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There are many great books in the Stone Barrington series, but it can be hard to remember which one comes next and who wants to read a series out of order?
If you’re new to the Stone Barrington series, you’ll want to read them in order because they are interconnected with one another.
Before we jump into the list of the Stone Barrington books in order, let’s learn a little bit more about the character and series.
Who is Stone Barrington?
Stuart Woods is the author of the Stone Barrington series.
Barrington is a former detective who was forced to leave the NYPD after he disagreed too much with his superiors. He is now a Woodman & Weld lawyer, a prestigious Manhattan firm. He handles the cases that the firm does not want to make public.
After fourteen years of service, Stone’s outspokenness lead to his dismissal from the New York City Police Department. He begins the series broke and in debt. He would have also likely been homeless if his great aunt had not left him Turtle Bay Townhouse, on which he has spent every penny he has on renovations.
Before joining the force, Stone earned his law degree at New York University. However, after losing his job Stone feels that he has lost his way. Although the opportunity at Woodman and Weld is better than applying for unemployment, Stone still deals with the clients the law firm doesn’t want.
He is also rich, single, handsome, and always gets into trouble. Stone, like his creator, is an experienced pilot who frequently refers to his aircraft throughout the series.
Stone Barrington Books in Order of Publication
The Stone Barrington series by Stuart Woods is one of the bestselling mystery novel series. The books follow the adventures and exploits of Stone Barrington, who is often drawn back into service to solve crimes worldwide.
The books are broken up into arcs that focus on a different case or set of cases for Stone to investigate with his friends at the private investigations firm, Woodman & Weld. This list will take you through all 61 published novels in order!
- New York Dead (1991)
- Dirt (1996)
- Dead in the Water (1997)
- Swimming to Catalina (1998)
- Worst Fears Realized (1999)
- L.A. Dead (2000)
- Cold Paradise (2001)
- The Short Forever (2002)
- Dirty Work (2003)
- Reckless Abandon (2004)
- Two-Dollar Bill (2005)
- Dark Harbor (2006)
- Fresh Disasters (2007)
- Shoot Him If He Runs (2007)
- Hot Mahogany (2008)
- Loitering With Intent (2009)
- Kisser (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)
- Unintended Consequences (2013)
- Doing Hard Time (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, and Serious Money (2016)
- Below the Belt (2017)
- Fast & Loose (2017)
- Indecent Exposure (2017)
- Quick & Dirty (2017)
- Unbound (2018)
- Shoot First (2018)
- Turbulence (2018)
- Desperate Measures (2018)
- A Delicate Touch (2018)
- Wild Card (2019)
- Contraband (2019)
- Stealth (2019)
- Treason (2020)
- Hit List (2020)
- Choppy Water (2020)
- Shakeup (2020)
- Hush-Hush (2020)
- Double Jeopardy (2021)
- Class Act (2021)
- Foul Play (2021)
- Criminal Mischief (2021)
- A Safe House (2022)
Summary of the Second 15 Stone Barrington Books In Order
Why are you summarizing the SECOND 15 Stone Barrington books in order? I’m glad you asked!
I’ve already written an article highlighting all 90+ Stuart Woods books in order and summarized the first 15 books there. You can check it out for more details.
So why write this article if we already listed them once before? Well, that’s simple.
That article is more about Stuart Woods, whereas this one is about Stone Barrington. Stone Barrington is Woods’s primary work and deserves a little more attention than we could give him in that article.
That being said, I didn’t want to just repeat myself with the first 15 books, so I’ve provided the next set for you here.
Loitering with Intent
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.
Stone Barrington is back in New York, and after a rather harrowing sojourn in Key West, he’s looking to stay closer to home and work on some simple divorce and custody cases for Woodman & Weld.
But when he crosses paths with a fetching Broadway actress-and sometime lip model- Stone gets a little more deeply involved with business than he’d expected. When his new lady love turns out to be a lady with a shady past, Stone and downtown cop Dino Bacchetti realize that her beauty may have an unusually high price.
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. 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.
Stone Barrington is enjoying his usual dinner at Elaine’s when his boss at Woodman & Weld walks in, sits down, and hands Stone a check for one million dollars. It seems Stone’s undercover dealings with MI6 have brought in a big new client for the firm, and they’re willing to pay Stone a huge bonus and make him a partner.
But almost as soon as he’s taken the deal, Stone gets wind of an impending scandal that might torpedo his big promotion: It may be that the lucrative new client whom he’s introduced to the firm might be a Bernie Madoff in disguise.
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.
Son of Stone
After an eventful trip to Bel-Air and a reunion with his wealthy, sophisticated former love, Arrington Calder, Stone Barrington is back in New York. Now more than ever he’s looking to stay closer to home and cash in on his partnership at Woodman & Weld.
But Arrington has other plans for Stone, which include introducing him to the child he fathered many years ago.
After a shocking loss, Stone Barrington is at loose ends, unsure if he wants to stay in New York and continue his work as a partner at Woodman & Weld. It comes as a welcome relief when he’s summoned to Washington, D.C., by President Will Lee.
The president has a special operation that calls for Stone’s unique skill set, and it’s a mission that will reunite him with his former partner in crime and in bed: Holly Barker.
When a hedge fund billionaire hires Stone Barrington to talk some sense into his wayward son, it seems like an easy enough job. No one knows the hidden sins and temptations of the ultra-wealthy better than Stone.
But as Stone and his erstwhile protégé, Herbie Fisher, probe deeper into the case – and an old one comes back to haunt him – he realizes that even he may have underestimated just how far some people will go to cover up their crimes, and plan new ones.
Stone Barrington is called to Bel-Air to oversee an exclusive event that will gather the top echelons of the beau monde: Hollywood starlets, socialites, politicos, billionaires from overseas. It’s a task in which Stone has a personal stake, and one that is made all the more pleasurable – though somewhat more complicated – with the arrivals of two beautiful women with whom he’s intimately acquainted.
But the grand occasion has also attracted a dangerous criminal group with sinister plans. The hunt to find them leads Stone into a complex web of deceit and misdirection, in a world where the intrigues of government intelligence collide with the clandestine machinations of the upper crust.
As he draws nearer to his quarry, he realizes that the stakes are higher than anybody could ever imagine and that the enemies he’s seeking might just be hiding in plain sight.
Stone Barrington is back in Manhattan and pleased to receive an unexpected visit from his friend and sometime lover Holly Barker, now an assistant director at the CIA. For her part, Holly is glad to leave the staid, official environs of the capital for the dining and atmosphere of New York, but her sojourn isn’t only for pleasure. An explosive incident requires her immediate attention – and Stone’s investigative expertise.
But what initially appears to be a clear-cut case soon becomes increasingly complex and dangerous.
For in the secretive world of government intelligence, national interests all too often conflict with power grabs and turf wars, and extreme wealth allows even the most pursued rivals to slip through the cracks. As Stone and Holly follow the trail from London’s posh embassy district to Manhattan’s Upper East Side, they learn just how well the most cunning plans can be disguised and how far some people will go to wreak vengeance.
Stone Barrington is no stranger to schemes and deceptions of all stripes. As an attorney for the premier white-shoe law firm Woodman & Weld, he’s seen more than his share.
But when he travels to Europe under highly unusual circumstances, Stone finds himself at the center of a mystery that is, even by his standards, most peculiar.
Two unexpected invitations may be the first clues in an intricate puzzle Stone must unravel to learn the truth. It is a puzzle that will lead him deep into the rarefied world of European ultra-wealth and privilege, A world in which billionaires rub elbows with spooks, insider knowledge is traded at a high premium, and murder is never too high a price to pay for a desired end.
It soon becomes clear that beneath the bright lights of Europe lurks a shadowy underworld and its only rule is deadly ambition.
Doing Hard Time
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.
Stone Barrington’s newest client doesn’t seem the type to bring mayhem in his wake. A polite, well-deported gentleman, he comes to Stone seeking legal expertise on an unusual – and potentially lucrative – dilemma. Stone points him in the right direction and sends him on his way, but it’s soon clear Stone hasn’t seen the end of the case.
Several people are keenly interested in this gentleman’s activities and how they may relate to a long-ago crime. Some of them will stop at nothing to find the information they desire.
On a hunt that leads from Florida’s tropical beaches to the posh vacation homes of the Northeast, Stone finds himself walking a tightrope between ambitious authorities and seedy lowlifes. All with their eyes on the same prize. In this cutthroat contest of wills, it’s winner-takes-all; Stone will need every bit of his cunning and resourcefulness to be the last man standing.
Stone Barrington seems to have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Manhattan’s elite are beset by a series of clever crimes and Stone is a material witness. Which is why he and his former partner Dino Bacchetti find themselves drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud. Here 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. They also learn that the biggest heist is still to come.
Cut and Thrust
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. It will take all of Stone’s discretion and powers of persuasion to arrange a desirable outcome.
Final Thoughts on Stone Barrington Books in Order
If you’re a fan of Stone Barrington, this list is for you. It’s a handy guide to the books in order from oldest to newest and will help give some perspective on what happens before or after each story. We hope that it helps make reading these extraordinary stories even more enjoyable! Have any favorites? Let us know below in the comments section! Happy Reading!
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