Stuart Woods is a prolific American author known for his crime fiction and thriller novels. With over 70 books to his name, Woods has amassed a large and dedicated fanbase, thanks to his thrilling plots, complex characters, and intricate mysteries. His books are known for their fast-paced action, clever twists, and suspenseful storytelling that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. In this post, we’ll be taking a closer look at Woods’ books in order, so you can start from the beginning and read your way through his impressive catalogue of work.
Stuart Woods books in order
Will Lee novels
1. Chiefs (1981) (Edgar Award Best First Novel) – A 229-minute TV miniseries, starring Charlton Heston, John Goodman and an all-star cast. (Woods has a role in miniseries)
Chiefs is the first novel in the Will Lee series by Stuart Woods. It was first published in 1981 by W. W. Norton & Company. The novel takes place in the fictional town of Delano, Georgia, over three generations, as three different police chiefs attempt to identify a serial killer operating in the area. It is Woods’ first published novel. As the author explains in a note, it was inspired by the story of his grandfather’s death while serving as a police chief. Chiefs was made available in e-book format on January 23, 2012.
2. Run Before the Wind (1983)
Run Before the Wind is the second novel in the Will Lee series by Stuart Woods, written as a semi-sequel to his first novel Chiefs. It was first published in 1983 by W. W. Norton & Company The novel takes place in Ireland, a decade after the events of Chiefs. The story continues the story of the Lee family of Delano, Georgia. It is also the only published novel by Stuart Woods to feature a first person point of view.
3. Deep Lie (1986)
“Vibrating with tension and non-stop action.” — “Publishers Weekly” The classic techno-thriller of superpower espionage from “New York Times” bestselling master of suspense Stuart Woods!
Sifting through reams of seemingly unrelated intelligence, CIA analyst Katherine Rule discovers a chilling pattern: an ultrasecret Baltic submarine base … a crafty Russian spy-master in command… a carefully planned invasion about to be launched from dark waters.
Her suspicions, however, are dismissed by those higher up; her theory, they say, is too crazy to be true. But to Katherine, it’s just crazy enough to succeed–unless she can stop it. If she’s right, an attack sub has already penetrated friendly waters. Worse yet, the enemy has penetrated deep into her own life, so deep she can touch him. And in this game, one wrong touch can mean Armageddon.
4. Grass Roots (1989) – A four-hour TV miniseries, starring Corbin Bernsen and Mel Harris.
Grass Roots is the fourth novel in the Will Lee (character) series by Stuart Woods. It was first published in 1989 by Simon & Schuster. The novel takes place in Delano, Georgia, some years after the events of Deep Lie. The story continues the story of the Lee family of Delano. Will Lee is now working at his father’s firm and running for the senate. The novel was turned into a miniseries.
5. The Run (2000)
The Run is the fifth novel in the Will Lee series by Stuart Woods. It was first published in 2000 by HarperCollins. The novel takes place in Washington, D. C. and different states, some time after the events of Grass Roots. The novel continues the story of the Lee family of Delano, Georgia. It follows the campaign of Will Lee for the presidency as he faces past and present threats.
6. Capital Crimes (2003) (First appearance of villain Teddy Fay)
Capital Crimes is the sixth novel in the Will Lee series by Stuart Woods. It was first published in 2003 by Putnam Publishing. The novel takes place in Washington D. C., a couple of years after the events in The Run. The novel continues the story of the Lee family of Delano, Georgia. It is also the first appearance of recurring villain Teddy Faye.
7. Mounting Fears (2009) (Teddy Fay appearance #4) (Holly Barker also makes an appearance)
Mounting Fears is the seventh novel in the Will Lee series by Stuart Woods. It was first published in 2009 by Putnam. The novel takes place in Washington D.C. and other states, some years after the events of Capital Crimes. The book continues the story of the Lee family of Delano, Georgia. Will Lee is now the President of the United States. It is also the fourth appearance of recurring villain Teddy Faye. The novel is also a New York Times bestseller.
Stone Barrington novels
1. New York Dead (1991)
New York Dead is the first novel in the Stone Barrington series by Stuart Woods. It was first published in 1991 by HarperCollins. The novel takes place in New York City. The novel begins the story of Stone Barrington, a retired detective turned lawyer/private investigator.
2. Dirt (1996)
Dirt is the second novel in the Stone Barrington series by Stuart Woods. It was first published in 1996 by HarperCollins. The novel takes place in New York, a few years after the events in New York Dead. The novel continues the story of Stone Barrington, a retired detective turned lawyer/private investigator
3. Dead in the Water (1997)
Dead in the Water is a 1997 novel by author Stuart Woods. It belongs in the Thriller and Mystery genre. Set on the island of St. Marks, after the events in Dirt. The novel centers around Stone Barrington, a retired detective turned lawyer/private investigator, and Allison Manning, a young women accused of murder. It is third novel in the Stone Barrington series.
4. Swimming to Catalina (1998)
Swimming to Catalina is the fourth novel in the Stone Barrington series by Stuart Woods. It was first published in 1998 by HarperCollins. The novel takes place in Los Angeles, after the events in Dead in the Water. The novel continues the story of Stone Barrington, a retired detective turned lawyer/private investigator.
5. Worst Fears Realized (1999)
He’s not a man to dwell on the past, but Stone Barrington has no choice but to rattle old skeletons when the people closest to him start dying and he has little to go on but the suspicion that the killer may be someone he once knew. The trip down memory lane isn’t all bad though, for it reunites Stone with his ex-partner, Dino Bacchetti—now head of detectives in the nineteenth precinct.
Trying to find a brilliant killer in a sea of old faces is difficult enough without Stone’s former love, Arrington, now Mrs. Vance Calder, resurfacing too—especially when she sets off her own fireworks by coming nose to nose with his latest flame, a Mafia princess named Dolce, as beautiful as she is dangerous.
Caught on a thrill ride of a case that tests him as none has ever done before, Stone races to find a twisted madman with a taste for blood vengeance. He’s only got a prayer to find him before his worst fears are realized.
6. L.A. Dead (2000)
Cop-turned-lawyer-and-investigator Stone Barrington ventures out to the west coast and out on a limb in this “stylish whodunit” (Detroit News). ‘L.A. Dead’ is filled with murder, and romance too. It’s from the bestselling author of ‘The Run’ and ‘Worst Fears Realized.’
Stone’s trip to Venice with a fiery Mafia princess is cut short by a frantic phone call from half a world away. A celebrity murder has Los Angeles in an uproar and Stone’s former flame is pining for his help in more ways than one!
7. Cold Paradise (2001)
Palm Beach is the most glamorous scene-of-the-crime yet for cop-turned-investigator Stone Barrington. He becomes reacquainted with a case he thought was buried years ago. While luxuriating in Florida’s winter warmth, he is stunned to recognize someone he thought was dead. Former client Allison Manning, last seen condemned to death in St. Mark’s in the Caribbean! She needs Stone’s help once again. Should we mention there are also a few other romantic entanglements that haunt him here as well?
