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With "Dark Harbor," Stuart Woods proved yet again that he is the master of the popular crime novel. Now he outdoes himself with the newest addition to the series. Stone Barrington embarks on his most dangerous adventure yet when he takes on a job as a lawyer for a sleazy and clueless con man-and ends up getting embroiled in the underworld of the New York mafia. It startedWith "Dark Harbor," Stuart Woods proved yet again that he is the master of the popular crime novel. Now he outdoes himself with the newest addition to the series. Stone Barrington embarks on his most dangerous adventure yet when he takes on a job as a lawyer for a sleazy and clueless con man-and ends up getting embroiled in the underworld of the New York mafia. It started out as just another late night at Elaine's, where Stone was eating a porterhouse steak and enjoying the company of his friends. But when Herbie Fisher, a notoriously not-so-sharp swindler, walked in, the pleasant atmosphere turned to ice. Herbie convinces Bill Eggers, the managing partner of Woodman & Weld, to sign him on as a client-with the goal of taking down the infamous mafia boss Carmine Datilla. And even though Stone doesn't want to have anything to do with Herbie-or the mafia, for that matter-he is soon coerced into being Herbie's lawyer. With the help of his ex-partner, Dino, Stone investigates "Datilla the Hun," and the rest of the mob family, encountering intrigue and danger at every turn. Will Stone finally take a stand, or will he end up at the bottom of Sheepshead Bay? With the swift action, razor-sharp characters, and crackling dialogue that are Stuart Woods's hallmarks, "Fresh Disasters" is Woods at the very height of his storytelling powers....

Title : Fresh Disasters
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ISBN : 9780739480816
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Fresh Disasters Reviews

  • Diane Wallace
    2018-10-28 07:51

    Great series! a fun,enjoyable,mystery and solid storyline with the usual scenes of Stone getting laid and trying to solve this very violent and difficult case..well written (paperback!)

  • Diane
    2018-10-25 11:31

    Great series! a fun,enjoyable,mysterious and solid storyline with the usual scenes of Stones getting laid and trying to solve this very violent and difficult case..well written (paperback!)

  • Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
    2018-10-24 11:48

    I shamelessly admit: I am in total spellbound fascination with the "Stone Series". (if that makes sense?)While this was not a five star intallment in the series, it was a fast read with really good dialogue amongst the characters, something I personally adore.I really recommend reading this series in order; it fliws better that way...ah, heck...maybe I am just a sucker for the semi-womanizing, slick, rich Stone and his wisecracking, textbook New Yorker BFF Bachetti.Take it with a grain if salt my reading pals; it is fiction and meant to entertain that I believe, Mr. Woods nails it.Happy Holidays to you all!Cheers and pardon any spelling errors! :-) - [email protected]/twitter{this review was posted upon completion of the e-book via my NOOKColor® by Barnes & Noble. Follow on Twitter @NOOKbn or visit & to learn how you too can Read Forever™!}

  • Annis Marney
    2018-11-08 08:39

    OK. I'm not proud of this one, but I was given it by a friend who was moving back to Mobile and didn't want to pack a cheap hardback. I needed a break from the Gettysburg drama and read this page turning pice of crap. Wow. The protagonist's name is (I couldn't make this up) Stone Barrington. He's (naturally) an ex-cop, now lawyer, dashing, heavy drinking, and unattached. Need I say more? He eats steak and drinks artisan bourban, saves women in distress, and catches killers. Enter at your own risk.

  • Kate
    2018-10-27 11:30

    Love the Stone Barrington novels...Start from the beginning, New York Dead.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-04 05:46

    I read this so I can be a well-rounded public librarian.And read it I did, though I did not enjoy it. Sure the pacing drives you through the plot, but it's nothing new. Macho lawyer, ex-cop Stone Barrington manages to bed three different women throughout the book, when he's supposed to be representing a client who can't stay put or listen to reason. It's full of cliche writing and characters with each new introduction seeming to try to one-up the last. *spoiler*The finale is terrible offensive, depicting rape as just another "in the line of duty" task for a female officer. But she "takes it like a champ", says one of the other cops. This horribly gratuitous turn of events was the last nail in the coffin for me.At least I know what I've been missing now.

  • Eugenia O'Neal
    2018-11-21 11:31

    The one thing I can say for this book is that it was a fast read! Nowadays, a lot of emphasis is placed on the pace of a book. For some reason, a lot of people want to know that they can get through whatever they are reading quickly. A fast read should not be confused with being a page-turner. There's a subtle difference between them. A fast read is usually very light reading which relies on a dialogue-heavy narrative. You don't often find much description or character development and the plot is not deeply intricate. A page turner, on the other hand, often has all of these elements. (Child 44, for example, was page turner. I could not put that book down!) Some fast reads are satisfying - like Jaguar Sun and Children of the Street - and Fresh Disasters would have been among them if I hadn't been gobsmacked by one particular event in the plot.The lawyer cum private investigator, Stone Barrington, (what are parents who name their child "Stone" trying to say?) is in and out of bed with three women over the course of the book. Apparently, women can't hold onto their panties when he's around. That doesn't bother me so much as I think I'm probably not the author's audience (I'm guessing he's writing for male fantasists). What did bother me was that one of the women was killed quite horribly and Stone showed about as much emotion as, well, a stone would. I mean zero, zip. In fact, that very night he slept in the arms of another woman (out of respect, they didn't have sex) and the next morning he was making plans to hook up with her for the sex they'd missed. Huh. Clearly, in Stone's universe, women are not only disposable but are also quickly replaced.I avoid giving two star reviews because I know authors work hard but this time "it was ok' seems about right.

