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Dirt (Stone Barrington #2)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  3,978 ratings  ·  155 reviews
Feared and loathed for her poison pen and ice queen persona, Amanda Dart has made her share of enemies. Then the tables are turned. An anonymous gossipmonger is faxing Amanda's personal and private peccadilloes to anyone who can read. Desperate to save her reputation, she enlists the help of New York lawyer and private investigator Stone Barrington to learn the identity of ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Harper (first published 1996)
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Jen A.
2.5 stars, really...

Picked this book up from the shelves at the book swap at work. Within the first few chapters I was reading about some woman giving a guy head and getting caught on camera. Not exactly workplace-appropriate reading, eh?

Well, all of Woods' female characters are very aggressive sexually. Promiscuous, even. The lead character's name is Stone Barrington... which made me think of porn stars and Paddington Bear. Not a great combo.

The chapters are short, which makes for quick and ea
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John
A trashy, pulpy read, redeemed (somewhat) by its quick pace and its easy style. Stone Barrington (!) is a retired cop with a law degree (!!) who lives in a palatial brownstone in Manhattan (!!!) and sleeps with every woman he meets. It's Mickey Spillane but with an eye for modern brands and labels; Woods drops the names of every high-priced bistro, tailored outfit and bottle of wine that our protagonists enjoy.
Dale
Man oh man! Is this the same guy that wrote "Chiefs"?

I ask the question because Chiefs was an absolutely fantastic novel. One of my favorites. This story is easy to read, quick-moving and entertaining but, for me, ultimately it is disappointing because I know that he could do sooooooo much better. If you've never read Stuart Woods, read Chiefs and maybe you'd be better off just walking away.

So, why am I irritated? The characters are two-dimensional cutouts of what we might suspect the rich and
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Adam
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This is the 2nd book in the Stone Barrington series and I liked it. However I did not like it as much as I did the first book. I do love Stone's character though. Woods is a great suspense author and knows how to keep his readers interested. I think the reason why I didn't like this one as much might have been because I had to keep taking breaks in between reads. I did enjoy the concept behind the story though on the smut writings in the "Dirt" edition. & can I just add that the steamy scene ...more
Kevin
I think that Stuart Woods has two rules when writing books. Move the story along quickly and make the main character have an unbelievable amount of sex with random women. Dirt was no exception to these rules.

That being said, I really enjoyed Dirt. The first Stone Barrington book (New York Dead) was more of a whodunit, whereas Dirt was more of a "we figured out who the bad guy is, we just have to catch them" book. And what I really liked about this book is the way that a few different stories in
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Marti
a nook book I purchased I was just surprised to find that this was the second in the Stone Barrington series. It also surprises me that I enjoy reading these as much as I do, since Stone is depicted as a man who likes to hop into bed with almost any attractive woman--three in this novel. There ARE some interesting twists and turns, with a fair smount of violence--Stone ends up being hospitalized twice following altercations. I don't recall Elaine's making an appearance. Still entertaining!
Kathy
This is the #2 book in the Stone Barrington series. Stone Barrington is a independently wealthy former cop turned lawyer/detective. In this story he gets involved with the world of tabloid writers. It is pretty steamy, but a fun quick read. I will definitely read more of the Stone Barrington stories.
Mike Tueros
The second of the Stone Barrington series, and my opinion thus far is that Stuart Woods is better than James Patterson, but nowhere in the same league as Michael Connelly or John Sandford. The plot lines are a bit weak, the writing simplistic and there isn't much meat to Barrington other than he is a ladies man among ladies men. In this installment, Barrington works to solve the mystery of a tabloid like scandal; a few high profile people caught in uncompromising situations with an anonymous aut ...more
Richard
I read this straight after completing the first in the series, New York Dead. I gave that one four stars. 'Dirt' is even better and merits full marks. The plot is just as good but the ending better. The thing I like the most about the two books is Woods' very smooth writing style which is easy to read with hardly ever a wasted word. Characters are easy to picture in the mind and generally very believable, nothing far-fetched. I really look forward to reading the rest of the series, over time, pa ...more
Daelith
Woods always manages to kept me engrossed with his Stone Barringotn series.
Adrienne
I enjoyed the first book in this series, although I thought it had too many, too descriptive sex scenes, but the mystery was intriguing. So I tried the second in the series, which was very disappointing. The plot, if it can even be called that, was very weak, and there was FAR too much sex. I'm going to give number three a try before deciding whether this series is worth sticking with or not.
Regan Crawford-Howard
though the book was full of sex and murder, it was Arrington's first appearance in the Stone Barrington novels. The publishers for certain news sources have stepped on the wrong foot.. now they have someone seeking revenge, and he seems to be everywhere and reporting on very scandalous stories while a number of large thefts are happening as well. Stone is hired by Amanda Dart, the star of the major scandal writer who doesn't mind getting her own hands dirty if it works for her. Things begin to s ...more
Bill
In this second Barrington Stone outing, the plot moves fast but the characters are a bit flat. I've read most of the Stone books and this has to be one of my least favorites.

