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Kisser: A Stone Barrington Novel [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Woods
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The New York Times bestseller

A fetching Broadway actress has a pout to die for, a past to hide from- and Stone Barrington on her case...

About the Author

Stuart Woods was born in the small town of Manchester, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in sociology and moved to Atlanta, where he enlisted in the Air National Guard. In the fall of 1960, Woods moved to New York in search of a career in writing, and remained there for a decade working in advertising, with the exception of ten months spent in Mannheim, Germany with the National Guard during the Berlin Wall crisis of 1961-62.

An attack of wanderlust drew Woods to London, where he worked in advertising agencies until the idea of writing a novel called him to a small flat in the stableyard of a castle in County Galway, Ireland. There, Woods completed one hundred pages of a novel before he discovered sailing, after which, "everything went to hell. All I did was sail."

Woods took his sailing to a higher level, competing in the Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) in 1976, and the catastrophic Fastnet Race in 1979 in which fifteen competitors died. In October and November of that year, Woods sailed his friend's yacht across the Atlantic, calling at the ports of Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands, before finishing at Antigua in the Caribbean.

The next couple of years were spent in Georgia, where Woods wrote two non-fiction books: Blue Water, Green Skipper, an account of his Irish experience and the subsequent transatlantic race; and a travel guide entitled A Romantic Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland, which Woods says he wrote "on a whim." W.W. Norton in New York bought the rights to Blue Water, Green Skipper, and published Woods' first novel, Chiefs, in 1981. Chiefs won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America that year, was nominated for Palindrome, and was made into a six-hour television drama starring Charlton Heston for CBS. In 2006, Woods had two New York Times national bestsellers with Dark Harbor and Short Straw, and repeated the feat in 2007 with Fresh Disasters and Shoot Him If He Runs.

Woods, who has written thirty-three novels, currently resides in Florida, New York City and Maine.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 812 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (Nov. 21 2009)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002UXRF6C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,294 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Reader Sept. 1 2012
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This was an enjoyable book. However in my opinion it had too many sex scenes described. I'm not a prude by any means but this was over the limit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 24 2015
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Excellent Tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! Feb. 18 2010
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I love all of Stuart Woods books about Stone Barrington. They almost read themselves to you and are a terrific adventure from start to finish!
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Kisser? Plueeze! Jan. 25 2010
By Michael Roeper - Published on
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I've read (and own) every piece of fiction that Stuart Woods (SW) has ever written and I think he's been heading downhill at a alarming rate with each new book he publishes. If you read "Chiefs," one of his earliest books, you will see that he can write a decent, complicated plot line, that he also can keep enough tension in a plot to make you want to keep reading it. He DOESN'T have to resort to all the 15-year-old sexual behavior to pull off the story. He's got Stone Barrington acting like a drunk, 15 year old in this book.

I honestly can't figure out why I even buy this crap anymore. Stanford and others throw a little hint of sex in his books and it seems to be just about the right amount and done in a classy way but SW is writing adolescent filth in "Kisser." It does nothing to help the story line, it's not really believable and it's really distracting from a reader's point of view. His plot's are getting pretty weak, maybe that's why all the sex-talk. It seems like he's cranking out 3 or 4 new books a year now which might explain why sloppy editing is falling through the cracks and he forgetting the names of his own characters.

I'm really disappointed in this guy. He used to be a pretty good "action thriller" writer. He's got street criminals using bridge-table; high society vernacular usually found only in the Hamptons, he's still calling dope peddlers "dealers." It's 2010 for crying out loud! This is just another SW book that doesn't have enough of the author's "glue" to hold pieces together that don't fit together in the first place. I can't believe I'm the only one who's seen the decline in the quality of his writing. It's sad.

