Kisser (Stone Barrington Series #17)

Kisser (Stone Barrington Series #17)

by Stuart Woods

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A Broadway actress has a pout to die for, a past to hide from, and Stone Barrington on her case in this page-turning thriller in Stuart Woods’s #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Stone Barrington is back in New York, working on some simple cases for Woodman & Weld when he crosses paths with a aspiring actress and gets a little more involved with show business than he’d expected...
Then the fleecing of a wealthy art dealer’s daughter leads him into the worlds of financial fraud, “Big Art,” and Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where opulent co-op apartments are hung with multimillion-dollar paintings and family scandals never remain hidden for long. No stranger to high society or the foibles of the rich, Stone must now uncover the truth in a world where wealth and beauty sometimes come at the ultimate price.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451229632
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/31/2010
Series: Stone Barrington Series , #17
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 92,083
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stuart Woods is the author of more than sixty novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Stone Barrington series. He is a native of Georgia and began his writing career in the advertising industry. Chiefs, his debut in 1981, won the Edgar Award. An avid sailor and pilot, Woods lives in Florida, Maine, and New Mexico.


Key West, Florida; Mt. Desert, Maine; New York, New York

Date of Birth:

January 9, 1938

Place of Birth:

Manchester, Georgia


B.A., University of Georgia, 1959

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STONE NEARLY CHOKED on his wine. “That was prescient of you,” he rasped.