8. The Short Forever (2002) (First appearance of CIA agent Lance Cabot)
The unflappable Stone Barrington comes face to face with two men whose lives are wrapped in shadows and lies—and who both still feel the sting of betrayal they can never forget.
Stone is truly between a rock and a hard place! Hired by an odd client previously unknown to him, Stone arrives in London on a mission he thinks he understands. But doesn’t. Soon he finds himself not only out of his territory, but out of his depth as well. Baffled as he is by the behavior of both his quarry and his client, Stone’s life is further complicated by two, possibly three, murders and the affectionate attentions of two former lovers. When the intelligence services of three countries become involved, he can only hang on for a wild ride and hope for a not-too-bumpy landing.
9. Dirty Work (2003) (First appearance of Herbie Fisher)
Hired to prove infidelity in an heiress’s marriage, Stone Barrington leads an undercover operation. But the work turns dirty, and catastrophic, when the errant husband is found dead, and the other woman disappears without a trace.
Now, Stone must clear his own good name and find a killer hiding among the glitterati of New York’s high society. Enter Carpenter, the beautiful British intelligence agent first encountered in ‘The Short Forever.’ She has arrived in New York to begin an investigation of her own. Stone suspects that her case is strangely connected to the dead husband. Barrington and Bacchetti, former NYPD partners, are set to face the most bizarre and challenging assignment of their very colorful careers.
10. Reckless Abandon (2004) (Also stars Holly Barker, Lance Cabot, and Ed Eagle) (Continuation of a storyline in Blood Orchid) (Herbie Fisher makes a cameo)
It’s double the pleasure and double the fun as Stuart Woods brings series character Holly Barker of ‘Orchid Blues,’ she’s chief of Florida’s Orchid Beach Police Department, onstage to co-star with lawyer and PI Stone Barrington in the latest of Stone’s adventures.
Holly has come to New York hot on the trail of Trini Rodriguez, a bad guy she thought she’d stabbed to death in an earlier adventure. He’s currently wanted for (among other things) blowing up a dozen people by hiding bombs in the caskets of two of his earlier victims and detonating them at the funeral! But finding him won’t be so simple: he’s been placed in the FBI Witness Protection Program and is working with the Feds and the CIA to catch an Arab terrorist group trying to employ the Mafia in a money-laundering scheme. Will readers find this one riveting? Of course!
11. Two Dollar Bill (2005)
‘Two-Dollar Bill’ delivers all the storytelling twists and whip-smart banter readers have come to love in a Stuart Woods’ thriller, as suave Manhattan cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington is back on his home turf. It’s New York City, from Elaine’s Restaurant to Broadway, with a little side-trip to Connecticut to be safe, as we find Stone caught between a filthy rich conman – who’s just become his client – and a beautiful prosecutor.
12. Dark Harbor (2006) (Also stars Holly Barker)
Stone Barrington and Holly Barker, Stuart Woods’ busiest heroes, pair up once again. This yarn finds Stone traveling to Dark Harbor, Maine, after his cousin, Dick Stone, and his family are found murdered at their house there. The local police think it was a murder-suicide, but when Stone learns from his CIA contact, Lance Cabot, that Dick was working covertly for the CIA and had just received a big promotion, Stone decides to look into matters himself.
Accompanied by Lance, Holly, and Dino Bacchetti, his trusted former NYPD partner, Stone heads to Maine where things get much more complicated fast.
13. Fresh Disasters (2007) (Herbie Fisher Appearance)
Stone Barrington embarks on his most perilous adventure yet when he becomes the lawyer for a sleazy and clueless con man, and ends up getting embroiled in the underworld of the New York mafia. It starts out as just another night at Elaine’s, where Stone is enjoying the company of friends. But, when the notoriously not-so-sharp Herbie Fisher walks in, the pleasant atmosphere turns to ice. Herbie convinces Bill Eggers, managing partner of Woodman & Weld, to sign him as a client – with the goal of taking down the infamous mafia boss Carmine Datilla. And even though Stone doesn’t want to have anything to do with Herbie, or the mafia for that matter, he is soon coerced into the job by Eggers. With the help of ex-partner Dino, Stone investigates “Datilla the Hun” and the rest of the family – encountering intrigue and danger at every turn. Will Stone end up at the bottom of Sheepshead Bay? “Fresh Disasters” is Woods at the very height of his storytelling powers.
14. Shoot Him If He Runs (2007) (Also stars Holly Barker) (Teddy Fay Appearance #3)
Stone Barrington and Holly Barker pursue a master spy and murderer in a tropical paradise that’s getting hotter by the minute…
Teddy Fay, the rogue agent last seen escaping from an imploding building in Iron Orchid, has been considered dead for some time now. But President Will Lee thinks Teddy may still be alive. In a top-secret Oval Office meeting, Stone learns that he and his cohorts, Holly Barker and Dino Bacchetti, are being sent to the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Marks, courtesy of the CIA, to track down Teddy once and for all.
St. Marks is a vacationers’ paradise, but its luxurious beach clubs and secluded mountain villas are home to corrupt local politicians and more than a few American expats with murky personal histories. Stone and Holly soon discover that in St. Marks, everyone is hiding something—and that Teddy Fay may just be hiding in plain sight.
15. Hot Mahogany (2008) (Also stars Holly Barker)
Stone Barrington is hired to protect a former intelligence agent with amnesia—and secrets worth killing for—in this heart-stopping thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series. Barton Cabot’s intelligence career is even more top secret than that of his brother, CIA boss Lance Cabot. But following a random act of violence, Barton is suffering from amnesia—a dangerous thing in a man whose memory is chock full of state secrets. So Lance hires Stone Barrington to watch his brother’s back.
Stone soon discovers that his charge is a spy with a rather unusual hobby: building and restoring furniture. The genteel world of antiques and coin dealers seems a far cry from Stone’s usual underworld. But Barton is a man with a past, and one event in particular is coming back to haunt his present in ways he’d never expected
16. Loitering With Intent (2009) (Chuck Chandler from Choke makes a cameo)
The newest addition to the New York Times – bestselling Stone Barrington series. Dumped by his glamorous Russian girlfriend during dinner at Elaine’s, and running low on cash, Stone Barrington is having a bad week. So his luck seems to be improving when he’s hired to locate the missing son of a very wealthy man-lucky because the job pays well, and because the son is hiding in the tropical paradise of Key West. But when Stone and his sometime running buddy Dino Bacchetti arrive in the sunny Keys, it appears that someone has been lying in wait. When Stone very nearly loses his life after being blindsided at a local bar, he realizes that the young man he’s been hired to track may have good reason for not wanting to be found. Suddenly Key West is looking less like Margaritaville and more like the mean streets of New York.
17. Kisser (2010)
Kauffman writes smart and sexy, with sizzle to spare!–Janet Evanovich. Now the “USA Today”-bestselling author of “Catch Me If You Can” takes readers for a fun ride, with a gorgeous pilot who knows how to leave any woman breathless.
