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Quick & Dirty

(Stone Barrington #43)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  4,386 ratings  ·  281 reviews
Stone Barrington gets entangled in the intricate and rarefied art business in the latest thriller by #1 New York Times-bestselling author Stuart Woods.

When a slam-bang of a crime brings a beautiful new client into Stone Barrington's office, little does he know his association with her will pull him into a far more serpentine mystery in the exclusive world of art. It's a bu
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published October 24th 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
2.5/5 stars - I am so disappointed and frustrated with what this series has sunk to become. I used to be a rabid fan of Woods' works, preordained EVERYTHING the second word was released....I hold a special place in my heart for Stone and Dino and the gang, but PUH-LEEEASE. The story lines have become almost pointless and the gratuitous, UNSAFE, pointless, and ridiculously unrealistic pseudo-sex has taken over, imho.
Dear Mr. Woods,
Sir, you are NOT an erotic romance/thriller writer; PLEASE KNOCK
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A mostly pointless story around forged art with limited interest. 4 of 10 stars
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
Much better than #42. Stone gets involved with a hedge fund widow, whose husband did a swan dive off their balcony. A Van Gogh painting has disappeared and Arthur Steele's insurance company hires Stone to find it before they have to pay. In the background is a story about art forgery, provenance, shady art dealers, NYPD's art expert, and some shenanigans in the building of the hedge fund couple. A lot of people die in this one, some even of natural causes... ...more
Mahoghani 23
Art......who knows which piece of art is real? There's a Van Gogh picture missing from the home of a friend of Stone Barrington. He's been hired by the insurance company to locate the portrait within two weeks time. Along with the missing portrait, there's a death and mystery to what may have happened.

It reads like an old detective story with short chapters and mini cliffhangers. Barrington always seem in charge and very serious; something of a ladies man. The characters are a mixture of upper
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Although Stone Barrington always lives close to the edge, I think he crossed the line in Quick and Dirty. I was disappointed to find him so shady.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Stone Barrington meets Morgan Tillman, a hedge fund millionare's widow. Her husband fell to his death over a year ago and Stone's friend Police Commissioner Dino likes Morgan for the murder. Of course, Stone gets involved with her. A Van Gogh painting is missing from her lavish apartment and Stone is persuaded to find it, even though it's possibly a fake that is insured for $60 million.

This is #43 in the series and if you like Stone Barrington books, this one is typical of the 40+ others. I read

In the grand scheme of things, 'Quick & Dirty' is brain candy, but it also comes with redeeming characteristics. As I've found of all Stuart Woods' reads, his writing style is 'pliable', well-spread in the formatting and the ever-present subliminal quest for sex is most reassuring. 'Quick & Dirty' has an interesting storyline, and it was not predictable regards the ending. Stone meets a new hot client who becomes yet another paramour, and surp
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I consider the Stone Barrington books to be a guilty pleasure. They are quick reads and I can fantasize about being super wealthy and super promiscuous. Able to have sex many times a night with amazingly beautiful women. Able to fly my own jet across country or across the Atlantic to live in luxury and have more sex with more beautiful women. This book, however, has a decent plot and is surprisingly good.
Jenny Clark
May 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, stuart-woods
It was just alright. I find it hard to believe that a 40 something man would just fall into bed with any woman, as Stone does, and the fact that the commissioner of police does not think to take the I phone down to the morgue to have the deceased owners thumb pressed to it is unthinkable.
Had it not been for those two things, this would probably have gotten 3, but as it is...
Mar 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Banal fluff. A tiny bit more effort please!! From relative quality to utter drivel in such a few novels.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Reading Stuart woods, especially the stone Barrington books, is like watching a soap must suspend all elements of reality. Don't think too much, or the story falls apart. But if you want a quick read, with no substance, this is it. This particular book was full of plot holes and unanswered questions. Stone meets a new rich woman and, of course, falls into bed with her. Nothing new there. The police and art expert were dolts. At least there weren't any international terrorists trying ...more
Garry Thompson
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Easy to read, but a waste of time. Stone drinks, finds a new flame, has sex... Stone makes more money. The only surprise is the lack of sex with Holly. The three-star rating is a push. I don't know why I continue to read these books. ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good Stone Barrington book much better than #42. The plot of stolen art is wonderful, great mystery and surprising twist.
Paula Staten O'Connell
Ugh...once again, typical Stone. He drinks a lot and meets an available, beautiful woman with a voracious sexual appetite who throws herself at him. Does Woods' publisher not have someone who at least looks over the books to make sure the characters names don't change? I believe it was this book (though it could have been the previous one), yet again a character's name is changed for no particular reason--Charlie Fox becomes Charlie Ford. Could someone type up a list of character names for Stuar ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stone Barrington is caught up in the art world of New York City as he takes on a new and beautiful widow as a client. Her husband was a very wealthy man, who happened to take a high dive frrom the balcony of their luxury apartment at a very fancy address. At the time of his death the NYPD had her high on their list of suspects, in fact just about the only one. At the time of his death, a very expensive painting also disappeared from their collection in the penthouse-- a van Gogh estimated to be ...more
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5-ish stars. I enjoyed it more than the last installment. We open up with Stone and Holly talking a bit. Things are moving along well with Kate wanting Holly to become the next president. Stone's Bentley is attacked with a sledgehammer when he's riding in it one day, and there are other such attacks on other such expensive cars. This storyline doesn't go anywhere, it's never solved, but it leads to one of the women whose car was attacked seeking Stone's assistance as she feels the police weren ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal, action, nyc
#43 in the Stone Barrington series (and #63 in the Barrington universe). In the latest installment of my favorite soap opera, Stone is rather reserved - he doesn't bed his latest female acquaintance until page 40, though to be fair, he doesn't meet her until page 26. A possible insurance scam is at the base of the story and it has more plot twists and suspects than usual. One of the twists has Stone coshed and has Stone knocking out the thug threatening him (with a gun) with the cosh, before the ...more
Michele A.
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
In Quick & Dirty, Stone finds himself trying to navigate the world of art and a stolen painting. He gets a new client and bed companion, Morgan. Morgan's husband died about 18 months ago and it was claimed by Morgan that his death occurred while their van Gogh painting was being stolen. Arthur Steele represents the insurance company who insured the painting and Stone is on their board of directors, as well as their lawyer. A tale beings to come together where pretty much everyone Stone deals wit ...more
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Someone is going around with a sledgehammer smashing in expensive luxury cars around the city. And that's all you ever find out about this particular angle. A pointless plot point that went nowhere.

