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Standup Guy (Stone Barrington #28)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  3,406 Ratings  ·  285 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
Mar 01, 2014 Vicki Elia rated it it was ok
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.
Jan 14, 2014 Bethe rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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.
Feb 04, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 26, 2014 Kay rated it liked it
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
Bob Lafary
Mar 04, 2014 Bob Lafary rated it really liked it
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.
Shirley Worley
Feb 06, 2014 Shirley Worley rated it liked it
Shelves: stuart-woods
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
Feb 19, 2014 Toto66 rated it it was ok
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
Amy Lignor
Nov 22, 2013 Amy Lignor rated it it was amazing
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,
Jan 10, 2014 Hapzydeco rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 22, 2014 Tim rated it really liked it
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
Jan 22, 2014 Monnie rated it really liked it
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
Jan 20, 2014 Katy rated it liked it
Stone Barrington is considered a "stand up guy" for an ex-felon who "inherited" a couple million dollars from his now deceased, ex-cell mate. The statutes of limitations have passed on the missing money, and the cellmate did tell him where to find it. "Hypothetically speaking,..." Stone gave the guy enough information on how to lose himself, keep the money, and find a new life.

After being paid, Stone and, by extension, his "hypothetical" client begin gaining the attention of many who want that
Stone Barrington certainly meets an array of unique people along the way from the scum to the presidential. I was happy that Holly made an appearance and the state of Florida and London. Political ties that were funny towards the current issues made me shake my head... I would vote for Kate!!!! Money, sex, food, and travel are part of this story plus a few business dealings to change stolen money into funds able to use in society.... money laundering, always an interesting lesson on how to do it ...more
Apr 05, 2014 Grey853 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
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Mar 05, 2014 Liz rated it liked it
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!
Sue Hutchins
May 23, 2014 Sue Hutchins rated it it was ok
His stories are getting repetitive.
Mike French
Sep 25, 2013 Mike French rated it it was amazing
Another very entertaining Stone Barrington novel. If you like Stuart Woods, you will enjoy this book!
Feb 17, 2014 4d rated it it was ok
Stone and Stuart Woods need to retire
Nov 03, 2014 Rob1109 rated it did not like it
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
Russell Atkinson
Jun 24, 2016 Russell Atkinson rated it it was ok
My high hopes were dashed early on this one. It was billed as a legal thriller, but it was neither thrilling nor did it have anything much to do with a legal case. Still, it wasn't bad so much as disappointing. The author can write grammatically and fluidly, which puts him ahead of two-thirds of what's out there. The main character, Stone Barrington, is supposedly a lawyer, but all he ever seems to do is eat at expensive restaurants, talk to the president of the U.S., and sleep with women. What ...more
Jan 18, 2014 Will rated it really liked it
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
L.a. Presas
Jan 28, 2017 L.a. Presas rated it it was ok
It's unfortunate that this series has lost it's bite. The adventures of Stone Barrington had long been a favorite escape for me. A handsome, accomplished and sophisticated former cop turned lawyer, Stone was always up for a good time and, inevitably, found trouble but with help from his best friend NYPD detective Dino Bachetti, managed to live to tell the tale.
This time Stone gets drawn into an old crime. A man recently released from prison comes to him for advice about whether it's legal for h
This is Stuart Woods 28th book featuring former NYPD detective, lawyer, and ladies man, Stone Barrington. This one starts off fairly decently with Stone meeting a new client, John Fratelli. Fratelli wants investment advice in dealing with a large sum of money without going back to prison. Stone asks him to set up the scene with a hypothetical sequence of events hinting that he may have access to two million dollars and change. The money in question has been willed to Fratelli by his former cellm ...more
Todd Schafer
Feb 12, 2017 Todd Schafer rated it really liked it
I love the way ex cop Donnely refers to him as Stone "Effing" Barrington...
I like the way ,,,and it's crazy,,,the author always talks about who two people hang up on a phone call. And how silly details like "he gave him the number" are all meticulously spelled out.
I think I love this character because he is a smart-ass, yet meticulously honest.
I hadn't read a book in this series in awhile and realized how much I missed it.
Aug 21, 2013 Juanita rated it liked it
A solid Stone Barrington book. We see a bit more of Emma Tweed, the fashion designer from London, but not much at all. Holly pops in and out, as she's wont to do. A new woman arrives on the scene, Hank, and she turns out to (view spoiler) ...more
Reed Johnson
Feb 14, 2017 Reed Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stone keeps getting richer and luckier.
Feb 22, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
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
Mar 24, 2014 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books-read
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
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Michele A.
Sep 22, 2016 Michele A. rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Stone Barrington finds himself back in NY and with a new client who unexpectedly shakes up his life. Stone gives some advice to a newly released ex-con. The ex-con comes to see Stone several times and both of their lives go a bit shaky for a while. Stone then has an old flame come back into his bed for a night, along with a new interest, "Hank" who is more than she seems. Stone is threatened several times by several different people. Dino tries to help where he can, but somewhat makes Stone's li ...more
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