Stuart Woods Books

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Stuart Woods is an award-winning fiction author born in Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia and graduated with a BA in sociology. After college, he spent one-year training for the Air National Guard. In 1960, he moved to New York in search of a writing job and ended up working for an advertising agency. He later moved to London and began working for various advertising agencies. In 1976, Woods participated in Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) spending six weeks at sea alone. In addition to sailing, Stuart Woods is also a licensed private pilot.

After the 1976 race, Stuart Woods spent the next couple of years writing two non-fiction books the Green Skipper and Blue Water. He also wrote a travel book called A Romantic’s Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland. However, his writing career hit new heights in 1981 when he finished writing his novel the Chiefs, eight years after he began writing it. Since then, Woods has written many famous series novels including the Will Lee novel series, Stone Barrington series, Holly Barker series, Ed Eagle series, Rick Barron series, and Teddy Fay series as well as several stand-alone novels.

Order of Stone Barrington Series with Brett Battles

# Read Title Published Details
1 New York Dead 1991 Description / Buy
2 Dirt 1996 Description / Buy
3 Dead in the Water 1997 Description / Buy
4 Swimming to Catalina 1998 Description / Buy
5 Worst Fears Realized 1999 Description / Buy
6 L.A. Dead 2000 Description / Buy
7 Cold Paradise 2001 Description / Buy
8 The Short Forever 2002 Description / Buy
9 Dirty Work 2003 Description / Buy
10 Reckless Abandon 2004 Description / Buy
11 Two Dollar Bill 2004 Description / Buy
12 Dark Harbor 2006 Description / Buy
13 Fresh Disasters 2007 Description / Buy
14 Shoot Him If He Runs 2007 Description / Buy
15 Hot Mahogany 2008 Description / Buy
16 Loitering with Intent 2009 Description / Buy
17 Kisser 2009 Description / Buy
18 Lucid Intervals 2010 Description / Buy
19 Strategic Moves 2010 Description / Buy
20 Bel-Air Dead 2011 Description / Buy
21 Son of Stone 2011 Description / Buy
22 D.C. Dead 2011 Description / Buy
23 Unnatural Acts 2012 Description / Buy
24 Severe Clear 2012 Description / Buy
25 Collateral Damage 2012 Description / Buy
26 Unintended Consequences 2013 Description / Buy
27 Doing Hard Time 2013 Description / Buy
28 Standup Guy 2014 Description / Buy
29 Carnal Curiosity 2014 Description / Buy
30 Cut and Thrust 2014 Description / Buy
31 Paris Match 2014 Description / Buy
32 Insatiable Appetites 2015 Description / Buy
33 Hot Pursuit 2015 Description / Buy
34 Naked Greed 2015 Description / Buy
35 Foreign Affairs 2015 Description / Buy
36 Scandalous Behavior 2016 Description / Buy
37 Family Jewels 2016 Description / Buy
38 Dishonorable Intentions 2016 Description / Buy
39 Sex, Lies & Serious Money 2016 Description / Buy
40 Below the Belt 2017 Description / Buy
41 Fast and Loose 2017 Description / Buy
42 Indecent Exposure 2017 Description / Buy
43 Quick & Dirty 2017 Description / Buy
44 Unbound 2018 Description / Buy
45 Shoot First 2018 Description / Buy
46 Turbulence 2018 Description / Buy
47 Desperate Measures 2018 Description / Buy
48 A Delicate Touch 2018 Description / Buy
49 Wild Card 2019 Description / Buy
50 Contraband 2019 Description / Buy
51 Stealth 2019 Description / Buy
52 Treason 2020 Description / Buy
53 Hit List 2020 Description / Buy
54 Choppy Water 2020 Description / Buy
55 Shakeup 2020 Description / Buy
56 Hush-Hush 2020 Description / Buy
57 Double Jeopardy 2021 Description / Buy
58 Class Act 2021 Description / Buy
59 Foul Play 2021 Description / Buy
60 Criminal Mischief 2021 Description / Buy
61 A Safe House 2022 Description / Buy
62 Black Dog 2022 Description / Buy
63 Distant Thunder 2022 Description / Buy
64 Near Miss ( With: Brett Battles) 2023 Description / Buy

Order of Holly Barker Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Orchid Beach 1998 Description / Buy
2 Orchid Blues 2001 Description / Buy
3 Blood Orchid 2002 Description / Buy
4 Reckless Abandon 2004 Description / Buy
5 Iron Orchid 2005 Description / Buy
6 Hothouse Orchid 2009 Description / Buy

Order of Ed Eagle Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Santa Fe Rules 1992 Description / Buy
2 Short Straw 2006 Description / Buy
3 Santa Fe Dead 2008 Description / Buy
4 Santa Fe Edge 2010 Description / Buy

