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Dirt [Mass Market Paperback]

Stuart Woods
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July 17 1997
On the heels of his New York Times bestseller Choke, Stuart Woods brings back one of his best-loved characters, Stone Barrington, in a glittering roller-coaster ride through the murderous world of high-profile celebrity gossip.

Feared and disliked for both her poison pen and ice-queen persona, gossip columnist Amanda Dart finds the tables have turned. When an anonymous gossipmonger begins faxing the scathing details of Amanda's sexual indiscretions to national opinion makers, she turns to Stone Barrington for help. But as the faxes also expose other members of the gossip "community," it becomes apparent that the most respected of the social scene will stop at nothing--even murder--to clear their names. Set against a backdrop of glitzy Manhattan society, Dirtis a sexy, fast-paced and witty thriller--Stuart Woods at his best.


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Woods seems to write smooth and solid thrillers as fast as most of us read them. Cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington of New York Dead returns with all his street smarts intact in this story about a powerful gossipmonger who has the tables turned when dirty pictures of her start appearing on fax machines across the country. The characters are so rich, famous, and upscale that you might get a nosebleed, but Woods has a light, deft touch that makes the book hard to resist. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It may be his fifth novel in three years, but this slickly entertaining suspenser displays Woods at the top of his game with no signs of flagging. A sizable supporting cast of paparazzi-challenged beautiful people share the action as Stone Barrington, the suave ex-cop attorney-hero of New York Dead, makes his comeback. In this superbly paced tale, Stone gets involved in a blackmail scheme involving Amanda Dart, a much-feared, nationally syndicated gossip columnist. After Amanda is photographed in bed in a Manhattan hotel with a married real-estate magnate, a fax headlined "DIRT" and presenting both the photo and details of Amanda's tryst is sent to a weighty list of prominent people and major media outlets. The DIRT fax-web quickly expands to snare the gay but closeted editor of a sleazy L.A. tabloid. When Stone is hired by Amanda to sniff out who's spilling the pearls about these jealously guarded privacies, one of his operatives, a retired N.Y.C. cop, is murdered. The intrigue deepens when one of the perps is identified as closely resembling a male model in a Vanity Fair cologne ad. Dripping with name-dropping, haute couture and pricey playthings, and spiced with hormonal aerobics as Stone trolls the siren-infested waters of upscale Manhattan, the narrative rockets toward an abrupt but absolutely stunning denouement. Using all his skills here, and subtly reminiscent of the waggish P.G. Wodehouse, Woods delivers a marvelously sophisticated, thoroughly modern old-fashioned read. $275,000 combined (with the simultaneously published HarperPaperback edition of Choke) ad/promo; simultaneous HarperAudio edition; author tour; U.K., translation, dramatic rights: Janklow & Nesbit.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Read Woods, but don't get dirty. Aug. 21 2001
By A Customer
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If you have never read Woods before, you might be better off skipping this one and picking up an earlier work first. Not that you should ignore DIRT, but you might want to try CHIEFS, SWIMMING TO CATALINA, N.Y. DEAD, or THE RUN first. I have read maybe half of Woods' books, and this is the first one I can find reason to speak negatively about. Not too negatively, mind you. You want intrigue, you want flash, you want Flesh? You got it with DIRT. And lots of flesh. Woods always sprinkles a healthy bit of graphic sex into his stories, but DIRT relies on the sex a bit too heavily, taking away from what could be a typically taut Woods story and turning it into a letter to Penthouse, the story lost in the smut. I sound harsh, again I will attempt to state that DIRT is a good read, but you have to wonder, what happened to Stuart Woods? Tabloids and sex, fine. Good even. Ferragamo shoes and purple label Ralph Lauren suits. Fine again--status and all that. More sex. Still fine. Just stop trying to show off there Stu. Cartier, Rolex, Chanel, Purple Label, whatever. You got a good story, it just got lost somewhere between the bedroom and Barney's.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A real stinker Dec 6 1999
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Dirt, by Stuart Woods was a plethora of stink. This novel is quite possibly Woods' worst piece of literature ever. I, an avid Woods fan, was in the library one day and saw Dirt, a book that I had not read. I checked it out and anticipated a great piece of writing. Fifty pages into the book, I was, to say the least, extremely disappointed. Being the optimist that I am, I decided to give the book a chance, hoping it would get better. I was horribly mistaken. The further into the plot, the worse it got. Then, nearing the end, something miraculous occurred, I started to enjoy the book. I read faster and faster, enjoying every word. I turn to the last page two hundred sixty-something and then the book stops. No, I mean ends, without tying up the loose ends. It was the most disappointing ending I have ever read. I want to ask Mr. Woods for two things. First, three dollars for the late fee, and second, the two hours of my life back. Stay away from this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best Oct. 25 2000
By Shorty
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I have just started reading books by Stuart Woods, but I can say that this is definately not his best. This book centers around an ex-police officer/lawyer Stone Barrington who seems to be quite the ladies man while doing investigative work. He is hired by Amanda who is a lady that travels in the celebrity gossip world. She has been the target of a widely circulated fax about her "Dirt". It is an interesting read, and Woods manages to weave all of the characters and plots together well. However, he involved so many characters that I started to get more confused towards the end. It is an entertaining book which does not require much brain power to absorb. And the chapters are pretty short so it makes for a very quick read. Not bad, but not excellent either.
