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Two Dollar Bill (Stone Barrington #11)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  4,780 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews
Two-Dollar Bill delivers all the storytelling twists and whip-smart banter readers have come to love in Stuart Woods's thrillers, as suave Manhattan cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington is back on his home turf caught between a filthy rich conman-who's just become his client-and a beautiful prosecutor.
ebook, 368 pages
Published April 12th 2005 by Signet Book (first published October 10th 2004)
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I stopped reading Stone Barrington after the ridiculous and unsexy L. A. Dead, then gave him another try a year later with Dirty Work, which was more of the same. I stayed away almost two years this time. This book was still ridiculous, but with a wink, the author nearly comes right out and says he knows his plots are unbelievable. I've given up trying to remember Stone's history—romantic and otherwise—maybe that helps. (I'm pretty sure I've missed several books along the way.) This reader prono ...more
Dec 21, 2008 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Stone Barrington novel. A bit too improbable from time to time. "Amazing if true" came to mind a bit too often. Yet, I was carried along by the flow of the narrative and the interesting characters, never once considered aborting the mission.

Those requiring a change of scene for dialogue would be driven nuts. There must have been a couple of dozen dinners at Elaine's in NYC. Elaine herself briefly joined them occasionally for a few moments, acerbically exercising her owner's prerogative o
Apr 10, 2009 Genie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its a typical evening in New York and ex-detective-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington is enjoying a leisurely dinner with his best friend, police lieutenant Dino Bacchetti, in their favorite restaurant, Elaine's. Suddenly he is approached by the head of the law firm, Bill Eggers, and a new client, Billy Bob Barnstormer. Barnstormer has requested Stone by name. This loud, obnoxious Texan wants wants to keep Stone on retainer and offers him a $50,000 check on the spot. From the beginning Stone is skep ...more
Dec 31, 2009 Skip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
While dining in Elaine's, W&W partner Eggers introduces a new client, Bill Barnstormer, who promptly proceeds to accidentally kill a prostitute while staying at Stone's townhouse. Turns out that Bill is major con artist, with a jailhouse agenda to kill Stone. Meanwhile, Stone gets romantically involved with the new DA in NY, and then matters get very confusing when Arrington shows up with her son.
Joe White
May 18, 2010 Joe White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a typical Stone Barrington book. The action sequence in the last 100 pages was a little over the top for action, cop inter-agency slips, a too smart adversary with such well executed plans that the novel became almost like a Cussler superhero action sequence.

Tiffany as an Attorney general turning on Stone was not handled well. She was used as a 2d cardboard character to decorate the scenery and page fill up to the halfway point.

Stone as an action hero that ends up as the sole focal poin
Jul 05, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent enough Barrington, twisty suspense / entertainment!

Maybe the most obvious thing to say, especially to those like us that have read every book in Woods' growing bibliography, including all the Stone Barrington series, is that this one is as predictably good as most of them. While sometimes our playboy sleuth's antics are just too good to be true, his friendly band of regulars - Dino, Elaine, Lance Cabot (CIA), ex- Arrington, and a new love interest, NY ADA Tiffany Baldwin - help conspire t
Jan 23, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this novel, Stone Barrington keeps finding himself looking like a smuck. And his friends keep pointing out to him that he is a smuck. But what can you do when a prostitute is found dead in your guest room?

You want police action? You'll get it here. You want the FBI? You'll get that, too. The frosting on the cake - Lance and the CIA are back in action telling Stone what to do.

Fun and games over, a serious situation is ahead of him - kidnapping, scams, murder, another kidnapping, and a helicopt
Apr 02, 2011 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Stuart Woods novel and I liked it a lot. Fast paced cops and robbers with some humor thrown in.
Apr 01, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want serious deep plot, go somewhere else. If you're okay with, or even enthralled with, a few quite descriptive sexual scenes and some fun dialogue then go ahead and enjoy. Entertainment is the name of the game and every time I pick up a Stuart Woods book I am entertained. My wife won't read him because of his uppity disclaimer at the end of each book - don't call me, don't write me, you can send me an email but I probably won't reply. I am able to not let that bother me and enjoy the bo ...more
Apr 24, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always found Stuart Woods books to be highly entertaining and easy, quick reads. I picked this one up on a night when it was pouring rain outside and cold. So I got all cozy and warm in my chair and just enjoyed it. Revisiting Stone Barrington, his sidekick Dino, restauranteur Elaine, and on again/off again lover Arrington is like running into old friends. This book isn't going to change my life, but it definitely gave me a good laugh and a few hours of escape. Thanks Stuart!!!
Mar 22, 2016 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3-22-2016 not so much a favorite anymore. The villain seems more outrageous than likable. I think my notes of Nov 2011 were the most spot on. I'm keeping at 4 stars - just barely.