  • Christina Leftwich
    2018-11-21 05:37

    I did not like this book whatsoever. The main character is a shallow, egotistical man that seems to have been created from the mind of a pubescent middle school boy's image of "the perfect guy that all women would swoon over". He possesses am easy button in the form of a cop friend who magically has endless resources dedicated to bailing out the main character, but apparently can not keep his own officers safe, nor seems to have all that much feeling about it, as exhibited by him expressing a feeling of success in a mission that went so wrong, a female officer was raped while the cops were outside the door. And the way women are portrayed---- wow. Unprofessional sex addicts is the way this author apparently views them. My review: Glad I got this book for free. I will not be reading anymore of these.

  • Penny
    2018-10-29 09:40

    I am really tired of Stone Barrington. This is one of Woods better Barrington books of recent years but all Stone does is eat, drink, have sex, have sex, eat, and then drink! In this book, he is having sex with more than one woman at a time (not in the same session although that will probaly be in his next Barrington book). I could tell which one of his sex partners was going to get "knocked off" (notice I didn't say "knocked you-know-what") because he did not seem to feel too guilty about cheating on her. Oh, and sometimes he solves a crime. On top of all that, the editting is bad.

  • Jenna
    2018-10-23 06:47

    a typical Stone Barrington book full of sex, murder and drinking! LOL. these are good books to read in between while waiting for your next vampire book!

  • Dpic
    2018-11-18 10:34

    Audio. Stone character is getting a bit tiresome. Thin story.

  • Carolyn
    2018-11-19 07:50

    Didn't love this one. Very simplistic plot. Lots of fowl language. Not worth the time.

  • Debbie
    2018-10-25 10:30

    I really enjoyed this book. it was an easy enjoyable read which was easy to lost in. I found myself not wanting to put it down. Stone Barrington finds himself out to dinner and drinks with friends when he finds himself in a dilemma. He gets forced into representing a sleazy but clueless con man. Which seems to be an easy case soon turns out to be a dangerous case against a powerful mob boss. This book had me turning pages faster then I could read. I want to go back and read this series from the first book to the last one.

  • Kem
    2018-10-31 03:43

    These stars are for the comedic factor alone. The rest is ridiculous. The characters are ridiculous. Only one of the so-called plots is interesting, but it doesn't focus on that. It's like an after thought. I could keep going, but what's the point?

  • Emma
    2018-10-25 04:52

    Cute, fun, fast read. Typical Stone Barrington. Horribly offensive ending for women, especially women on the police force.

  • Marty
    2018-10-29 08:42

    Stone Barrington, ex-NYC cop now lawyer hops in and out of bed with beautiful tall women while dealing murderers, thugs, mob dealers, deranged boy friends and nutty clients ….. a sexy romp.

  • Ned Davis
    2018-11-14 08:28


  • Cathi
    2018-11-06 03:52

    No Arrington in this one! That alone makes it worth 3 stars.

  • Marsha Dail
    2018-11-09 07:30

    My second Stone Barrington book-I am becoming a HUGE fan. It's a very easy read and very entertaining. I have at least 2 more that I'm going to read.

  • Dawn
    2018-10-28 09:26

    Bonus points for no stupid Arrington.

  • Marianne
    2018-11-21 11:44

    Enjoying every one of the Stone Barrington series ...

  • Patti Hunt
    2018-11-20 06:50

    Love all his books.

  • Russty
    2018-11-14 07:33

    Another interesting story... Same old Stone!!!

  • Marianne
    2018-11-19 11:40

    Love the Stone Barrington Series and Tony Roberts narration.

  • Todd Schafer
    2018-10-28 08:30

    Definitely some of the more funny dialogue in the Stone series:Then I can call you Stoney! Over my dead body....The callus disregard for Herbie was pretty entertaining as well.Willa-she or wonta-she,,,haha,,,you'll have to see the context of this line from Dino, but I found it particularly amusing.Spoiler Alert! Not sure if he was just having trouble dealing with it, but the death of one of Stone's "conquests" seemed to be taken rather lightly. You'd think he would have shown some sign of grief.