Jake McKenna fixes planes, not people. Compared to an engine, humans are high-maintenance and unpredictable – which is why Jake has zero interest in indulging his sister’s request that he play tour guide and rent-a-date to her boss’ visiting stepdaughter. Still, Lauren Matthews is nothing like the uptight, reed-skinny workaholic he expected. She’s curvy – deliciously so. Funny. Open. And convinced that there’s more to her mother’s hasty marriage to the local mayor than meets the eye. Leaving her fast-track Washington career is the most impulsive thing Lauren has ever done – right until the moment she arrives in Cedar Springs, Colorado. Everything about sexy, enigmatic pilot Jake tempts Lauren to unleash her inner bad girl and let him take her places she’s never been…even as her snooping around town provokes some extremely hostile reactions. At this altitude, losing your head is easy. Trusting your heart can cost you everything…
18. Lucid Intervals (2010) (First appearance of Strategic Services and Mike Freeman)
A brand-new page-turning Stone Barrington novel from the perennially entertaining New York Times-bestselling author.
It seems like just another quiet night at Elaine’s. Stone Barrington and his former cop partner, Dino, are enjoying some pasta when in walks former client and all around sad sack Herbie Fisher…with a briefcase containing $14 million in cash.
Herbie claims to have won the money on a lucky lotto ticket, but he also says he needs a lawyer-and after a single gunshot breaks the window above his head and sends diners scrambling, Stone and Dino suspect Herbie might need a bodyguard and a private investigator, too.
19. Strategic Moves (2011) (Also stars Holly Barker, cameo appearances by Todd Bacon and Lance Cabot)
Stone Barrington’s been set up to take a big fall…Stone’s undercover dealings with M16 have brought in a big new client. That means a huge bonus and a partnership-until Stone gets wind of an impending scandal that might torpedo his big promotion…and his life.
20. Bel-Air Dead (2011) (Cameos by Ed Eagle, Barbara Eagle and Rick Barron)
Stone Barrington’s latest client is no stranger. Arrington Calder isn’t just a former lover, this one-time heartthrob is the mother of Stone’s son. Arrington, it seems, has been recently widowed by her actor husband, leaving her as the custodian of a fortune in Hollywood studio stock. Intent on cashing in, his pretty ex asks Stone to handle the dull paperwork involved in the deal. There is nothing dull, however, about what Barrington encounters when he arrives on the Bel-Air scene. A sexy action thriller from the author of Strategic Moves and Lucid Intervals.
21. Son of Stone (2011)
After an eventful trip to Bel-Air and a reunion with his sophisticated (and very wealthy) former love, Arrington Calder, Stone Barrington is back in New York, and he’s looking to stay closer to home and cash in on his partnership at Woodman & Weld. But Aarrington has other plans for Stone…including introducing him to the child he fathered many years ago.
22. D.C. Dead (2011) (Also stars Holly Barker and Will Lee) (Teddy Fay Appearance #7)
From the pages of Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman’s THE SANDMAN comes fan-favorite character Death in a new deluxe hardcover edition collecting her solo adventures!The first story introduces the young, pale, perky, and genuinely likable Death. One day in every century, Death walks the Earth to better understand those to whom she will be the final visitor. Today is that day. As a young mortal girl named Didi, Death befriends a teenager and helps a 250-year old homeless woman find her missing heart. What follows is a sincere musing on love, life and (of course) death.
In the second story, a rising star of the music world wrestles with revealing her true sexual orientation just as her lover is lured into the realm of Death that Death herself should make an appearance. A practical, honest, and intelligent story that illuminates “the miracle of death.”
This new hardcover collects the DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING and DEATH: THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE miniseries, a must have for any fan.
23. Unnatural Acts (2012) (Also stars Herbie Fisher)
In the Unnatural Quarter, golems slave away in sweatshops, necromancers sell black-market trinkets to tourists, and the dead rise up–to work the night shift. But zombie detective Dan Shamble is no ordinary working stiff. When a local senator and his goons picket a ghostly production of Shakespeare in the Dark–condemning the troupe’s “unnatural” lifestyles–Dan smells something rotten. And if something smells rotten to a zombie, you’re in serious trouble. . .
Before his way of life, er, death, is destroyed, Dan wants answers. Along the way he needs to provide security for a mummified madame, defend a mixed-race couple (he’s a vampire, she’s a werewolf) from housing discrimination, and save his favorite watering hole, the Goblin Tavern, from drying up. Throw in a hairy hitman, a necro-maniac, and a bank robber who walks through walls, and Dan Shamble’s plate is full. Maybe this time, the zombie detective has bitten off more than he can chew.
24. Severe Clear (2012) (Also stars Holly Barker and Will Lee)
Someone wants to crash Stone Barrington’s party in Stuart Woods’s bestselling series. Stone Barrington is in Bel-Air, overseeing the grand opening of the ultra-luxe hotel, The Arrington, built on the grounds of the mansion belonging to his late wife, Arrington Carter.
The star-studded gala will be attended by socialites, royalty, and billionaires from overseas…and according to phone conversations intercepted by the NSA, it may also have attracted the attention of international terrorists. To ensure the safety of his guests—and the city of Los Angeles—Stone may have to call in a few favors from his friends at the CIA….
25. Collateral Damage (2013) (Also stars Holly Barker and Will Lee, Continuation of story line Severe Clear)
18-year old Talya was supposed to spend a quiet life practicing meditation in a temple, but when Commander Micah, heading an invasion force, takes him as a war captive to provide personal services for himself and his lieutenents, Talya becomes collateral damage. Can Talya survive Micah’s casual cruelty to become more than a bed slave?
26. Unintended Consequences (2013) (Also stars Holly Barker and Lance Cabot, timeline starts immediately following events in Collateral Damage. References events in Deep Lie)
Nineteen years ago, Indiana police found the body of a young girl, burned beyond recognition and buried in the woods. They arrested George Calhoun for murdering his daughter, and his wife testified against him at the trial. George maintains he didn’t do it. That the body isn’t his little Angelina. But that’s all he’s ever said—no other defense, no other explanation. The jury convicted him. Now his appeals have been exhausted, and his execution is just six weeks away.
Dani Trumball, an attorney for the Help Innocent Prisoners Project, wants to believe him. After all, there was no forensic evidence to prove that the body in the woods was George’s daughter. But if the girl isn’t Angelina, then who is it? And what happened to the Calhouns’ missing daughter? Despite the odds, the questions push Dani to take the case.
For nineteen years, George Calhoun has stayed silent. But he’s ready to talk, and if the story he tells Dani is true, it changes everything.
27. Doing Hard Time (2013) (Teddy Fay Appearance #8, Continuation of story line Unintended Consequences)
The riveting new Stone Barrington novel from New York Times–bestselling author Stuart Woods. When Stone Barrington embarks on a trip to Bel-Air to check in on some business and personal concerns, he expects a relaxing break from the fast pace and mean streets of New York. But trouble never takes a vacation, and it has a way of finding Stone. A case that had seemingly been resolved has returned in full force—with lethal results. And this deadly situation makes for strange bedfellows when Stone finds himself teamed with the least likely ally . . . a gentleman of unique abilities, who can fly below the radar and above the law.
From the high-stakes poker tables of Las Vegas to California’s lush beachside resorts, the trail of disguise, subterfuge, and murder leads to a shocking conclusion.