A person or perhaps group of people begin publishing the dirt on some of New York and LA's elite. Who are these people and why are they doing this? These are the questions Stone sets out to answer. Unfortunately, the plot is thin, there is not enough character development and there are some shady things that Stone normally w
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Karen
People love to dish gossip. Amanda Dart is a skilled gossip reporter and she does it well. After a secret rendevous with a married lover she starts getting back what she gives best--DIRT. Frustrated and annoyed she hires Stone Barrington to find out who is spamming her. Is it an inside job or a new gossip monger after her and a few other mud-stirring columnists and for what?

Meanwhile Stone in trying to uncover the guilty parties and staying out of the spotlight is targeted by the ex-boyfriend of
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Anna White
Interesting plot. I really thought Arrington was going to die and Stone found her body in the room. Wasn't expecting Amanda to die that way or was hoping DIRT mentioned what she did to Martha as her entire empire goes up in flames, but was awesome none the less.
Bob
A earlier Stone Barrington (1966) in which is hired to find out who is sending revealing articles to some prominent people with details of their supposedly secret activities. Things get complicated, a retired cop gets killed while doing some work for stone and Stone meets Arrington for the first time. Quick read to pass the time.
Susan
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first in the series. Stone seems to spend a lot more time with women rather than investigating a fairly weak mystery. This was an OK book for a plane ride. Still, I'll try the next one to see if the series improves.
Amy
One of the ladies at the library really likes this author, so I thought I'd give him a chance. Plus, the first three books in the series were readily available to check out in digital format from my state library. The first two books in the series were interesting enough to keep my attention, and I'll probably read the third one since I have it checked out, but I've decided that I'm not a fan of Stone Barrington.
The first two books strike me as somewhat anti-gay and anti-women. I think maybe thi
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Dino Mascolo
I listened to this while driving. Stuart Woods has written a lot of great books, including 29 involving his character Stone Barrington. I listened to the first Stone Barrington and liked it. This is #2 and it's really bad. I say skip it.
Stevie
This is a very trashy and enjoyable read about How the Other Half Lives in mid-90s New York high society, and a less enjoyable and more irritating read about how the main character's very presence makes women take off their clothes.
Jeremy
Amanda Dart is a journalist who reports scandalous items about other people. She finds that it is not so pleasant when she is the subject of a scandalous newspaper and some of her friends are also mentioned. She hires Stone Barrington, an ex cop, turned lawyer who also does some private detecting. He starts to uncover a series of events which makes Amanda scared. She asks Stone to stop trying to find the person who is writing the newspaper, but Stone is now very interested and he refuses to stop ...more
Dawn
I don't know why it took me so long to read this because I really did like it. I'll chalk it up to lack of sleep. It had a good mystery, lots of action and a lot of "activity" for Stone. He sure has a way with the ladies! I recently read a book that was set in the 70's. Oddly, this book, set in 1996, felt more dated than that one. I'm not sure why that is, but it bothered me a little. Maybe because I expected that one to feel dated and 1996 doesn't seem like that long ago. And without giving thi ...more
Kristen
If you love a great thriller, you'll love the Stone Barrington series. In the second installment, Stone Barrington is assigned the case for Amanda Dart. Someone's been spying on them and spreading rumors by fax. It's up to Stone to find out who, while wining and dining some interesting women along the way. When it gets too close to comfort, a cop's get killed, Stone gets injured twice, and they're on the run. When Amanda finds out the source of the rumor, it's up to her to squash it, while someo ...more
Sally
Stone Barrington has been asked to find out who is writing an e-mail record called "Dirt". The result is much larger than it appeared at the beginning and even murder ensues.
Dianne
Another enjoyable read from Stuart Woods. Currently trying to catchup on some the older Stuart Woods books that I've missed.
Alice
Not as good as the others in the series, but still hooks the reader into reading the next one.
Linda Fine
Getting even better!

Really enjoyed this second book in the series. Can't wait 'til the next one. Am finding them to be riveting.
Carmen
Okay.. got me hooked. Not really sure who the Dirt spreader was though!
Steve
This is a must read Stone B.

7-12-2013 book on tape this time. a note: Dino's father in law soulds, on the recording like "The Godfather" and in later books and readings he reads/sounds like Eli Broad and acts like Eli Broad, a philanthropist (sic).

A gossip queen hires New York lawyer and private investigator Stone Barrington to find out who is revealing her own indiscretions to the nation through faxed scandal sheets. As the faxes become more scathing, Stone begins to realize that high-profile c
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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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