6-20 2015 still a favorite
Nov 2013
7-20-2013 re-read it. I like y 2 year old notes. But it remains an engaging story, again.
nov 2011
People don't just pop out of no where. quite farfetched.
however remember ENRON, they popped out of nowhere and were the flavor of the month, including a hec-sure from "W:. Maybe its a texas
Mar 22, 2012 Jerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read everyone of the Stone Barrington books up to this point in sequence. I have found them to be good reading. Plots are good, Mr Woods uses the consistant characters well,which make the books even better. I have found no dead spots in Mr. Woods writing and have really enjoyed the
series, to this point. I'm sure the rest will be just as interesting. I'm a 65 yr old retired male who has been reading detective and lawyer series for the past three years, ever since I found you can get books
A fun and thrilling ride until halfway through when the body count undermines the lightness. This is the 11th of the series of 22 featuring Stone Barrington, a loveable scoundrel and a former cop turned NYC lawyer who never has much trouble finding trouble or romance. This time he cruises along romancing the new District Attorney and cavorting nightly at fancy Elaines until he takes on a new rich Texan client who proves to be more than just an outrageous con-man. The dangerous cascade that emerg ...more
Dr. Thomas Wasser
Oct 23, 2016 Dr. Thomas Wasser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the better Stone Barrington novels in my opinion. After I read the first two chapters or so I thought I was in trouble because Stuart tries to bring alive a character from Texas by using typical and somewhat annoying dialouge as to what he thinks Texans think and do and it was a failure. However, the book quickly moves past that and evolves into one of the better stories. Again, it is not a deep read but rather a beach, or airplane read where you can enjoy and pass it on to someo ...more
Jun 09, 2013 Will rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Billy Bob Barnstormer affair. Stone is thrown a new client, Billy Bob, who's need for representation is confusing. Billy's oil tycoon visage evaporates once investigation begins and his numerous aliases become known. Billy is exacting revenge against Stone for a prison mate named Mitteldorfer who held a grudge over his incarceration. Billy Bob snatches Arrington and Peter to negotiate surrender with Stone, but is outfoxed in a helicopter and falls 1000 ft into the Hudson. Along the way, new ...more
Jun 12, 2013 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I remember why I don't read Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington has got to be the dumbest investigator ever. I had this pegged from the beginning, but just kept going because I had nothing else to listen to. The reader was good, but the characters certainly aren't the brightest lights on the law enforcement holiday tree...
Jun 06, 2014 Katy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stone Barrington is such a smuck...just ask his friend Dino, sometimes boss Bill, and Elaine the restauranteer.

Bill gives Stone a millionaire client, Billy Bob Barnstedder. (No kidding...even Stone found the name unrealistic.) Billy Bob is on a con, and he fools *and kills) a few people before Stone has had enough, quits being his lawyer, and then exposes him as a fraud. Now Billy Bob is really mad, and he intends to kill Stone.

This is an earlier Stone Barrington novel. And I still would like t
Trish (trishie7)
I've been reading them one after the other.. loving it!!!
Oct 22, 2014 Mick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's another Stone Barrington novel. So I knew it would be fun to read and he didn't disappoint me. Here is a story where he gets the CIA, FBI and the NYPD involved (did I mention more sex). So as you might guess Stone winds up putting the bad guy away. You knew it was going to happen.

Here are a few of his more memorable lines.

"I'm afraid that if I breathe the air I might leave here as a tight-assed, right-wing, fundamentalist, anti-civil libertarian with a propensity for singing gospel music.
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Frank Smith
Jun 20, 2015 Frank Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Stone Barrington story, sees favorite characters Lance Cabot and Arrington return and ends in dramatic style with the final scene seeing Arrington tell Stone the truth about her son Peter.
Peter also has a first introduction into the world and is both lovable and believable, the author possibly makes him seem a little too mature for a 5 year old, but I think this is a minor complaint.
Old favorites Deano, Elaine, Bill Eggers and June are of course in the story and make for another
Dec 31, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
One of the better Stone Barrington books. #11 and four books are skipped in the audiobook series, causing the audio listner some questions like: "Where did THAT come from?" Also, in the narration, Dino changed to a geeky sound in my ears; didn't like it much as he sounded somewhat punky.. The book contains a couple of factual errors, but is otherwise intriguing, fast moving and entertaining. Our hero, Stone, gets woo'd by the US Attorney of Manhattan and then it turns quirky. when FBI and CIA in ...more
Mike Tueros
It's like an itch I don't want to scratch, that I just can't help but doing so over and over again. The Stone Barrington series seems to get more and more ridiculous with every novel I read, and I find amusement in Woods' predictable style, and my latest discovery where he begins to use a new word for him, and then proceeds to do so repeatedly throughout. This novel's word was "thence", and it was honestly laughable where he found places to stick it in. That I haven't talked at all about the plo ...more
Sep 24, 2016 Kem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot was somewhat interesting and I laughed a lot. The ending was exciting. There were sections of laughter as well as disgust. Many of the events are just not logical. How can one bad guy get by so many with such ease. The CIA, the FBI, and the NYPD? Give me a break. Also it seems that Stone gets stupider in each book. How can a lawyer take on a client without doing, at minimum, a check on them? The first thing any lawyer I've dealt with does is require forms to be filled out. That whole bu ...more
Sep 29, 2016 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Automatic deduction of a star for the inclusion of stupid Arrington. Also I wish Mr. Woods would find a new copy editor. Whoever he is using is not great.
Russty Thaggard
Stone is beginning to become monotonous, but the stories he gets involved in keep me coming back, at least for now.... beginning to push his luck a bit too much(which also seems to be a recurring theme)...
Oct 03, 2016 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stone Barrington #11 I read a later Stone Barrington book referring to an incident with the U.S. Prosecutor for the Southern District of New York. This book has the details.
Also Arrington Calder appears in New York to find an apartment. Her son Peter stayed behind in Virginia. However, Stone is being hunted by an erstwhile business tycoon who has set him up for murder. Stone urges Arrington to bring Peter to NY, but first one, then the other are kidnapped by the man they call Two Dollar Bill.
Oct 09, 2016 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have given the story 4 stars except there was too much language. Stone is up to his old tricks of finding trouble wherever he goes and leaving a trail of dead bodies too. A new flame appears and then burns out and then an old flame shows up with consequences.
Tim Rambo
Espionage thriller
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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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