28. Standup Guy (2014)
Best friends Elli and Julian are back and this time, they’ll be fighting in a huge boxing tournament with an even bigger prize. Julian struggles with his new identity as both an academic and an athlete while Elli fights for equality…and true love.
Things get rough for Julian with his focus split between school, boxing, and Cherry. When a poor decision causes him to almost ruin his friendship with Elli, he must decide: is his dream worth the risk?
Elli’s boxing team struggles for the attention they deserve from the school, so she steps up and puts everything she has into saving her team. Can she depend on Adrian for his support when he seems too preoccupied with partying, looking good, and playing hockey? With Elli and Julian each fighting for what is true and good there’s a lot more at stake than just a championship.
29. Carnal Curiosity (2014) (Cameos by Holly Barker, Lance Cabot, Teddy Fay, Will Lee and Kate Lee)
Stone Barrington is back in the extraordinary new adventure from New York Times–bestselling author Stuart Woods.
Stone Barrington seems to have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When Manhattan’s elite are beset by a series of clever crimes—and Stone is a material witness—he and his former partner Dino Bacchetti find themselves drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud, where insider knowledge and access are limited to a privileged few, and the wealthy are made vulnerable by the very systems meant to keep them safe. As Stone and Dino delve deeper into their investigation, they learn that the mastermind behind the incidents may have some intimate ties to Stone . . . and that the biggest heist is still to come.
30. Cut and Thrust (2014) (Also stars Will Lee, Kate Lee, Ed Eagle, Barbara Eagle and Teddy Fay (Billy Burnett)
Stone Barrington enters the cutthroat fray of politics in the exceptional new thriller from New York Times–bestselling author Stuart Woods.
When Stone Barrington travels to Los Angeles for the biggest political convention of the year, he finds the scene quite shaken up: a dazzling newcomer—and close friend of Stone’s—has given the delegates an unexpected choice, crucial alliances are made and broken behind closed doors, and it seems that more than one seat may be up for grabs. And amid the ambitious schemers and hangers-on are a few people who may use the chaotic events as cover for more sinister plans.
In this milieu of glad-handing and backroom deals, only the canniest player can come out on top . . . and it will take all of Stone’s discretion and powers of persuasion to arrange a desirable outcome.
31. Paris Match (2014) (Also stars Lance Cabot & Holly Barker, Continuation of story line Doing Hard Time)
“Paris Match” (2014) is a thriller novel by Stuart Woods that follows Stone Barrington, a lawyer turned private investigator, as he investigates the murder of a high-profile reporter in Paris. The novel is fast-paced and full of plot twists, with Barrington navigating the dangerous world of international politics and espionage.
32. Insatiable Appetites (2015) (Cameos by Will Lee and Kate Lee)
Insatiable Appetites (2015) is a mystery novel written by Stuart Woods that follows the story of Stone Barrington, a detective who is investigating a crime that involves an influential family in New York City. The novel features a thrilling plot full of twists and turns that keep the readers hooked until the very end.
33. Hot Pursuit (2015) (Also stars Holly Barker,Lance Cabot, Will Lee and Kate Lee)
Hot Pursuit (2015) is a novel in the Stone Barrington series, following the story of Barrington as he investigates a case involving a wealthy heiress who has gone missing in Europe. The novel features action-packed scenes, unexpected plot twists, and vivid descriptions of exotic locations.
34. Naked Greed (2015) (Cameo by Holly Barker)
Naked Greed (2015) is a thriller novel in which Stone Barrington investigates the death of a wealthy businessman. As he digs deeper into the case, he discovers a web of greed and corruption that involves powerful individuals in New York City’s financial sector.
35. Foreign Affairs (2015) (Stone’s escapees take him to Rome) (Cameos by Holly Barker, Kate Lee, & Lance Cabot)
Foreign Affairs (2015) is a novel in the Stone Barrington series that takes place in Europe. In this story, Stone investigates the mysterious disappearance of a high-profile British diplomat, while also exploring the vibrant culture and history of European cities.
36. Scandalous Behavior (2016) (a continuation of Foreign Affairs, takes place mostly in England, with an appearance from Teddy Fay)
Scandalous Behavior (2016) is a mystery novel in which Stone Barrington travels to Paris to investigate a potential scandal involving a close friend of the President of the United States. The novel features an exciting plot full of intrigue and suspense, set against the backdrop of one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
37. Family Jewels (2016) (a cameo from Ed Eagle, Kate Lee, Will Lee, Lance Cabot, & Holly Barker)
“Family Jewels” (2016) is another Stone Barrington novel that finds the protagonist investigating a series of jewelry heists in New York City. The novel features a diverse cast of characters, including Barrington’s love interest, former CIA agent Holly Barker, and is notable for its witty dialogue and action-packed plot.
38. Dishonorable Intentions (2016) (a cameo from Ed Eagle, Kate Lee, Lance Cabot, Holly Barker and an appearance from Billy Burnett (Teddy Fay))
“Dishonorable Intentions” (2016) sees Stone Barrington embroiled in a dangerous game of international intrigue as he navigates the world of high-stakes finance and political power. The novel is full of twists and turns, with Barrington facing off against a cunning adversary who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.
39. Sex, Lies, and Serious Money (2016) (Stars Herb Fisher) (cameos from Ed Eagle, Holly Barker and Billy Burnett (Teddy Fay))
“Sex, Lies, and Serious Money” (2016) is a thrilling installment in the Stone Barrington series, which finds Barrington investigating a high-profile case involving blackmail, political corruption, and murder. The novel is full of suspenseful twists and turns, as Barrington uses his legal and investigative skills to navigate the dangerous world of high-society politics.
40. Below the Belt (2017) (Stars Holly Barker, Lance Cabot, Will Lee, cameo by Kate Lee)
“Below the Belt” (2017) is a fast-paced thriller that follows Stone Barrington as he investigates the murder of a professional boxer. The novel is notable for its action-packed plot and colorful characters, including the beautiful and mysterious Arrington Calder, who helps Barrington unravel the mystery behind the murder.
41. Fast and Loose (2017) (a continuation of Below the Belt, cameos from Billy Burnett (Teddy Fay), Kate Lee, Will Lee, Lance Cabot & Holly Barker)
“Fast and Loose” (2017) is a thriller novel by Stuart Woods featuring Stone Barrington, a New York lawyer and investigator. The story follows Barrington as he investigates the disappearance of a wealthy businessman in the Caribbean, uncovering a web of deceit and corruption.
42. Indecent Exposure (2017) (Stars Holly Barker, Will Lee, & Kate Lee)
“Indecent Exposure” (2017) is another novel in the Stone Barrington series, this time focusing on a high-profile Hollywood case. When a producer is accused of sexual harassment, Barrington is called in to represent him, but finds himself caught up in a dangerous game of blackmail and revenge.
43. Quick & Dirty (2017) (Cameo by Holly Barker)
“Quick & Dirty” (2017) sees Barrington in Los Angeles, where he becomes entangled in a dangerous gang war while investigating a client’s missing daughter. The novel features a fast-paced plot and plenty of action.
