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3.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 5 3.56 (48 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stuart Woods Narrator: Tony Roberts Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Stone Barrington Series Release Date: March 2005 ISBN: 9780060841874
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Coming on the heels of his bestselling Choke, and Imperfect Strangers, Stuart Woods brings back one of his best loved characters, Stone Barrington, who most recently appears in New York Dead, in a fast paced, rollercoaster ride through the high-profile world of celebrity gossip.

Feared and disliked for both her poison pen and ice queen persona, bi-coastal gossip columnist Amanda Dart finds the tables have turned. The unwitting victim of an anonymous gossipmonger who is faxing to national opinion makers an outrageous scandal sheet revealing the details of her on-going indiscretions with a nationally known takeover artist, Amanda enlists the help of New York lawyer and investigator Stone Barrington to learn the identity of the faxer. Everybody is a suspect in the world of tabloid journalism. As the faxes grow more scathing and begin to expose the peccadilloes of not only Amanda but other members of the gossip community, Barrington winds up with more leads than he can handle, and an employer who is about to take matters dangerously into her own hands. The world of gossip is turned on its head. It becomes clear to Stone that even the most respected members of the social scene will stop at nothing - even murder - to clear their names.

Irresistible as only good gossip can be, Dirt is a mesmerising tale of betrayal and murder set against a backdrop of the fast-paced Manhattan tabloid business; it is filled with the twists and turns that have made Stuart Woods's nocels international hits.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “He’s so good he cost me several sleepless nights.”

    Anne Rivers Siddons

  • “A marvelously sophisticated, thoroughly modern, old-fashioned read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Woods has become a master of his craft.”

    Washington Times

  • “Dirty fun.”

    People

  • “Blackmail, murder, suspense, love—what else could you want in a book?”

    Cosmopolitan

  • “Woods is one of the best around at tense, fast-paced plotting. In Dirt, he has another certain winner.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • “Woods is a world-class mystery writer. And he’s getting better and better…I try to put Woods’ books down, and I can’t.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “I’ve been a Stuart Woods fan since his first novel, Chiefs. He started out with loads of historical atmosphere and gobs of gothic charm. He’s hung onto that and added a real talent for tight plots. Dirt, which gives a gnat’s-eye view of the Hollywood gossip mill, has the plot, the atmosphere, and the charm. It’s also really funny…Good Woods!”

    Toronto Globe and Mail

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary LiDestri | 2/14/2014

    " Another great Stone Barrington book. He's quite a character and things naturally work out for him. It's one of the principle reasons I love Stuart Woods. He provides real escapism for me and the writing is light enough to give yourself the night off to read and finish a book in two days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devon | 2/13/2014

    " it was pretty good. my mom knows the author so i thought i'd give it a shot and i really enjoyedit. short sweet and to the point "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 2/4/2014

    " One chapter in and I'm already not sure about this book... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 BJ | 1/28/2014

    " This is the second in the Stone Barrington series. I like the first one well enough, but this one not so much. None of the characters is sympathetic or even interesting, including the main character. Their sleaziness is just too off-putting for me. This is a caper novel (though more deadly than usual) rather than a mystery. Several of my friends love this series, and since I usually share their taste, I will continue reading it. I hope the series grows on me as it progresses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kjm | 1/28/2014

    " Help me pass the time in a place I would rather not have been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gale | 1/27/2014

    " As always Stone Barrington has a wild life. This was a fast read & thoroughly enjoyable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peg | 1/19/2014

    " One of the better Stone Barringtons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marti | 1/2/2014

    " a nook book I purchased I was just surprised to find that this was the second in the Stone Barrington series. It also surprises me that I enjoy reading these as much as I do, since Stone is depicted as a man who likes to hop into bed with almost any attractive woman--three in this novel. There ARE some interesting twists and turns, with a fair smount of violence--Stone ends up being hospitalized twice following altercations. I don't recall Elaine's making an appearance. Still entertaining! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 12/30/2013

    " A pretty good read. While I did remember Arrington, I didn't remember how annoying she is. Still an enjoyable book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denice Hogan | 12/25/2013

    " This was not as good as his other books although it held your interest. I am trying to read all the Stone Barrington books in order and this was my least favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie Becerra | 12/22/2013

    " Good read. Read on my Kindle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Choopie | 12/13/2013

    " still enjoying it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ralph McEwen | 12/4/2013

    " OK this book is just mind candy, I know that but I like it anyway. A fast moving plot with lots of sex and a little violence and no message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 11/16/2013

    " My first Stone novel, before I started looking into series'. This is the 2nd one, so I just about started at the beginning! I've gathered most of the series now, so I can read them in order. What I recall, was this should be a fun series about the ladies man Stone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 11/12/2013

    " Stone Barrington novels seem to have something for everyone, humor, mystery, sex and romance. A little corny at times, but I assume that it's intentional and the author is laughing along with us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annica | 11/9/2013

    " Awesome entertainment! Page turner with a good plot keeping the reader captured till the end..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 9/7/2013

    " Easy fast read and predictable story, still like the character Stone. Woods' books are fairly predictable but are good to read between heavy reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtis Minsel | 9/6/2013

