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Dirty Work (Stone Barrington #9)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  5,802 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews
Back in New York City after the London adventures of The Short Forever, cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington is approached by a colleague at the firm of Woodman & Weld who needs help with a celebrity divorce case. Heiress Elena Marks needs proof of her layabout husband's infidelity before she can begin divorce proceedings. When the undercover work Stone sets up turns dir ...more
Published May 19th 2004 by Signet Book (first published April 14th 2003)
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Jul 22, 2010 Jerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe best Barrington yet - great action suspense & thrills!

We were growing a bit tired of Woods' Stone Barrington series, feeling that the last few were kind of lackluster -- more concerned about Stone's love life and lifestyle than delivering the suspenseful tales we have seen in numerous earlier outings and in Woods' new Holly Barker series. To our delight, "Dirty Work" brings Stone back in a great yarn -- one with such suspenseful action throughout we could hardly turn the pages fast en
Apr 08, 2008 Carl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
can i give this thing negative stars? this just goes to show that you never rely on illiterate convenience store clerks for book reading suggestions.
Feb 11, 2014 BookCrazy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a new author to read and based on this book, I will continue to look. The story was not new and the characters were poorly developed.

The story line lurched from one murder to another with a few bouts of sex in between. Everything happened too quickly and easily (changing appearances, moves to safe houses, trip to St Thomas). There was little drama or tension. It was hard to believe that the villain made so many mistakes after all of her prior successes. Even the hero's conscie
Jayme VA
Jul 09, 2010 Jayme VA rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, audiobooks
Two stars, I think, mainly because I listened to this on audio book. I could not stand the narrator- his New York accent, of which he had to voice more than one character, was horrible. I think I got distracted by the story trying to remember whose voice was whose.

I do think I like Stone Barrington and would enjoy more of Woods' books. The story was completely preposterous as you can expect with many noir, international mystery books. It was a nice short listen over all.
Jul 30, 2012 Peg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why I keep reading the Stone Barrington books. He ends up in bed with practically every woman he meets within twenty-four hours. It's kind of annoying and really not much to these stories. But I keep reading them; maybe it's for Dino. I much prefer him to Stone.
Stephanie Benoit
It was one of the better ones in the series. The main character, Stone, actually has a conscience. It didn't work out very well for him but it was nice to know that he did have some character.

It is funny how this Stone character does seem to remind me of an unmarried, sleazier, lawyer version of a NY Blake Carrington of Dynasty days for some reason. I think the voice of the voice actor contributes to that too. It's just an odd thing that haunts me from time to time.
Laura Lavender-blackwood
Loved it hated Stone as usual but I can't help but love him. I have a powerful love hate relationship with this character. I feel sorry for the main protagonist in this episode. Wish things could have been different. My new found love for Dino on the other hand just grows stronger and stronger. If not for Dino poor Stone would have been dead long ago.
Dec 19, 2016 Erica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good light mystery novel. The characters were likable, and the storyline fun to follow though I prefer a little more depth to my story - just a personal preference. I would recommend this for an easy read.
Nancy S
A quick read in the Stone Barrington series - like the plot twists. Don't need to read in sequence.
Joseph Carano
Oct 19, 2016 Joseph Carano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Won this piece of work in a Goodreads giveaway. Had this laying on the shelf for a while and had never read anything by Stuart Woods, so when I finally picked it up, I had quite a surprise. This novel featured easy reading with a very good plot as well as interesting original characters and amusing dialogue. Always a good thing to find another interesting author. I endorse this book as a five star winner.
Jan 04, 2017 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked Stone Barrington much better than the Holly ones. The character development was interesting and the twists and turns much more intricate. I'll try a few more.
Nov 19, 2016 Catherine marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 30, 2016 Tobie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how the body was discovered.
Russty Thaggard
Oct 12, 2016 Russty Thaggard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good one...
Tom S
Dec 05, 2016 Tom S rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Erickson
Handling the less than savory cases for the law firm of Woodman and Weld, Stone Barrington is assigned to look into the philandering of a rich woman’s husband, but the photographer Stone hires literally drops in on the subject of the surveillance, and it looks like the fall killed him. But a simple peep and click turns into a search for an international killer and an intimate assignation with an alluring British spy.

