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New York Dead (Stone Barrington #1)

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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  6,539 ratings  ·  262 reviews
It Was Just Luck

Everyone is always telling Stone Barrington that he's too smart to be a cop, but it's pure luck that places him on the streets in the dead of night, just in time to witness the horrifying incident that turns his life inside out.

Suddenly he is on the front page of every New York newspaper, and his life is hopelessly entwined in the increasingly shocking life
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Debbie
I have been reading Stuart Woods books for a long time. I especially like the Stone Barrington series but not necessarily in order. I started Son of Stone and didn't like it at all but I had to finish it when I found that in order to make a later book make sense I had to find out what happened to Arrington. What I have had a problem with is the dialogue. I just doesn't set right - not bad enough to make me stop reading but it just doesn't always seem quite right somehow. "Hello, Dino." "Hello, S ...more
Katy
In this Stuart Woods book, we find Stone Barrington in his first outing. He is a Lt. Detective on limited duty due to a bullet he took to his knee and has decided after an evening out to walk home in order to get some exercise to it when, in a case of being in either the right place at the right time, or wrong place at the wrong time, he witnesses a woman falling from a building. It turns out to be a rather famous TV personality who was scheduled to take her place as a co-anchor on a prestigious ...more
Dawn
The main character in the book, Stone Barrington, is not your typical New York cop. He went to law school but became interested in police work during his stint in school. As a foodie and oenophile, and with his white collar background, he's also supposed to be somewhat more "cultured" than the average cop, although this doesn't keep him from condoning the use of offensive, negative terms for minorities and lesbians.

Stone is on medical leave recovering from a bullet to the knee when a woman, Sas
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 Marla
Serious language and sex in this book, but story moves along and it's interesting. Stone sees newscaster, Sasha Nijinsky, fall from her balcony and ends up leading the investigation.

Likes:
* Stone Barrington is an honest NYC cop who went to law school, then went to the police academy instead of taking the bar exam
* Pretty good book, for setting up the background for the series
* Dino Bacchetti, Stone's Italian partner
* Frank Woodman, law firm partner
* Bill Eggers, law firm partner and Stone's law
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Rex Fuller
This was my first by Woods. I was really impressed with the quick, easy, and enjoyable reading. Glad I found a new author with an extensive list.
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Loved the start of this series!!! I can't believe I hadn't read Woods sooner! Boy have I been missing out! This story had a lot of suspense! When I thought I had it down on who the killer was and what happened to SN I was wrong!

The book is very fast paced from the very beginning when a news reporter falls to what is thought to be her death. It is soon discovered that she is not dead but alive and still breathing. The ambulance is called and rushes her to the hospital. Along the way to the hospit
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Sue
Book one of the Stone Barrington Series; I thought it was an excellent start to a series. Stone starts out as a detective on the NY police force with a Law Degree. He’s always been considered out of place on the force, too smooth, too moral. Cops are definitely on display as fallible, they sometimes make wrong choices due to political pressures which at times is in conflict with what's morally right. Nicely complex disjointed murders, a beautiful willful woman, celebs galore as well as a man cha ...more
Joe White
This may have been the last good Stone Barrington book. It actually had a plot with several twists and suspense leading up to the final pages with the final revelations. In this book, Stone was still a police detective and hadn't adopted the smug wealthy lifestyle which becomes the consummate profile of later Stone books. He actually experienced a brief look at financial disaster, and entered the book wearing ordinary clothing. His adoption of expensive clothing and absorbing the finer lifestyle ...more
Keith
Everyone tells Detective Second Class Stone Barrington that he’s not a good match with the New York Police Department. He’s too smart to be a cop and his background from old money is resented by other members on the force. But even with his law school background he thinks that being a detective is one thing he does well. After he witnesses the apparent suicide of a beautiful and well known TV anchorwoman he watches his entire life turnaround as he’s caught up in a string of unsolved and seemingl ...more
Cheryl
Solid mystery. I actually read the book this time instead of listening to it. It was an easy read with nice short chapters. I like it that way. Easier to handle just one more chapter before falling asleep.

This is Stone Barrington's first appearance in a series written by Stuart Woods. He is a detective second class just coming back from a serious knee injury. He gets caught up in a mystery involving a celebrity news anchor when he sees her plunge from the roof.

Nothing is as it seems. While Barri
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Jessica
I have to say I am quite disappointed by this one and wondering whether i misremembered how much i enjoyed this series. I think i mostly read later ones which could be why i didnt enjoy this one as much. I remember Stone as being a cross between Bond and Bogie-in a word epic and a riduculously masculine scale. The stone in this book was more a love sick puppy (even when it became utterly ridiculous) than anything else. at first it was kind of an amusing take on a guy's idea of love (basically ju ...more
Melanie Pennington
I've been looking for a series of crime novels to read, and somehow I've never read Woods' Barrington before. I started with book 1. It took a little getting used to as the book is somewhat dated (pub. 1991), but I felt it was important to start at the beginning. I'm looking forward to working through this series, as Barrington is an engaging and likable character somewhat out of the ordinary in crime/mystery series.
Lee
I had read the second Stone Barrington book, 5-6 years ago. And, after I found out the series had been going on for awhile. So since I'm anal in reading series in order, had to start finding the others.:)
It was good to find out how he was "forced" out of the police department, and started working for a lawyer firm for investigations they need. Good quick read, with Stone digging for clues, and available women.
Jessica
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Jeph Lewis
Seriously? "Stone Barrington"? Why not name him something slightly less lame. Like Gary Hamsterpants or Hardcastle McCormick?

