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Swimming to Catalina: A Novel Hardcover – Abridged, April 8, 1998

4.3 out of 5 stars 261 customer reviews
Book 4 of 36 in the Stone Barrington Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Formerly a cop and now a lawyer, Stone Barrington is plummeting to the bottom of the ocean with an anchor chained to his waist at the start of Woods's 17th novel (after Dead in the Water, 1997), a smoothly presented if slight thriller that ambles pleasurably through a kidnapping plot involving Barrington's ex-lover (improbably named Arrington). Her husband, actor Vance Calder, flies Barrington out to Hollywood to help find her. In L.A., Barrington goes from flavor-of-the-minute to persona non grata in less time than it takes a flop to disappear from a multiplex. Naturally he's suspicious, so he starts investigating on his own and finds links aplenty among Calder, a mobster named Onofrio Ippolito (head of the Safe Harbor Bank) and labor fixer David Sturmach. The plot moves quickly and is full of dialogue and genial if unsurprising gibes at self-centered stars. Unsurprising is the key word here. Neither the mystery nor the romantic subplot contributes much in the way of suspense to this pleasant, inoffensive airplane read. $250,000 ad/promo; BOMC alternate. (May) simultaneously with Swimming to Catalina.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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After nearly two dozen books, Woods can still surprise readers, not only with clever plots and characters, but also with his knowledge of everything from aeronautics to yachtsmanship. His latest story has former NYPD cop turned lawyer Stone Barrington off on an adventure even James Bond might envy. Barrington's former girlfriend Arrington has married Barrington's friend Vance Calder, Hollywood's hottest actor. Three months into the marriage, Arrington's been kidnapped, and Vance calls Barrington to beg for his help. Barrington comes to L.A. only to find a hornet's nest: Vance has hooked up with some unscrupulous Mafia-like characters. Now they've got Vance under their thumbs and do not want anyone poking around. Barrington's detecting efforts turn him into a prime target for the baddies, but using his well-honed lawyerly skills and gathering encouragement from a bevy of Hollywood beauties, Barrington gets Arrington back and "disappears" Vance's problems. Despite the fact that this book is definitely politically incorrect and Barrington has apparently never heard of safe sex, it's a highly entertaining read that's chock-full of slam-bang action, fast cars, beautiful women, fine wine, and tart, tongue-in-cheek humor. Another outstanding effort from this popular author. Emily Melton
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1st edition (April 8, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060183691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060183691
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P. Connors on June 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Well, Stuart Woods did it again! He provides his readers with another fast-paced page turner with his recurring character, Stone Barrington. Fans of Stuart Woods know that Stone is a retired NYC police detective turned lawyer. While he does practice in the legal profession, he never quite gets away from his past as a dedicated gumshoe and it is this combination (along with other quirks) that makes him such a fascinating character.
In this installment, Woods reprises a character from the immediately preceding DEAD IN THE WATER. That person is Stone's erstwhile lover Arrington Carter. As readers of DITW know, Arrington never joined Stone for their mid-winter Caribbean vacation. Instead, she winds up following actor Vance Calder to Hollywood and much to everyone's surprise, Stone's included, she marries him.
At the beginning of this novel, Stone is called to California by Vance Calder, ostensibly to investigate the disappearance of Arrington. being the good detective that he is, Stone complies with Vance's request. Upon arrival, he is feted by studio bigwigs and even cast as a lawyer in a movie (for which he is well paid despite his inexperience as an actor and his short time on set and in front of the camera). Stone sallies forth and encounters several young women who seem all too eager to bed him down. Being the person he is, Stone is all too willing to comply and he begins to sample the several sexual pleasures he is offered by different women Woods introduces to the story. In addition to his sexual adventures, Stone also has several that could only be called life-threatening. He meets local mafia soldiers and they proceed to try to get rid of him in a time-tested manner. After reading that scene, it becomes readily apparent how Woods chose his title.
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By A Customer on March 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Former NYPD police officer Stone Barrington plans to rest up after returning home from his "vacation" (see DEAD IN THE WATER). However when his buddy Vance Calder, a movie superstar, calls and pleads for his help, Stone heads to California. Vance's wife, Arrington Carrington (Stone's former girl friend) has been kidnapped and it is up to the former law enforcement official to find her.
However, Stone finds himself the recipient of the VIP treatment, making him conclude that someone does not want him to investigate the disappearance of his former squeeze. Soon, Stone is told to go back to the Big Apple as Arrington has been found. Still, he cannot leave without finding out the truth about the recent shenanigans. This turns into a mistake as the New Yorker becomes the target of some questionable characters.
SWIMMING TO CATALINA is not for everyone. If someone wants a jocular, irrelevant novel in which nothing is sacred, this is the book to peruse. Stone is a typical cynical New Yorker with a slightly self-deprecating sense of humor. He is also the last of the free love characters. The story line is fast-paced and filled with plenty of action. Simply put, Stuart Woods has written another three thumbs up winner.
Harriet Klausner
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By A Customer on November 10, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Stuart Woods is an amazing author, he has never let me down. His novel Swimming to Catalina is the sequel to Dead in the Water. It is important to read Dead in the Water first to apprieciate Swiming to Catalina. Stone Barrington is the main character of both novels. He is an ex-cop of the NYPD from which he was forced to retire. Stone became a lawyer and joined a big firm in New York. In Swimming to Catalina Stone is trying to find his ex-girlfriend for movie star Vance Calder. Stone has plenty of trouble finding his ex. This was a great book just remember to read Dead in the Water first. Great job Stuart
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I've been on the periphery of the entertainment industry all my life, and how this book starts doesn't ring true. Stone is being fast shuffled back to New York while Arrington Calder is in jeopardy. Woods really works his craft, on the edge of my seat with my breath held. You will be, too.

