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D.C. Dead (Stone Barrington #22)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  4,263 Ratings  ·  335 Reviews
After a shocking loss, Stone Barrington is at loose ends, unsure if he wants to stay in New York and continue his work as a partner at Woodman & Weld. It comes as a welcome relief when he's summoned to Washington, D.C., by President Will Lee. The president has a special operation that calls for Stone's unique skill set, and it's a mission that will reunite him with his ...more
Audio CD, Unabridged, 8 pages
Published December 22nd 2011 by Penguin Audio
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Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok series! easy and entertaining storyline but way too much sexual connection/content and not enough investigation..Stone and Dino were doing toss ups for who can have the most sexual partners every night instead of their main job(investigate) ..S.Woods will disappoint his fan base if he do not start writing about 'real' detective work like before...i am a huge fan (paperback!)
Jan 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this had to be the MOST misogynistic Stone Barrington yet (and that is saying something!) I read (or should I say, used to read) Stuart Wood's books for escapism--Stone has plenty of money, a great townhouse, a jet (!), a loyal best friend, and exciting cases to solve. In this one, however, Stone's complete self-involvement (or Woods' lack of a good editor) allows two more beautiful women to die unnecessarily. In this book, it is as if Woods cannot eliminate strong, successful women fast e ...more
Feb 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The reviews on amazon for D.C. Dead were terrible. I'm not saying this book is any more than what I always say the Stone Barrington books are: Private and Privilege for adults, but a lot of the reviews claim that Woods' books have gone down hill. I actually don't remember them being any better than they are now. I started reading them maybe twenty years ago, so maybe I am just forgetting, but to me, they were all was just candy, guilty-pleasure fantasy. When were they more than that? Sure, Chief ...more
Leslie Lange
Apr 24, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: simple-minded folk
Recommended to Leslie by: a gift from someone who said he didn't like it much
Wow! I was shocked by how bad this was--especially the second half. Just...shocked. As one reviewer put it: "Two particular bad plot holes: First, Stone gets a call that essentially identifies the killer. He lies to his friends about who called, and then for the rest of the book apparently forgets the contents of the call, as he is clueless about who done it. Worse, at one point Stone is telling B that A is dead (truthfully). Later B is murdered and Stone thinks A did it! And no one seems to not ...more
Jay Connor
I fear the day has arrived. Stuart Woods has lost his touch.

Now Woods was never an overambitious author. His novels are fun, tight stories with clearly etched characters delivered in 300 pages or less. Perfect for a nonstop from Atlanta to LA, including a break for dinner in first class.

Woods has been developing a stable of characters to assist in churning out a new novel every six months without going the franchise route that has so diminished James Patterson. With the exception of Ed Eagle, al
Oct 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Spoiler alert. Way too many mistakes in this book. Mike Freeman of Strategic Services got a name change to Mike Newman; Stone was told that Milly lived in Georgetown in a house with a black door a block from the Trasks but in the next chapter he didn't know where she lived and found her at the Watergate; Charlotte died before Fair (which was acknowledged) but in the next chapter the guys decided to pin Fair's death on her. Never did find out how the lipstick got on the stone/brick (?) or why Sto ...more
Like I said Son of Stone was sort of a prequel to this book. Actually he was just setting up his fans with new characters. Not completely necessary. In this book since so many came back. Holly Baker, Lee, Lance, Teddy Faye to mention few. Stone Barrington is in washington dc with his buddy Dino. This book starts where SOn of Stone ends: after bringing his son Peter to college and after Arrington's death. Stone & Dino are asked to investigate the apparent murder suicide of a white house emplo ...more
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
OK, so I've read most of Wood's books and should know what to expect--a ho-hum read. But this one was worse this usual. I would give it one star, but I did finish it. At one point the hero's second (Dino) says "we've been asses." That accurately sums up the characters behavior. Two particular bad plot holes: First, Stone gets a call that essentially identifies the killer. He lies to his friends about who called, and then for the rest of the book apparently forgets the contents of the call, as he ...more
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Trifecta! - Stone & Dino, Holly and Lance, Will and Kate. Well, actually, it's a quad-fecta, since Teddy Fay returns, along with Lauren Cade.

This book picks up after Arrington's death, when Stone and Dino are having empty-nest syndrome.They head to Washington DC at Holly's request on behalf of Will Lee to investigate a murder that the FBI cleared.

This was a good one, as I only briefly suspected the killer, and then dismissed it.

But P.S. How is it that Stone does not have an STD by now?
Jan 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gratuitous boudoir scenes. Execrable plot. Next time someone calls lets hope the real Stone Barrington and Dino Bacchetti show up.
Jul 18, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: easy-rubbish

There is no way to say it nicely............Stone is finished (for me at least). Stuart Woods has given up and his editors should be fired. Please see some of the other reviews, for the plot holes that are so bad that it makes you wonder.....why bother (even writing this short review). To repeat them is just reduntant.

