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Dirt [Mass Market Paperback]

Stuart Woods
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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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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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...Stuart Woods grabs a hold of the reader so much so that it is hard to put the book down..keep up the good work Stuart
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3.0 out of 5 stars Like Reading a TV Movie Dec 4 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. I could easily imagine Tom Selleck as Stone Barrington, and I'm sure Susan Lucci could star as the bitchy gossip columnist Amanda Dart. Though I find Woods' characters to be cardboard cutouts, his pulpy plots are entertaining. This is definitely beach reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gets Better and Better Jan. 30 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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3.0 out of 5 stars These Characters--Why Should I Care? Aug. 17 2002
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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 accomplished and what has been beneficently dealt them, and this is one reader who would have nothing to do with their kind. The story is well-written, but it's about samples of the species who might not deserve a recorded story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best July 9 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. I'm not sure he would agree, but his best book is "Heat", and I wish he would write another like it. All of his other Stone Barrington books are to be recommmended with higher marks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book March 3 2002
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read Woods, but don't get dirty. Aug. 21 2001
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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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