Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Dirt (Stone Barrington, #2)” as Want to Read:
Dirt (Stone Barrington, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(Stone Barrington #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  8,965 ratings  ·  372 reviews
The second novel in the thrilling Stone Barrington Series by #1 New York Times Bestselling author Stuart Woods.

"Blackmail, murder, suspense, love—what else could you want in a book?" Cosmopolitan

Feared and loathed for her poison pen and ice queen persona, Amanda Dart has made her share of enemies. Then the tables are turned. An anonymous gossipmonger is faxing Amanda's per
Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 7th 1997 by HarperTorch (first published September 28th 1996)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.89  · 
Rating details
 ·  8,965 ratings  ·  372 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Dirt (Stone Barrington, #2)
Jack Heath
3 Stars. Stone has moved on since the first novel in this great series, "New York Dead." In the intervening 5 years, he has been practicing law as Counsel to Woodman and Weld where he takes criminal cases off cleaner hands when a long-time client bumps into an unsavoury matter. He also seems to have had a lengthy relationship with a beautiful judge! As "Dirt" begins, he's getting dumped by Judge Sara O'Neal. Now that can't be a new experience for Stone! He's not far removed from being a police d ...more
Amanda McGill
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
Seriously?! This is a bestselling series?!

I'll point out the good first because there is so little of it. Stone Barrington is a forced to retire ex-cop, who also has a law degree. This allows him to pick up cases that he really wants to pursue. This case is about D-list celebrities that are getting their dirty laundry aired by a mysterious source. The mystery was good and I enjoyed as it unravelled once we found out who is the source.

Despite the mystery being good, it was really hard to get int
Diane Wallace
May 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Ok series! entertaining. S.W. should have done a much better job with this storyline,he's too much of a great writer to be wasting the series mostly with 70% on Stone having sex,sex,sex instead of the regular action and detective work (paperback!) ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dirt by Stuart Woods is the second book in the Stone Barrington series. When gossip columnist Amanda Dart becomes the victim of an anonymous gossipmonger, she hires lawyer and investigator Stone Barrington to find out their identity. Not the usual murder mystery, it was interesting to read of the world of gossip journalism. An engrossing and captivating account with everything coming together at the end.
Beth Brekke
I waited a long time to find book #2 in this series and after reading it, I wonder if I really liked book #1 as much as I thought I did (so long ago I wasn't rating and reviewing here). I didn't care much about most of the characters in the story but I won't have to worry about that as the series goes on because most of them were killed off in this edition. Not caring created not really following and finding it all a little dull, confusing and poorly ended. I kept interpreting the over-abundance ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

New narrator & he did a great job. I think I have a good handle on how the series will roll and I'm not sure if I'm in the right mood for it. The different characters all seem to have the same kind of mentality of "Do whatever you want. Just don't get caught." that I have a hard time believing. There's a lot of sex scenes and it's rather obvious that someone must have a love of oral sex.

While the first book was more clumsy in throwing in details, it was more entertaining. This one was bet
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this two months ago and I can't remember a thing about it. I haven't read a Woods book, however, that varies in format much - opulent settings, private planes, yachts, bullet-proof cars, friends in high places, beautiful blondes - same old, same old. ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed several Stone Barrington novels and this adds another to the list.

In this story, Stone is asked to investigate and find whomever is writing scandalous stories about Amanda Dart, the well-known gossip columnist. It is ironic that even though she is VERY discreet, someone knows an awful lot about her and her dalliances. The tables have been turned and Amanda is feeling the heat that she is usually putting other people's feet to. Then she discovers that other gossip writers are havin
Jen A.
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars, really...

Picked this book up from the shelves at the book swap at work. Within the first few chapters I was reading about some woman giving a guy head and getting caught on camera. Not exactly workplace-appropriate reading, eh?

Well, all of Woods' female characters are very aggressive sexually. Promiscuous, even. The lead character's name is Stone Barrington... which made me think of porn stars and Paddington Bear. Not a great combo.

