally adore.

I really recommend reading this series in order; it fliws better that way...ah, heck...maybe I am just a sucker for the semi-womanizing, slick, rich Stone and his wisecracking, textbook New Yorker BFF Bachetti.

Take it with a grain if salt m
Jun 23, 2008 Sarah rated it did not like it
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Eugenia O'Neal
Jul 28, 2012 Eugenia O'Neal rated it it was ok
The one thing I can say for this book is that it was a fast read! Nowadays, a lot of emphasis is placed on the pace of a book. For some reason, a lot of people want to know that they can get through whatever they are reading quickly.

A fast read should not be confused with being a page-turner. There's a subtle difference between them. A fast read is usually very light reading which relies on a dialogue-heavy narrative. You don't often find much description or character development and the plot i
Christina Leftwich
Mar 30, 2011 Christina Leftwich rated it did not like it
I did not like this book whatsoever. The main character is a shallow, egotistical man that seems to have been created from the mind of a pubescent middle school boy's image of "the perfect guy that all women would swoon over". He possesses am easy button in the form of a cop friend who magically has endless resources dedicated to bailing out the main character, but apparently can not keep his own officers safe, nor seems to have all that much feeling about it, as exhibited by him expressing a fe ...more
Jun 22, 2015 Penny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: woods-stuart
I am really tired of Stone Barrington. This is one of Woods better Barrington books of recent years but all Stone does is eat, drink, have sex, have sex, eat, and then drink! In this book, he is having sex with more than one woman at a time (not in the same session although that will probaly be in his next Barrington book). I could tell which one of his sex partners was going to get "knocked off" (notice I didn't say "knocked you-know-what") because he did not seem to feel too guilty about cheat ...more
May 22, 2015 Dpic rated it did not like it
Audio. Stone character is getting a bit tiresome. Thin story.
Olivia Roy
The book "Fresh Disasters" by Stuart Woods is about Stone Barrington, a lawyer working for a con man. Stone and his competitor competed more with each other rather than their clients, they find evidence against each other to try and make each other look like irresponsible lawyers and so they would loose the case.
Irresponsibility is one of the main themes and this is shown by Stone and his opponents constant bickering and trying to attack each other. The book and plot is well written. This book
May 15, 2009 Jenna rated it really liked it
a typical Stone Barrington book full of sex, murder and drinking! LOL. these are good books to read in between while waiting for your next vampire book!
May 12, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal, action
#13 in the Stone Barrington series. Featuring Ex-NYPD lawyer Stone Barrington, this series is a fast moving mix of soap opera and Saturday matinee serial. A wealthy lawyer, with friends in high places, and no shortage of female companionship, Stone moves in and out of trouble on a recurring basis.

Stone Barrington is pressured by his law firm to take the case of Herbie Fisher, who wants to sue a prominent mob boss for having two goons beat him up to collect a gambling debt. Stone is also in dange
Aug 05, 2014 Carolyn rated it it was ok
Didn't love this one. Very simplistic plot. Lots of fowl language. Not worth the time.
Apr 17, 2015 Nancy added it
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Scott Rhee
Mar 22, 2012 Scott Rhee rated it liked it
"Fresh Disasters" is the first Stuart Woods book I have read, but it is the thirteenth book to feature his detective/lawyer Stone Barrington. Here's what I liked: Woods tells a darn good story, filled with the right amount of suspense and action, tempered with a healthy dose of humor and some snappy dialogue. Woods reminds me of another good mystery writer, the late Robert Parker. Parker's beloved detective, Spenser, was, like Stone, a manly, wise-cracking do-gooder. Here's what I didn't like: S ...more
Aug 23, 2009 Genie rated it really liked it
At the insistence of his boss at the law firm of Woodman and Weld, Stone Barrington takes on a case to defend the bumbling photographer Herbie Fisher. This meant Stone would have to take on mob boss Carmine Datilla called “Dattila the Hun” to whom Herbie owes thousands of dollars in gambling debts. After Datilla's thugs beat him up, Herbie decides to sue Datilla in civil court and wants Stone to represent him. Stone wants nothing to do with the case, but he is strong-armed into taking it by the ...more
Mar 17, 2016 Steve rated it really liked it
March 17, 2016 Just re-read this book for the sixth time. I needed a break from over-dosing on James Patterson and his stable of ghost writers, some of whom I really enjoy and some who I can't even get through a few chapters. But I digress - back to Stuart Woods. I returned to an easy and comfortable read. It seems like I gravitate to this story every 9 months or so. I shall be reading this again, according to my calculations, in November of 2016. We shall see. When you think about it, the divor ...more
I got hooked on Stuart Woods' Stone Barrington series of novels when I happened to pick up Son Of Stone early last November. After reading that one as a regular book, I continued with the series with recorded books and finished 6 more by the end of the year. FRESH DISASTERS was my first one for 2012. I am fascinated by the ability of the reader doing the CD-recording to switch voices instantly among the various characters male and female, American or foreign accents, young or old, etc. The chara ...more
Jun 17, 2007 Pdxstacey rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people on medication
I like Stuart Woods for a dependable, well plotted story. The Stone Barrington novels have a few consistent activities: Stone goes shopping and buys Sea Island Cotton shirts, he eats at Elaines, women like to have sex with him and he'll cook them a steak, and his friend Dino swears a lot.

