Book Review: Doing Hard Time by Stuart Woods

Doing Hard Time - Stuart WoodsI just finished Stuart Woods’ latest Stone Barrington novel, Doing Hard Time, and I have to say it was a great read. Similar to previous books in the series, it moved at a brisk pace, featured edge-of-your-seat action and had compelling characters. Speaking of which, my favorite character in the book was Teddy Fay, a mysterious and formidable figure who has made guest appearances in previous Barrington novels, as well as other series penned by Woods. While Stone takes a back seat this time out, his supporting role made for a refreshing change of pace. Also worth noting is the wonderfully descriptive romantic scenes Woods has become known for are nowhere to be found. While some may prefer the abridged intimate encounters present in this book, I sincerely hope the full-length descriptions return the next time around. Doing Hard Time is a fun, fast-paced novel that Stone Barrington and thriller fans will enjoy. If you’re looking for a good read, I highly recommend you check it out. You can buy it here


When Stone Barrington embarks on a trip to Bel-Air to check in on some business and personal concerns, he expects a relaxing break from the fast pace and mean streets of New York. But trouble never takes a vacation, and it has a way of finding Stone. A case that had seemingly been resolved has returned in full force—with lethal results. And this deadly situation makes for strange bedfellows when Stone finds himself teamed with the least likely ally . . . a gentleman of unique abilities, who can fly below the radar and above the law.

From the high-stakes poker tables of Las Vegas to California’s lush beachside resorts, the trail of disguise, subterfuge, and murder leads to a shocking conclusion.