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Standup Guy (Stone Barrington #28)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  2,627 ratings  ·  250 reviews
Stone Barrington’s newest client does not seem the type to bring mayhem in his wake. A polite, well-deported gentleman, he comes to Stone seeking legal expertise on an unusual—and potentially lucrative—dilemma. Stone points him in the right direction and sends him on his way, but it’s soon clear Stone hasn’t seen the end of the case. Several people are keenly interested in ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Vicki Elia
Audiobook Review
1 1/2 Stars

Every time I see a new Stuart Woods book, I SWEAR I'm not going to read it, then I do. Then I hate myself because I wasted the time. Standup Guy is a perfect example. There is a perfectly good plot. There is a perfectly good story, and perfectly good characters. They are crucified by Wood's insistence on Stone Barrington et al doing nothing but eating, drinking and screwing, interrupted by a little murder and mayhem, and spending egregious amounts of money.

This is it.
Stone must be slipping - it takes him over 100 pages to bring home a new lady friend! At least Holly Barker is now in New York to tide him over. A bit predictable in some parts, but a quick, comfortable read with a familiar cast of characters.
Stuart Woods is one of my favorite authors. I'm reminded of a remark made by a friend back when we all were reading everything we could find written by Stephen King: "One of his grocery lists would probably be a best seller." I felt that way about King, and I feel that way about Woods (and a couple of others). Stone Barrington and Dino don't have Elaine's any more (I wonder: why did Woods took Elaine's away??) but they still manage to get into plenty of excitement and trouble. We have a new char ...more
Bob Lafary
Mar 13, 2014 Bob Lafary rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults who like fun in the fast lane.
Recommended to Bob by: Me.
I want to be Stone Barrington when I grow up. I want his money. I want his high-life. I want his love-life. I want everything he has. But, unfortunately for Stone--he doesn't have a loving wife, wonderful children, and amazing grandchildren. He has money--but I am rich.
Jan 26, 2014 Kay rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fluff
I was tempted to give this 5 stars because of the scam run on Stone [and he fell for it!] BUT I was also tempted to give it 0 stars because of the new character introduced. Then again it can be read so quickly I compromised and gave it 3 stars [overrating really!].

Wood's characters are so unbelievable! You have a man released from prison after spending most his adult life in there. Now he does come into big bucks courtesy of his cell mate. I believe most ex cons would be spending that money big
Shirley Worley
Standup Guy is a very entertaining and quick read. Stuart Woods never disappoints in taking the reader into the elitist, well-connected world of Stone Barrington, a wealthy attorney extraordinaire. Woods guides the reader through several intertwining events with Stone and cop pal Dino. Familiar characters from the past resurface while several new characters are introduced. Stone is still randy, bedding any and as many beautiful females as the opportunity presents itself. However, in his latest c ...more
Amy Lignor
It never takes long for a new ‘Stone Barrington’ novel to arrive on store shelves. Apparently, Stuart Woods still owns an imagination that simply won’t quit; he comes up with stories so fast that it almost seems as if Dumbledore and his magic wand are camped out in Woods’ basement.

This is yet another edge-of-your-seat adventure featuring Barrington, his police pals and his many girlfriends that now - after all this time - seem like friends and family. So, sit back and enjoy!

In this installment,
It's been awhile since I have read Woods. Now I remember why I stopped buying his books. How many times and how many different ways can you say he hung up, she hung up, they hung up, he hung up the phone..and on and on. And somehow all the characters have become Stone Barrington. They all talk exactly as he does so there is no variation in the dialogue and thus no variation in the characters. What a disappointment. I gave it a two because I breezed thru it and it had a plot...although he telegra ...more
The last two Stone Barrington books I read were just shy of god-awful (had trouble giving them 3 stars), but since others in the series have been outstanding I held my breath when I started this one. By the time I'd reached the 25% mark, I'd decided (make that hoped) author Woods was back in high gear. As I write this, the majority of reviews I've read at have agreed; of the 79 I found, 59 gave it either 5 stars or 4 (as I did), so I figured I wasn't too far off the mark.

This one begi
Stuart Woods is on a roll. Woods always a standup writer introduces Stone Barrington to new characters of interest and provides a twist or two. Expect the newly pardoned Teddy Fay to reappear in the near future.
While I enjoyed this entertaining story, I didn't care for some of the plot involving Stone's stupidity around money and a woman. 7 of 10 stars
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Another typical Stone Barrington novel. My observation is : he has multiple "paramours" in one story, how come they don't all show up on his doorstep at the same time. No one can juggle them the way Stone does!
When I read books I enjoy my reviews are rather short and brief. Get comfortable. This review will be long.

Positives: This book was an easy read and fast moving. Yup, that’s all I’ve got.


1) I find Mr. Woods’ writing style—and this is my opinion—bland and boring. This is the 3rd book of his I’ve read (There wont be a fourth) and like the other two, his novels are about 90% dialogue. He also rarely reminds you who is speaking (EG: “Good Morning, Stone” said Joan) And as such, the back an
Another excellent book in the Stone Barrington series. I always enjoy these books. Quick reads, exciting, good plot lines.

