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The Character Keeps Me Reading Stuart Woods

One of my favorite non-fiction authors is Stuart Woods.  I guess I have read all of his novels over the past 15 years.  I just finished Sex, Lies & Serious Money (Putnam, 2016), and am reading Below the Belt coverhis newest, Below the Belt (Putnam, 2017).

One reason I like the books so much is that many of them feature Stone Barrington as the primary character.  Barrington is a former New York City policeman, who was injured on the job, and who now serves as counsel to a law firm in the region.  He inherited a lot of money from his mother, who was a famous painter, and from an ex-wife who was murdered.  Barrington owns four homes, including one in England, and he drives cars we only dream of, and is an established pilot with two of his own planes.  Oh, and in case you wonder, he is single, and seems to always have a woman in tow, bouncing around his own and different beds.  Some are recurring regulars, but others are just brief encounters.  He is a very smart guy, who cannot stay out of trouble – in fact, trouble seems to find him.  But, he can rest with comfort, because is best friend, Dino, is the commissioner of the police department in New York City.

I guess everyone has a character who we wish we could be like.  Barrington’s life is too dangerous for me, but since I don’t have to live it, I will just enjoy reading it.

Stuart Woods Photo 2Stuart Woods is 79 years old, and according to Bookbrowse.com, is the author of more than sixty novels, including the New York Times–bestselling Stone Barrington series. He is a native of Georgia and began his writing career in the advertising industry. Chiefs, his debut in 1981, won the Edgar Award. An avid sailor and pilot, Woods lives in New Mexico, Florida, and Maine.

If you need some advice on where to start with his books, just contact me, and I will give you some ideas.