44. Unbound (2018) (Stars Billy Burnett (Teddy Fay) & cameo from Ed Eagle)
“Unbound” (2018) is a thriller novel featuring CIA agent Teddy Fay, a recurring character in Woods’ novels. The story follows Fay as he uncovers a plot to steal a new weapon technology, and sets out to stop the thieves before they can cause harm.
45. Shoot First (Think Later) (2018) (Cameos from Lance Cabot and Holly Barker)
“Shoot First (Think Later)” (2018) is another novel featuring Teddy Fay. This time, Fay is on the run from the CIA after being framed for a murder he didn’t commit. The novel features high-stakes action and a gripping plot as Fay fights to clear his name and uncover the true culprit.
46. Turbulence (2018) (a continuation of the villain from Shoot First, stars Holly Barker and Lance Cabot)
“Turbulence” is a thriller novel by Stuart Woods, published in 2018. The story follows Stone Barrington, a New York lawyer and former NYPD detective, as he becomes embroiled in a dangerous plot involving a Russian oligarch and a high-tech jet.
47. Desperate Measures (2018) (Stars Herb Fisher)
“Desperate Measures” is another Stone Barrington novel published in 2018. In this installment, Barrington finds himself caught in the middle of a political scandal involving a corrupt senator and a group of hackers.
48. A Delicate Touch (2018) (Cameo by Holly Barker)
“A Delicate Touch” is a mystery novel featuring Barrington, published in the same year. This time, Barrington investigates a series of thefts targeting wealthy New York City socialites, uncovering a network of corrupt individuals in the process.
49. Wild Card (2019) (A continuation of A Delicate Touch, cameos from Holly Barker and Lance Cabot)
“Wild Card” is a thriller novel by Woods, published in 2019. The story follows Barrington as he is tasked with protecting a former CIA agent from a group of dangerous enemies.
50. Contraband (2019) (Cameo by Holly Barker)
“Contraband” is another Stone Barrington novel, published in the same year. In this installment, Barrington investigates the disappearance of a wealthy businessman, uncovering a web of deceit and corruption.
51. Stealth (2019) (Stars Holly Barker & Lance Cabot)
“Stealth” is the third Stone Barrington novel published in 2019. In this installment, Barrington is drawn into a dangerous game of international espionage, as he tries to uncover the truth behind a mysterious military operation.
52. Treason (2020)
“Treason” is a thriller novel by Stuart Woods and published in 2020. The book features Stone Barrington, a former NYPD detective turned lawyer, as he navigates a high-stakes political conspiracy that threatens the safety of the country.
53. Hit List (2020)
“Hit List” is another thriller novel by Stuart Woods published in 2020. The story follows Stone Barrington as he investigates the suspicious death of a wealthy businessman, only to find himself in the crosshairs of a dangerous hitman.
54. Choppy Water (2020)
“Choppy Water” is the next installment in the Stone Barrington series, also published in 2020. This time, Barrington finds himself embroiled in a scandal involving a high-profile client and a group of powerful businessmen.
55. Shakeup (2020)
“Shakeup” is yet another thriller novel by Stuart Woods, published in 2020. In this book, Stone Barrington takes on a new case involving a prominent Hollywood producer who is being blackmailed by an unknown assailant.
56. Hush-Hush (2020)
“Hush-Hush” is the most recent novel in the Stone Barrington series, published in 2020. The book follows Barrington as he investigates the suspicious death of a gossip columnist, only to find himself in the midst of a scandal involving powerful politicians and media moguls.
57. Double Jeopardy (2021)
“Double Jeopardy” is a crime novel by Stuart Woods, published in 2021. The story follows lawyer Stone Barrington as he investigates the suspicious death of a wealthy businessman. As he delves deeper into the case, Barrington uncovers a web of deceit and danger that puts his own life in jeopardy.
58. Class Act (2021)
“Class Act” is a mystery novel by Stuart Woods, published in 2021. The story features Stone Barrington, who is tasked with investigating the theft of a rare artifact from a prestigious private school. Barrington must navigate the politics and secrets of the school’s elite community to solve the case.
59. Foul Play (2021)
“Foul Play” is a suspenseful thriller by Stuart Woods, published in 2021. The story follows a young woman named Teddy Fay, who becomes embroiled in a dangerous game of espionage and deception. As she races to uncover the truth, Teddy must use all of her skills to outwit her enemies and stay alive.
60. Criminal Mischief (2021)
“Criminal Mischief” is a gripping crime novel by Stuart Woods, published in 2021. The story follows lawyer Stone Barrington as he investigates a series of art thefts that lead him to a dangerous criminal underworld. As he races against time to catch the culprits, Barrington must navigate dangerous alliances and unexpected betrayals.
61. A Safe House (2022)
“A Safe House” is a thriller novel by Stuart Woods, published in 2022. The story follows Teddy Fay as she goes into hiding in a remote safe house to avoid a dangerous enemy. As she tries to stay alive, Teddy uncovers shocking secrets that threaten to unravel everything she thought she knew.
62. Black Dog (2022)
“Black Dog” is a 2022 novel by British author Neil Gaiman. It tells the story of a middle-aged man who returns to his hometown in England and is forced to confront the ghosts of his past. The novel blends elements of horror, mystery, and coming-of-age, and features Gaiman’s trademark lyrical prose and vivid characters.
63. Distant Thunder (October 11, 2022)
“Distant Thunder” is an upcoming book set to be released on October 11, 2022, written by American author Danielle Steel. It follows the story of a woman who has built a successful career in the fashion industry, but finds herself at a crossroads when she discovers a secret about her past. The novel explores themes of family, love, and the power of forgiveness, and promises to be another compelling addition to Steel’s extensive body of work.
64. Near Miss (with Brett Battles) ( June 6, 2023)
Stone Barrington faces down a deadly foe in the latest thrilling adventure in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Following a string of adventures, Stone Barrington is enjoying some downtime in New York City when a chance encounter introduces him to a charming new companion. Too bad she also comes with the baggage of a persistent ex-boyfriend intent on retribution.
As Stone skillfully dodges each disturbance, it soon becomes clear that there is potentially an even more treacherous game being played behind the scenes. And when long-standing grudges resurface, Stone is brought back into the orbit of some familiar enemies. He must use all of his tricks–as well as those of a few old friends–to evade trouble before it’s too late. But this time, danger just might catch him.
Holly Barker novels
1. Orchid Beach – set in the fictional town of Orchid Beach, FL (1998)
“Orchid Beach” is a crime novel by Stuart Woods, published in 1998 and set in the fictional town of Orchid Beach, Florida. The story follows police detective Holly Barker as she investigates a murder case involving her own father and uncovers a web of corruption and deception. The novel features engaging characters and a complex plot, with a richly detailed setting that adds authenticity to the story. Overall, “Orchid Beach” is a must-read for fans of the crime genre.
