Stone Barrington Books

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Stone Barrington is the lead character in the Stone Barrington series of novels by American author Stuart Woods. Barrington makes his first appearance in the 1991 published title New York Dead. These novels are generally regarded as mystery thrillers.

Order of Stone Barrington Series By: Stuart Woods, 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 2023 Description / Buy
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Stone is a former detective with the New York City Police Department. The series begins immediately after Barrington’s termination form the city police department due to his outspoken outbursts against his superiors. Now broke and in debt, he has no hesitation taking up his friend on an offer to work in at his prestigious law firm rather than file for unemployment.

The first novel in the series, New York Dead sees Stone Barrington witness an inexplicable happening on the streets of the city that turns his life on its head. Purely out of luck, he finds himself the centerpiece of every newspaper story, with his life now intertwined with the shocking life of the now missing and thought to be deceased Sasha Nijinsky, one of the country’s most celebrated news anchors.

There is no escaping the case, as it stalks his days and keeps him awake at night. What follows is the story of how Barrington has to deal with the intricate web of sexual depravity, dangerous friends, and unspeakable crimes centering on the life of the deceased news anchor Sasha. Stuart Woods writes a story so compelling, that it is now wonder that Publishers Weekly once pronounced his work as “smooth as silk.”


Chiefs and Grassroots some of Stuart Woods’s most popular books have been made into TV series. In 1993, Grassroots was adapted into a four-part TV miniseries by CBS following the very popular adaptation of the Chiefs novel into a miniseries in 1983, also by CBS. Woods played a role in writing the script for both of the miniseries, being lead writer in Chiefs and co-writer with Derek Marlowe in Grassroots. While no other books have been made into movies or series, Woods has indicated that he would be very interested in adapting any of his books into a movie or TV series. With the Chiefs series now on the Netflix catalogue, the Stone Barrington series is sure to be a hit with fans if it were to be adapted for TV.


The first novel, New York Dead is one of the most popular among fans of the Stone Barrington series. When Sasha Nijinsky, a telecaster survives a 12-floor fall from her terrace, Stone who is the only witness, finds himself the center of attention, particularly when she goes missing on the way to hospital. The New York Police Depart is easy to point all blame on her lesbian lover, but Barrington believes there is more to the case than meets the eye. He takes it upon himself to unravel the entire mystery of her fall and disappearance.

Another excellent novel in the Stone Barrington series of novels is the third book in the series, Dead in the Water. As Stone is enjoying his well-deserved holiday in the Caribbean Island of St Mark, he is suddenly drawn to a very strange thing: Sailing a large yacht into the harbor is a very beautiful young woman. The strange thing is that while she had left the US in the company of her husband she is now all alone, arousing the suspicion of the minister of Justice Sir Winston Sutherland. While Stone is all for justice, what he values more is evidence, and soon he is all that stands between the patently evil Winston and Allison Manning, the young woman who insists that she is innocent.

The fourth book in the Stone Barrington series, Swimming to Catalina has one of the most compelling twists. Soon after his fiancé dumps him for Vance Calder a Hollywood actor, she disappears with no trace. Calder turns to Stone for help to find his new girlfriend. Stone now has to not only set aside his feelings, but also try to crack a case that seems to have no leads with his fiancé’s new lover in two.


Many fans of the Stone Barrington series of novels also love the “J.P. Beaumont” series by J.A. Jance. These series of books are detective mysteries featuring J.P Beaumont, a Seattle homicide detective who displays tenacious Jack Bauer like traits. Fans of the series are also partial to the “Doc Ford Mystery” series by Randy Wayne White. Doc Ford is an ex CIA agent turned marine biologist, who is addicted to the dangers of an intelligence job, and keeps going back for more.

What Is The Next Book in The Stone Barrington Series?

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

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