No action thriller here. You had a great run Stu, time to retire. Juvenile Fiction.
41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame on you and publishers weekly too Feb. 16 2010
By Lisa Baker - Published on
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With all due respect, This is by far the worst book I have ever read from this author. There is so much wrong with it , but primarily that it got a starred review from pub. weekly.. That disturbs me the most as I thought they were impartial.. Perhaps not.
First off... The entire story revolves around Stone getting sex constantly. I mean constantly. there really is no other story.. a few bad guys, a few good cops (that he has sex with) an actress, he also has sex with, and another art gallery employee he has sex with. the plot is extremely thin.. if there is even one.. 2 bad guys.. drugs, a ponzi scheme.. wooo. thats about it. I paid 9.99 on the kindle to read this.. I would seriously not buy this book.. As he says in all his books.. buy it at a garage sale.. but only if youre really desperate. ITS THAT BAD.. AND AGAIN SHAME ON YOU PUBLISHERS WEEKLY FOR YOUR REVIEW.. I would like to know who EXACTLY wrote that piece of garbage.. Just want to make sure I never read or believe their reviews again. Sorry , Its that bad.
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Real Bomb Feb. 1 2010
By TD - Published on
After page 106 of this thin 288 page book I finally had to stop reading this very weak novel. I was more than 1/3 of the way through the book and nothing happened. It was just page after page of fine dining, how homes were furnished, Ralph Lauren furniture, Ritz Carlton style lodgings and upscale artwork and yes, some character development of 3-4 different woman. I still did not know who the story was about.

I find it hard to believe that Stuart Woods authored this book, but his picture is on the back cover. I can only imagine the publishing pressure to author 2+ books annually have drained the author's imagination. This is the same thing that I believe happened to John Grisham in recently released "Ford County". People, save your money. If you really think you need to read this book, at least, put it on hold at the local library.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Stone Barrington by the numbers June 8 2010
By Brady A. Hamilton - Published on
After reading this book I really wondered if Stuart Woods wrote it. It seems so formulaic that any aspiring writer could have written it. I'm guessing that SW gave a writer the following instructions and set him loose:

Plot: Begin at Elaine's. Either Bill Eggers or a stranger asks Stone to do some trivial work, such as getting a signature or talking to someone. This usually involves Stone traveling somewhere. When he gets there he discovers that the subject isn't who he was told they were. Neither is the client. Problems develop locally, get solved quite easily, after which Stone comes away with a huge amount of money for doing practically nothing. The End.


Stone is the most well-known and famous attorney in NY, in spite of never having had a high-profile client or case.

Stone's jobs are always on the level of a $10/hour junior detective. His huge fees are justified by the will, agreement, etc., specifying that the work must be done by a lawyer.

Use the annoying phrase "of council" about a dozen times every book. Sometimes describe what this means, i.e., doing work like domestic violence, DUIs, etc., for the firm. Under no circumstance is Stone to actually do work such as domestic violence, DUIs, etc.

Keep Dino's contributions on the level of a typical leading man's dumb, fat friend. Even though he's a Lieutenant in the Detective Bureau, Dino doesn't seem to know much about crime solving. Try to make him sound authoritative when he drops gems like, "I think you'll find that the rapist was probably a man."

Stone is the world's worst at managing money. Make sure you describe his lavish lifestyle in detail, i.e., talk about his plane, have him eat at Elaine's every meal, work his custom-made Mercedes into the book, require a client to be hidden at his house in Connecticut, then have his secretary complain a few times that she can't pay their small bills.

No matter where Stone travels, he can't swing a dead cat without hitting an ex-NYPD cop, and he knows every one of them.

Stone's mother was a painter - never let the readers forget it. And she is the only painter whose popularity is absolute - everyone loves her work.

The women Stone meets are single, beautiful, usually large-breasted, and rich. Every one of them wants to have sex with Stone, as soon as possible, and multiple times. Stone is to fall in love with each of them immediately, and decide that she is the one for him. Leave the romance open - she'll dump him at the beginning of the next book.

Research Stone's love life by watching porn videos, paying special attention to the dialogue that the male lead uses to seduce the female lead. Innuendos must be subtle as a train wreck, eg., Woman: "I could use a backrub." Stone: "I'll rub anything you'd like." If it causes the reader to make a face like they just detected an unclaimed fart on an airplane then you're doing it right.

Voila! Follow these simple instructions and you too can write an SB novel!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous garbage Aug. 1 2010
By Pamela - Published on
Light and breezy??? Those words must be euphemisms for sophomoric and trite. I purchased this soft porn novel through Audiobooks and after an afternoon of eye-rolling I deleted it as I was embarrassed to have such material on my iPod. As another reviewer stated, Woods is/was capable of fresh, innovative writing, such as Chiefs and Palindrome. Stuart, you've sunk to an all time low and lost a reader. Kiss me goodbye.
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