At a Glance
The Stuart Woods books in order include his popular Stone Barrington legal thriller series. Stuart Woods is my favorite author to go to when I want to read a PI detective thriller with legal undertones. Stuart Barrington series features the ex-cop now PI with a law degree who solves cases after cases in each book.
Born in Manchester, Georgia, in 1938, Stuart Woods attended public school in the town, after which he attended and graduated in 1959 from the University of Georgia, with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology.
After finishing college, he enrolled in the Air National Guard where he remained for two months doing basic training. Towards the end of 1960, he moved to New York where started to work in the advertising industry earning a few dollars in a training program.
His next stop was in England, moving to London at the end of the 1960s, working for the next 3 years again in advertising, before he decided that writing a particular novel, his long childhood dream, should become finally a reality.
This is when author Stuart Woods moved to Ireland and lived in a small flat where he got writing while working part-time crafting ads at a Dublin agency for two days a week.
Sadly his dream of writing the book went sailing when he discovered that very hobby: sailing, which he took to a next level by becoming not only proficient at it but good enough to take part in various competitions and races over the next few years.
The Stuart Woods first published books were non-fiction, the first being an account of his sailing experience in Ireland and the transatlantic race, called Blue Water, Green Skipper, and the second book called A Romantic’s Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland is a travel book that he wrote on a whim.
The debut novel by Stuart Woods, which he started a long time ago, was finally written and published in 1981 under the title Chiefs, a book which sold many paperbacks and became a CBS TV drama featuring Charlton Heston in the main role. Chiefs earned the Best First Novel Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers Of America.
Chiefs would also become the first book in his Will Lee series. This book established Stuart Woods as a real published author, which also shaped the direction his life and work would take from here on.
His best-known and most popular books are centered around Stone Barrington, an ex NYPD detective who now works as a lawyer taking on shady cases.
The first book I’ve read by Stuart Woods was New York Dead, which is also the author’s first book in the series, published in 1991. I think I’ve read the book in 1995 and I got hooked. I’ve soon found whatever I missed from the series until then, and stayed on the tail of this author ever since.
In the meantime, the author has over 50 books published, which includes 4 other crime mystery series as well.
While I have read some of the Stuart Books books in order in his other series, Stone Barrington series is still my favorite and probably will ever remain so. It is also the series with the most books included. Although if I have to choose just one most favorite book by Stuart Woods, it will be Palindrome. It is a standalone novel and so far the best he has ever written, at least in my humble opinion.
As he mentioned on his website (in the Interviews section), his publishers asked him to write 3 books a year, much to the delight of the author’s fans who love his writing. Way more convenient to be able to read 3 Stuart Books books within a year rather than having to wait a full year – or two until the next book in a series comes out as it happens with numerous other authors.
Quick & Dirty, Stuart Woods Stone Barrington #43, takes Barrington to the world of art. When a gets involved with a hedge fund widow goes to his office to ask for his help after the widow’s husband fell off the balcony, he falls hard for her. At the same time, he is asked by Arthur Steele’s insurance company to investigate the disappearance of a Van Gogh painting, one which was in the possession of said hedge fund.
The story is a fun romp in the sexy world of Stone Barrington who cruises the scene of the rich and famous with all the ease in the world. There are plenty of twists and turns in the book to keep you engaged. I do miss a bit the old Barrington, however, as this new one of the latest books is a bit soapy, a bit too much of a womanizer and no longer the classy guy he used to be.
Nevertheless, the book is addictive to any Stuart Woods fan and we will continue reading his novels as fast as he keeps on writing them (which is about 3 books a year).
The next book, Unbound, will take us from the glamorous world of Hollywood to the dry New Mexico desert in another exciting adventure with Stone Barrington and Ed Eagle (who also has his own series).
Here are all the Stuart Woods books in order for his series and non-series novels. If you are new to this author, I hope you pick up some of them and become a fan, just like me and thousands of others all over the world.