    " Another satisfying Stone Barrington story. It was good to come across the first appearance of Arrington in this, 2nd novel in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 6/25/2013

    " Very good; Continuing character: Stone Barrington; gossip columnist has the tables turned on her and seeks the help of a private detective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Walt | 6/17/2013

    " You will find brisk sex, designer name dropping and the voyueristic tingle of dishing dirt on the rich and famous "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 5/22/2013

    " Three and a half stars (like the first in the series, though I believe I rounded up on that one and down on this one). The sex seems to be almost randomly inserted (ha!) and forced, but it's a good, light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daelith | 5/5/2013

    " Woods always manages to kept me engrossed with his Stone Barringotn series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/8/2013

    " Another Stone Barrington book. I'm reading them all out of order so it weird. This one he actually meets Arrington who becomes the love of his life! This story proves the saying: what goes around comes around. So be careful what you send around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tess Mertens-Johnson | 11/10/2012

    " There is something about this series I like "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 8/20/2012

    " Stuart Woods is always a good mystery read. Most characters got what they deserved. Dirt, the title, refers to digging up dirt on people. There were a lot of manipulators in this book, even Stone Barrington himself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 6/7/2012

    " Another popcorn book....fun, fast, and filled with what they term as "naughty fun". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monty | 5/9/2012

    " This is another fun read in the Stone Barrington series of detective novels. The sex was a bit more explicit than it needed to be, but overall it was difficult to put the book down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 3/9/2012

    " It's been a very long time since I read this book. I remembered a lot though and I liked it. I also read it on one day while I had off from School. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicky Beltz | 2/8/2012

    " Strong characters, shady dealings, engaging storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris White | 1/28/2012

    " Much better than #1 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzan | 12/24/2011

    " I like Stuart Woods for fast light, entertaining reading. Scandal, violence, unlikely relationships are key. Perfect for fast summer reading. Epic, no. Solid for the genre, yes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 4/5/2011

    " I love reading these books. As a new yorker it's great knowing the streets and places that Stone Barrington visits "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 FrankieReads | 3/31/2011

    " Excellent plot twists, multiple villians, fast-paced, edge of your seat action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tess | 3/30/2011

    " There is something about this series I like "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 nora | 1/21/2011

    " lots of twists and turns, couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 1/21/2011

    " I liked the book but hate how the main character, Stone Barrington, can just jump in to bed with any woman he meets. It makes the author look like a dirty old man "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 1/1/2011

    " Another great Stone Barrington book. He's quite a character and things naturally work out for him. It's one of the principle reasons I love Stuart Woods. He provides real escapism for me and the writing is light enough to give yourself the night off to read and finish a book in two days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devon | 12/17/2010

    " it was pretty good. my mom knows the author so i thought i'd give it a shot and i really enjoyedit. short sweet and to the point "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadine | 10/20/2010

    " I love Stone Barrington!Per usual, a fun read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kjm | 10/13/2010

    " Help me pass the time in a place I would rather not have been. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 8/14/2010

    " I decided to go back to the beginning of Stone Barrington novels to get all the ones I missed. This one not so great, but I think it was partly the readers voice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 6/25/2010

    " Another Stone Barrington tale where he meets Amanda Dart, a gossip columnist. Amanda hires Barrington to get to the bottom of a blackmail plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 6/22/2010

    " Stone Barrington reminds me a lot of J.P. Beaumont from author J.A. Jance. Nice easy reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 1/1/2010

    " My first Stone novel, before I started looking into series'. This is the 2nd one, so I just about started at the beginning! I've gathered most of the series now, so I can read them in order. What I recall, was this should be a fun series about the ladies man Stone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 12/31/2009

    " Easy fast read and predictable story, still like the character Stone. Woods' books are fairly predictable but are good to read between heavy reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 12/17/2009

    " A pretty good read. While I did remember Arrington, I didn't remember how annoying she is. Still an enjoyable book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monty | 9/13/2009

    " This is another fun read in the Stone Barrington series of detective novels. The sex was a bit more explicit than it needed to be, but overall it was difficult to put the book down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 9/12/2009

    " I picked this book off my shelf because I was between trips to the library, and it was pretty good. Stone Barrington is a little too "perfect" for my taste, and the sex is a little too casual for me, as well. But the plot was pretty engaging, and I did read the whole thing! "

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About the Author
Author Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods is a New York Times bestselling author. His first novel, Chiefs, the first of the Will Lee novels, won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel and was made into a television miniseries starring Charlton Heston. His other works include the Stone Barrington novels, the Holly Barker novels, the Ed Eagle novels, and a number of standalone works. He has had more than thirty straight New York Times bestsellers on the hardcover list. He was born in Manchester, Georgia, and earned his BA in sociology at the University of Georgia. Aside from being an accomplished novelist, he is also an avid sailor and has sailed in many prestigious races, including the Observer Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race (OSTAR) and the Fastnet Race. He wrote an account of his OSTAR race experiences in a memoir called Blue Water, Green Skipper, which was published in 1977.

About the Narrator

Tony Roberts is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has had roles in numerous films, many by Woody Allen, as well as his starring roles on Broadway in Arsenic and Old Lace; Promises, Promises; and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.