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Hot Mahogany (Stone Barrington #15)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  4,408 Ratings  ·  286 Reviews

A rock-solid new stone barrington novel

Stone Barrington is hired to protect a former intelligence agent with a penchant for antique furniture-and a bad case of amnesia. And what he's forgotten, some will kill for...

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated (first published September 2008)
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Jan 05, 2009 Caroline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
His books are like frozen pepperoni pizza and a bottle of Yellowtail wine. You know they aren't good for you but yet you need to indulge yourself every once in a while. This particular book wasn't that bad however. The writing was much less gimmack-y and the story flowed better. Plus Stone didn't sleep with everyone and their great aunt.
Oct 01, 2008 Betsy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
WHY, I ask you, why do I keep reading this drivel? Granted, in the right hands, perhaps, a book about counterfeit antique furniture might be interesting, but ... gah. I'm starting to think that "Stuart Woods" is the name of a trained monkey somewhere, cranking out this crap.
William Bentrim
Feb 04, 2011 William Bentrim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hot Mahogeny by Stuart Woods

One of the joys of reading Stuart Woods is the reoccurring characters. This novel is focused on the renowned Stone Barrington and his fascinating and complicated life.

Holly Barker the small town sheriff is back in a cameo role in her new CIA persona as is Lance Cabot who is now a deputy director at the CIA. Dino and Elaine, stalwart friends and side kicks are also in the book. There is reference to Will Lee who was the main stay of several of Wood’s books. You have t
John Mcconahey
Woods has been a prolific writer for about 30 years, selling tons of books because of his ability to get his readers involved in his various intriguing plots. Further, he links many of his books by the use of reoccurring interesting characters with whom the readers become familiar and comfortable. But in his more recent novels, one wonders if their purpose for existence is no longer to appeal to his readership, but rather to generate income for his yachts (2), his airplane (jet), and his ex-wive ...more
Sep 15, 2009 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
We listened to this audio version (unabridged) on a long drive. The reader did a very nice job and gave individuality to the voices. The storyline was interesting. Stone Barrington is an ex-cop and a lawyer who assists the brother of a friend in finding his valuable antique mahogany secretary that has been stolen. Several other subplots are included in the story. I had a hard time liking the lead male character. He is truly a man with little respect for women, sleeping with various females and l ...more
May 31, 2015 Montessahall rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I need to start a support group for folks who can't stop reading cheesy, messy book series. I deeply regret my commitment to read the entire Stone Barrington series. It has become an obsession and a HUGE waste of time that I could spend reading worthy writers. The non-plot surrounding the theft of an antique secretary desk is idiotic, amateurish and boring. The whole book comes across as a device by the author to see how many bimbos Stone can have sex with at his country house. When Stone passes ...more
Feb 06, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, Stuart Woods has written another great novel. I found this book more intriguing than some of his others due to the subject of the storyline. I have never been one interested in antique furniture, but the research Woods did on it for the book, is incredible! Woods' storylines are the same in alot way in his books, though in this one, we get to see more of Barrington's personality. The story line about Eliza's wedding was great. Stone handled it perfectly. Another great book.
Dale Abersold
Oct 31, 2016 Dale Abersold rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Crude. Author didn't do research into military and promotions. There were no combat direct commissions in Vietnam. And you couldn't get promoted from enlisted to Colonel in a few years. Come on authors, do your research.
Laura Lavender-blackwood
I enjoyed this episode. Although Stone made me very upset with his high handedness of Carla. That man can not keep it in his pants to save his life.
Russty Thaggard
Mark Nessing
Light read. The author has a very good sense of place.
Nov 25, 2016 Revere rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stuart-woods
Entertaining read.
Patrick Kelly
Overall recommendation – Three Stars

If you read Stuart Woods’ Stone Barrington novels to hear Stone banter with his friends at Elaine’s and watch him conquer gorgeous women with his charisma, looks, and daring, then you’ll love Hot Mahogany.

Overview: There are twenty-nine published Stone Barrington novels with two more on the way. Wow! That is an incredible legacy. John D MacDonald only delivered twenty-one Travis McGee novels in twenty-one years. From 1996 to 2006 Stuart Woods published a Stone
Oct 05, 2013 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Hot Mahogany is the first Stone Harrington mystery that I’ve read. Harrington is a lawyer who consults with another firm on big cases where they don’t necessarily want their name involved. He’s a troubleshooter who reminds me of John Putnam Thatcher in the Emma Lathen novels. Thatcher’s position as a top investment banker gave him license to become involved in mysteries around all sorts of industries just as Harrington’s position as an attorney “without portfolio” gives him an opportunity to inv ...more
Dec 23, 2016 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was pretty good. Hadn't read one of these (series, author) in awhile. Had forgotten everything about the lead character and his backstory and associates. Will read another.