New Stuart Woods Books
Stone Barrington Series in Order
- New York Dead (Stone Barrington #1), 1991
- Dirt (Stone Barrington #2), 1996
- Dead in the Water (Stone Barrington #3), 1997
- Swimming to Catalina (Stone Barrington #4), 1998
- Worst Fears Realized (Stone Barrington #5), 1999
- L.A. Dead (Stone Barrington #6), 2000
- Cold Paradise (Stone Barrington #7), 2001
- The Short Forever (Stone Barrington #8), 2002
- Dirty Work (Stone Barrington #9), 2003
- Reckless Abandon (Stone Barrington #10, Holly Barker #4), 2004
- Two Dollar Bill (Stone Barrington #11), 2005
- Dark Harbor (Stone Barrington #12), 2006
- Fresh Disasters (Stone Barrington #13), 2007
- Shoot Him If He Runs (Stone Barrington #14), 2007
- Hot Mahogany (Stone Barrington #15), 2008
- Loitering With Intent (Stone Barrington #16), 2009
- Kisser (Stone Barrington #17), 2009
- Lucid Intervals (Stone Barrington #18), 2010
- Strategic Moves (Stone Barrington #19), 2010
- Bel-Air Dead (Stone Barrington #20), 2011
- Son of Stone (Stone Barrington #21), 2011
- D.C. Dead (Stone Barrington #22), 2011
- Unnatural Acts (Stone Barrington #23), 2012
- Severe Clear (Stone Barrington #24), 2012
- Collateral Damage (Stone Barrington #25), 2012
- Unintended Consequences (Stone Barrington #26), 2013
- Doing Hard Time (Stone Barrington #27), 2013
- Standup Guy (Stone Barrington #28), 2014
- Carnal Curiosity (Stone Barrington #29), 2014
- Cut and Thrust (Stone Barrington #30), 2014
- Paris Match (Stone Barrington #31), 2014
- Insatiable Appetites (Stone Barrington #32), 2015
- Hot Pursuit (Stone Barrington #33), 2015
- Naked Greed Stone Barrington #33), 2015
- Foreign Affairs (Stone Barrington #35), 2015
- Scandalous Behavior (Stone Barrington #36), 2016
- Family Jewels (Stone Barrington #37), 2016
- Dishonorable Intentions (Stone Barrington #38), 2016
- Sex, Lies, and Serious Money (Stone Barrington #39), 2016
- Below the Belt (Stone Barrington #40), 2017
- Fast and Loose (Stone Barrington #41), 2017
- Indecent Exposure (Stone Barrington #42), 2017
- Quick & Dirty (Stone Barrington #43), 2017
- Unbound (Stone Barrington #44), 2018
- Shoot First (Stone Barrington #45), 2018
- Turbulence (Stone Barrington #46), 2018
- Desperate Measures (Stone Barrington #47), 2018
- A Delicate Touch (Stone Barrington #48), 2018
Herbie Fisher Series In Order
Co-authored with Parnell Hall
- Barely Legal (Herbie Fisher #1), 2017
Teddy Fay Series In Order
Co-authored with Parnell Hall
Holly Barker Series In Order
- Orchid Beach (Holly Barker #1), 1998
- Orchid Blues (Holly Barker #2), 2001
- Blood Orchid (Holly Barker #3), 2002
- Reckless Abandon (Holly Barker #4, Stone Barrington #10), 2004
- Iron Orchid (Holly Barker #5), 2005
- Hothouse Orchid (Holly Barker #6), 2009
Will Lee Series In Order
- Chiefs (Will Lee #1), 1981
- Run Before the Wind (Will Lee #2), 1983
- Deep Lie (Will Lee #3), 1986
- Grass Roots (Will Lee #4), 1989
- The Run (Will Lee #5), 1995
- Capital Crimes (Will Lee #6), 2003
- Mounting Fears Will Lee #7), 2008
Ed Eagle Series In Order
- Santa Fe Rules (Ed Eagle #1), 1992
- Short Straw (Ed Eagle #2), 2006
- Santa Fe Dead (Ed Eagle #3), 2008
- Santa Fe Edge (Ed Eagle #4), 2010
Rick Barron Series In Order
Other Books By Stuart Woods
- Under the Lake, 1987
- White Cargo, 1988
- Palindrome, 1990
- L.A. Times, 1993
- Dead Eyes, 1994
- Heat, 1995
- Imperfect Strangers, 1996
- Choke, 1996
- Blue Water, Green Skipper: A Memoir of Sailing Alone Across the Atlantic, 1977 – non-fiction
- A Romantic’s Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland, 1979 – non-fiction