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Dirt (Stone Barrington #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  6,297 Ratings  ·  250 Reviews
Feared and loathed for her poison pen and ice queen persona, Amanda Dart has made her share of enemies. Then the tables are turned. An anonymous gossipmonger is faxing Amanda's personal and private peccadilloes to anyone who can read. Desperate to save her reputation, she enlists the help of New York lawyer and private investigator Stone Barrington to learn the identity of ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Harper (first published September 28th 1996)
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Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok series! entertaining. S.W. should have done better in this series,too much of a great writer to be wasting the series mostly on 70% of Stone having sex,sex,sex instead of action and detective work (paperback!)
Amanda McGill
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Seriously?! This is a bestselling series?!

I'll point out the good first because there is so little of it. Stone Barrington is a forced to retire ex-cop, who also has a law degree. This allows him to pick up cases that he really wants to pursue. This case is about D-list celebrities that are getting their dirty laundry aired by a mysterious source. The mystery was good and I enjoyed as it unravelled once we found out who is the source.

Despite the mystery being good, it was really hard to get int
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed several Stone Barrington novels and this adds another to the list.

In this story, Stone is asked to investigate and find whomever is writing scandalous stories about Amanda Dart, the well-known gossip columnist. It is ironic that even though she is VERY discreet, someone knows an awful lot about her and her dalliances. The tables have been turned and Amanda is feeling the heat that she is usually putting other people's feet to. Then she discovers that other gossip writers are havin
Jen A.
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars, really...

Picked this book up from the shelves at the book swap at work. Within the first few chapters I was reading about some woman giving a guy head and getting caught on camera. Not exactly workplace-appropriate reading, eh?

Well, all of Woods' female characters are very aggressive sexually. Promiscuous, even. The lead character's name is Stone Barrington... which made me think of porn stars and Paddington Bear. Not a great combo.

The chapters are short, which makes for quick and ea
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A trashy, pulpy read, redeemed (somewhat) by its quick pace and its easy style. Stone Barrington (!) is a retired cop with a law degree (!!) who lives in a palatial brownstone in Manhattan (!!!) and sleeps with every woman he meets. It's Mickey Spillane but with an eye for modern brands and labels; Woods drops the names of every high-priced bistro, tailored outfit and bottle of wine that our protagonists enjoy.
I read this straight after completing the first in the series, New York Dead. I gave that one four stars. 'Dirt' is even better and merits full marks. The plot is just as good but the ending better. The thing I like the most about the two books is Woods' very smooth writing style which is easy to read with hardly ever a wasted word. Characters are easy to picture in the mind and generally very believable, nothing far-fetched. I really look forward to reading the rest of the series, over time, pa ...more
Diane Wallace
Ok series! entertaining. S.W. should have done a much better job with this storyline,he's too much of a great writer to be wasting the series mostly with 70% on Stone having sex,sex,sex instead of the regular action and detective work (paperback!)
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dirt-Second in the Stone Barrington Series. I fell in love with the series when an Audiobook was given to me. It was given to me considerably out of order and yet, it didn't make a difference as each book can stand alone. I went to the beginning to get the history of the characters, discovering I made a wonderful choice. Stuart Woods has the gift of storytelling, mild suspense and some wicked twists. Stone Barrington is an amalgamation of personalities. He's sharp, gullible, a bit naive and a lo ...more
Gareth Otton
After loving New York Dead for it's willingness to change up the formula for a detective procedural, I had high hopes that this novel would continue in the same vein. I wasn't disappointed.

Dirt once more returns to ex-detective turned private-eye/lawyer Stone Barrington as he comes across a new case. Unlike the first novel, this one is not a murder mystery but instead a case to find out who is publishing a secret newsletter entitled 'Dirt' that exposes the deepest secrets of some people who hav
May 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man oh man! Is this the same guy that wrote "Chiefs"?

I ask the question because Chiefs was an absolutely fantastic novel. One of my favorites. This story is easy to read, quick-moving and entertaining but, for me, ultimately it is disappointing because I know that he could do sooooooo much better. If you've never read Stuart Woods, read Chiefs and maybe you'd be better off just walking away.