This is Stuart Woods doing what Stuart Woods does – writing entertaining stories
Jun 22, 2009 Genie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ex-cop/lawyer/PI Stone Barrington is once again caught up in the world of international spy network thanks to his friend, British intelligence agent "Carpenter". Carpenter inadvertently draws Stone into her life-and-death struggle with a well known and highly efficient female assassins, La Biche. It all begins when a clumsey young photographer, Herbie, goes on an assignment to photograph an adulterous husband of a client of Stone's. While trying to shoot the photographs, Herbie falls through a s ...more
Nov 17, 2015 Milt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Greg Bascom
The series character Stone Barrington is a lawyer, unmarried, living in an office/home that is a mansion in New York. He also has a cottage up in Connecticut, buys two dozen tailor made shirts at a time without asking the price, and never has less than twenty-five thousand cash in his safe. He is not the sort you would expect to get his hands soiled doing dirty work, but he does. Stone accepts the task of hiring a young photographer to snap pictures of a tryst so a very rich lady can dump her ch ...more
Feb 11, 2010 Chipper rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story in Dirty Work revolves around the pursuit of a female assassin in New York City and is told through dialogue involving the 4 main characters and, while some of it witty, clever and somewhat suspenseful, I found that it was always easy to set this book down after a few pages or a couple chapters. I did not care about any of the characters and I was not impressed with the plotlines or twists. Take that any way you want, but I want and need more from an author when I set aside some time t ...more
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Oct 07, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#9 in the Stone Barrington series.

Stone Barrington brings back the beautiful British intelligence agent, code-named Carpenter (The Short Forever (2002)). But Carpenter brings Stone more than hot sex and clever dinner conversation - she inadvertently draws him into her life-and-death struggle with one of the world's most efficient and intelligent female assassins, La Biche. While on assignment for lawyer Stone, attempting to photograph an adulterous husband in flagrante delicto, a clumsy assistan
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Carolyn Browne
Hired to prove infidelity in an heiress's marriage, Stone Barrington goes undercover. But the work turns dirty-and catastrophic-when the errant husband is found dead and the other woman disappears without a trace. Now, Stone must clear his own good name and find a killer hiding among the glitterati of New York's high society. Enter Carpenter-the beautiful British intelligence agent first encountered in The Short Forever -who has arrived in New York to begin an investigation of her own. Stone sus ...more
Mar 05, 2010 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stuart Woods who is always dependable to deliver fluid reading. This is a Stone Barrington novel. Stone is not 007 in the least but his street savy and love of fine things does come to aid when he needs them. His law firm has hired him to get some dirt on one of their client's husbands. When Stone hires a street punk to take pictures from a skylight in Manhattan, the punk finds that gravity is a bitch and he falls on his prey and and an unsuspecting woman. To Stone's astonishment the husband is ...more
Sep 01, 2011 Kimmie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a little more espionage and kept Stone on his toes. I think Bruce Willis would be a perfect Dino if they made this into a series. Dino has that wise-cracking macho attitude that I love. Stone seems to fall into bed with every heroine which seems a little far fetched for reality, but then I guess that's why I escape reality and live a little. I get hungry and want to cook gourmet every time I read these books. I've tried new drinks, looked up recipes, and looked up prices ...more
Mike Tueros
Another in the Stone Barrington series, and more of the same fast paced plot, typical trysts throughout, and a mystery that seems to unfold with great ease for Barrington and his partner, Dino. In this, Barrington is hired by an heiress to prove her husband's infidelity. In the process, the husband is murdered, and the woman who commits the crime turns out to be an assassin with revenge on her mind, and some top people within MI6 as her targets. The plot was a little weak, but it's what I've com ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Carmen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lost-book-club
This book was kind of a piece of crap. The writer is a dirty old pervert that likes to write graphic, unnecessary, and irrelevant sex scenes because he can't get any excitement in his own life, his characters were narrow and shallowly written, and his plot was trite, predictable, and disappointing. I read it because, years ago, I vowed to read every book on the Lost Book Club list, and this is the first on the list that's really just garbage. I do not recommend it to anyone who enjoys literature ...more
Ben Posner
Feb 15, 2015 Ben Posner marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ben by: Momi
Finally, mom's recommendation about Stuart Woods works! I REALLY loved this book... As I told my roommate in the Ft. Lauderdale airport, its the first thirty pages, and already there has been an accident that you really can't believe and a dead body, what could go wrong from then on? It was a fast read (I started it on Saturday), and it was just really fun. Once you get to a certain point, like any good mystery, you really can't put it down! Going to be re-reading!
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