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(Stone Barrington #50)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  488 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Stone Barrington is caught in the web of a national smuggling operation in the latest action-packed thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

Stone Barrington is getting some much-needed rest and relaxation in the Florida sun when trouble falls from the sky--literally. Intrigued by the suspicious circumstances surrounding this event, Stone joins forces with a
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not a nifty 50 for Stuart Woods. Stone and the Bachettis are relaxing on Stone's yacht off Key West when a seaplane crashes nearby. Stone dives down and saves the pilot's life, who is then evacuated by helicopter, leaving Detective Max(ine) Crowley because the winch breaks. The contents of the plane disappear first, followed by the plane. Okay, here a spoiler: Max has sex with Stone. Shocking, right? The pilot claims amnesia. Back in NY, Stone meets an attractive woman in a bar, who turns out to ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
usually these are a pleasant read.
not this one..... i can't even say why it wasn't good...
it just wasn't

I remember reading a while ago, his publisher wanted him to do 3 books a year.
The publisher needs to rethink the number of books and go back to 1-2 a year, because if the next book is like Contraband - I'll be finding another author to read......
Bill Huffman
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: zaugust, z2019
Very disappointing. The more I thought about the book, the more stars fell off. Extreme coincidences. Way, way too much sex going on. Apparently, all a woman has to do is look at Stone and she immediately falls in lust and can barely control herself. The sex is almost constant in this book. Maybe I’m just jealous, but it seems way over the top. It seems to be getting worse over the latest books and the descriptions are getting to be too graphic. I read plenty of books that use the F word and don ...more
rebecca O. webber
It’s the same old, same old. Rich white people having sex and eating out. Women in this series have become like Barbie dolls bending to men’s’ fantasies. I would love a story about Joan, his Secretary more than the one dimensional female characters.
Elaine Root
Aug 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Stuart Woods has lost his touch

Book boring. Not up to par. Too much sex escapades and not enough substance. No longer admire Stone Barrington character.
Enrico Conedera
Aug 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
I ran across Stuart Woods accidentally, with one of the Barrington novels. It was pretty good, and I decided to see what else he had written.

So I read “Chiefs”, his first novel, and I was completely taken with Woods’ talent. Rich milieu, rich history, excellent character development. I was actually upset when each of the three sections ended, and I could no longer follow that particular character.

Since then I have read every novel he has published. Of course, the Barrington novels make up most
Barry Martin Vass
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Stuart Woods has created his own world in the Stone Barrington series of novels. All of the main characters are interesting and upwardly mobile, and the action is related in such a minimalist fashion that you can't help but be pulled in. For instance, Stone is a former NYC beat cop who went on to become a detective, was forced out of his job, and eventually became a high-priced attorney in the Big Apple. His sometime squeeze, Holly Barker, is a former major in the Army who went on to be a ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Too good

Why too good? Because it means I read it in a few days and now have to wait for the next book!
Mystery is similar to other Stone Barrington books. Women continue to throw themselves at Stone. Even as a fan of the series, this one was too much.
James Behanna

I have read all 50 of the Stone novels. Contraband come up far short of the quality of the prior 49. 60 % sex & profanity. Not a prude, but, that is a bit much. Hopefully, this was an aberration. Looking forward to next Stone
Amy Morton
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great Stone Barrington novel!
Todd Lowe
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You will like his new girlfriend Max.

The question is what is being smuggled?
Risa D Spindler

I love all of A Woods books but this one with what I felt was an unfinished ending. Woods left me hanging. Very disappointed.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nyc, legal, florida
#50 in the Stone Barrington series. This 2019 series entry of my favorite soap opera by author Stuart Woods is far from the best in the series but it is a quick, enjoyable read and introduces a new character (and bedmate) in Key West detective Max Crowley. Hardly a surprise in this series of the rich and over-sexed, Max becomes a multi-millionaire heiress overnight. She give her partner and his wife a free lifetime tenancy of one of her inherited rental properties and offers Stone an inherited v ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
While enjoying the warm Florida sun, Stone Barrington sits on his yacht and observes an airplane falling from the sky. He dives into the lagoon and pulls the injured pilot from the plane; a Coast Guard helicopter whisks the injured man away to the hospital.

When Stone and Key West Detective Max Crowley dive down to the plane the next morning, the cargo has disappeared. And it isn’t long before the airplane itself does a vanishing act. With the evidence continually disappearing, can Stone and Max
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Ellen by:
Audio book read by Tony Roberts who is usually very good, but there were alot of edits in this one.
From the beginning this book seemed to be going nowhere. Stone, Dino and Viv on the yacht, Breeze, in Key West. They witness a small float plane crash into the water feet from the yacht. Stone dives in and rescues the pilot. He also sees aluminum cases in the back but can't pull them out. The Coast Guard show up along with local police detective, "Max", a beautiful woman, of course, to take charge
Bill Yarbrough
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
9.5 out of 10 stars. Very fast read. Some reviewers don't like quick reads, and they tend to give a lower rating. Characters of a long-standing series tend to read quicker, because there is less likelihood of too much additional detail. For a new reader of the series it may seem lacking, but for those of us who have read the series since day one it is great. We know most of the details already, and since I am from Key West and have been to Los Angeles and New York a number of times I already hav ...more
Aug 19, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019, series, lapl, borrowed
A plane crashes near where Stone, Dino and Viv are sunning themselves on Breeze near Fort Jefferson. They rescue the pilot. Before the plane or the cargo can be recovered it disappears. There is a link to two homicides in New York and a new character, Max, a police detective from Key West. Vance Calder's niece, Roberta, shows up and makes moves on Stone who goes along until she becomes a murder suspect.

[Author:Stuart Woods] phoned this one in. The story had good bones, but the detail wasn't ther
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Stone Barrington novel that is an entertaining fast read. This novel started out slow to form the plot but as it progressed became more intriguing. While the plot was somewhat farfetched it kept to reader interested. It was a suspenseful and humorous at times similar to previous novels of this series. It was yet another Stuart Woods good read.
Cathy Biggers
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another Stone Barrington adventure from Stuart Woods. Typical interaction with Stone and his cast of friends and some new ones too. These books are quick and easy reads for an afternoon's entertainment. My only complaint with these books is that they end very abruptly and without any additional commentary. Guess it's just this reader's preference - but will keep reading this series.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
My first shot at Stuart Woods & based upon other reviews, I'll give him a shot.

This book glazed over so many complex issues just so everyone could get to be as rich as everyone else - divorce, death, probate. And then there's the sex, sex & more gratuitous sex, but without any emotional attachment. Did I mention he glazes over complex issues?
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-books-read
I typically love all of the Stone Barrington books. They are a good escape from life read for me, however this one lacked details in WHY people were murdered. It seemed to focus more on Stone’s conquests which is getting too graphically descriptive for me. I am far from a prude but this book focused too much on sex and not enough on the storyline.
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Even though the plots of these books are variations of the same things, I enjoy reading them and look forward to the next one when I'm done. This installment of Stone's life involves Key West, a police detective from there, smuggling, and a randy woman in NYC who wants a divorce and Stone too.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
That’s a first for smuggling. I would like a little less sex and a little more mystery. Otherwise it looks great to have money.
Karen Plunkett
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was another repetitive theme . It was okay but really was back and forth theme.
Bill Beeghley
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good story. Not enough sex, tho.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
As exciting as ever. This author never disappoints!
Deborah Spaulding
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Woods is always a good read.
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stone gets involved with New York gangsters smuggling cigars and caviar via Key West and Naples.
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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

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  • Dirt (Stone Barrington, #2)
  • 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)