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(Stone Barrington #55)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,339 ratings  ·  184 reviews
Stone Barrington must track down an enemy intent on disturbing law and order in the latest action-packed thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author

Upon returning from a dangerous coastal adventure, Stone Barrington is looking forward to some normalcy with the leading lady in his life. But when a grisly crime arrives on his doorstep, along with some suspicious n
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Barbie Right!! This is the one thing that Stuart Woods neglects to promote, safe sex. He has such a great platform since he's such a prolific writer to do so…moreRight!! This is the one thing that Stuart Woods neglects to promote, safe sex. He has such a great platform since he's such a prolific writer to do some education and he totally ignores it.(less)

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Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
The only reason this gets two stars is the ending was half decent. 4 of 10 stars
Peg Voth
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
a very light plot, too many sexual encounters and a rushed ending. Why do I keep reading this series>
Poor Stone. To meet the President for some quick weekend "romance" seems to be a major logistic nightmare now. I think Stone needs a looong runway on his property so Air Force One can land? Oh dear...🤣

Pretty ridiculous as always. Going to give an extra star for making me laugh.
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
Returning from Holly Barker's inauguration afterparties with Dino and Viv Bachetti, Stone finds the dead body of Patricia Clark in his hotel room. She is the incoming secretary of commerce Donald Clark's wife. She is in the midst of a contentious divorce with her husband, a philanderer, including multiparty trysts with the D.C. chief of police, Little Debby. Holly soon dismisses Donald from her cabinet. Almost immediately upon leaving Holly's embraces, Stone hooks up with an actress preparing fo ...more
You know, comparing the Stuart Woods' early stuff to these later stories really highlights the move from excellent, almost artistic reads, to churning out pulp...But, I'm hooked, almost like a soap opera, into the Stone Barrington universe...They ARE a "Guilty Pleasure"...Don't tell!!!...After attending Holly Barker's inauguration, Stone returns to his suite at the infamous Hay-Adams hotel to find a dead woman in his suite...This is just the beginning of a series of suspicious deaths that must t ...more
Donna Hines
Two women fall prey to one man and they're not just your ordinary women- as both hold highly prestigious and lucrative positions.
A precarious bind is one thing but utterly sexually craved lune who runs naked throughout the home is another..and neither fulfills the thriller genre quite like a man lusting after both women.
What on Earth is the point of a burglary that withdraws nothing but stirs up some wild emotions?
Sure paintings are precious, surely the lifestyles of the rich and famous is addre
rebecca O. webber
Nov 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
The same old stuff. The last book was better because there were less sexual encounters, but Woods seemed to think he needed to make up for that in this book. It makes the plot weak because it never adds to the mystery or tension. It had a rushed ending, so my boredom ended quickly.
Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
I have so many opinions about how boring this series has become. “Sexcapades of Stone” - zzzzzzzzz. I’m giving it one more then retiring from this cast of characters, despite them being so likable. No. Plot.
Jan 03, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ho hum. The author I love to hate.
Richard Guerrero
Jan 17, 2021 rated it liked it
I am being very generous by giving it a three. Someone else had mentioned how they’re addicted to it, I have to say that I am the same way. I have read every book in this series and love the first quarter or almost half of it. Now like they mention it’s like a soap opera addiction. I really feel that the author messed up the character of Holly Barker. I wish she would’ve kept her own series. She was much more serious of a character when she was on her own. I mentioned this on one of the previous ...more
David Gerstenfeld
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
The library lists the book under mystery/thriller. It should be listed under Fantasy! It's a silly, disjointed book with Stone having sex almost every night with a different powerful woman, etc. Rather boring. Most of it made me laugh.
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it

Holly Barker's inaugurated and the shakeups immediately begin. Commerce Sec Designate holds an Inaugural Ball at his mansion even though his wife died that morning, and Patricia Clark was just the first of six victims tied to the multiple sexual partners of DCPD Chief of Police Deborah 'Little Debby' Myers. She's tough to finger as a suspect though, as her Security Detail cum lover of need Rocco 'Valentino' Turko is offing all the threats for
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
#55 in the Stone Barrington series. This series entry by author Stuart Woods is another in his line of jet setting, bed hopping , derring-do by the rich lawyer protagonist. L.A., England and several trips to Washington, D.C. serve to vary the background. Meanwhile Stone outdoes himself by bedding a Hollywood actress just signed to star in a major motion picture, the newly elected President of the U.S., the newly appointed Director of the FBI, and the head of England's M.I.6. As always this was a ...more
Stephanie Wood
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Stuart Woods books should be read in order because there is so much we have learned about the characters over the years. I I know them, and many routinely show up from one book to the next. Stone is not remotely believable, but I keep coming back. The excess sex with a multitude of partners is just silly, but whatever. Dialogue is great, and Woods has a superior grasp of the English language. I love the dry wit. I only give it 3 stars because the sex is just too much to believe, but hu ...more
Bill Huffman
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z2020, mystery
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Sallie Wood
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book

