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Dead in the Water (Stone Barrington #3)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,994 Ratings  ·  226 Reviews
Stuart Woods has created no better known or loved character than the ex-cop, Manhattan attorney, and investigator, Stone Barrington, whose work treads the thin line between the respectable practice of law and the dark side of humanity. In "Dead in the Water, " Stone has barely arrived in St. Marks, a lovely Caribbean island nation, on a sailing vacation when something very ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 8th 1998 by HarperTorch (first published January 1st 1997)
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Barbara ★
Honestly this was more a sexfest than anything else. Allison Manning jumps right into bed with Stone Barrington (her lawyer) just days (weeks) after her husband whom she claims to love dearly has died. Stone is alone on vacation in St. Marks. Though that was not the intention. His girlfriend was supposed to join him but weasels out at the last moment. Now Stone is all set to propose to her so the man whore elements come as a real surprise to this reader.

I am not impressed with Stone Barrington.
Apr 06, 2014 Katy rated it it was amazing
Please Note: Read and reviewed in 2006. Updating formatting.

My Synopsis: After Stone Barrington is stood up by his girl during a trip to St. Mark's, he becomes involved in a murder trial for a fellow American, a young woman whom the local governmental big-wigs are apparently intent on railroading into a murder charge whether she is guilty or not. Stone, desperate to find some way to pressure the St. Mark's government into backing off, starts a major media blitz in the US and floods the island wi
Jul 31, 2010 Rebekkila rated it did not like it
Shelves: bookcrossing
Stone Barrington only wants a winter getaway from the chill of New York in the beautiful, tropical Caribbean paradise of St. Mark's. But what the lawyer and ex-cop gets instead is the chance to defend Allison Manning. The beautiful young woman stands accused of killing her rich husband on board their luxurious yacht and then burying him at sea.Stone isn't exactly conversant with the island country's law, but this much is clear to him: Allison is being railroaded by the perverse sense of justice ...more
Oct 21, 2010 Doug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fic-s-woods
I love what Woods does here. Sure, Barrington stories are kind of campy and very soap opera-ish, but this is a fast read with all the components of a good murder mystery. For even those of us who think we have it all figured out halfway through, we don't. I sure like a challenge.
Richard White
Dec 09, 2015 Richard White rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
May 25, 2016 Emma rated it liked it
Nice teaser for the next book at the end.

I enjoy the Stone Barrington books, but am getting annoyed at the sex scenes. It is clear the character is promiscuous and enjoys sex. That is great! However, the author refuses to use any words referring to genitalia. If you are going to have multiple detailed sex scenes, avoiding the words penis, butt, etc are not going to make the scene rated PG. There was an authors note at the end of the book quasi apologizing for the character's sexual nature while
Jan 21, 2014 Robby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Mystery Fans
Recommended to Robby by: Self
I should probably rate this a (3.5); least wise for (IMO) the pace of the story content. But because I am a big fan of Stuart Woods and all of his entries into this genre I rated this as a (4). Recommend to all fans of this series/genre. You know, I should probably erase my opening sentence as I set here thumbing through this book again (briefly) since I finished it several days ago; it is actually all in all an in-depth murder mystery with all the necessary components. If one is not familiar wi ...more
Jan 27, 2012 Barb rated it did not like it
I read the first two Stone Barrington books. I put up with the sex portions, although I felt it was a distraction from the (otherwise) good story. However, "Dead In The Water just went downhill for me. It was hard to figure out if there was a story line or just a listing of sexploits. Too bad as I bought about 12 or so of his books at our last library sale. All of his books will be donated back to the library for their next book sale, unread by me. He really seems to be a good author. Seems like ...more
Aug 03, 2015 Ralph rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best Stone Barrington books I have read. It keeps your interest from the very beginning.
Gareth Otton
Jul 16, 2015 Gareth Otton rated it did not like it
Wow. From 5 stars to 1 in just one book... that has to be a new record.

I loved the previous two books in this series. They were both short, fast paced and incredibly enjoyable. What I liked most about them was the author's willingness to insert change into his stories. By this I don't mean a few different details here or there, but actually changing up the formula and creating room for his characters to grow. That seemed to vanish in this book as once more I saw the rise of the cycle that will
Apr 06, 2015 John added it
Recommended to John by: Nancy, as most of my books
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May 14, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal, action, thriller
#3 in the Stone Barrington series. Stone is just starting out in the early entry in a long-running sex and action series. Fun, froth, and fast-reading.

Stone Barrington series - Allison Manning sails the Expansive into the harbor of St. Marks alone. Her husband, noted author Paul Manning, died of a heart attack - according to her account at the coroner's inquest - during the journey. She buried him at sea before completing the sail solo. Sir Winston Sutherland, St. Marks's minister of justice, se
Mike Tueros
Jul 23, 2014 Mike Tueros rated it liked it
The third in the Stone Barrington series, and much like the first two, very easy and fast reading with a decent plot. In this installment, Barrington has arrived in St. Marks where he has rented a boat to sail for a week with girlfriend Arrington Carter. Unfortunately, Arrington is delayed due to weather in New York, and Barrington must wait for her - and does so by spending time at the local bar. During his first night, another yacht docks in the harbor, with two policeman immediately boarding ...more
Carolyn Injoy
Sep 26, 2015 Carolyn Injoy rated it it was amazing
Dead Woods by Maria C. Poets, translated by Maria Poglitsch Bauer I received a free kindle copy of Dead Woods by Maria C. Poets, translated by Maria Poglitsch Bauer, published by Amazon Publishing from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.I gave this murder mystery five stars because it kept me guessing, there were multiple suspects, the characters were well drawn & it kept me turning the pages.Lina Svenson & Max Berg of the Hamburg Homicide Division are partners investigating the mur ...more
Dec 28, 2014 Bill rated it liked it
Spoiler alert, so don't read any further if you plan on reading this book. It's an OK read, but the finish isn't done very well.

