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Loitering With Intent (Stone Barrington) [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Woods

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Key West is a great place to unwind, unless you?re Stone Barrington, and you?re looking for someone who doesn?t want to be found.




About the Author

Stuart Woods was born in the small southern town of Manchester, Georgia and attended the local public schools, then graduated from the University of Georgia, with a BA in sociology.

After college, he spent a year in Atlanta and two months in basic training for what he calls "the draft-dodger program" of the Air National Guard. Then, in the autumn of 1960, he moved to New York, in search of a writing job. The magazines and newspapers weren't hiring, so he got a job in a training program at an advertising agency, earning seventy dollars a week. "It is a measure of my value to the company," he says, "that my secretary was earning eighty dollars a week." He spent the whole of the nineteen-sixties in New York, with the exception of ten months, which he spent in Mannheim, Germany, at the request of John F. Kennedy. The Soviets had built the Berlin Wall, and Woods, along with a lot of other national guardsmen, was sent to Germany, " ... to do God knows what," as he puts it. What he did, he says, was " ... fly a two-and-a-half-ton truck up and down the autobahn." He notes that the truck was all he flew in the Air Force! .

At the end of the sixties, he moved to London and worked there for three years in various advertising agencies. In early 1973, he decided that the time had come for him to write the novel he had been thinking about since the age of ten. He moved to Ireland, where some friends found him a small flat in the stable yard of a castle in south County Galway, and he supported himself by working two days a week for a Dublin ad agency, while he worked on the novel. Then, about a hundred pages into the book, he discovered sailing, and " ... everything went to hell. All I did was sail."

After a couple of years of this his grandfather died, leaving him, " ... just enough money to get into debt for a boat," and he decided to compete in the 1976 Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR). Since his previous sailing experience consisted of, " ... racing a ten-foot plywood dingy on Sunday afternoons against small children, losing regularly," he spent eighteen months learning more about sailing and celestial navigation while his boat was being built at a yard in Cork. He moved to a nearby gamekeeper's cottage on a big estate, up the Owenboy River from Cork Harbor, to be near the boatyard.

The race began at Plymouth England in June of '76. He completed his passage to Newport, Rhode Island in forty-five days, finishing in the middle of the fleet, which was not bad since his boat was one of the smallest in the fleet. How did he manage being entirely alone for six weeks at sea? "The company was good," he says.

The next couple of years were spent in Georgia, writing two non-fiction books: Blue Water, Green Skipper was an account of his Irish experience and the transatlantic race, and A Romantic's Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland, was a travel book, done on a whim. He also did some more sailing. In August of 1979 he competed, on a friend's yacht, in the tragic Fastnet Race of 1979, which was struck by a huge storm. Fifteen competitors and four observers lost their lives, but Stuart and his host crew finished in good order, with little damage. (The story of the '79 Fastnet Race was told in the book, Fastnet Force 10, written by a fellow crewmember of Stuart's, John Rousmaniere.) That October and November, he spent skippering his friend's yacht back across the Atlantic, with a crew of six, calling at the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands and finishing at Antigua, in the Caribbean.

In the meantime, the British publisher of Blue Water, Green Skipper, had sold the American rights to W.W. Norton, a New York publishing house, and they had also contracted to publish the novel, on the basis of two hundred pages and an outline, for an advance of $7500. "I was out of excuses to not finish it, and I had taken their money, so I finally had to get to work." He finished the novel and it was published in March of 1981, eight years after he had begun it. The novel was called Chiefs.

Though only 20,000 copies were printed in hardback, the book achieved a large paperback sale and was made into a six-hour television drama for CBS-TV, starring Charlton Heston, at the head of an all-star cast that included Danny Glover, Billy Dee Williams and John Goodman.

Chiefs established Woods as a novelist. The book won the Edgar Allan Poe award from the Mystery Writers of America, and he was later nominated again for Palindrome. More recently he was awarded France's Prix de Literature Policiere, for Imperfect Strangers. He has since been prolific, writing many, many novels.

He is a licensed, instrument-rated private pilot, and currently flies a Jetprop (scroll down for a photo of Stuart at the controls!), which is a Piper Malibu Mirage (a six-passenger, pressurized single-engine airplane) in which the piston engine has been replaced by a turboprop (a jet engine turning a propeller). He sails on other peoples' boats, owns a 28-foot power boat, and is a partner in a 85-foot antique motor yacht built in 1935 and recently restored to like-new condition.