I knew things were going to be tough after the last book which was also poor. I hoped that by bringing together so many of his other characters, Holly, Teddy etc et
May 15, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trash-heap
AARP porn.

The main characters are all eligible for AARP membership, and they all revel in older people's fantasies - salted steaks, drinking at all hours, parenting children introduced fully formed (and going to an Ivy League school), piloting airplanes, and driving fancy cars. Sorta out of an old "Dynasty" episode, complete with shoulder pads.

I guess the biggest suspension of reality centers around the procedural part - like the Secret Service / FBI would be ok with the original explanation of
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy a good Stone Barrington mystery but was very disappointed in Son of Stone. I was happy to see that this book showed that Wood could still spin a good tale.

Stone and his friend Dino are invited to come to DC by the president and First Lady themselves. They want them to use their investigative skills on a year old crime. A friend and worker in the White House killed his wife and then committed suicide. The president and First Lady don't believe that he killed his wife or himself. St
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is vintage Stone Barrington, a character whom I've always liked. That being said, the book was not without its faults.

I had a problem with the fact that neither the CIA nor the FBI nor, for that matter, Stone or Dino, suggested contacting a cell phone provider to obtain a list of calls. The deceased (one of many, by the way) had received a call on her cell phone, presumably luring her to her death. Everyone involved seemed to be totally stumped by the fact that the phone couldn't be fo
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not sure why I keep reading these books. Stone is arrogant and annoying. How many times do we need to hear about hot, younger women falling all over him, gourmet dinners in fancy restaurants, ice-chilled cocktails and FBO (fixed base operator)? The plot holes were bad but I think they did correct some of them after earlier versions. I like that they're quick, light reads, but the content and editing need to improve. Sadly, I don't think either will when he's churning out several books a year.
Marjorie Johnston
Dec 29, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought someone else had written it under Stuart Woods name. The characters were no longer sophisticated and clever but came across as horny teenagers with limited vocabularies. The plot was thin and predicatable. Very, very disappointing. Far from Woods usual hard to put down page turners.
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a new fan of Stuart Woods Stone Barrington novels.
Diane Wallace
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
another action pack story...
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stone is now an empty nester, having taken Peter to college. Now, it seems, it's business as usual, complete with Stone's usual revolving door of women. Arrington isn't even a thought for him. You would think that if Stone loved her enough to marry her and she was horribly murdered a book ago, he would at least think of her from time to time. Instead, he carries on as though she never existed.

In this novel, Stone is summoned by Holly, whom readers will remember from previous episodes with Stone,
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Listened to CD version. There are several things about this one I don't like. The worst is the two very separate plots going on. Stupid and takes away from the main one by bouncing back and forth. As usual with Stone Barrington, he has to sleep with every good looking woman even if there's a possibility that one of them could be involved with the murder. I didn't like him much in this one. Also no real closure for me. The murderer got away with no punishment. Also, the murderer was law enforceme ...more
Heather Costes
I have been a fan of Stuart Woods for a long time. I like the Stone Barrington series a lot. However, at this point they are just being cranked out. This time details in the story line were not even taken into account. The couple's son said they had been married 40 years, but then farther in the book they state the father's age as 51. So they were married at age 11? If author did not catch this mistake his editor should have.

I am going to stop buying these books and get them from the library. I
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Early Woods continues to outshine later series additions, which almost parallels a golfer with the same last name. The cast of characters has remained the same but lost some of their charm. Barrington hopping into bed with every woman he meets in the earlier years seems less contrived with him continuing his antics in recent volumes. But old or new I continue to enjoy the audio editions.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read a Washington D.C. or watch a movie about the town and its politics I just shudder. What a corrupt good old boys network it is! It makes me wonder how anything good is ever accomplished. I like Stone Barrington and Deno and the way they work - though this time they weren't quite as on point as usual!
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!! Another great book from the Stone Barrington series!! It had been a while since I read book #21 (Son Of Stone), but I was able to pick right back up with the characters & story line without missing a beat. There is just something about the way Stuart Woods writes that hooks you in. Looking forward to reading the next book (Unnatural Acts)!!
Stefanie V
Feb 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Easy read. Maybe it should be 2.5. On to the next one
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stuart Woods = Sex, Murder, Some funny dialogue, more sex, more murder.
Love it!!
Caryl Moulder
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Older stone barrington. Good plot
Debby Long
Denice Hogan
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a really good book and quite enjoyable to read.
It held your interest throughout
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