Nmkt libary.
Stephanie Benoit
i know these have the feeling of rather old fashioned mystery murder detective turned lawyer but they are amusing as I work in the yard. The books don't require a lot of effort to follow the plots or the characters. In my imagination, I feel like the characters are a combination of old time Dynasty Carringtons, Columbo, Joe Pesci, and other "characters". I reverted to this series while I awaited a J. A. Jance book to arrive. I may read some more of these after the Jance series is completed or I ...more
Apr 23, 2012 Samantha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you've never read a Stone Barrington novel, then you won't know until you read this book that Stone is a private lawyer who just cannot keep it in his pants! Of course, the women he can't keep it in his pants with really don't seem to mind a bit, so that said, on to the plot...Stone Barrington is asked by CIA director and good friend Lance Cabot to look after Cabot's bother. It seems that brother Barton has been missing from Lance's life for about 20 years and has now resurfaced in a local ho ...more
boy, I had a hard time picking what "shelf" to put this book on - legal-crime? kind of, the main character is a lawyer but there isn't really a lot of lawyer stuff. Suspense? Kind of, but not really any high action . . .

As I've mentioned in other books, i like Stuart Woods' stories but I don't really like his main character. Stone is arogant, a womanizer, not someone that I can relate to or really like. I think that is my biggest stumbling block to his Stone Barrington books. If I liked the mai
David Ingmire
I have have all of the books in the series leading up to this one. This one really lacks any substance compared to the others. They are all a light easy read, but they usually have some form of drama. This book could be skipped and nothing would be missed.
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May 11, 2011 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stone Barrington is a character not every reader is going to like. He's a flawed man in many ways. While his life appears on the surface to be wildly glamorous (with an endless supply of lovely women, a fabulous Turtle Bay house, a beautiful Connecticut retreat, etc.), underneath all the New York glitz is a man constantly on the edge of financial wreckage and unable to find a lasting relationship. As the series progresses, these problems continue to intensify, which makes him an interesting char ...more
Jan 01, 2010 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stone Barrington gets involved in the "cutthroat" world of high-priced antiques when old friend Lance Cabot asks for help with his brother, who he hadn't seen in over thirty years.

He'd turned up in a hospital, beaten and robbed, an amnesiac, identified by fingerprints on his military record. As his memory gradually returns, and Stone traces his home, he reveals a little about what happened.

As an antiques dealer, he acquired a very rare piece, an eighteenth century secretary made of mahogany of w
Feb 05, 2010 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mature-reads
I don't know why I like this series. Stone Barrington is a wealthy lawyer who can eat anything without weight gain, is irresistible to women, and moves within a circle of privileged New Yorkers who fling around millions of dollars as if it were small change. The female characters are all beautiful, and all ready to have sex all the time with him, but most of them turn out to be conniving, psychopathic or just plain evil. I guess this is a man's fantasy series. However, I like the information and ...more
Nov 08, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading this book I was not aware that it was #15 in a series. It didn't matter a whit that the characters' had a past I was not familiar with. The author did a fine job filling in the blanks for a first-time reader and his characters were lively and entertaining and I enjoyed the protagonist, Stone Barrington.

The story was entertaining , but I wouldn't necessarily describe it as a "thriller" as the book jacket did. It was more of a cross between a caper and a mystery with element
Jun 17, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
6-15-2015 book on tape.. I like my notes of exactly 5 yard ago.

copyright 2008. I've not read a Stone Barrington mystery for quite a while. nice to re-visit the characters. About 1800 american furniture valued in the millions. terrific story. highly recomemeded.
June 15, 2010
book on tape. forgot i'd read it 2 years ago.
Lance of CIA fame hires Stone to watch Barton's back. barton is lance's brotehr. barton is slick and the twists and turns are fun to read.
October 14
Jan 24, 2010 Scarlet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Good grief, what a terrible book. If I'd had anything else to listen to (I'd accidentally wiped almost everything else off my MP3 player/phone), I wouldn't have gotten past the first chapter. It had a few moments, but for the most part it was cliched and boring, punctuated by moments of awful. Like when the main character "gives" his current screw to his friend. Are you kidding me?

I kept expecting some reflection about all the unethical acts that all of the characters kept committing, like a cop
Dec 19, 2014 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Does anyone else have trouble reading straight dialogue? That was my primary problem with this book. There were entire chapters that were nothing but dialogue. It felt more like I was trying to read a screenplay than a novel. As others have noted, the whole thing felt choppy. The lack of description of settings and characters made it very difficult for me to enjoy the book. But the story moved along pretty quickly, and I was able to finish it in only two sittings. It really felt more like a 2 ST ...more
Apr 17, 2009 Kent rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of the story is that Stone Barrington becomes involved with a piece of antique furniture worth millions. It has been stolen from the rightful owner by a former army buddy. The owner wants it back and goes to extraordinary lengths (all legal) to get it back. And Stone is recruited to help get it back.

The description on the cover says "with it's swift action, bold characters, and wit...." I don't exactly know where they hid the swift action, bold characters, or wit. My assessment of th
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