  • Pooch
    2018-11-11 05:47

    :: Stone and the Mob ::

  • Scott Rhee
    2018-11-16 09:37

    "Fresh Disasters" is the first Stuart Woods book I have read, but it is the thirteenth book to feature his detective/lawyer Stone Barrington. Here's what I liked: Woods tells a darn good story, filled with the right amount of suspense and action, tempered with a healthy dose of humor and some snappy dialogue. Woods reminds me of another good mystery writer, the late Robert Parker. Parker's beloved detective, Spenser, was, like Stone, a manly, wise-cracking do-gooder. Here's what I didn't like: Stone is a lawyer. I'm kind of sick of lawyers. Not that I, personally, have come in contact with a lot of lawyers. I just think it's an oversaturated market. There are a ridiculous amount of TV shows about lawyers, as well as numerous authors who have lawyers as their protagonists. Yawn. Also, Stone Barrington suffers from the same malady that Parker's Spenser suffered from in later novels: perfection. There is, from what I could gather, nothing wrong with Stone. He's not an alcoholic. He doesn't have an annoying ex-wife. He doesn't have any children from a previous marriage with which he's struggling to build a relationship. He doesn't have any addictions of any kind (although a case can be made for sex addiction, because he gets laid an awful lot). He doesn't have any morally questionable or dysfunctional personality traits whatsoever. Woods, you gotta gimme something here... I guess I'm not a huge fan of protagonists who have no flaws, tragic or otherwise, unless they're superheroes. Even then, superheroes usually have some fatal flaw. Even Superman had kryptonite. All that being said, "Fresh Disasters" was a good, quick read. I'll probably give Woods another chance.

  • Genie
    2018-11-16 05:49

    At the insistence of his boss at the law firm of Woodman and Weld, Stone Barrington takes on a case to defend the bumbling photographer Herbie Fisher. This meant Stone would have to take on mob boss Carmine Datilla called “Dattila the Hun” to whom Herbie owes thousands of dollars in gambling debts. After Datilla's thugs beat him up, Herbie decides to sue Datilla in civil court and wants Stone to represent him. Stone wants nothing to do with the case, but he is strong-armed into taking it by the law firm who has him on contract. Herbie turns out to be the client from hell that Stone predicted he would be. Datilla, one of the most powerful mob bosses in New York, makes finding someone willing to serve him a court summons impossible. Stone finally decides to serve the summons himself which sets off a mob reaction in the form of numerous hit men. Stone contends with several of the hit men himself while NYPD is left to fend off the rest. As always Stone finds time for romance amid the chaos when he meets a tall, beautiful masseuse named Celia Cox. This tale turns dark with the introduction of Celia’s ex-boyfriend, a psychotic sculptor named Devlin Daltry, who has a history of torturing the women who break off relationships with him. It seems Celia is only one of many who has met a fatal end. Investigating Daltry leads Stone to a long list of victims. Determined to Daltry before the list grows any longer, Stone realizes he must have help from the NYPD. Once again his former partner and best friend, Lt. Dino Bachetti, comes on the scene. Before its all over, even the back up team will have to use all their survival skills to get through this.

  • Steve
    2018-11-05 05:30

    March 17, 2016 Just re-read this book for the sixth time. I needed a break from over-dosing on James Patterson and his stable of ghost writers, some of whom I really enjoy and some who I can't even get through a few chapters. But I digress - back to Stuart Woods. I returned to an easy and comfortable read. It seems like I gravitate to this story every 9 months or so. I shall be reading this again, according to my calculations, in November of 2016. We shall see. When you think about it, the divorce proceedings are absolutely hysterical. A multi-million property settlement with prior funds that had subsequently been co-mingled all resolved in 24 hours, the after a Vegas interlude, got resolved in toto in 6 hours. Amazing! Farfetched! Amazing!June 2015 book on tape thoroughly enjoying as a book on tapeJan 2014 re-re-read guess i'm not quite finished.7-10-2013 I think I just re-re-read this one. I'm now finished ith this on 11-13-2011. still like it.may 2011 - i liked this one, felt like i've already read it but not sureHerbie convinces Bill Eggers, the managing partner of Woodman & Weld, to sign him on as a client-with the goal of taking down the infamous mafia boss Carmine Datilla. And even though Stone doesn't want to have anything to do with Herbie-or the mafia, for that matter-he is soon coerced into being Herbie's lawyer.

  • Gerald
    2018-10-27 07:30

    I got hooked on Stuart Woods' Stone Barrington series of novels when I happened to pick up Son Of Stone early last November. After reading that one as a regular book, I continued with the series with recorded books and finished 6 more by the end of the year. FRESH DISASTERS was my first one for 2012. I am fascinated by the ability of the reader doing the CD-recording to switch voices instantly among the various characters male and female, American or foreign accents, young or old, etc. The characters become so familiar, like they are actual friends - Stone, Dino, Elaine, Arrington, Holly, Eduardo, Joan, et al. Each of the books seems to involve a fairly similar set of situations and problems to be solved, overcome, etc., but sufficiently different, so that when you finish one of the series, you are ready to find out what is going to happen to the characters in the next one. Stone is an ex-police detective, turned lawyer, turned investigator. His buddy and former police partner Dino is always available to help Stone get out of the problems in which he finds himself. FRESH DISASTERS was a fun read (or "listen" in my case).[Book 2 of target 50]