Here's are my issues with it:
1) Plot is straight out of male fantasy. Go to tropical island. Girlfriend just can't seem to get there with you as planned. Beautiful damsel in distress pulls up in her giant yacht, finds herself in a contrived murder trial in backwoods island, and needs help. Beautiful woman is also a raging horndog.

2) Lawyer doesn't do background check on
Aug 28, 2010 Garlan rated it liked it
A pretty good read. This is my first book by Stuart Woods. Its a pretty fast-paced, if somewhat formulaic book. The characters were all pretty well rounded, and Woods kept the storyline moving well. I give it a 3 1/2 star, down graded to 3.
David Caldwell
Dec 04, 2013 David Caldwell rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, series
Stone Barrington #3.

I went through a phase were I really enjoyed the Stuart woods books. they were like riding a roller coaster. Predictable in where it is going but the fun was in the ride itself.
Kelly ...
Mar 29, 2016 Kelly ... rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
I began the Kate Shaguk mystery series recently so I have only read the first three. I love the Alaskan setting and feel it actually serves as a character of its own. And in this book we entered the world of crab fishing. It was a really great plot with all the tension needed to keep the mystery moving forward. Kate was in peril. Kate made new friendships. Alaska and its wether played a big role. The "bad guys" were really unlikable and the "good guys" were equally likable. It was good book. The ...more
Jul 26, 2015 Sharon rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Not a badly written book, average. However, this book was written by a man for men, as the main character, a lawyer winds up in bed with the other main female character quite a bit. She's daft. She's facing a possible hanging in a week, facing accusations of killing her husband out at sea and after that putting into port on St. Marks. There the abbreviated and corrupt form of British rule of law is bent on charging her with this crime, which it appears she didn't commit. All she thinks about is ...more
Kenny McGinnis
Oct 26, 2014 Kenny McGinnis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library
I loved it! You couldn't have wiped the roguish grin off my face for the last third of this book.
Sep 07, 2009 Nancy rated it liked it
Recommended to Nancy by: Lois Utterback
Not a great book, but a good story and an easy read.
Jul 14, 2016 Kem rated it really liked it
Right up to the end this book made me angrier and angrier. I can only hope that there isn't a justice system like the one in St Marks in this book. I'm probably being naive. I also know that it is a work of fiction. But all was redeemed near the end. What a surprising ending. It even made me laugh out loud. I still don't know how I feel about Stone. I really don't like that he jumps into bed with what seams like every beautiful woman who smiles at him. Not good judgement and makes him look weak. ...more
Ross Dickinson
I love Stuart Wood's "Stone Barrington" series!
Jul 27, 2016 Carolyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
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Ed Mowrey
The glamour is beginning to appear--which will blossom into trademark Stone Barrington trappings in the later books. The plot twist got me good.

The sex scenes are hardly worth the effort, and the attitudes SB shows towards sex are ridiculously immature.

Basic plot note: Allison Manning on the island empire St Mark's at the mercy of Sir whats-his-name, SB saving the day with the help of the not-so-senile Sir Leslie Hewitt. Horrible outcome to imagine the hanging of anyone on such flimsy evidence.
May 17, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
I think this book was nothing but a continuation of the same old trope: the main character is a man whore.

Stone Barrington is supposed to be on vacation with his girlfriend of a year. When she isn't able to come, he ends up involved, both legally and nakedly, with an American woman accused of murdering her husband. This is nothing but a continuation of the same plot outline as Dirt, book two in the series. If you don't mind reading the same thing over and over again, this series isn't bad. Other
Apr 30, 2009 Sharon rated it really liked it
In St. Marks, death by murder is punishable by hanging. Little did Stone Barrington know that his long-awaited vacation was going to be interrupted by a legal case from Hell.

Stone Barrington is a retired cop and a New York lawyer on a beautiful Caribbean island alone. He has been stood up by his girlfriend who has an exclusive interview in the States with her ex-boyfriend and Hollywood’s top leading man. Just when he starts to relax and enjoy his vacation, Allison Manning sails in on a huge yach
Oliver Schnusenberg
May 04, 2012 Oliver Schnusenberg rated it really liked it
My second Stone Barrington novel, and this one was better than the first. I think it has been a while since I read a novel from the late 90s (my other vice - dystopia, is not that olda genre, at least the more recent YA series), so I really enjoyed the faxes, looking for payphones, etc. the characters had to engage in to get in touch with each other. Was it really that recent that we all decided to be constantly available?

I would have given this one five stars - I loved the plot. At first, I did
Joel Ungar
Sep 29, 2013 Joel Ungar rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
If you don't want to know the ending of this book then don't read the review. Suffice it to say that the ending to this book is almost identical to "Choke" by the same author and that really annoyed me.

I thoroughly enjoyed "Choke" by the same author, so I was very much looking forward to reading another novel by Stuart Woods. Overall, I found the book to be very well written. Solid story lines with twists here and there, good dialogue, and interesting characters. Once Woods hooks you he doesn't
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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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