A wealthy and attractive (aren't they all?!) widow comes to Stone Barrington about how to handle the damage to her luxury car -- and this meeting opens a can of worms that was actually almost refreshing. Instead of running all over the country with his rich and political friends, Stone stays in the c
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a pretty typical Stone Barrington book but like the last one that I read they do not have some of the excitement that earlier novels have had. In this story as usual a rich, beautiful woman comes to Stone looking for some help. A Van Gogh has been stolen from her apartment and she would like it to be relocated. It is insured for 60 million, so the insurance company would love to have it found, also. She is a recent widow after her husband fell to his death during a struggle on the balco ...more
Barry Martin Vass
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Author Stuart Woods is writing about the shadowy world of art forgery in this one; Quick & Dirty is an expression professional forgers use when when copying a well-known painting. When Arthur Steele, a corporate CEO and one of Stone Barrington's biggest clients, schedules an appointment, Stone is somewhat surprised to find that Mr. Steele is interested in his current girlfriend, Morgan Tillman. Turns out that her husband has died some months ago, their van Gogh has gone missing, and Steele's ins ...more
Robert Berry
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
he theft of a small, unknown Van Gogh painting from a Park Avenue penthouse propels bestseller Woods’s suspenseful 43rd novel featuring wealthy, well-connected New York attorney Stone Barrington (after Indecent Exposure). During the robbery, the painting’s owner, Mark Tillman, took a fatal plunge off the penthouse terrace. Was he pushed, or was it an accident? And might Tillman’s attractive widow, Morgan, somehow be involved? Since Stone and Morgan become lovers soon after they meet, Stone is in ...more
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Must admit, they are entertaining....

When a slam-bang of a crime brings a beautiful new client into Stone Barrington's office, little does he know his association with her will pull him into a far more serpentine mystery in the exclusive world of art. It's a business where a rare find could make a career--and a collection--and mistakes in judgment are costly. And under its genteel and high-minded veneer lurks an assortment of grifters and malfeasants eager to cash in on the game.

In the upscale w
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stone Barrington gets himself caught up in the mystery of a stolen [and unknown] van Gogh painting when he begins keeping company with the widow of Mark Tillman, the owner of the missing painting. Arthur Steele seeks out Stone’s assistance: can he find the stolen painting before the insurance company has to pay the claim for it? And, perhaps more importantly, is the missing painting authentic or is it a fake?

This forty-third outing for Stone Barrington and company has all familiar characters, pl
NM Hill
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I for one get's tried of the "HO" Stone Barrington just hopping into bed with every beautiful women he comes across. But for men and maybe the author that's there dream come true. Tons of money women wanting to jump there bones and being able to buy at a drop of a hat any toy they want. To wine and dine to there hearts content. I know that's what makes the Barrington series what it is. Yes, I enjoy reading them. An I know what Stone will do when there is a women around that's all part of who he ...more
Anne, Unfinished Woman
Once again this particular installment of the Stone Barrington series reads like the Keystone Cops movies. The police, Barrington and the "bad guys" run around with little direction and less thought. I think that Woods is getting like so many other authors who produce multiple books each year, they get stale. I'm not ready to totally give up yet, but I'm nearly there. These are simple and relatively short stories, take less than a day to read, and Woods has moved to the position of Stone actuall ...more
LInda L
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I kept thinking I must have read a prior Stone Barrington -- after all, this IS number43 -- but if I have, it's completely left me. Can't speak for the others, but I enjoyed this one -- loved the art business, both legal and not. Wonder how many paintings in famous galleries are really fakes -- kind of scary to think about. I was kind of rooting for old Sol Fineman to get away with the money. Does that make me criminally inclined?? How tall is Stone -- I kept thinking of the 6 foot 1 inch woman ...more
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
The rating is a very weak 2 stars. Around book 30-31 in this series I started to become very disappointed in the novels and that sure is true of this one. So frustrating as I used to love this series. This story is so pointless and at times almost ridiculous. It’s pretty clear to me that Woods has lost the ability for even a bit of suspense and it’s also time Stone grew up a bit (approximately how old is he now). I’m beginning to think Woods could care less about quality and as long as we keep r ...more
Kate Francis
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoy this book series - especially listening to them because of Tony Roberts and his wonderful narration. I read this one and finished it in 24 hours. As the series has grown, so have the short cuts to character traits that no longer need explaining, leaving some of the early chapters a bit short on detail. Characters tend to pop in and pop out, and we are left to wonder what happened to them. This adventure had a good plot with lots of interesting characters and lots of whodunit possibilitie ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Probably story wise more of a high 3 rating, but I’m going with a low 4 since I listened to the narrated version and the character voices were really perfect and kept me coming back.
This book is late in the series - my first Stone Barrington story and my first book by this author. Very different than my usual reading choices, but a fun look into what felt like another era.
I didn’t feel like I missed anything coming in late, but curious about the loyal Stone Barrington reader reviews as many fel
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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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