2. Orchid Blues (2001) (Stone Barrington makes a cameo)
“Orchid Blues” is a mystery novel by Stuart Woods, first published in 2001. The story follows detective Holly Barker, who is investigating a series of murders in the town of Orchid Beach, Florida. As she gets closer to the truth, Barker discovers a web of corruption and betrayal that puts her own life in danger. The novel features fast-paced action, intricate plot twists, and a strong female protagonist in Barker. Overall, “Orchid Blues” is a thrilling mystery novel that keeps readers engaged from beginning to end.
3. Blood Orchid (2002)
“Blood Orchid” is a crime novel written by Stuart Woods and published in 2002. The story follows the investigations of Holly Barker, a police chief in Orchid Beach, Florida. When a string of murders occur in the town, Holly discovers that the crimes are linked to a group of powerful and corrupt individuals. With the help of her team and a retired CIA agent, Holly embarks on a dangerous mission to bring the criminals to justice.
“Blood Orchid” is a thrilling and action-packed novel, filled with suspense and intrigue. The characters are well-developed, particularly Holly Barker, who is a strong and determined protagonist. The novel also explores themes of power, corruption, and loyalty. Overall, “Blood Orchid” is a gripping crime novel that keeps readers engaged until the very end.
4. Iron Orchid (2005) (Teddy Fay Appearance #2)
“Iron Orchid” is a crime fiction novel by Stuart Woods, published in 2005. The story follows Holly Barker, a former military police officer, who becomes the first female police chief of Orchid Beach, Florida. As she settles into her new position, Barker uncovers a web of corruption and violence in the town’s government and police force. She must use all of her skills and resources to bring the perpetrators to justice, while also confronting personal challenges and dangers.
“Iron Orchid” is a fast-paced and suspenseful novel that explores themes of power, corruption, and justice. The character of Holly Barker is a strong and complex protagonist who defies gender stereotypes and fights for what she believes is right. Overall, “Iron Orchid” is a compelling crime fiction novel that will keep readers engaged with its intricate plot and well-drawn characters.
5. Hothouse Orchid (2009) (Teddy Fay Appearance #5)
“Hothouse Orchid” is a crime thriller novel by Stuart Woods, published in 2009. The story follows Holly Barker, a former military police officer turned small-town police chief, as she investigates a series of murders in her town. The victims are all connected to a powerful and corrupt businessman, and as Holly gets closer to the truth, she finds herself in danger. The novel features fast-paced action, a strong female protagonist, and a satisfying plot twist. Overall, “Hothouse Orchid” is a thrilling read for fans of crime fiction.
Ed Eagle novels
1. Santa Fe Rules – set in Santa Fe, New Mexico (1992)
“Santa Fe Rules” is a mystery novel by Stuart Woods, set in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The story follows Ed Eagle, a lawyer investigating the suspicious death of his wealthy client’s husband. The novel features a rich depiction of Santa Fe’s history and culture, as well as intricate plot twists and well-drawn characters, including the compelling protagonist Eagle. Overall, “Santa Fe Rules” is a gripping mystery novel that showcases the beauty and complexity of Santa Fe.
2. Short Straw (2006) (Rick Barron makes a cameo appearance)
“Short Straw” is a thriller novel written by Stuart Woods and published in 2006. The book follows Holly Barker, a former military police officer who has relocated to a small town in Florida to become the new police chief. When a local woman is brutally murdered, Barker discovers a dark conspiracy involving the town’s wealthiest and most powerful citizens. As Barker investigates, she becomes a target herself, and must use her skills and resourcefulness to uncover the truth and bring the perpetrators to justice. “Short Straw” is a fast-paced and suspenseful thriller, with well-drawn characters and a gripping plot that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.
3. Santa Fe Dead (2008)
“Santa Fe Dead” is a crime thriller novel by Stuart Woods, published in 2008. Set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the novel follows the character of Ed Eagle, a wealthy lawyer and former pilot who is investigating a series of murders that take place in the city. The victims are all members of a wealthy family, and as Eagle delves deeper into the case, he uncovers a web of corruption, greed, and betrayal. The novel features well-drawn characters, including Eagle himself, and a fast-paced plot that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. Overall, “Santa Fe Dead” is a thrilling crime novel that is sure to entertain fans of the genre.
4. Santa Fe Edge (2010) (Teddy Fay Appearance #6, Holly Barker makes a cameo and Agent Todd Bacon from Mounting Fears returns)
“Santa Fe Edge” is a mystery novel by Stuart Woods, published in 2010. Set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the novel follows the story of lawyer and pilot Ed Eagle as he investigates a series of murders that lead him to a powerful and corrupt figure in the city’s art scene. Along the way, Eagle faces personal and professional challenges as he uncovers a web of deception and danger. “Santa Fe Edge” is a fast-paced and engaging mystery novel that highlights the beauty and intrigue of Santa Fe, while keeping readers on the edge of their seats with its intricate plot and well-crafted characters.
Rick Barron novels
1. The Prince of Beverly Hills (2004)
Rick Barron, a sharp, capable detective on the Beverly Hills force, finds himself demoted after he makes a mistake and has a run-in with a superior officer. But he soon lands a job other cops only dream about: the security detail for Centurion Pictures, one of the hottest studios in Hollywood’s golden age of the late 1930s.
How he lands that new post is quite something.
As protector of the studio’s interests, Barron looks after the elite of filmdom’s stars – among them Clete Barrow, a British leading man with a penchant for parties, and Glenna Gleason, a peach of a talent on the verge of stardom. Rick’s easy charm has society columnists dubbing him “the Prince of Beverly Hills,” the white knight for movie stars. Then he stumbles across a murder cover-up and a blackmail scam that threaten the studio’s business. They may have origins with some unsavory characters. When two suspicious deaths begin to look like a double murder, and an attempt is made on someone who has become an intimate friend, Barron knows he is up against wise guys whose stakes are nothing less than do-or-die. It’s a dicey war of nerves.
Librarian’s note: this is one of two volumes in the author’s Rick Barron series: 1. The Prince of Beverley Hills (2004), and 2. Beverley Hills Dead (2008).
2. Beverly Hills Dead (2008) (Stone Barrington makes a cameo)
Are you ready for a glimpse of Hollywood in 1947 and 1948, just after the Second World War?
“Beverly Hills Dead” picks up several years after the first volume in the series, “The Prince of Beverly Hills,” which was also set in Hollywood, but just before the start of the same war.
Rick Barron, a former cop, has risen to the head of production at Centurion Studios, and he’s at the top of his game. Tensions are high in Hollywood. When Rick’s friend Sidney Brooks, a successful screenwriter, receives a subpoena from Congress to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), Rick isn’t surprised. The witch hunt is spreading, and those under investigation are Rick’s closest friends – even his wife, the glamorous starlet Glenna Gleason.
It’s a fast paced and sexy thriller full of the nail-biting twists and turns that Stuart Woods fans enjoy.
Librarian’s note: this is one of two volumes in the author’s Rick Barron series: 1. The Prince of Beverley Hills (2004), and 2. Beverley Hills Dead (2008).
