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Swimming To Catalina (Stone Barrington #4)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  4,445 ratings  ·  115 reviews
E-book Extra: "We Are Very Different People": Stuart Woods on Stone Barrington.

Stone Barrington had thought he'd heard the last of Arrington Carter after she'd left him to marry Vance Calder, Hollywood's hottest star. Now Arrington has vanished, and her new fiance wants Stone to find her. When the assignment turns deadly, Stone begins to wonder: Does Vance Calder really wa
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1998)
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We're down to just 3 stars. Each book seems to get half a star worse. The sex is increasingly gratuitous. I wish Woods would just let these be mysteries, rather than trying to add in a sex element. It seems so contrived--like I'm reading a nice detective story and then someone slipped in a Playboy amateur writing contest page.

Also, the way Stone, who I generally find to be likable and I believe is written with the intention of being likable--treats and talks about women is, well...far from enli
Ah, the sheer cheesiness of Stone Barrington. You gotta love it.

I think I've mentioned here before that I always read portions of these books to Adam, who then wonders why I bother reading them if they're that bad. But they're of the so-bad-they're-good variety.

As this one is pretty early in the series, I think I'd read it before. But given that I'd ran through most of what I'd brought on vacation (and wasn't willing to tackle the two non-fiction left), I was grateful the MIL had some beach-wort
Stone Barrington is so cliche and cheesy, I love him!!!
Mike Tueros
The fourth in the Stone Barrington series, and although slightly formulaic, still enjoyable and a fast summer read (if half stars were available, this would have received 3 1/2). In this installment, Barrington is summoned to Los Angeles to search for his former love interest Arrington, who has since married a famous movie actor, but has also been kidnapped. Her husband, Vance Calder, hires Barrington to track down his missing wife, and thus begins the L.A. saga as only Woods could write. Upon h ...more
I had just finished reading Woods' Choke which was very good when I picked up Swimming to Catalina expecting the same intensity ....was I disappointed!In Swimming to Catalina, Stone Barringtion rushes to LA to rescue his former girlfriend who is now married to a very handsome movie star. Stone, also incredibly handsome, is retired from the NYPD with honors and even though he is only in his early 40's, is now a highly successful lawyer. He only has to shake hands with a beautiful woman and as soo ...more
Stone is called to California to help find his lost love, Arrington, now pregnant and married to Vance Calder, a famous actor. With his usual dalliances, Stone does not cotton to being swept out of town, and stays to solve the mystery, involving shady characters looking to acquire a movie studio to develop its extensive real estate holdings,
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Stone Barrington is hired by his ex-lover's husband to fly to L.A. and find his wife who is missing. This one is pretty predictable and I've decided I personally don't like Barrington.
I've read a couple of the Stone Barrington books by Stuart Woods. I've enjoyed reading them. Stone is always getting himself in the middle of things; I read this one in 2 days, just could not put it down when I started it. It all starts when Stone's old lover disappears and her husband calls for his help. But, things turn around once Stone talks to Vance Calder, her husband. Arrington (Stone's ex-lover) ended up marry Vance, because she thought Stone was not ready to make a commitment. Things go ...more
Wow, what an amazing book - it starts with a splash (literally) in the prologue, where we find Stone Barrington, bound with duct tape, being chained to an anchor, then summarily thrown into the Pacific. Flashback to New York: he receives a phone call from Vance Calder - Arrington is missing, can Stone come to LA right away? At first Stone demurs, then Vance throws in the kicker - Arrington is pregnant. Whose baby is it? Not even Arrington knows. When Stone gets to LA, however, Vance is behaving ...more
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When Vance Calder's wife was kidnapped he did not want to involve the police and he did not want any publicity. So he called Stone in New York. After Stone arrived in L.A. he was given a part in a movie which effectively took his time and kept him from investigating the whereabouts of Arrington Calder. After he finished with the movie he was quickly told all was well and he should return to New York. Since he felt that somtehing was most certainly not right he decided to stay until such time as ...more
I recently read Orchid Blues and for some reason, the writing in it really bothered me. Maybe Woods just writes male characters better. This book reminded me why I like his books. Stone always finds himself in situations where you wonder how on Earth he will survive, but of course, he does. I love that. He is also quite the stud, always hooking up with the beautiful women. I've only read the first two Orchid books, so I hope Woods figured out how to write a female lead, especially since there ar ...more
Overall I enjoyed the book, but I will say the amount of times Stone has sex with different people in the book is just ridiculous... I get it already... Stone is supposed to be a stud... great... whatever... now get on with the mystery. The only upside on the frequent sex is the fact that the sex scenes aren't overly involved and don't go into ing a lot of detail so it over as quickly as starts. Lol...
As for the mystery, it was a lot of fun and good second half to "dead in the water" which is S
Regan Crawford-Howard
this was my first Stewart Woods novel. It felt odd not starting with his first book and not having any back story on who the characters were.. But it was easy to get into and the read was pleasant.

