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Swimming To Catalina (Stone Barrington #4)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  6,250 Ratings  ·  187 Reviews
E-book Extra: "We Are Very Different People": Stuart Woods on Stone Barrington.

Stone Barrington had thought he'd heard the last of Arrington Carter after she'd left him to marry Vance Calder, Hollywood's hottest star. Now Arrington has vanished, and her new fiance wants Stone to find her. When the assignment turns deadly, Stone begins to wonder: Does Vance Calder really wa
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Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1998)
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Diane
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars! mystery,entertaining,lots of action and even has a little adventure from Stone because of him being reckless after he finds out about Arrington & Vance's relationship..Mr.brokenhearted becomes distracted from his job of investigating the case to do the usual banging every female in site or he meets..but at least there was a satisfying conclusion to this series
Diane Wallace
3.5 stars! mystery,entertaining,lots of action and even has a little adventure from Stone because of him being reckless after he finds out about Arrington & Vance's relationship..Mr.brokenhearted becomes distracted from his job of investigating the case to do the usual banging every female in his eye site or he meets..but at least there was a satisfying conclusion to this series
Rachel
Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We're down to just 3 stars. Each book seems to get half a star worse. The sex is increasingly gratuitous. I wish Woods would just let these be mysteries, rather than trying to add in a sex element. It seems so contrived--like I'm reading a nice detective story and then someone slipped in a Playboy amateur writing contest page.

Also, the way Stone, who I generally find to be likable and I believe is written with the intention of being likable--treats and talks about women is, well...far from enli
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Lori
Jul 11, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009july
Ah, the sheer cheesiness of Stone Barrington. You gotta love it.

I think I've mentioned here before that I always read portions of these books to Adam, who then wonders why I bother reading them if they're that bad. But they're of the so-bad-they're-good variety.

As this one is pretty early in the series, I think I'd read it before. But given that I'd ran through most of what I'd brought on vacation (and wasn't willing to tackle the two non-fiction left), I was grateful the MIL had some beach-wort
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Denise
Nov 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stone Barrington is so cliche and cheesy, I love him!!!
Tricia
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my kind of book. The main character, Stone Barrington, is more like James Bond than a retired police officer turned lawyer. He's apparently so irresistibly handsome and charming that in no less than five minutes, every beautiful woman he meets sleeps with him. He gets out of more impossible situations and has more "lives" than Jack on 24, and he even has a pen that shoots bullets. In short, there was little that was believable, and that made the story silly.
Jannene
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2017, all-about-me
I think this book was incredibly stupid and not believable. This has to be the worst one in the series so far. I really loved the Holly Barker series. Stone just isn't my kind of a character. I haven't found any endearing qualities yet.
Lana
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this crime thriller a lot. The story was very interesting and the writing was impeccable. This is a perfect summer/escapist read that includes mystery, crime, intrigue, and love. This is the fist book in the series I've read, even though it is really #4. I would love to read more in the future.
Skip
Oct 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
Stone is called to California to help find his lost love, Arrington, now pregnant and married to Vance Calder, a famous actor. With his usual dalliances, Stone does not cotton to being swept out of town, and stays to solve the mystery, involving shady characters looking to acquire a movie studio to develop its extensive real estate holdings,
Chuck
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Stone Barrington is hired by his ex-lover's husband to fly to L.A. and find his wife who is missing. This one is pretty predictable and I've decided I personally don't like Barrington.
Sheldon
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More fun with Stone and his crew overcoming insurmountable odds. Woods protagonist is self-assuredness personified. His Sancho, Dino Baccetti is a gem. Stone keeps getting the girls and his resistance to STDS is astounding. I'm so glad I finally picked up this series again.
Skadams9038
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice summer read

I hope everyone enjoys this like I have.
It didn't turn out as I expected.. though other books have and that is nice that the author choose to correct his way of thinking 👍🙂
Peter Charleston
Enjoyed the reading adventure.
Stephanie Benoit
I have enjoyed most of these Stone Barrington books and this one was no different. Stone dealing with criminals and his own personal brand of punishment gives me a chuckle from time to time.
Brian O'Leary
Oct 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
the worst of the 4, i would quit reading if the main character wasn't someone i was looking forward
D.B. McBrierty
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read

