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 Ed Eagle Series
|1||Santa Fe Rules||1992|
|3||Santa Fe Dead||2008|
|4||Santa Fe Edge||2010|
Order of Holly Barker Series
Order of Rick Barron Series
Order of Stone Barrington Series
|1||New York Dead||1991|
|3||Dead in the Water||1997|
|4||Swimming to Catalina||1998|
|5||Worst Fears Realized||1999|
|8||The Short Forever||2002|
|11||Two Dollar Bill||2004|
|14||Shoot Him If He Runs||2007|
|16||Loitering with Intent||2009|
|21||Son of Stone||2011|
|27||Doing Hard Time||2013|
|30||Cut and Thrust||2014|
|39||Sex, Lies & Serious Money||2016|
|40||Below the Belt||2017|
|41||Fast and Loose||2017|
Order of Stuart Woods Non-Fiction Books
|1||Blue Water, Green Skipper||1977|
|2||A romantic's guide to the country inns of Britain and Ireland||1979|
Order of Stuart Woods Standalone Novels
|1||Under the Lake||1986|
Order of Teddy Fay Series
Order of Will Lee Series
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.