Teddy Fay novels
-These novels also feature Stone Barrington-
1. Smooth Operator (with Parnell Hall) (2016)
“Smooth Operator” is a thriller novel by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall, published in 2016. The story follows former CIA agent Teddy Fay, who has gone rogue and is now working as a “fixer” for the rich and powerful. When his latest job takes him to Hollywood, he becomes embroiled in a web of deceit and danger that threatens his life and those he cares about. The novel features Woods’ signature fast-paced plot and engaging characters, and is a must-read for fans of thrillers and espionage fiction.
2. The Money Shot (with Parnell Hall) (2018)
“The Money Shot” is a crime novel co-written by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall, published in 2018. The book follows Teddy Fay, a former CIA operative turned Hollywood producer, as he investigates a blackmail scheme targeting his star actress. The story is filled with suspense, witty dialogue, and fast-paced action, making it a thrilling read for fans of the genre.
3. Skin Game (with Parnell Hall) (2019)
“Skin Game” is another crime novel co-written by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall, published in 2019. The book features Teddy Fay once again, as he navigates the seedy underworld of Las Vegas to track down a dangerous criminal. The novel is full of clever twists and turns, as well as colorful characters and sharp dialogue, making it a must-read for fans of the genre.
4. Bombshell (with Parnell Hall) (2020)
“Bombshell” is the latest crime novel co-written by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall, published in 2020. The book sees Teddy Fay return once again, this time investigating a suspicious death at a film festival in Cannes. The novel is filled with intrigue, suspense, and sharp humor, as well as a cast of memorable characters and a cleverly crafted plot. Overall, “Bombshell” is a thrilling addition to the series and a great read for fans of crime fiction.
5. Jackpot (with Bryon Quertermous) (2021)
“Jackpot” is a collaborative novel written by Jeff Shelby and Bryon Quertermous, published in 2021. The story follows a washed-up private investigator who is hired by a lottery winner to investigate the sudden disappearance of his wife. The novel features a fast-paced plot with plenty of twists and turns, as well as witty dialogue and well-drawn characters.
6. Obsession (with Brett Battles) (July 25, 2023)
“Obsession” is an upcoming collaborative novel written by Jeff Shelby and Brett Battles, set to be published on July 25, 2023. The story follows a man who becomes obsessed with finding his missing daughter, despite being warned by authorities to stay away. The novel promises to be a gripping and suspenseful thriller, with complex characters and a page-turning plot.
Herbie Fisher novels
1. Barely Legal (with Parnell Hall) (2017) (Features Stone Barrington)
Under the tutelage of Stone Barrington, Herbie Fisher has transformed from a bumbling sad sack into the youngest partner at the white-shoe law firm Woodman & Weld, and a man whose company is in high demand both because of his professional acumen and his savoir faire. But even his newly won composure and finely honed skills can’t prepare him for the strange escapade he’s unwittingly pulled into, and which—unbeknownst to him—has put him at the center of a bull’s-eye. In the city that never sleeps there are always devious schemes afoot, and Herbie will have to be quick on his feet to stay one step ahead of his enemies…and they’re closing in.
1. Under the Lake (1987)
In the beautiful mountains of North Georgia lies a lake built by an obsessed man at a terrible price. This placid body of water has brought prosperity to an isolated community, and with it, two strangers who intermingle with the insular local folk, strangers probing into crimes against nature from generations past that cannot remain submerged beneath the waters’ surface.
Under the Lake marks the eagerly awaited return to the South of Stuart’s Edgar Award winning novel, Chiefs. John Howell, once a top investigative journalist, comes to this backcountry town on the run from a once promising personal and professional life that has somehow gone sour. What he finds is a mystery so deep, so complex, so bizarre, that he cannot concentrate on the book he has come here to write.
The story begins with his entanglement in a subtle, but relentless battle waged by the autocratic town father and the local sheriff against an outcast family, ravaged by its origins. Howell is further drawn in by his involvement with two women – an ambitious young reporter on the prowl for corruption, and a shy backwoods beauty, forsaken by the world because of her family’s ill kept secret. Then, without warning, visits from an otherworldly young girl haunt Howell as his rustic cabin becomes a spectral theater offering strange and frightening images of a hideous event of long ago.
2. White Cargo (1988)
Cat Catledge is a happy man. A self made multi millionaire at 50, he has a loving wife and a beautiful teenaged daughter. And after years of hard work, he is taking his family on the ultimate dream sabbatical: a two year cruise to the South Pacific via the Panama Canal, aboard his custom built forty three foot yacht.
He gets as far as Colombia. Off that country’s cocaine dusted shores, Cat’s bliss – and his dearly loved family – are permanently shattered by an event so unexpected, so savage, and so tragically final that it leaves Cat completely devastated. Consumed by terrible guilt, he returns home alone, a broken man. Investigations by both the Colombian authorities and the U.S. State Department prove fruitless.
Then, late one night, Cat is awakened by the telephone and, from far away, over a static filled line, an achingly familiar voice utters a single, electrifying word.
Driven by a mixture of hope and anguish, Cat slips back into South America on a desperate search for the daughter he cannot bring himself to believe is dead – a search that will take him down the corridors of cocaine financed palaces. Aided by an Australian ex convict, a beautiful television journalist and a man known to him only as “Jim”, Cat follows a trail of blood and graft, white powder and white slavery, and discovers in himself an unsuspected capacity for ruthlessness and cunning, and – even more surprising – a rekindled capacity for love.
3. Palindrome – set in Cumberland Island, GA (1991)
“Palindrome” is a mystery novel by Stuart Woods, published in 1991 and set on Cumberland Island, Georgia. The novel follows NYPD detective Rick Barron as he investigates a series of murders, uncovering a web of deceit and corruption along the way. The novel is full of suspense and expertly captures the island’s wild landscape and rich history. Overall, “Palindrome” is a thrilling mystery novel that will keep readers engaged with its complex plot and well-drawn characters.
4. L.A. Times – set in Los Angeles, California (1993)
After turning a film student’s directorial debut into a hit movie, New York mobster and movie fanatic Vinnie Callabrese takes off for the bright lights of Hollywood, where he begins a new life as Michael Vincent, Producer. A natural born wheeler-dealer, he lands not only a major studio deal, but also a gorgeous actress girlfriend.It isn’t long before Michael Vincent is one of the most successful producers in town, given his knack for bringing in films under budget — not too difficult when you’re willing to lie, seduce, intimidate, and even kill to get what you want. But some of the people from his past have long memories and a far reach, and now it’s Michael’s turn to watch his back. Because even in the land of make-believe certain enemies — and their bullets — are very real.
5. Dead Eyes – set in Los Angeles, California (1994)
First there were roses and the notes in her mailbox signed simply, “Admirer.” Then, the accident. One minute Chris Callaway was one of Hollywood’s brightest rising stars, starting a new picture that could send her career skyrocketing; the next, she was falling from the unfinished deck of her beautiful new Malibu beach house…waking up blind, uncertain whether she would ever see again.
An optimist and a fighter, Chris is determined not to let anyone know she can barely see. But neither Danny Devere, her hairdresser and confidant, nor Jon Larsen, the handsome young detective form LAPD’s special stalker squad, can stop the notes that escalate into a chilling obsession. And as Stuart Woods’s mesmerizing new page-turner races to its shocking climax, only a clever trap can stop the madman from stalking her–with beautiful Chris Callaway as the deadly bait.
