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A Delicate Touch

(Stone Barrington #48)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,854 ratings  ·  174 reviews
Stone Barrington uncovers a societal minefield in the exhilarating new adventure from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Stuart Woods.

When an old acquaintance reaches out to Stone Barrington requesting assistance, the job seems easy enough. She needs an expert in an esoteric field, someone with both the knowledge and careful dexterity to solve a puzzle. But the solution
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 31st 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Tim
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This quick listen was headed for 4 stars until a most unsatisfactory incomplete ending. 6 of 10 stars
Skip
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
Mixed feelings about this one. The premise was solid: some old files are discovered in an old safe belonging to Eduardo Bianchi, with damaging evidence about his old Mafia rivals. Their descendants are upstanding members of society and willing to do anything to protect their family secrets. But the plot then devolves into a ridiculous farce involving technology to manipulate money and voting results. I also did not care for depth of the reporting angle: the investigative reporter herself nor the ...more
Karin Keeling
Typical..... not sure why I read this series, but I can’t stop myself
Gary Rounds
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE STEWART WOODS

Every time I read a Stewart Woods novel I just can’t believe how great they are!! If anyone wants to learn to like reading just turn them onto a book by Mr Woods. I have read all his books and look forward to the next!!!! GMR
Bill Yarbrough
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title fits the story very well. I couldn't put this book down. I like some of the new characters and expect to see them in the future. There was nobody in this book who was from Delano, Georgia. I give it 9.5 out of 10 stars.
Deborah
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was much better than the last one. There was more substance to the plot. The discovery of Sal's codicil to his will, started a chain reaction of events. I felt the story ended with a cliffhanger because there was no closure. I'm interested in finding out who survived the explosion. What will the repercussions be?
Patricia
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jan-2019
Thank you Mr. Woods for another GREAT Stone Barrington read! I have purchased and read all 48 novels and am looking forward to #49!
Joy Dias
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Okay, I did it again. I read another one. Don't know why I do it, but I do. Easy read, and enjoyable. When you think about Stone he should be very old. It's amazing what he can do. Guess anything can happen when it's fiction.
Timothy M. Gorman
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Same old stuff, which is not surprising considering there were 47 other installments. Someone is always winning the lottery, inheriting money etc and hence fitting in with the crowd Stone runs with. (Stone himself fits in due to a series of inheritances.) When you pick up a Barrington book, you know all this and suspend credulity.
john  greathouse
Jan 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
DB just can’t leave politics alone. As usual the corked ass Democratic Party, lies, cheats and steals
Leave politics out
Will
SUBJECTIVE READER REVIEW WITH PLOT SPOILERS FOLLOWS:

