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(Stone Barrington #50)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,148 ratings  ·  106 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
Expected publication: September 25th 2019 by Thorndike Press Large Print (first published August 13th 2019)
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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
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.
Aug 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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......
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When this series first began many moons ago...I really liked it. Stone Barrington and Dino were partners in the NYPD...they investigated and solved crimes. When Stone went into private practice as an attorney it was still a good series. He had clients to defend and he still kept in touch with Dino and other interesting characters were added to the series. Then it seemed overnight the entire focus changed. Everyone was richer than God...Stone bought houses in seemingly every state and country in ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My advice? Just Skip this Stone ! #50 isn't nifty.
Again, I suggest that Contraband was substantially ghost-written by a much lesser talent
than Stuart Woods.
Bill Huffman
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2019, zaugust
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
Enrico Conedera
Aug 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good story, not his best, but still interesting.
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
Barry Martin Vass
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 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal, florida, nyc
#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
Don Gorman
(2 1/2). My name is Don Gorman and I am a Stuart Woods addict. I know these books will not help my I.Q., my vocabulary, my self esteem or ego in any way shape or form but I can't give them up. They are just too much fun. They read in 3 hours or so and give me a glimpse at the most ridiculous lifestyle that could be imagined. Along the way we have never ending sexual conquests, a murder or two, and many cases to be solved, usually involving very rich, famous, and or powerful people. My addiction ...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.
Amy Morton
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great Stone Barrington novel!
Todd Lowe
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Richard Guerrero
Always enjoy this author. Stone Barrington series is one that I will always read because it’s a book when I want to get my mind off other things. The last few books are getting even more way out there. This one was no exception. When you get this far into a series I guess that’s what Hass to happen. I love the first books from this author with Will Lee. Now obviously they get a lot more fake. And this book, have cobbler which is the daughter of Stone Barringtons late wife’s late husband‘s younge ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Bill Yarbrough
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I have read every book ever written by Stuart Woods and am a fan, however, I am getting very tired of all the sexual escapades that pepper the Stone Barrington books. It is unreasonable that every woman he comes into contact with is beautiful and almost always rich. It is also unreasonable to think that every woman he comes in contact with wants to have sex with him sooner rather than later.

That said, the plots are good and the good guys always win. I just wish he would focus more on the actual
Susan Campbell
This is the first time I've scored a Stuart Woods book so low but honestly the sex was so frequent it took away from the story, the mystery, to the point I lost interest in both. When a small plane crashes into the water off of Stone Barrington's yacht, he and others rush to save the pilot and confirm there are no other passengers. They spot large suitcases in the cargo hold but by the time they return to the plane the next morning they have disappeared and soon the plan also turns up missing. T ...more
Michele A.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Had high hopes that I would like this one as much as the last one. I was disappointed to find that the story more revolved around Stone bedding any available female in his vicinity than an actual plot. The plane that had a disastrous landing in the water near Stone should have held the bulk of this story. It was more like an afterthought. Stone and Dino do try and help Max come up with clues, but it was just kind of sprinkled in. Vance Caulder's niece, Robbie, just showing up was a bit much. Sto ...more
John Sklar
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
A great month for me. Silva and Woods, both with new books.
Stone Barrington is maturing nicely. In this 50th episode he is up to his usual tricks, solving mysteries and loving beautiful, and not particularly young, women. His taste seems to have matured but he is still the glamorus detective type from the movies of the thirties and forties, dressed in a dinner jacket and riding in his armored car or flying his own jet.

Keep 'em coming Stuart, I love every minute of this book, and all the others.
Sep 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I started this series and liked it but it started to decline. I believe my last review said it was more like a bodice-ripper than a mystery. So I haven't read any more until I saw this at the library and decided to give it a try. Well, if you want a detailed description of Stone Barrington's overactive libido, this book is for you. If you're looking for an actual mystery, not so much. There is a plot but Stone is too busy having sex to have much to do with the actual mystery. There are some good ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not one of Woods’ better efforts as he fell into the writers’ playbook of repeating the same basic plot over and over. Stone Barrington has become a bore who has too many girlfriends and too many man toys. This had potential for a great story involving USCG adventures on the high seas during a rescue by helo and it simply turned into different ways and places Stone can find a new woman for the day/week/trip. In short this one was a big disappointment. Hate it when my favorite character is Herb t ...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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