He is a born-again bachelor who shares his life with a Labrador Retriever named Fred (like all his dogs) and lives in Key West, Florida, on Mount Desert Island, in Maine, and in New York City.


Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1073 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451228561
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (April 21 2009)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0020BUWXC
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,561 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  125 reviews
37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting Stone thriller April 26 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
After being publicly dumped by his girlfriend at Elaine's in NYC, Stone Barrington, attorney at large for a big firm, is delighted with an assignment that takes him out of the Big Apple. He heads to Key West to obtain the signature of Evan Keating on a document that will enable his father Warren to sell the family business; Evan will receive twenty million. Accompanying Stone to Florida is his friend NYPD Captain Dino Bachetti.

When they arrive at the Conch Republic they have a difficult finding Evan. When Stone finally corners the elusive man, someone hits him on the head knocking out the visiting New Yorker. A beautiful Swedish doctor helps Stone's two heads recover; he is drained and happy when he meets up with Evan again. However Stone learns Evan is getting a tiny percentage of the worth of the business and that his father committed his paternal grandfather to an institution to get him out of the way. A hit on Evan fails, but someone else is killed. Father and son are in danger though dad set events in motion. Stone and Dino protect Evan while hoping to bring the killers out into the open.

Stuart Woods has written another exciting Stone thriller filled with plenty of action on top of more action. Evan is naively innocent so people take advantage of him including the go between the hit men and his father. Putting aside the heady doctor tryst that is an enjoyable and funny sidebar, Stone is at his sardonic best as he keeps LOITERING WITH INTENT focused on Key West.

Harriet Klausner
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Subpar for Woods April 28 2009
By Robert Busko - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm giving Loitering With Intent 4 stars, but to be quite honest, 3.5 would be more appropriate. I haven't read every Stuart Woods book published, but I've read a few. To be candid, I see slippage in the quality of the stories that he puts together. Don't, get me wrong, technically the books are okay, but the plots are definitely not up to par.

In Loitering With Intent, after being publicly humiliated in NYC, Stone Barrington gets an assignment that takes him to Key West. The only thing required of Stone is to get a signature from Evan Keating allowing his father to sell the family business. You can predict that this chore is going to develop into more than a simple mission. That's what I'm talking about when I mention story development. The story is obvious from the very beginning. There are a number of twists and turns, but no major surprises. Loitering With Intent simply isn't up to the same standard as New York Dead, Dirt, or even L.A. Dead.

Woods has been publishing three novels a year. I realize I don't work in the publishing field, but certainly going from two novels per year to three seems to have hurt the quality of the output.....at least in this readers mind. Perhaps they've killed the goose to get to the gold and spoiled it for all of us.

Wait for the paperback.

Peace always.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Reviewing: "Loitering With Intent" by Stuart Woods June 28 2009
By Kevin Tipple - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Stone Barrington is back and this time he soon will be in Key West. Having just been dumped by his latest romantic interest the fact that Bill Eggers wants him to go track down the son of a client is a great excuse to get out off New York. Warren Keating needs to finds his estranged son, Evan Keating, so that he can sell the family business. A deal worth millions is at stake and Dad and Son are not on speaking terms. Bill Eggers wants Stone to take the legal paperwork down to Key West, find the son, get him to sign off on everything, get the paperwork back to New York. The whole deal has to be done within the week.

It's the dead of winter and Stone's friend and NYPD Detective Dino Bacchetti jumps at the chance to tag along to Key West. Their plan is to find the son quick and get the work done so they can have a few days to just hang out. Getting to Key West is easy enough since Stone has a private plane. Finding the son is easy enough as well. Then, things get weird and difficult.

This is typical Stone Barrington. Plenty of expensive food is consumed, plenty of expensive liquor, Stone gets action with someone of the female persuasion repeatedly in great detail, and there is plenty of mystery and deception to go around. People die, relationships end, and Stone is bummed for a few minutes before something gets him going again. Introspection is a fleeting concern and is thought of much more than birth control or safe sex.

The very limited complexity and subtly in this book reside with the mystery. An apparent twist that Mr. Woods has repeatedly used before and shouldn't ever again use is used in this novel. Readers familiar with his various series won't be surprised when the twist turns out not to be a twist after all. Once that happens, it becomes a completely formulaic read as events play out exactly as expected with no surprise for the reader.