The chapters are short, which makes for quick and ea
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it
A trashy, pulpy read, redeemed (somewhat) by its quick pace and its easy style. Stone Barrington (!) is a retired cop with a law degree (!!) who lives in a palatial brownstone in Manhattan (!!!) and sleeps with every woman he meets. It's Mickey Spillane but with an eye for modern brands and labels; Woods drops the names of every high-priced bistro, tailored outfit and bottle of wine that our protagonists enjoy. ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five years have past since we last saw Stone Barrington. He has settled into his new role as a lawyer after being retired from the police force.
When Alison Dart walks into his office it is his investigation skills that she is after. The gossip columnist has had the tables turned on her when her personal life is exposed to all and sundry and she wants Stone to find out who is behind the leak.
This book has a solid mystery which I really enjoyed, I could do with a little less of the bed hoping but
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Stone Barrington #2 is a reason I began to enjoy this character until the 40th & 50th renditions. More story and plots than sexual conquests was much better than the latest mostly oversexed tales. 8 of 10 stars
Fascinating story of tabloid magazines and womanizing lawyer/detective Stone Barrington. Normally, journalist stories are not my thing, but this is a detective story set in the sleazy world of sensational journalism. Amanda Dart is the queen of gossip columnists, but mysteriously, the name of her magazine is never mentioned in the book.

* Cut throat world of gossip columnists
(view spoiler)
Amber Booth
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this straight after completing the first in the series, New York Dead. I gave that one four stars. 'Dirt' is even better and merits full marks. The plot is just as good but the ending better. The thing I like the most about the two books is Woods' very smooth writing style which is easy to read with hardly ever a wasted word. Characters are easy to picture in the mind and generally very believable, nothing far-fetched. I really look forward to reading the rest of the series, over time, pa ...more
Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I read the first book in this series just as the pandemic began and had been anxiously awaiting the reopening of my local library so I could read it.

I enjoyed the story and the characters. I also like the writing style. I gave three stars because I felt like the ending was a bit flat. Toward the end, we learn some of the characters go way back. Given that I thought the culprits would have been connected in some way by the past. Thus were out for revenge, instead it was just greed.

Despite this,
Kristina Deluise
Oct 20, 2020 rated it liked it
ok, while the mystery is good. and the whole sleuth stuff is good.

i believe this has to be the 90s as they have cell phones

but really does stone have to SLEEP with every female he comes in contact with?

hasn't he heard of aids? ugh

i am really missing the group comradery of j.d robbs eve dallas books, or catherine coulter's fbi series,

i'm going to keep reading because it's a long series, but if stone keeps sleeping with everyone, it's going to get old really fast.........................

Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
So I’m half in love with Stone he’s just so cool and apparently crazy in bed... ha ha. I haven’t figured out from reading the couple that I have if these are cozy mystery or something harder but they are fun. The lives if the rich and famous is how I currently feel.
Mr Roy Davidson
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Poor follow up to book #01. This was more of a soft porn book with a little bit of detective thrown in. Stone was clubbed and shot, but carried on as if nothing has happened. Put me off the later books, but I might try volume 3.
Laura Langland
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Way to much sex. Otherwise a good mystery
Sandi Wallace
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5-4.0 stars. More in my next Good Reads blog at ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, mystery
I read the first book in the series, New York Dead, when I was 16 -- a whopping 22 years ago! -- and I still remember it fondly. Having recently noticed that the 44th Stone Barrington book is on the New York Times bestseller list, I thought I'd pick up the second and see what the fuss is all about. While I didn't think the writing was top notch, and I had some pretty serious issues with both the plot and the characterization, the novel was immensely... readable. It was fun, pure and simple.

Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second Stone Barrington novel bears out the fact that these early books are superior to the later "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" Stone Barrington novels. Stone and other protagonists face real dangers, the mystery is a good one, and the ending is exciting and fast paced. However Stone is already improving his lifestyle. He has met his soulmate, Arrington (amusingly, she says "We should never marry", my take is "Why name her Arrington in the first place?"), his home restoration is compl ...more
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good plot. The only thing I do not like in the story that there are to many brand-dropping, e.g Chanel dresses, Rolex Watches .
I did not Know that this is a book in a series. I read it in Swedish, so I do not Know If the first book in this series is translated to Swedish.
Lisa Tollefson
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Very good. Well read, too. The story was pleasantly non-violent, for the most. It's odd to read about people not using condoms, jumping from one partner to the next, we're so very aware of sexual safety these days.
Stone somehow finds his way through a tangled mess via a combination of smarts, good contacts, and luck. All three are well balanced, though, so the story doesn't suffer.
I know I've read some in the series, but it's been years, and this one was quite enjoyable.
Linda K.
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am exploring Stuart Woods' books to see if I want to continue with this series. Stone Barrigton is interesting to me. I will try another. My sister recommended the Holly Barker series, but I am having trouble getting that series from my library. ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dirt-Second in the Stone Barrington Series. I fell in love with the series when an Audiobook was given to me. It was given to me considerably out of order and yet, it didn't make a difference as each book can stand alone. I went to the beginning to get the history of the characters, discovering I made a wonderful choice. Stuart Woods has the gift of storytelling, mild suspense and some wicked twists. Stone Barrington is an amalgamation of personalities. He's sharp, gullible, a bit naive and a lo ...more
Elfie (Brenda)
First time reading Stuart Woods and I have to say I’m not overly impressed with Stone Barrington. If he’s supposed to be a PI with a law background, he’s not a very good one. I know more of his sex life than I do about his actual skills.

The story, for what it’s worth, is relatively good. It has a lot of twists and turns, and a very unexpected ending. Due to the main character, I found it difficult to finish. I probably won’t be reading anything from this series again.
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: detective-crime
I've read many of the Stone Barrington series. It was fun to discover that this is the one in which he meets the lovely Arrington Carter for the first time. Woods is my go-to when I want something light and entertaining, a fast-paced plot and snappy dialog. ...more
Bill Krieger
This is the 2nd book in the Stone Barrington series. My review here is easy because everything is “pretty good”. The book is 3 bill-stars, worthy.


Amanda dropped her belongings on the floor, wiggled her shoulders, and let the little dress fall off, revealing full breasts and a finely crafted body. She kicked the dress out of the way and stood there, wearing only black stockings and a black garter belt. “Hello, sailor,” she said, and went to him.

- Stone Barrington hard at work in Dirt

Why a
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Shadow of the Dragon (Jack Ryan Universe #30)
  • Daylight (Atlee Pine, #3)
  • The Law of Innocence (Mickey Haller, #7; Harry Bosch Universe #34)
  • The Russian (Michael Bennett #13)
  • The Surrogate Thief  (Joe Gunther #15)
  • The Fifth Angel
  • Menace In The Mountain Mist (Caleb Johnson: Mountain Man #2)
  • Fair Warning (Jack McEvoy, #3; Harry Bosch Universe, #33)
  • Playmates (Spenser, #16)
  • Grand Cayman Slam
  • Walk the Wire (Amos Decker, #6)
  • Everyone talks
  • Ocean Prey (Lucas Davenport #31)
  • Blindside (Michael Bennett, #12)
  • Double Deuce (Spenser, #19)
  • Sins of the Fathers (J.P. Beaumont #24)
  • Stardust (Spenser, #17)
  • Texas Outlaw (Rory Yates #2)
See similar books…
See top shelves…
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.

Other books in the series

Stone Barrington (1 - 10 of 60 books)
  • New York Dead (Stone Barrington, #1)
  • Dead in the Water (Stone Barrington, #3)
  • Swimming to Catalina (Stone Barrington, #4)
  • Worst Fears Realized (Stone Barrington, #5)
  • L.A. Dead (Stone Barrington, #6)
  • Cold Paradise (Stone Barrington, #7)
  • The Short Forever (Stone Barrington, #8)
  • Dirty Work (Stone Barrington, #9)
  • Reckless Abandon (Stone Barrington, #10; Holly Barker, #4)
  • Two Dollar Bill (Stone Barrington, #11)

Related Articles

If you're a fan of the mystery and thriller genre and young adult books, recent months have brought a bevy of great reads to your shelves! We...
149 likes · 20 comments