This book is bad. Like, James Patterson bad.

In the beginning, there was light. And then Stuart Woods wrote this book and G-d totally took away the light just so that no one would have any light by which to read this horrible book.
An Odd1
Detective Stone Barrington is fired after witnessing beautiful bisexual TV anchorwoman Sasha Nijinsky plunge from her hi-rise balcony then stand and talk, vanish after her ambulance crashes. He has theory she could be alive. Lusty Cary, assistant to suspect Barron Harkness, alibi confirmed by Stone's partner Dino, keeps Stone's brain in bed, pointed to marriage, gets him great new job. (view spoiler) ...more
Dawn rizzi
MY BEST FRIEND GOT ME HOOKED ON STUART WOODS AND THE STONE BARRINGTON NOVELS. I LOVE THEM I WAIT FOR APRIL AND OCTOBER EVER YEAR TO GET HIS NEXT ONE. I WISH I COULD GET INTO MORE SERIES LIKE THIS. ANYONE HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS LET ME KNOW. I ALREADY READ ALEX CROSS SO I AM LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE.
David Caldwell
First in the Stone Barrington series.

This is before Stone because successful and rich enough to buy his way out of his problems. You can still connect with him as a common man. Roller coaster book. Fairly predictable but the fun is the ride itself.
Richard
The first novel in the Stone Barrington series and a very enjoyable one. Just a good, well written storyline, very easy read and not too long. All based in New York, one of my favourite cities and it's great to read about the less well known areas as well as the more popular parts. I really warmed to the main character, who had flunked his law exams and then became a cop/detective. He first witnesses a woman falling from a 12th floor building, only for her to disappear, apparently still alive. I ...more
Jerry
Oct 09, 2014 Jerry rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jerry by: A friend
If the rest of the series is like New York Dead, I'm very happy to have been turned on to Stuart Woods. The last 6 chapters held me, and I couldn't put it down, even though we were late meeting friends for dinner.
Hilary LiDestri
My love affair with Stone began here and even though I've always seen him as a more handsome version of Chris Noth, Stuart insists he's blondish- so ... Bradley Cooper is my vote.
Tracy Gonzalez
Predictable but I tend to enjoy series with these conflicted, complicated cop types. Although Harry Bosch and Lucas Davenport are still my faves.
Daelith
Definitely a page turner. Kept me well intrigued. I'll be reading more of the Stone Barrington series.
Frederick
Excellent! First book of the series. I'll be picking up #2 soon.
Michelle
I don’t have a great first impression of Stone Barrington, based on this first book in the series. I started at book 1 because a friend gave me a boxful of Stuart Woods’ books. Then again, the setting is the early-1990s, and the racism, sexism, and derogatory insults that are freely thrown about seem so out-of-date. Casual sex seems to be Stone’s modus operandi, but when I thought the “love-interest” was out of the picture, I started to like Stone a little better; but wait, here she comes again ...more
Marti
Here we have the first of the Stone Barrington stories, where his injured knee causes him to be retired from being a police detective with partner Dino Bachetti, causing him to instead go back to his law background and pass the bar exam. He unfortunately becomes sexually entangled with a woman who has no affection for him. The title refers to Sasha Nijinsky, a bisexual tv anchor who takes a fall from a tall building. Even though Stone Barrington continues in all the books to be a horndog, I stil ...more
Mike Tueros
After blazing through series from my favorite authors, I've come to the point where it's time to try a few new ones, including Stuart Woods, and his longtime fan favorite character, Stone Barrington. In "New York Dead", the reader is introduced to the lead character who is a NY police officer with a background in law. Not your typical "A" personality, Barrington is a smart character whom is easily likable and makes for an enjoyable read. In this first effort, Barrington is walking home after a f ...more
Debbie
I had "read" (audiobook) Stuart Woods' first book Blue Water, Green Skipper in book club and was mildly interested in his personal sailing exploits. Found him to be a bit full of himself. I ask family members their favorite reads and his name came up. Funny I did not make the connection that the Stone Barrington series author was the same one I had read before. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, plot and NYC setting in this story and wouldn't hesitate to read more in this collection. W ...more
JBradford
I whipped through three Stone Barrington novels in sequence earlier this week--and then discovered that this other Stuart Woods book in my pile was the first one of the series, which I had not known because the silly publisher did not include that fact on the cover page, even though many of the 26 other Stone Barrington novels are listed on the flyleaf. So I came to the game late, having read at least half a dozen of the total 27 novels in the series (including one that is going to be released i ...more
Joe
This book felt right from the start! Stuart Wood's writing strolls along effortlessly yet has more twists and turns than about any author I’ve read. The very effective element of surprise in ‘New York Dead’ stands this one up beside a Robert Ludlum novel. The surprises were truly unexpected and kept me completely disoriented.

Stuart Wood’s characters are also very well done. Stone Barrington’s exclusion for being ‘white bread’, as well as his financial difficulties and bout of unemployment was in
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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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“Check Jersey and Westchester, too. On Long Island, just check the fancy private clinics. I want this woman found this morning, dead or alive. When you find her, Stone and Bacchetti get the interview, unless it’s deathbed stuff. Nobody, but nobody says a word to the press except” 0 likes
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