I am rereading all of this series. I enjoy them completely.
Nine more word such rude parameter 1 2 3 4 5 6
Salsadancer
Stone Barrington #4. The plot is unrealistic with holes and the characters not likable. Two stars.
Tina
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Suspenseful!
Michael Holbrook
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining. Well-written. A page turner from the get-go. I really enjoyed this tale. Nothing over the top, just a story that will keep you interested until the last page. I lost a few hours of sleep reading this one. I can’t give it a full five stars as that would take away from some of the classics. But as far as mysteries go – this is top shelf.
Laurie Adams
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The end of this story mentions Arrington had a baby girl, but the very 1st paragraph of the next book, "Worst Fears Realized" states it was a boy. Why can't authors keep their stories straight.?
Kay
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4th book in Stone Barrington series and very good. In this book Stone solves the kidnapping of his former lover, Arlington.
Eva
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stone Barrington is off to California, searching for his former lover, Arrington, who is now pregnant, married to Hollywood hottie Vance Calder, and missing. Unfortunately, Stone, for a smart man, continues to make really stupid decisions where women are concerned. For a retired police officer, Stone does things that call his judgment into question -- things a smart police officer would have never done. I love the writing in this series, but I want Stone to get smart. He needs to be more suspici ...more
Sue
Jan 24, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I had just finished reading Woods' Choke which was very good when I picked up Swimming to Catalina expecting the same intensity ....was I disappointed!In Swimming to Catalina, Stone Barringtion rushes to LA to rescue his former girlfriend who is now married to a very handsome movie star. Stone, also incredibly handsome, is retired from the NYPD with honors and even though he is only in his early 40's, is now a highly successful lawyer. He only has to shake hands with a beautiful woman and as soo ...more
Katy
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what an amazing book - it starts with a splash (literally) in the prologue, where we find Stone Barrington, bound with duct tape, being chained to an anchor, then summarily thrown into the Pacific. Flashback to New York: he receives a phone call from Vance Calder - Arrington is missing, can Stone come to LA right away? At first Stone demurs, then Vance throws in the kicker - Arrington is pregnant. Whose baby is it? Not even Arrington knows. When Stone gets to LA, however, Vance is behaving ...more
Homewood Public Library
When Vance Calder's wife was kidnapped he did not want to involve the police and he did not want any publicity. So he called Stone in New York. After Stone arrived in L.A. he was given a part in a movie which effectively took his time and kept him from investigating the whereabouts of Arrington Calder. After he finished with the movie he was quickly told all was well and he should return to New York. Since he felt that somtehing was most certainly not right he decided to stay until such time as ...more
Mike Tueros
The fourth in the Stone Barrington series, and although slightly formulaic, still enjoyable and a fast summer read (if half stars were available, this would have received 3 1/2). In this installment, Barrington is summoned to Los Angeles to search for his former love interest Arrington, who has since married a famous movie actor, but has also been kidnapped. Her husband, Vance Calder, hires Barrington to track down his missing wife, and thus begins the L.A. saga as only Woods could write. Upon h ...more
Super_Chris
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read more Stuart Woods novels than Stuart Woods himself probably has... and this one is just totally, way better than a lot of his newer ones. Don't get me wrong; his newer Stone Barrington series novels are really cool. But this is one of his earlier works and there's so much additional detail, and Barrington seems more like a huiman being than a super hero that just knows all the right answers all the time. Woods runs off on fun tangents; not every page needs to be there but is entertaini ...more
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Kaethe
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What an odd book. Ostensibly set in the present when published in '98, it's really much more like a manuscript from '55 with too few updates. Set in Hollywood, the characters have names like Barbara and Vance, there are mob connections. Straight out of the Bond franchise, every woman Stone meets is young and comely and instantly in lust, the cars are fast and expensive, blah, blah, blah. I read the first third with interest, the second third on inertia, and the final third just looking for stuff ...more
Trudy
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I enjoyed the book, but I will say the amount of times Stone has sex with different people in the book is just ridiculous... I get it already... Stone is supposed to be a stud... great... whatever... now get on with the mystery. The only upside on the frequent sex is the fact that the sex scenes aren't overly involved and don't go into ing a lot of detail so it over as quickly as starts. Lol...
As for the mystery, it was a lot of fun and good second half to "dead in the water" which is S
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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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