6. Heat – set in a fictional town in Idaho (1994)
Jesse Warden is at the end of his rope. Imprisoned unjustly (or, at least, for the wrong crime), he spends half his time in solitary confinement and the other half fighting with convicts who want to kill him because he was once a cop.
Then, at his lowest ebb, he is offered a way out. To earn his freedom, he must infiltrate a dangerous and reclusive religious cult in the mountains of the Idaho panhandle, a mission that turns out to be a great deal more perilous than his stay in prison.
From his first day in the Idaho town, Jesse finds every aspect of life – especially his life – controlled by the strange and dangerous Jack Gene Coldwater, leader of the cult, and his investigation reveals much more than he had imagined.
In a gripping climax, Jesse is pitted against not only Coldwater and his cult, but also the leaders of the federal agency who sent him there – and there is no one he can trust.
7. Imperfect Strangers (1995) (Grand Prix de Littérature Policière)
“Imprefect Strangers” is a thrilling novel by Stuart Woods, published in 1995. The story follows a group of strangers stranded on a remote island after a plane crash, as they struggle to survive and confront their own flaws and prejudices. The novel is full of unexpected plot twists and well-drawn characters, creating a tense and suspenseful atmosphere. Overall, “Imperfect Strangers” is a must-read for fans of the thriller genre.
8. Choke (1995)
A standalone novel from Stuart Woods, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stone Barrington and Holly Barker series…
Chuck Chandler arrives in Key West, and, like many people, finds it the end of the line. He has, in turn, blown a career as a top touring tennis professional and a series of teaching jobs at plush clubs, usually because he has been unable to keep his hands off the female students, especially the married ones.
At Key West’s Olde Island Racquet Club, true to form, Chuck yields to temptation yet again, this time with the beautiful Clare Carras, who is married to an enigmatic older man with no apparent past, and who turns out to be a great deal more than the tennis pro can handle. Suddenly the easygoing Chuck is in over his head, suspected of murder and on the verge of losing not only his modest teaching career and all his possessions, but his freedom, as well.
Enter Tommy Scully, a former New York Police Department homicide detective, augmenting his pension with a job on the Key West force, and his neophyte partner, Daryl, who may be smarter than he looks. The two detectives find themselves barely afloat in a shark infested investigation that stretches from the Florida Keys to Los Angeles and back, involving not only the treacherous Clare, but a furious West Coat mob boss who is determined to get back something that belongs to him and doesn’t care who he has to kill to do it.
1. Blue Water, Green Skipper: A Memoir of Sailing Alone Across the Atlantic (1977, reissue August 2, 2012)
“Blue Water, Green Skipper” is a memoir by Stuart Woods, first published in 1977 and reissued in August 2012. The book recounts Woods’ solo sailing trip across the Atlantic in a 32-foot sailboat, detailing his experiences and challenges along the way.
The memoir is a fascinating look at the world of solo sailing, and Woods’ prose brings to life the beauty and danger of the open ocean. He describes the technical aspects of sailing, as well as the emotional and psychological toll of spending months alone at sea.
Overall, “Blue Water, Green Skipper” is a captivating memoir that will appeal to anyone with an interest in sailing, adventure, or personal growth. The book showcases Woods’ skill as a writer and his ability to capture the essence of the human experience in extreme circumstances.
2. A Romantic’s Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland (1979)
“A Romantic’s Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland” is a travel guidebook written by Stuart Woods and published in 1979. The book provides a comprehensive listing of romantic country inns across Britain and Ireland, including descriptions of each inn’s history, amenities, and attractions.
Woods’ writing style is charming and engaging, providing readers with a sense of the unique character and charm of each inn. The book is also filled with practical information such as contact details and rates, making it a useful resource for travelers seeking an authentic and romantic experience in the countryside.
Overall, “A Romantic’s Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland” is a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the charming countryside inns of Britain and Ireland. It is an invaluable resource for travelers seeking an authentic and memorable experience.
3. An Extravagant Life (June 7, 2022) [A new memoir that will incorporate Blue Water, Green Skipper with new material]
“An Extravagant Life” is an upcoming novel by Lee Radziwill, set to be published on June 7, 2022. The book is a memoir of Radziwill’s life, detailing her experiences as a prominent socialite and sister to former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Radziwill’s life was full of glamour and luxury, but the memoir also explores the challenges she faced, including personal tragedies and the struggles of balancing her public image with her private life.
As a renowned fashion icon and tastemaker, Radziwill’s memoir is sure to offer a fascinating glimpse into the world of high society and celebrity. Overall, “An Extravagant Life” promises to be an insightful and compelling read for those interested in fashion, culture, and the lives of the rich and famous.
How Many Stuart woods books in order are there?
As of my knowledge cutoff date (2023), Stuart Woods has written and published over 100 books, including both standalone novels and series. Here are the series in order of publication:
- Stone Barrington series
- Holly Barker series
- Will Lee series
- Ed Eagle series
- Rick Barron series
- Teddy Fay series (with Parnell Hall)
- Herbie Fisher series (with Parnell Hall)
It’s worth noting that some of the series overlap and have characters that appear in multiple books. Additionally, Woods has also written several standalone novels.
Stuart woods books in order of release date
Here is a complete list of Stuart Woods books in order of release date:
Run Before the Wind (1983)
Deep Lie (1986)
Under the Lake (1987)
White Cargo (1988)
Grass Roots (1989)
L.A. Times (1992)
Dead in the Water (1997)
Imperfect Strangers (1995)
The Short Forever (2002)
Cold Paradise (2001)
The Run (2000)
Two Dollar Bill (2005)
Dark Harbor (2006)
Fresh Disasters (2007)
Shoot Him If He Runs (2007)
Hot Mahogany (2008)
Loitering with Intent (2009)
Lucid Intervals (2010)
Strategic Moves (2011)
Bel-Air Dead (2011)
Son of Stone (2011)
D.C. Dead (2011)
Unnatural Acts (2012)
Severe Clear (2012)
Collateral Damage (2013)
Doing Hard Time (2013)
Unintended Consequences (2013)
Standup Guy (2014)
Carnal Curiosity (2014)
Cut and Thrust (2014)
Paris Match (2014)
Insatiable Appetites (2015)
Hot Pursuit (2015)
Naked Greed (2015)
Foreign Affairs (2015)
Scandalous Behavior (2016)
Family Jewels (2016)
Dishonorable Intentions (2016)
Sex, Lies & Serious Money (2016)
Below the Belt (2017)
Fast and Loose (2017)
Indecent Exposure (2017)
Quick & Dirty (2017)
Shoot First (2018)
Desperate Measures (2018)
A Delicate Touch (2018)
Wild Card (2019)
Hit List (2020)
Choppy Water (2020)
Double Jeopardy (2021)
Class Act (2021)
Near Miss (2023)
Note that this list includes all of Stuart Woods’ published novels, including those in his Stone Barrington, Holly Barker, and Ed Eagle series, as well as standalone titles.
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