So, why am I irritated? The characters are two-dimensional cutouts of what we might suspect the rich a
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This is the 2nd book in the Stone Barrington series and I liked it. However I did not like it as much as I did the first book. I do love Stone's character though. Woods is a great suspense author and knows how to keep his readers interested. I think the reason why I didn't like this one as much might have been because I had to keep taking breaks in between reads. I did enjoy the concept behind the story though on the smut writings in the "Dirt" edition. & can I just add that the steamy scene ...more
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
May 2017 Woods definitely cleaned up Dino's father in law from this second Stone story up to the current current stories. Eduardo is in the middle of organized crime in this story and seems only a whisper in later books. There is only one daughter in this story - Mary Ann. Arrington is present in this story - so she's around from the beginning.

3-7-2015 back to the book. the characters have all evolved, including Stone's secretary. This is a must read Stone B.

7-12-2013 book on tape this time. a
Nov 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a nook book I purchased I was just surprised to find that this was the second in the Stone Barrington series. It also surprises me that I enjoy reading these as much as I do, since Stone is depicted as a man who likes to hop into bed with almost any attractive woman--three in this novel. There ARE some interesting twists and turns, with a fair smount of violence--Stone ends up being hospitalized twice following altercations. I don't recall Elaine's making an appearance. Still entertaining!
Mar 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: truckee-library
This is the #2 book in the Stone Barrington series. Stone Barrington is a independently wealthy former cop turned lawyer/detective. In this story he gets involved with the world of tabloid writers. It is pretty steamy, but a fun quick read. I will definitely read more of the Stone Barrington stories.
Apr 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Woods always manages to kept me engrossed with his Stone Barringotn series.
Erika Hayes
May 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Lori Robinett
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I hadn't read this book before. This book is the second in the Stone Barrington series, about a gossip columnist (and her lover) who is targeted by a scandal sheet being faxed to various individuals and entities, filled with, well, scandalous information. Amanda hires Stone to identify the person or persons behind "Dirt." Stone has a few romps along the way, and Dino gets involved. The story does well as a stand-alone, and the characters are intriguing, and the whole book is ente ...more
Dr T
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stone Barrington's 1st appearance as a lawyer/private investigator. Stone is called upon to pose as a male "interest" by a famous, and quite nasty NYC gossip columnist. The plot quickly thickens when someone sends out faxes to various media outlets with embarrassing information about her and others. The story then gets complicated, with burglaries, murders and other unpleasantries. Stone, together with his old NYPD partner, take on the case of trying to sort it all out. The action is nearly non- ...more
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suspenseful and a roller coaster of a read. I love the realism of the Stone Barrington novels. The characters come alive on the page and readers are transported to the streets of New York. My only disappointment is that, while a very bright man when it comes to investigations, bless his heart, Stone Barrington is dumb as dirt when it comes to women. The man needs to raise his standards and stop diving into bed to engage in unprotected sex with every bimbo he encounters. Just Say No, Stone! Pleas ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How nice after starting out with the later books in this series to go back and listen to great performances of the early volumes. Woods begins to develop, as much as he develops, his characters in a manner that made me find a way to catch up on the entire series. If you haven't delighted in the Stone Barrington series, it is time you did. Have fun! I am.
Casey Wheeler
A somewhat interesting read. The last third of the book was the best. I'm not sure if the author is living vicariously through the main character or addressing his own issues with the amount of sex the main character has. It gets dull after the second time (and believe me there are many more after the second). If you are looking for a no brainer, breezy read then this book may just be for you.
Nancy Fredenburgh
It was interesting to read the second book in the Stone Barrington series after having read number 41.The book helps to explain Stone's earlier life. What a difference! He has no car (takes cabs) and has one house in New York. Poor guy!
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I prefer the Stone that didn't have much money, but this wasn't as good an offering as I'd hoped. A gossip columnist gets what she dishes out and doesn't like it. There's betrayals and double-crosses and some(terrible) sex scenes.
William Wygle
I found Dirt (Stone Barrington #2) to be a sexual sleaze fest. However, amidst the sleaze is a crime thriller good enough to like, but just barely. I prefer to read about Stone Barrington investigating crimes instead of reading about his sexual exploits.
Judy Green
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the most in-depth plot, but a very fast read. Woods keeps the pages turning.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stone being Stone and Mr. Woods being himself. Brain candy but I often get a need for sweets.
Doug King
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this book, however, Stone's character was not as elaborately apparent as it is in subsequent books.
Teri Pre
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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