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Kisser (Stone Barrington Series #17) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 234 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Stone Barrington, of counsel at Woodman & Weld, is at Elaine's restaurant in Manhattan when he notices beautiful Carrie Cox who is in New York with dreams of becoming an actress. After she tells Stone about a great audition she had with a director who tried to rape her afterward so she threw his dinner onto his lap at a gala they both attended separately. Stone advises her how to handle the situation; she soon gets the part and a great agent. Stone and Carrie like each other's company, but he has to place his personal life on hold when Bill Eggers wants him to get Hildy Parsons out of trouble. Her father is a client at Woodman & Weld and knows his daughter is involved with a gigolo who anxiously waits for her trust fund to revert back to her control. Stone learns the con artist is also dealing drugs and partnered with Larsen who is managing a Ponzi scheme. They become Stone's problem when someone he cares about wants to bring them down. Making matters more dangerous is Carrie believes her former husband is trying to kill her; she needs protection that she wants only from Stone until they obtain proof of her assertion. Although Stone proves there are a zillion stories in New York even in one novel, Stuart Woods provides another exhilarating Barrington tale filled with serial sex, plenty of other action, and several fun investigations. After Key West (see Loitering with Intent), Stone vows divorce cases only, but he wonders how he got so involved in so many other matters though he knows the exhausting answer is women, women, and more women. Kisser is a fun lighthearted Stone Barrington thriller as the lawyer finds the mean streets of Manhattan as both welcoming and dangerous. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the worst Stone Barrington book ever. I really enjoy the series but this one was awful. It was boring and slow moving. I usually don't mind Stone's sexual antics, but in this one he was shagging anything that stood still long enough. Terrible plot line and poor character development. Was Stuart Woods on a strict deadline ... this one was not up to par.
libraryladyHC More than 1 year ago
I was a Stuart Woods fan until I read this book. I was appalled by the filthy language and x-rated content in this book, and I would not recommend it to anyone. Stone Barrington needs to climb out of the gutter, clean up, or loose all your fans!!
pabenham More than 1 year ago
Just another Stone Barrington book--more sex, less story.
Kayceedee More than 1 year ago
I've read most of Stuart Woods' books and this is THE WORST. First, the editing was horrible, leaving an ending that made no sense. Stone is always falling into bed with some gorgeous woman or other, but this book read like a men's magazine fantasy forum. The storylines were also lacking in suspense: you knew how it was going to turn out from the beginning. If you have absolutely nothing else to read, go ahead, but if you have anything else to do, skip this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I pre-ordered this book, only to see it didn't even LEAVE B&N at 9pm, a full 21 hours after the release. It is now apparently on a s-l-o-w snail from New Jersey. Why would anyone EVER pre-order a book from B&N? I can find it cheaper at my local Costco and I could have had it 4 days sooner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stone Barrington is at it again, but this time with a lot more sexual escapades. Right off the bat, Stone meets a rising Broadway starlet and immediately makes his conquest by offering to protect this damsal in distress, or is she? While working for Woodman and Weld, Stone meets more women and the fun begins. The villians are a crazy ex-husband, a Broadway producer, an Art Gallery Owner and his daughter, a wanna-be Picaso and a Bernie Madoff type investment scam. Dino, as usual, has his back. Eduardo and family resurface. The police department needs Stone's help. When he gets a temporary badge, he isn't very happy. With his retirement at stake, and a stalker on his street, you will enjoy the ride to see how it all turns out. Mr. Woods characters are at their best, eating, drinking, and know.........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read most of Mr. Woods' books and have enjoyed the majority of these. However, "Kisser" is a waste of time. I quit reading on page 126 due to lack of interest and will not keep it in my library nor will I donate it to the library. I can appreciate the use of the f... and the s... bomb when it fits the characters and the realism of the story; but, to frequently and randomly toss them in where they do not fit is a silly attempt at shock value. The main character's,Stone Barrington's, inability to be introduced to any female without being in bed for wild sex before you reach the bottom of the page gets absurd as a recurring theme chapter after chapter. Mr. Woods, please re-read your earlier works and go back to what made you suscessful.
shirl2242 More than 1 year ago
I'm still reading Kisser. I'm waiting for it to get better. Maybe Stuart/Dino should go back to the Keys, those were fun reads. Sorry. I'm not going to finish reading this one.. It's going back to the library.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is nothing terribly new in this latest in Wood's vast collection but,as always, it's well worth the read.
justjoanJP More than 1 year ago
A lot of repetition and too many trips to Elaines!
Beau_Diddley More than 1 year ago
Stone Barrington is back again with an exciting assignment involving several interlinked challenges. A very enjoyable quick read.
LibrarianCC More than 1 year ago
This book left me flat, the sex is ridiculous and boring after a time. I am no prude but this guy cannot be real. He never ever uses protection? No mention of it, just goes around doing anybody anytime. I usually enjoy the escape aspect of Woods' novels, but this one didn't even come close.
drbcabarete More than 1 year ago
As a long term reader and collector of Mr. Woods' writings, it is always fun to read his works. Recently he has become more "boiler plate" than original. It is almost easier to refer to former books for more of the same. However, "Kisser" is better. Since the author was "asked" to write three books a year rather than two, he has become too much of the same, but herein is a good read. "Hothouse" and "Kisser" show more sexual maturity and grit than his early works, I am sure there is some compatibility between his private life and his public writing. Whatever, "Kisser" is fun, fast and more enjoyable than last years' works. Keep it up and though I enjoy his books, I think two is better than three a year.