Stuart Woods took a novel niche of history to spring a truly scary witch hunt in New York City, I'll admit. It seems the shadow of deceased wealthy philanthropist Eduardo Bianchi will never venture too far from Stone Barrington. It all starts innocently enough, with Eduardo's daughter and Dino's ex-wife Anna Marie calling Stone for help. It seems she's about to turn over title to the Bianchi Estate to the Bianchi Museum, but there's an ancient
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Lisa Malmquist
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
It all starts with an old Excelsior safe. Which noone knows how to open except for a very old man of over 100 years named Sol Fink is found, who originally worked with the manufacturer in Berlin.
It would have been better left unopened...as this safe belonged to Eduardo Bianchi, who apparently had ties to the Mafia and has files on all the old Mafia families in the area. Stone Barrington is the executor for the estate of Eduardo. His daughter asked him to find someone to open the safe and then le
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Dad
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this novel (number 48) to be as fresh and exciting as the first—although the writing seemed fuller and the characters more developed. Great plot and fascinating story using current events and electronic banking/computers to make the story hum. This was a very easy, uncomplicated story and absolutely perfect for the bus commute. Stone remains the central role model who we wish we could emulate—if only we had his money, looks and charm.
Maureen
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
So boring and superficial. His character depth is similar to the depth of a pineapple. There was no substance. I have a feeling Stuart Woods is one of those old men that love to hear themselves talk. Honestly don’t waste your time on this book.
John
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stuart Woods Stone Barrington books have been a roller coast ride of highs and lows. This is one of the better tales in recent memory. The most surprising aspect is Lover Boy Stone does not bed a woman until the book is pasted Chapter 16, if I remember correctly. Usually, this occurs much earlier and is on to other conquests.
Kevin Snyder
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Typical Stone Barrington story. A good quick read that was enjoyable. Unusual ending! I'm assuming he did it that way to revisit the characters later in life.
Barbara Bakal
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-fiction
A poorly written story with no real ending. Just the usual, money, sex and fake drama.
Arlene
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first book of Stuart Woods. I love the fast pacing of the story. Haven't read something like this in a while.
Carol
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The thing I like most about Stuart Wood's writing, (as if he really cares what I like and don't like), is he doesn't waste words on description of the paint on the walls or how many trees are in the park...he gets right past all that and to the point. He's also, over the years, produced some other really good characters...in addition to Stone Barrington there is Holly Barker...Ed Eagle...The Lee's, and most recently Teddy Faye...and has wisely decided to not let those people wither away and die ...more
Alan
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
A fairly simple little story about Stone and his cohorts getting richer, eating well, having good sex, and generally enjoying their erudite, privileged lives. Oh, and another Herb-like new protege to dress well and guide along in his astonishing success. And incidentally, bad guys and king making. Ho-hum.
Montessahall Montessahall
Nothing new. Same basic plot as the other novels in this series.
Ellen
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Much better than previous ones. I couldn't put it down. It starts out with Mary Ann Bianchi calling Stone to help her open an old safe she has discovered concealed behind a panel in Eduardo Bianchi's library. He calls Bob Cantor and he in turn calls in Sol Fink, an old man, 104 years old, who worked as an assistant to the maker of the German safe. Sol is brought in to open the safe. Inside Stone and Mary Ann find many interesting items, 1: 3 million dollars in cash 2: two pass ...more
Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
Former policeman, attorney and rich businessman Stone Barrington makes his 48th appearance in Stuart Woods’ A DELICATE TOUCH. At the center of the novel is an Excelsior safe that is very sensitive and can only be opened by Solomon Fink, now a 104-year-old man who was involved in making the safe during World War II in Germany. The safe is in the hands of Mary Ann Bianchi Bacchetti, the ex-wife of Stone’s former NYPD partner, Dino Bacchetti.

Once the safe is opened, Stone finds files on mafia kingp
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Barry Martin Vass
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is great fun to read. Told in mostly dialogue, the plot just rockets along with no breaks and zero chances for the reader to disengage. When Mary Ann Bianchi, Dino's ex-wife, is readying her deceased father's Brooklyn mansion for conversion into an art museum, she discovers a large, hidden safe in what used to be her father's study. She calls Stone, who is the executor of the estate, asking if he can find a safecracker, fast, because she has to turn over the house tomorrow to the museum's b ...more
Michele A.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Stone finds himself in the middle of another delicate situation. He is suddenly contacted by Dino's ex-wife, who informs him that her deceased father had a hidden safe she has just uncovered. Inside the safe they find quite a few incriminating documents against several associates of Eduardo's who he kept dossiers on. One of the files is against someone whose family is currently trying to get the grandson in a position to run for President of the USA. Stone takes this information the DA and so be ...more
Gerri
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
A weak 3 stars. If you follow my reviews you know I gave up on the Stone Barrington novels long ago. Thought the last 4-5 were really bad. Having said that and because I was between books and this was available at library I gave it a shot and found it to be ok. Not the great Woods writing of old but not the usual 1 or 2 stars I’ve been giving his books. The premise of this one was decent but is was absolutely the same-ole-same ole routine and Stone seems to have lost his mojo but there were some ...more
Diane
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stone once again ends up having to deal with people he would rather not since they would prefer he resided six feet under. This time Stone has some additional duties added as the executor of Eduardo Bianchi's estate when his daughter discovers a hidden safe on the last day before the property is turned over to the buyer. While Stone has good news for Dino as a result, he also ends up with some explosive evidence that could affect those close to Stone. I really enjoyed this book and there was muc ...more
Joan
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
While serving as the executor of an estate, Stone Barrington becomes involved in a far-reaching scandal involving several prominent New Yorkers who have a vested interest in keeping the past buried. Can Stone outwit them or has he finally met his match?

All the expected characters appear in this, the forty-eighth outing for the venerable lawyer. The inventive plot takes several unexpected turns as it unfolds, moving along at breakneck speed and making for a quick, enjoyable read. Both fans of the
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Melody
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This definitely was one of the better Stone Barrington books of recent times. It was full of intrigue, fast paced, what’s seems to be possible situations, and, of course, sex. At least this time he pretty much stayed with the same lady for the majority of the book.

The main reason I give it 4 stars is because of the political parts in the story. It’s obvious to me where Stuart Woods stands on most of the things happening right now, which is OK. I read to escape every day life, especially now wit
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