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(Stone Barrington #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  7,477 ratings  ·  304 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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Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Ok series! entertaining. S.W. should have done better in this series,too much of a great writer to be wasting the series mostly on 70% of Stone having sex,sex,sex instead of action and detective work (paperback!)
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
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.
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
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!)
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
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 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 rich a
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 scene ...more
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
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!
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.
Laura Langland
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Way to much sex. Otherwise a good mystery
Erika Hayes
May 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
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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
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second Woods book. They are good for listening diversion while doing long drives, but are far from great.

I mentioned in my review of New York Dead the improbability of the hero meeting a female broadcast assistant in the afternoon, bedding her the same night, and embarking on an obsessive affair with her. In Dirt, he goes to Jersey to question the sister of two suspected bad guys (brothers) and winds up sleeping with her during the visit. I have no objection to sexual content in fiction, per
Lori Robinett
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can't believe I hadn't read this book before. This book is the second in the Stone Barrington series, about a gossip columnist (and her lover) who is targeted by a scandal sheet being faxed to various individuals and entities, filled with, well, scandalous information. Amanda hires Stone to identify the person or persons behind "Dirt." Stone has a few romps along the way, and Dino gets involved. The story does well as a stand-alone, and the characters are intriguing, and the whole book is ente ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
I started this series when I came across book 10, and enjoyed it as a fun kind of take off of the James Bond type of thing.
I read book 1 next and found it fun too, but then book 2 made me gag. Not only do we have a 40-something year old man apparently gets it up 3 times a night, every night and then again in the morning usually (and this was prior to little blue pills), but all the women in the book cry. Over men.
They're all crazy about Stone though. Smart, gorgeous, and ripping their clothes
Hard to get invested in the investigative aspects of the story because the author keeps throwing in those distracting bits where every good-looking woman wants to sleep with Stone and he can't say No. I swear that man's dick has an everlasting supply of Eveready batteries.

The feel of this series is good for me - lightweight suspense without any gory violence that I tend to find in serial killer books (Chris Carter, for example) and I like Stone Barrington...except his alley cat ways. I don't car
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it

October 2018
3 Stars - I liked it

This book will not be for everyone! It's definitely dated, and not just in the way of technology. This book could easily offend a lot of readers! I don't think the author wrote these things in a mean spirited way, but rather in a way that was more common for the late 80's, early 90's.

The author covers it all.... race, religion, sexuality, gender, rape/dubious consent. Be cautious going into this is you're sensitive to any of the above issues.

Even with th
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really Stuart? Are you sexually frustrated or what? I read one of Stuarts later Stone Barrington books and really liked it (can't remember which one) so I thought I would start at the beginning of the series. I like Stuart's writing style and I like PI, cop, spy stuff. But these first two books could be considered soft porn. Nothing makes me crazier when it comes to reading than having to plod through unnecessary crap added to a store line for filler. Since these were his first two books in the ...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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