Stone Barrington’s newest client does not seem the type to bring mayhem in his wake. A polite, well-deported gentleman, he comes to Stone seeking legal expertise on an unusual—and potentially lucrative—dilemma. Stone points him in the right direction and sends him on his way, but it’s soon clear Stone hasn’t seen the end of the case. Several people are keenly interested in th
Feb 22, 2014 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: legal, crime, nyc
#28 in the Stone Barrington series. This entry was published in January, 2014 and the next is scheduled for 4/8/2014. Author Woods has been writing novels featuring Stone Barrington and several of his acquaintances at a pace of three per year since 2008. Forget depth of character or literary significance, just read them for the fast moving, titillating, soap opera plots and count them as a guilty pleasure.

Stone Barrington series - A misunderstanding leads Stone Barrington to take on ex-con John
On a recent road trip we listened to the audio version of Standup Guy. The Standup Guy in this novel is John Fratelli, an ex-con who spent 25 years in jail for armed robbery. Now just out of jail he's seeking the legal advise of Stone Barrington, another "stand-up guy", regarding an ultra sensitive financial issue. It seems his former cell mate., Eduardo Bruno, has gifted Fratelli the key to a safe deposit box which contains $2-million dollars. The money was obtained some 20 years earlier in a h ...more
As with most recent Stone Barrington novels, this one reads like your basic, average way over the top soap opera. I still enjoy reading these books because they are easy to read and provide basic escapism from the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Stone helps an ex-con get away with several millions dollars and ends up getting questioned by several parties including the Secret Service as to the whereabouts of both. Along the way a thug also interested in the money kidnaps Stone's latest ...more
Harolyn Legg
Stone Barrington and his friends are back in this page turner. Stone is summoned to the White House where he and 20 other influential people are told of the First Lady's presidential run plans. Stone and his current lady friend, Emma Stone, are having fun together and life is good. When Emma goes back to England to deal with someone who is stealing her clothing designs and Stone meets a young woman at a bar where he's meeting Dino and his wife. The lady in question quickly ends up in Stone's bed ...more
Jan 18, 2014 Will rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Stuart Woods fans

I had all but given up on Stuart Woods, the poster child for releasing books in swarms to pad his 401k, but Standup Guy is actually not a bad read, and it is very entertaining. Woods introduces new characters in Standup Guy and uses a new angle for the storyline: residual stash from the famous 1967 JFK Airport Heist. He keeps Stone Barrington in character by having him meet a new hot-bodied redhead while continuing storied affairs with Holly Barker and Emma Tweed
Julie Barrett
The Stand UP Guy by Stuart Woods
My first book from this author and I'm enjoying it. A man has gotten out of prison after he's served his 25 year sentence for armed robbery. There were 5 in on it and there are only 2 others left. Some of them know where the money is and he's being shot at and gets help from the PI Stone.
He has many ideas for him and follows them to start a new life and lay low.
The president is also trying to help his wife become president and they are a friend of Stone..
Very deta
I got this one right away. My favorite male slut is at it again. I wonder sometimes if Stone Barrington is Stuart Wood's alter ego, or if he actually acts out his horrible behavior! What a disgusting example of a man, if Stone wasn't so likeable otherwise and the stories so much fun, I'd give up on the wealth of books. However, book after book, Wood's characters are enticingly funny and once you begin to follow them, you can't help waiting with bated breath for the next book to come out. Thankfu ...more
Nathan Flamank
Oh why do I still bother to read the "Gut-Rot" that this guy puts out? Simple answer? I guess I must be hoping for a miracle...

This one is just so predictable...women easily bedded, millions easily earned, and everything tied up with a nice little bow.

Woods' novels "suck the big biscuit" as we say here in Blighty (and again the scenes that Woods sets in London are just laughably'd think with the amount of money he has that the author would invest in some decent research).

The onl
Paul Lima
This book was like eating potato chips -- not good for you, but I couldn't stop. Honestly, the writing is so-so and the characters are two-dimensional, and there are plot gaps... but I just kept on turning page after page. I don't even know what genre I'd classify the book as -- the main character is a lawyer, there is theft, there is murder, there is kidnapping, there is betrayal, there is sex -- but I simply could not stop reading. And it's not as if the plot is all that gripping, either. Mayb ...more
Bob Connell
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Stuart Woods seems to be the mystery equivalent of Isaac Asimov, turning out books faster than I can read them. Fortunately, Woods's more recent books remain entertaining albeit forgettable. Even though so little time has past between "episodes" of Stone Barrington novels, I have to remind myself what went on last time. This book fell right into line with Stone having problems like what to with garbage bags full of cash and how to handle a dangerous girlfriend. Even though Woods appears to lack ...more
Mike French
Another very entertaining Stone Barrington novel. If you like Stuart Woods, you will enjoy this book!
Sue Hutchins
His stories are getting repetitive.
Stone and Stuart Woods need to retire
Stone Barrington has a new client and along with this client comes mayhem. He seeks legal advice on a lucrative but potentially unusual dilemma. Stone points him in the right direction. However, Stone has not seen the last of him. This leads Stone to loose 5 million dollars and one of his new squeezes. The story will led you to London, Florida, Connecticut and back to New York all on the trail of kidnappers, murders, money launders and other such lowlife. This is a cutthroat contest of wills and ...more
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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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