I knew there was a problem when I saw the book was much thinner than his past books. The margins: huge. To add insult to injury, each chapter has a picture of a man in a hat. No, it wasn't like Harry Potter, it
John Koshak
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Feb 17, 2016 George rated it really liked it
Shelves: overdrive
After 13 Stone Barrington novels, it's pretty much a certainty that Stone's gonna get laid and that...wait for it...his lover is going to be bumped off. Yep, happened here too. Accordingly, the sleazy client makes it through the entire book, alive. Dino plays a great role and the story comes together right at the end. The law firm makes money off the opponent attorney's divorce. Only in a Stuart Woods novel. Next?
Apr 24, 2015 Sheri rated it liked it
Another Stone Barrington series book with Stone and Dino eating at Elaine's nightly. Stone has to sue a mafia boss for battering a client he doesn't want to represent. He also has a case against the lawyer representing the mafia boss. And he has to find evidence that a murderer is cutting off the heads of his victims and has an alibi. Lots of violence and the usual Stone Barrington activity.
Shandi Leonard
Dec 01, 2015 Shandi Leonard rated it it was amazing
Great read. I was enthralled by this book. Stone is still a stud muffin but this time he has more then just the ladies on his hands. With herbie fisher always calling and getting into trouble at the most annoying times, it's up to stone to finish his business as well as watching his own behind trying to keep the young herbie safe. Seriously recommend this Barrington book.
Apr 23, 2009 Kent rated it liked it
Woods writes with a lot of dialog. This really makes the pages fly by. And he writes a gripping story. In this one, Stone Barrington takes on the mafia. He is asked (forcefully) to represent a client that wishes to sue a mob boss for roughing him up. At the same time, he has to deal with a sculptor with a fixation on tall, beautiful women that end up hurt or dead.

Stone sleeps around, and as one Amazon reviewer, didn't even seem to have time to change the sheets between his "episodes." The Stone
Sep 30, 2015 Coleen rated it really liked it
A big Stuart Woods fan, this was one I missed earlier, but found not. Stone Barrington again thinks he is a sex god, but women everywhere can laugh at his opinion of himself. He makes for a good story line. Since this book involves characters at an earlier stage than later novels, I enjoyed seeing how the characters evolved.
Again, an interesting, fast-paced read.
Mar 18, 2015 Singletary rated it it was ok
Herbie Fisher is being sought after by some goons for a $24,000 gambling debt from the Mafia. He decides to sue the Mob boss, Datilla, and Wood & Weldman makes Stone take the case. Also, this sculptor named Dalton is a nut who murders women (usually beheads them) that leave him. (Too many senseless murders of good people.)
Jan 31, 2016 Bibliobabe rated it really liked it
Stone Barrington winds up taking on a civil suit - Herbie wants to sue mob boss Datilla the Hun because his henchmen beat him up when he couldn't pay the $24,000 he owes the bookie. Add a twist with a deranged sculptor and let it go. Not a difficult or involved plot, but fun read nonetheless. Herbie is great comic relief and Stone is at his best doing legal manuevers and getting into trouble. Quick read, enjoyable.
Nov 27, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok
Stone is at it again. He has Herbie as a client a real PIA. He has a new girl friend who has a stalker.
He ends up sleeping/having sex with three different women. Two of the relationships are totally unprofessional and unethical.
He gets a big divorce case too.
Some parts totally unrealistic.
Fluff novel with sex
May 02, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
If you want a witty novel about some of the work a lawyer has to do to make a living read FRESH DISASTERS!

Stone Barrington is councel for a large upscale firm who don't want to get their hands dirty.

Herbie Fisher is a disreputable lawyer with huge gambling debts. After he is roughed up by mafia thugs he decides he wants to sue the head mafioso for damages to his person. Stone is saddled with fulfilling the mans wish and keep him alive to do it. In doing so Stone does battle with the mafiosos la
Greer Andjanetta
Jan 27, 2014 Greer Andjanetta rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable story in the series - this one re-introduces the likeable character Herbie Fisher in an expanded role plus some ne3w females. In an earlier book the author inserted a line spoken to the main character Stone Barrington by his pal Dino which is a perfect summary of this series, i.e. "Everywhere you go people fall dead and women take off their underwear". Very apt!
The Stone Barrington books are such fun reads that I just race through them. This one is full of surprising twists, amusing banter, and nail-biting danger. (Herbie Fisher is back, and drags Stone into difficulties with a mob boss.)
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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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