Order of Herbie Fisher Series with Parnell Hall

# Read Title Published Details
1 Barely Legal ( With: Parnell Hall) 2017 Description / Buy

Order of Rick Barron Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Prince of Beverly Hills 2004 Description / Buy
2 Beverly Hills Dead 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Teddy Fay Series with Brett Battles, Parnell Hall, Bryon Quertermous

# Read Title Published Details
1 Smooth Operator ( With: Parnell Hall) 2016 Description / Buy
2 The Money Shot ( With: Parnell Hall) 2018 Description / Buy
3 Skin Game ( With: Parnell Hall) 2019 Description / Buy
4 Bombshell ( With: Parnell Hall) 2020 Description / Buy
5 Jackpot ( With: Bryon Quertermous) 2021 Description / Buy
6 Obsession ( With: Brett Battles) 2023 Description / Buy

Order of Will Lee Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Chiefs 1981 Description / Buy
2 Run Before the Wind 1983 Description / Buy
3 Deep Lie 1986 Description / Buy
4 Grass Roots 1989 Description / Buy
5 The Run 1995 Description / Buy
6 Capital Crimes 2003 Description / Buy
7 Mounting Fears 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Stuart Woods Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Under the Lake 1986 Description / Buy
2 White Cargo 1988 Description / Buy
3 Palindrome 1990 Description / Buy
4 L.A. Times 1993 Description / Buy
5 Heat 1994 Description / Buy
6 Dead Eyes 1994 Description / Buy
7 Imperfect Strangers 1995 Description / Buy
8 Choke 1995 Description / Buy

Order of Stuart Woods Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Blue Water, Green Skipper 1977 Description / Buy
2 A romantic's guide to the country inns of Britain and Ireland 1979 Description / Buy
3 An Extravagant Life 2022 Description / Buy
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Stuart Woods Awards

Stuart Woods has won several accolades in his illustrious writing career. His first successful novel, the Chiefs, won him the Edgar Allan Poe award from the Mystery Writers of America. Woods was also nominated again for the Palindrome. The Imperfect Strangers novel also won the Woods the France’s Prix de Literature Policiere.

Stuart Woods Books into Movies/TV:

Two of the Woods successful novels, the Chiefs and Run before the Wind novels has been adapted for the screen with great success. The Chiefs novel was published in 1981 as the first novel in the Will Lee series. The novel is about three generations’ police chiefs trying to identify a serial killer operating in the fictional town of Delano, Georgia. The novel was inspired by the Woods grandfather unfortunate death while serving as a police chief. The novel opens in 1919 when Will Henry Lee is hired as the first chief, then shifts to 1946 when Sonny Butts is hired as the second chief after the death of Lee and the last part starts in 1963 when Tucker Watts is hired as the third chief. In 1983, the novel was made into CBS TV miniseries. It was nominated for three Emmys. The Grass Roots, which is the fourth novel in the Will Lee series was also into a four-hour TV miniseries featuring Corbin Bernsen and Mel Harris.

Best Stuart Woods Books

Stuart Woods has written many novel series with some enjoying tremendous popularity. Three of the most popular novels by Stuart Woods from the two most successful series the Will Lee novels and Stone Barrington novels include:

Run Before the Wind: In this second novel in the Will Lee series, Woods continues the story of the Lee family of Delano a decade after the Chiefs in Ireland. It is also the only novel Stuart Woods in the first person point of view. The novel was published in 1983 and is about Will Lee looking to spend a peaceful summer on the Ireland coast, but finds no peace. Consumed by hate and the need for revenge, Will Lee realizes he must escape the bloody past to find peace. The novel is full of tension and high-adventure.

Capital Crimes: Published in 2003, the Capital Crimes is the sixth novel by Stuart Woods in the Will Lee series. The novel continues the Lee family story a few years after the events of the Run novel and sees the reoccurrence of the villain Teddy Faye in Washington DC. In this novel, Will Lee finds himself tangled in a web of politics, danger, and power while serving as the United States president. As the president, Will Lee is tasked with finding a serial killer assassinating famous politicians.

Dead in the Water: Published in 1997 as the third novel in the Stone Barrington series, the novel is a continuation of the Stone Barrington story. The novel starts with Barrington going on a romantic getaway to the St. Marks islands with his companion Arrington Carter set to join him the next day. Unfortunately, snowing, his career-ambitious partner and an All-American girl standing trial events ruins his planned romantic get-away and finds himself defending his client in court with every skill he posses.

When Does The Next Stuart Woods book come out?

The next book by Stuart Woods is Near Miss and will be released on June, 6th 2023. It is the newest book in the Stone Barrington Series.

3 thoughts on “Stuart Woods”

  1. Hooked on the writings of Mr. Woods. What a talent. He takes me away, especially in the Stone Barrington series. And the off shoots are excellent. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I am just looking for a complete list of all Stuart Woods books in a printable list. I have been unable to find such a list without having to print pictures or other items that have no need to be on the list. Just looking to make sure I have the complete books of all of his work. I am totally addicted to his Barrington series and the off-shoots!

    Appreciate your time.


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