Avid4books More than 1 year ago
The basic story and characters were good, but it reads too much like a trashy romance novel, to the point of absurdity. This is not Stone Barrington at his best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think Stuart Woods is a great author but........this book is not good. To much detail on Stone's sex life. I was looking forward to a good mystery but all I got was a lot of pron.
KathieH More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Stone Barrington books by Stuart Woods and while not heavy reading they were all good. There was so much gratutious sex in the KISSER it was hard to find the plot. I am not a prude by any means and I know Stone likes his sex but come on! Let's hope Lucid Intervals coming out in April has a better plot
minjung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, with this book Stuart Woods slid into the comedy genre. Excellent. He USED to a pretty decent thriller writer. I'm still not sure why his protagonist, an attorney, ends up tracking down missing persons or being hired to keep people safe from their Highly Dangerous and Obsessive Exes, but that's what he does. And for someone who has two houses, a secretary, a cook, a housekeeper, and an airplane, I'm not sure why his secretary is constantly harping on him that they don't have enough money to pay the bills. Dude, stop living beyond your means.In the last book, the first sex scene was on page 11, so I was disappointed that I had to wait all the way until page 16 for the first sex scene in this one. I thought maybe Woods was finally learning some restraint in that department. But lo, was I ever wrong. In this book, Stone (the detective turned attorney) gets not one, but two, threesomes! Of course, neither of these are the woman he begins seeing at the beginning of the book - that would be Carrie.Carrie is an actress and lip model who is newly divorced from Max. Depending on whose story you believe, either Carrie or Max is obsessive and violent. But since Stone is having sex with Carrie, of course he believes her. He puts her in touch with a security firm and they protect her from the Big, Bad Ex-Husband while Stone has lots and lots of sex with her.In the meantime, Stone hears about the daughter of his boss' friend who is dating an Unsavory Guy who is probably into embezzling and drugs. Stone is hired to legally make the guy disappear from the daughter's life forever. Again, I have no idea why one would turn to an attorney for such a job, but whatever. Stone, in turn, devises this grandiose plan utilising the NYPD, the FBI, helicopters, and raw eggs (don't ask).It most likely doesn't bode well that, at one point in the book, Stone scalded his tongue and throat on too-hot coffee and I guffawed with laughter.
katahdin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I agree with jonesli that it seems like he's cranking out too many books ala Parker & Patterson and it was around 10-15 books ago that they seemed to not have the edge. Possibly it's just that I've become used to his tone. Also seems that around the same time he started to get more descriptive re: his SB sexual prowess - maybe in order to offset the lack of new perspectives. Make me wonder if Stuart didn't start to have a problem himself around that time! No matter what, when I get a new Woods, Parker, Patterson etal - it's like an extra bowl of ice cream - fun to consume, make you happy but don't eat every day !
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stone Barrington and his friend Dino are featured again. Stone has two clients, both women, and a policewoman who can't get enough of Stone. It's ridiculous. Stone's client a wealthy man, wants his daughter protected from the shady artist with whom she's having an affair. Meanwhile, Stone meets an actress with jealous, gun carrrying ex-husband.
koalamom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stone Barrington is at it again. He's involved with several women at the same time (and sometimes in bed, too!) and he gets involved in case for his law firm where a client wants his daughter's boyfriend gone. The boyfriend turns out to be a bit more shady than previously thought and it turns into a police case - then the fun begins and Dolce, Stone's ex is back and she wants Stone ...
bjmitch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Avoid this book at all cost. I don't know what has become of Stuart Woods but he certainly wasn't present when he wrote this awful book about superficial New Yorker rich folks and their sex lives. Thin plot, little mystery, nothing.
jonesli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I usually enjoy Stuart Woods Stone Barrington series very much. This one however, didn't quite measure up to some of his better works. It may be a case of "cranking" out too many books too fast, but the earlier books seemed to combine fast paced action and a decent plot in addition to Stone being able to charm every woman that he meets.In this latest work, 17th in the series I believe, Stone is having dinner with Dino, as usual, when he picks up an aspiring actress who has recently moved from Georgia to New York, and quickly finds out that she has ex-husband issues. Stone also manages to thwart a Ponzi scheme and protect a young heiress from a drug seller/con artist. Sounds like it might be action packed doesn't it? Well, unfortunately it isn't. There is a tease of a reappearance of his ex wife Dolce, but no mention whatsoever of Arrington.I am no prude, but reading about Stone's constant, and I do mean constant sexual escapades were making me tired! I hope that this book is a fluke and not an indication of a decline in the author's writing.
daisygrl09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pretty good. Stone Barrington is a likeable main character.Stone gets involved in a case to lure a client's daughter away from a seedy boyfriend. He then gets caught up in a drug case and Ponzi scheme that are intertwined with the daughter and seedy boyfriend. While all of this is going on, Barrington is spending seemingly EVERY free minute in bed with a variety of women. This got a little monotonous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago