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Standup Guy (A Stone Barrington Novel) Hardcover – January 7, 2014

4.1 out of 5 stars 844 customer reviews
Book 28 of 36 in the Stone Barrington Series

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A hefty load of ill-gotten cash is at the heart of Stone Barrington’s problems in the latest entry in Woods’ (Doing Hard Time, 2013) long-running series. When ex-con John Fratelli pays Stone a visit seeking legal advice about the $2 million his cellmate bequeathed him, Stone helps Fratelli around some of the potential illegalities of the situation, given that the cash was obtained more than two decades ago in a robbery. Once Fratelli, grateful for the advice, takes off for Florida, Stone thinks he’s seen the last of him, and he never imagines that he’ll get wrapped up in a dogged pursuit of the money. But soon an ex-cop, the Secret Service, and a determined thug are questioning Stone about its whereabouts. The thug proves especially problematic, grabbing Stone’s latest paramour and holding her hostage for $5 million. Woods sets up a potentially interesting presidential bid that will presumably be explored in future installments, but this outing is fairly run-of-the-mill and predictable at times. And do we really need multiple scenes of Fratelli golfing with his girlfriend? --Kristine Huntley

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“Stuart Woods still owns an imagination that simply won’t quit . . . This is yet another edge-of-your-seat adventure.”—Suspense Magazine

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Since 1981, readers have not been able to get their fill of Stuart Woods’ New York Times best-selling novels of suspense.” —Orlando Sentinel
 
“High-octane . . . Woods’s blend of exciting action, sophisticated gadgetry, and last-minute heroics doesn’t disappoint.” —Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • Series: A Stone Barrington Novel (Book 28)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399164154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399164156
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (844 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Been reading Stone and Holly since the beginning but lately the stories have all been losing their ump. Had a hard time getting into this one as it is so ho hum and basically the same prose as in other installments. They've all gotten boring and rather unbelievable which to me means the writer is the one getting boring and unbelievable. I'm sure Stuart does not need the money badly enough to keep turning out sub class novels. Come on I want to see more plot to the works. Again. Like it use to be.
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I've been a Stuart Woods fan for many, many years. The last 2-3 years is getting harder to read his books.

Mr. Wood is so lazy on his storyline, I doubt he spends more than a day to write this book. This "new" Stone is so dumb I'm surprise he can find his own bathroom.

Where are the book editor, sleeping?

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Not so spoiler alert:

This plot is so stupid I can't take it. Hank the "kidnap victim" opens and answers the door as Stone found the house where Hank was suppose to be held ransom, She was not tied up, claims to have not ran away when the kidnaper gone shopping because she was afraid of the dark? Really that's believable?

Than Stone can't return the ransom 5 million dollars, has to hold it in his house for some time. Than Stone "dates" Hank again, this time giving her the key of the house with the security code, where the money happen to be. REALLY, REALLY!!? What a surprise Stone was rob and got tied up... what the hell? Stone is so dumb in this story, no wonder he's call "Stone".

Please Mr. Wood, take 2 whole days next time you write a book.
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I've been reading Stuart Woods since he began writing fiction, but I don't know if it's his age or that he's cranking out these Stone Barrington novels almost as fast as they can be printed, but his plots seem to become more ridiculous with each new novel. Not only do random women continue to hop into Stone's bed at the speed of light, and he has a son who's the next cinematic genius, but he is great pals with the outgoing President and possibly the next one! The biggest objection I have to this book (outside of John Fratelli's almost instantaneous transformation from convict to suave sophisticate) is that Stone behaves in a way that's dumber than those girls who run through the woods in cheesy horror movies, trip and bite it. A character whom Woods has created to be smart, analytical, and intuitive, behaves in a way that's totally out-of-character. I mean, really, who would give someone you've only known for a short time, who might be involved in a crime, access to your house and all your security codes when you've got millions of dollars just sitting around? No one, of course! The best part of these books is the witty banter between Stone and Dino, and because they are still amusing, I've kept reading. If they move any further into the realm of ridiculousness, though, I'm afraid I'll just have to take a pass. There are too many other series out there that are still being written at a consistently high level to waste my time with head-shaking silliness.
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Format: Hardcover
Yup - if you make it through this Woods opus count the number of times you use these phrases...when I first learned his output is up to 4 books a year I wondered how he would keep up...after the last few, I am now wondering what he does the rest of the 11 weeks tween deadlines - cause I doubt he's spending more than a week churning out these re-hashing of the Good Life of Mr Barrington, Esq. I mean every book now Stone bones a few women, spends time traveling away from his practice (I know he's independently wealthy but why does the lawfirm even tolerate his abscences??) and spends conspicous amounts of money on fine food/wine/merchandise.....boring!

But for those who gave this book rave reviews - especially the ones who complimented Wood's "research" : this plot features a pile of 1966 vintage $100 bills which - more than once - are mentioned as being different from today's by the "special red seal". Nice Google work, Stu, but did you forget that the portarit of Franklin since 1996 is freakin' 3x the size of the older bills? Do you really need to have color vision to notice a 1966 bill looks different?

Please! Get real! NO!
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I do t buy books to further political agendas of the writer unless it is purposely written as a partisan book. Thought Woods, who does churn out light reading, would be refreshing as an alternate pace to some of my other reading. That he has to blatantly inject his partisan. I ewes turns me off- really, idolizing Chris Mathews and "fauxing" Fox? Last book I will ever purchase written by him. Next time just write a political book and label it as such.
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As an avid Stone Barrington fan, I purchased this book to read his latest escapades. As with most, I think Stuart Woods has fallen off a bit (although he is writing like 3 books a year which is probably why) but I don't think his newer style is unpleasant. It just requires a little adjustment.

What I liked.
1. The usual fast paced Stuart Woods we all know and love. Short chapters make toilet-reading easy.
2. Stone continues his journey through an ever changing life where he continues to be absurdly lucky.
3. The new characters introduced in this one were a bit more grimy than usual which is a nice change from the super fancy people Stone's been dealing with.

What I disliked.
1. As with many of his novels over the last few years, the characters in this story have very few obstacles on most tasks. One of the characters flies down to the Cayman Islands and opens a checking account on pretty much a moment's notice. Then turns around and buys more things in 3 pages than I'll own in my life. And that all takes place in like 2-3 days in story time. I mean I get it, it's fiction, but sometimes it's like "oh come on give the guy a scare at customs or something!"

Overall, I liked the book and it continues Stone Barrington's life. Obviously your tastes will differ but I'll probably read this again.
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