No doubt a NY Times Bestseller at some point, the latest fluff from Stuart Woods is typical super stud Stone Barrington. If anything, this novel is weaker than the last several novels in this series and shows that it is possible to backslide just went things were looking a bit better from a reader standpoint. It does serve as a momentary distraction and a quick way to pass the time between books of substance. Not that there is anything wrong with that, per se, but one does miss the meatier books that came from Woods early in his career. Lately it would appear that Stuart Woods is doing the exact same thing as this title with his career and he has shown that he can be a much better writer than that.

Kevin R. Tipple (copyright) 2009
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tired, predictable, July 6 2009
By J. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Several reviewers have described this latest Stuart Woods book as a "page turner". I agree wholeheartedly, but I don't mean that in a good way. Readers will be flipping over whole paragraphs of stilted dialogue, improbable situations, and predictable plot turns, just in order to get it over with. Stone Barrington, the central character, is an attorney: a fantasy figure who, along with his NYPD detective pal, skips around the country in his airplane, casually boffing women, playing tennis, and occasionally raking in fees for what amounts to work as a private investigator. I believe that if you want to write about attorneys or police officers, you should either have practiced one of these professions, or you should conduct sufficient research so that your characters appear authentic. Woods fails at this. In this book, Woods' contrived plot requires quick and easy solutions to thorny legal problems and complete disregard for even minimal police procedures. Many of the scenes remind me of a kid playing cops and robbers, who after being "shot", falls down momentarily, but quickly recovers, saying, "A good guy came along and fixed me up". Otherwise, the game could not continue. A few examples: a boat owned by Stone's client, unoccupied, is found anchored off the westernmost uninhabited island in the Keys. Stone and his cop buddy break into it and find a stash of powder cocaine with a street value of millions. The Coast Guard shows up, and after questioning them, they release Stone and his pal, the boat is towed back to a marina, where, after a couple of days, it is released to the owner. In real life, both Stone and his cop pal would have been arrested and spent some time in jail arranging bail. The NYPD cop would have been the subject of an internal affairs investigation back home, the boat would have been seized by the government and either sold at auction, kept by the Feds or a local law enforcement agency for their use, or at the very least, the owner would have to go through a lengthy process to get it back. Another example: Stone negotiates immunity for his client in a meeting with an "assistant county attorney". Residents of Florida, which Woods is, according to his Web site, know that we have State Attorneys here, not county attorneys. And, in my experience, no assistant prosecutor could approve a grant of immunity on his own without talking to his boss, and certainly could not and would not grant immunity during an initial interview in a homicide investigation. Elsewhere, there are other errors showing a lack of interest or attention to research. Characters refer to the Florida State Police, which do not exist here. We have the Florida Highway Patrol or Florida Department of Law Enforcement, but no State Police. At one point, a Key West detective, who has been working with Barrington and the NYPD detective tells them that overnight he has set up an arrangement with a telephone company in Connecticut so that when a call is placed from Florida, the caller ID on the Connecticut phone will show that the call was placed in Conn. A neat trick, but it would realistically require brass from several different agencies to collaborate and authorize, and a court order, and would take about two weeks to accomplish.
I won't try to capture all the stilted dialogue that sounds like it was written by G.K. Chesterton, but trust me, you just don't hear people saying, "I could posit you an answer", or carrying on conversations for days without using a contraction. Where is Ed McBain when we need him?
Finally, before buying this book, you might read the author's note on the last few pages, in which, after telling us that he is happy to hear from readers, he proceeds to tell readers why he doesn't read their letters, won't answer questions, or entertain story ideas, but if anybody wants to pay him for movie or TV rights, they can contact his agent. Considering the quality of this writing, the author's note seems a bit arrogant.
I'm sure that those who are ardent readers of Stuart Woods will not be swayed by this review, but this is not his best, or even close to it. I believe several reviewers on this site have nailed it. Woods is working too hard and needs to give himself and these tired characters a rest.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Loitering at the typewriter Dec 6 2009
By Retired Professor of Biochemistry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Unfortunately, I must drop Woods from my "buy all" list. He has, like a number of others writing in the mystery, thriller genre, have lost their appeal/impact.

Predictable, tedious, the author has apparently done his best work with much earlier books.

References to Elaine's and to Dino are meaningless fillers ... increasingly silly. The tendency to more pages of prattle does NOT imprvoe the quality of any book.

Withall, there is depressingly less and less as Woods continues his determination to beat other prolific authors who themselves have also become tedious and unexciting.

I think I'll take up reading 'romance' novels; they couldn't be worse, could they??

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