Stuart Woods Books

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

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

Order of Holly Barker Series

# Read Title Published
1 Orchid Beach 1998
2 Orchid Blues 2001
3 Blood Orchid 2002
4 Iron Orchid 2005
5 Hothouse Orchid 2009

Order of Rick Barron Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Prince of Beverly Hills 2004
2 Beverly Hills Dead 2008

Order of Stone Barrington Series

# Read Title Published
1 New York Dead 1991
2 Dirt 1996
3 Dead in the Water 1997
4 Swimming to Catalina 1998
5 Worst Fears Realized 1999
6 L.A. Dead 2000
7 Cold Paradise 2001
8 The Short Forever 2002
9 Dirty Work 2003
10 Reckless Abandon 2004
11 Two Dollar Bill 2004
12 Dark Harbor 2006
13 Fresh Disasters 2007
14 Shoot Him If He Runs 2007
15 Hot Mahogany 2008
16 Loitering with Intent 2009
17 Kisser 2009
18 Lucid Intervals 2010
19 Strategic Moves 2010
20 Bel-Air Dead 2011
21 Son of Stone 2011
22 D.C. Dead 2011
23 Unnatural Acts 2012
24 Severe Clear 2012
25 Collateral Damage 2012
26 Unintended Consequences 2013
27 Doing Hard Time 2013
28 Standup Guy 2014
29 Carnal Curiosity 2014
30 Cut and Thrust 2014
31 Paris Match 2014
32 Insatiable Appetites 2015
33 Hot Pursuit 2015
34 Naked Greed 2015
35 Foreign Affairs 2015
36 Scandalous Behavior 2016
37 Family Jewels 2016
38 Dishonorable Intentions 2016
39 Sex, Lies & Serious Money 2016
40 Below the Belt 2017
41 Fast and Loose 2017

Order of Stuart Woods Non-Fiction Books

Order of Stuart Woods Standalone Novels

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

Order of Teddy Fay Series

# Read Title Published
1 Smooth Operator 2016

Order of Will Lee Series

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