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(Stone Barrington #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  8,388 ratings  ·  345 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)
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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!)
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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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
Laura Langland
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Way to much sex. Otherwise a good mystery
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.
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.
Sandi Wallace
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5-4.0 stars. More in my next Good Reads blog at ...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
May 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Man oh man! Is this the same guy that wrote "Chiefs"?

I ask the question because Chiefs was an absolutely fantastic novel. One of my favorites. This story is easy to read, quick-moving and entertaining but, for me, ultimately it is disappointing because I know that he could do sooooooo much better. If you've never read Stuart Woods, read Chiefs and maybe you'd be better off just walking away.

So, why am I irritated? The characters are two-dimensional cutouts of what we might suspect the ri
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Dec 2018 ditto all my comments in the past.

May 2017 Woods definitely cleaned up Dino's father in law from this second Stone story up to the current current stories. Eduardo is in the middle of organized crime in this story and seems only a whisper in later books. There is only one daughter in this story - Mary Ann. Arrington is present in this story - so she's around from the beginning.

3-7-2015 back to the book. the characters have all evolved, including Stone's secretary. This is a must read S
This is the 2nd book in the Stone Barrington series and I liked it. However I did not like it as much as I did the first book. I do love Stone's character though. Woods is a great suspense author and knows how to keep his readers interested. I think the reason why I didn't like this one as much might have been because I had to keep taking breaks in between reads. I did enjoy the concept behind the story though on the smut writings in the "Dirt" edition. & can I just add that the steamy scenes be ...more
Nov 06, 2011 rated it liked it
a nook book I purchased I was just surprised to find that this was the second in the Stone Barrington series. It also surprises me that I enjoy reading these as much as I do, since Stone is depicted as a man who likes to hop into bed with almost any attractive woman--three in this novel. There ARE some interesting twists and turns, with a fair smount of violence--Stone ends up being hospitalized twice following altercations. I don't recall Elaine's making an appearance. Still entertaining!
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The main character in the series is Stone Barrington, an ex-NYPD detective who is now practicing law. He and his ex-partner, Dino, continue to meet for dinners regularly at Elaine's. The murdered victim in this book is Amanda Dart. She is a high-profile journalist, who specialized in scandalous stories. Stone and Dino investigate the murder together. The author knows how to keep his readers interested with an entertaining, fast read.
Mar 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: truckee-library
This is the #2 book in the Stone Barrington series. Stone Barrington is a independently wealthy former cop turned lawyer/detective. In this story he gets involved with the world of tabloid writers. It is pretty steamy, but a fun quick read. I will definitely read more of the Stone Barrington stories.
Apr 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Woods always manages to kept me engrossed with his Stone Barringotn series.
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Barrington series so I'm going back to where Stone Barrington begins.
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
Erika Hayes
May 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Amber Booth
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Scott Skipper
Feb 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Someone is faxing scandalous gossip to the offices of tabloid publishers and columnists. The targets of the scandal sheet hire former cop, former lawyer turned private detective, Stone Barrington, to find the culprit. Stone follows all the leads between sheets, gets hit in the head a couple times, and remains unconcerned when his client murders her secretary who leaked the dirt on her. Hit men hired by the aggrieved publisher beat Stone to the guilty parties by minutes, but he arrives in time to ...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.

Other books in the series

Stone Barrington (1 - 10 of 56 books)
  • New York Dead (Stone Barrington, #1)
  • Dead in the Water (Stone Barrington, #3)
  • Swimming to Catalina (Stone Barrington, #4)
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