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2.0 out of 5 stars O.K Summer Read June 28 2000
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Woods has done better, no doubt, but it is still a fun, quick and engaging read, best suited for reading by the beach, pool or while otherwise engaged. I listened to the book on tape and found the narrator very good. Stone's ex-partner and his father-in-law the mob boss, are colorful but not believable, but neiter is Stone. Does he really have to have sex with every single female character in the book, including Dear Abby and the bad guys sister? What's with the Carrington/Barrington bit - kind of goofy. But anyone that picks up a Woods novel isn't looking for Shakespear are they? Its quick, fun and Stone, Carrington and the rest are generally likable characters. Not a tape for the kiddies!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gets Better and Better Jan. 29 2003
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Stuart Woods has quickly become one of my all-time favorite authors. After reading one of his novels, I decided to start at the beginning of his Stone Barrington series. I read "New York Dead" and then moved on to "Dirt." Woods does a great job of maintaining his character development of Stone, and Stone naturally grows into his role as a lawyer. I was not impressed with the book in the beginning, after several chapters the book got much better and went at a very fast pace. Definitely a good ending on this one too. I recommend this novel for anyone who likes series, but start at the beginning with "New York Dead."
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5.0 out of 5 stars captivating Oct. 10 2002
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THIS WAS THE FIRST STUART WOODS BOOK I HAD READ. I THOUGHT IT WAS VERY CAPITVATING FROM THE GET GO. THE CHARACTER STONE BARRINGTON IS AWESOME. I AM NOT A BIG READER, BUT I USUALLY TEND TO STICK TO THE SAME THREE AUTHERS, AND IT TAKE ME ABOUT A MONTH TO READ A BOOK. NOW, ONCE I PICKED THIS BOOK UP, I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. I HAD IT FINISHED IN FOUR DAYS. WHICH LIKE I SAID IS EXCELLENT FOR ME. I LOVE THE WAY MR. WOODS WRITES HE GIVES JUST ENOUGH DETAIL, NOT TOO MUCH, BUT ITS ENOUGH WHERE YOU CAN PICTURE WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT. I CAN TELL I WILL BE READING A LOT MORE OF YOUR STONE BARRINGTON NOVELS, THANK YOU FOR ENLIGHTING ME.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "What goes around comes around" July 25 2000
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This story focuses on a gossip columnist that gets involved with mystery and murder. Out of nowhere, faxes start being distributed about a gossip columnist who leads a very private life. It expands to include her publisher and others around her. The story goes further adding a murder to the fold with the detective involved not making any connections. Eventually, the connections start to click together. I enjoyed this story and thought it had a good twisting ending. It was confusing at times to keep things straight but I was able to follow enough of the story and really enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stuart Woods is the kind of Author that can draw you into the story so...
I am a Stone Barrington Fan and I wasn't dissapointed in this book either...So far I have love all the Stone Barrington series of books... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rose Blake
3.0 out of 5 stars Like Reading a TV Movie
Reading Stuart Woods'"Dirt" was like reading a made-for-TV movie: Glamorous characters, fast-paced action and nothing too deep to make your head hurt. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2003 by John Ashley Nail
3.0 out of 5 stars These Characters--Why Should I Care?
Trouble with this novel are its cast of urban characters. With minor exception they come off as people who make more money than they deserve, who appreciate little of what they've... Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2002 by F. E. Mazur
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
I'm a big fan of Woods, but I'm writing this review to say that he shouldn't be judged by this book, which is appropriately titled. Read more
Published on July 8 2002 by Frank Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Another Stone Barrington book and as usual very entertaining. Nothing spectacular or earth shattering but enjoyable and something to look forward to reading each night.
Published on March 2 2002 by Robert B. Ressler
4.0 out of 5 stars Turned out OK
When I first began reading this book, I was not too sure if I was going to finish it! But then I thought, "This is Stuart Woods-it has to be good". Read more
Published on July 31 2001 by Jessica Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars very dishy, very fun
Super lightning fast speed. Can you deal with a lot of drama? You know, backstabbing, rampant sex, a murder here or there? Read more
Published on May 30 2001 by "agentlin"
5.0 out of 5 stars Good and easy to read
I have really liked all of Stuart Woods books. Be aware that in each of them there is one or two brief sex scenes. They ARE very explicit but well written and brief. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2000 by Robert C. Kaufman
5.0 out of 5 stars It has never been more fun to read.
Stuart Woods' book Dirt is very well written and keeps you into the action all the way to the end of the book. Stone Barrington is the man. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2000 by Mark Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars It's never been more fun to read DIRT!!
I found this book to be very well written. I especially like the fact that it keeps you interested by building up the plot all the way to the end. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2000 by Mark Wood
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