I'm a Woods fan, and rereading the Stone Barrington series, and I can see the set up for later books, you really get to grow with Stone, and from a pilot's point of view, you can see his experience is growing, but this is the first time I caught Woods making a glaring error, he has the run-up speed in a Cessna 172 as 3,000 RPM, oops! Maximum engine speed is 2,700 RPM, run up is 1,700 RPM.
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By dmg on February 8, 2014
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I read a number of his stories and found them appealing; but it is getting to the point where I am bored with Stone Barrington. Every woman he meets, he has a sexual relationship. His story line is good so I am not sure why he has to have the sexual side of it. It is always the same, woman are drooling to sleep with him and it always the BEST sex on the planet. And the author provides all the detail.
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I have been trying to read the beginning of this series by Woods from the beginning in the order written. You can't even believe the Publisher. This was listed as fourth but it is really the third. In the first book, Stone and Arrington get together "DIRT". In the second "Dead in the Water" Stone goes to a Carribean Island but Arrington fails to follow and marries Vance instead. Stone was expecting to marry her. Stone returns to his home in New York and gets a call from Vance asking for help in finding Arrington who has disappeared in California. This book covers his escapades in California looking for Arrington. When he gets back to New York he clears up a lot of loose ends and gets moving on the rest of his life as a rich playboy/cop/lawyer in New York. But first he has to survive being dumped three times in the Pacific Ocean off California by big-time under-world types bent on ending his life.

This is a good mystery. There seems to be no sign of Arrington. Stone gets lots of help from Vances sexy secretary and also from a LA cop he and Dino had met earlier while extraditing a bad guy back to New York. By simply telling you that this is part of a series of stories starring Stone Barrington, we have spoiled it for you. Stone survives all the attepts on his life! He sinks 3 boats in the process from a small fishing cruiser to a large yacht. The pace is a little unsteady until he gets his buddy Dino out to California to help him and starts working with the FBI as well as the LAPD.

We know from previous books read out of sequence that Arrington has a boy baby they name Peter who grows up to be a playwrite. in this story he is not yet born and his fatherhood is somewhat in doubt.
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