Great book. Great story and characters. I find it amazing there is all this trouble around Stone and never gets seriously hurt.
Allan McLeod
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Murder, sex, and betrayal served with caviar, fine wine, and the power and grace of the rich and famous. In terms of structure, easy entertainment, quite tame, reminiscent of a JC Fletcher tale.
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This episode was uncomplicated, smooth, and advanced Holly as President of the US with Stone at her side.
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
55 books and the same storyline... but if they sell, why change it. Difficult to top hopping into bed with the president of the USA, the FBI Director, the head of Britain's M16 & a movie star all in just a couple of chapters. ...more
Sherrie Howey
The books begins with the inauguration of Holly as the second female president and when Stone returns to his hotel suite, he finds the body of a dead woman; the wife of a soon to be cabinet member. As is typical in this series, there is plenty of drama and women with which Stone can get involved, and pursuit of the killer.
This is a quick and easy read and Stone Barrington fans will enjoy this book.
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have read all 55 Stone Barrington novels.
This was not one of best. The author did introduce a new character into the series, hopefully that will enhance the series going forward.
Good mystery, but overloaded with tarts.
The ending just kind of fizzled suddenly too, which is a drag.
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Dec 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First I will say I love reading a Stuart Woods book because of the perfect grammar, and the words just flow off the page like silk. And of course, we are delighted to see Holly sworn in as president of the United States. BUT, he has now completely lost all touch with reality and has fallen into complete insanity of his sexual fantasy life. He is having sexual encounters with four women, two of them within minutes of meeting them, day after day here, sometimes more than one of them in the same da ...more
Roberta Eagleston
This is the first and last Stone Barrington book I will read.
I would call it comedy, not mystery. Perhaps Stuart Woods, I’ll give him a pass if this was all tongue in cheek, but if not my review is scathing to say the least.

This Stone character can not seem to go one day without sex with any woman he meets.
The women are from another planet or I’ve missed something, female President of the US does very little except find ways to have sex with Stone. If she can’t then she provides a woman for him,
Nov 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This year, I am working on not over rating my reviews so I give this one three stars...not the four I might have done last year just because... Stone books started out as really enjoyable stories about a top notch attorney who happened to be a former cop and skilled woodworker whose best friend and former cop partner is now the police commissioner on NYC. These fun and thoroughly entertaining novels have evolved into totally light weight beach novels leaving one to wonder if it was really worth ...more Mystery & Thriller
SHAKEUP is the 55th escapade in Stuart Woods’ long-running and popular series. Stone Barrington is a super-rich New York white-shoe attorney who has high connections, from the president of the United States to celebrities and other wealthy, well-known individuals. The book opens with Stone in Washington, D.C. getting ready to attend the inauguration of his “main squeeze,” Holly Barker, as the second woman to be elected commander-in-chief.

Stone is sitting with two of his closest friends: Dino Bac
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Stone Barrington is attending the inauguration of Holly Barker as the second female president of the United States (they clearly have had an ongoing relationship (sexual of course) that will be challenged with her new role. Between the inauguration and the celebrations later in the day, he returns to his suite at the infamous Hay-Adams hotel to find a dead woman in his suite. She is Patricia Clark, the wife of Donald, who is about to be the Secretary of Commerce. Deb Myers is the head of the DC ...more
Jim Welke
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This latest offering from Stuart Woods has Stone Barrington sleeping with the new lady President, the new lady head of the FBI, a leading lady from Hollywood and, of course, his lady friend at MI-6 in England. At the same time, Stone helped solve six murders orchestrated by the lady chief of police in Washington DC and the attempted murder of a DC police officer. After Barrington's long time squeeze, Holly, is inaugurated as President, a lady is killed in his room while he's escorting the new Pr ...more
Justin Klinger
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
I have read every one of these, and I suspect I will continue to read them even if they're not really as good as they used to be.

If you're reading it for an intriguing murder mystery, you're doing yourself a disservice. They're fun little romps, like James Bond light. If that's your thing, read them and root for Stone to get with every girl and topple every foe. If that's not your thing, why are you even looking at book 55 in the series ?

This one was a little weak, so I'm only giving it 3 stars
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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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