Arrington is missing and pregnant (Stone's or Vance's we have yet to find out). Vance is in deep trouble with the mob scene of southern California and who does he call? Stone of course.

thanks for a good read!
I've read more Stuart Woods novels than Stuart Woods himself probably has... and this one is just totally, way better than a lot of his newer ones. Don't get me wrong; his newer Stone Barrington series novels are really cool. But this is one of his earlier works and there's so much additional detail, and Barrington seems more like a huiman being than a super hero that just knows all the right answers all the time. Woods runs off on fun tangents; not every page needs to be there but is entertaini ...more
I have to say this book did not thrill me.Despite there being some very exciting and often heart-stopping moments, overall it felt like Woods was just churning out another book in a series. The unbelievability of some parts turned me off. But I love Stone Barrington and will return to the series after taking a slight break.
What an odd book. Ostensibly set in the present when published in '98, it's really much more like a manuscript from '55 with too few updates. Set in Hollywood, the characters have names like Barbara and Vance, there are mob connections. Straight out of the Bond franchise, every woman Stone meets is young and comely and instantly in lust, the cars are fast and expensive, blah, blah, blah. I read the first third with interest, the second third on inertia, and the final third just looking for stuff ...more
Montessahall Montessahall
I can see why fans of SW say his current writing style is inferior to his earlier books. I have read some of his later books too and they in no way compare favorably to this earlier one. Only complaint, I could have used a fewer minor characters and a slightly less complicated plot.
Loved the dialogue and writing style. The pace is quick and entertaining.
Another winner from Mr. Woods. I love the Stone Barrington character. The story opens with him in an impossible situation, and backtracks to fill in the details of how he got to this point. Then it goes on from there to weave an intricate story of deceit, lies and betrayals. Well done!
This one was fun. Getting to like the camaradie between Stone and Dino. Wish the author would learn to paint women as more than props to the storyline, however.
After I read Unnatural Acts, I gave up on Stuart Woods and his character, Stone Barrington (Barrington grates on the nerves if you read too many of his exploits; and his character has become less mature and more annoying as he's aged); but when I came across this old book in a thrift store for $.25 I got it because it was published in 1998 and I thought maybe it would feature the old Stone Barrington that I used to love. It was definitely better than Unnatural Acts, but I guess I've just tired o ...more
Howard Brittain
Fourth enjoyable episode. Stone just get's more and more successful and affluent. And the women keep coming. Very enjoyable.
Stone true love marries another. Then her husband needs his help
Merry Cobb
I love all the twists and turns. I couldn't put down my iPad.
Mike Calhoon
Stone Barrington #4: SB fight caribbean system
Stone Barrington is here and living large! He thought he'd heard the last of former girlfriend Arrington after she left him to marry Vance Calder. Vance was so likable for me, but in a contest I would pick Stone hands down!

Now Vance is Hollywood's hottest star who has all the perks that go along with stardom. When he calls Stone in need of help he was a desperate because Arrington has vanished. OH my the drama! I dont know how I can express the lifestyle but it was great to read all about the i
Stone comes to rescue Arrington from kidnapping. Vance Calder cons Stone to LA to help find Arrington, who has been kidnapped. He attempts to confuse Stone and send him home dumb, but Stone stand pat and resumes the search. Vance is being blackmailed by Sturmack and Ippolito to turn over Centurion Studio stock so they can build a new Century City on the footprint. Ippolito attempts to murder Stone but fails and the cover up silences the thugs. Stone manages to drive them crazy, rescue Arrington ...more
Cheesy, predictable but fun....
If you like mystery's this is great. I found near the beginning I was already trying to figure it out. Easy to read.
Stuart Woods is so "noir" and writes in a rapid, staccato fashion which is perfect for impatient people like me. He's obsessed with penises and lady parts, but his mysteries always end with great surprises!
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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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