A Delicate Touch (Stone Barrington, #48) by Stuart Woods

A Delicate Touch (Stone Barrington, #48)

Stone Barrington uncovers a societal minefield in the exhilarating new adventure from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Stuart Woods.When an old acquaintance reaches out to Stone Barrington requesting assistance, the job seems easy enough. She needs an expert in an esoteric field, someone with both the knowledge and careful dexterity to solve a puzzle. But the solution to one small problem blows the lid open on a bigger scandal going back deca...

Details A Delicate Touch (Stone Barrington, #48)

TitleA Delicate Touch (Stone Barrington, #48)
Release DateDec 31st, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller

Reviews A Delicate Touch (Stone Barrington, #48)

  • Tim
    This quick listen was headed for 4 stars until a most unsatisfactory incomplete ending. 6 of 10 stars
  • Skip
    Mixed feelings about this one. The premise was solid: some old files are discovered in an old safe belonging to Eduardo Bianchi, with damaging evidence about his old Mafia rivals. Their descendants are upstanding members of society and willing to do anything to protect their family secrets. But the plot then devolves into a ridiculous farce involving technology to manipulate money and voting results. I also did not care for depth of the reporting...
  • Karin Keeling
    Typical..... not sure why I read this series, but I can’t stop myself
  • Gary Rounds
    THE STEWART WOODSEvery time I read a Stewart Woods novel I just can’t believe how great they are!! If anyone wants to learn to like reading just turn them onto a book by Mr Woods. I have read all his books and look forward to the next!!!! GMR
  • Bill Yarbrough
    Title fits the story very well. I couldn't put this book down. I like some of the new characters and expect to see them in the future. There was nobody in this book who was from Delano, Georgia. I give it 9.5 out of 10 stars.
  • Maureen
    So boring and superficial. His character depth is similar to the depth of a pineapple. There was no substance. I have a feeling Stuart Woods is one of those old men that love to hear themselves talk. Honestly don’t waste your time on this book.
  • Deborah
    This was much better than the last one. There was more substance to the plot. The discovery of Sal's codicil to his will, started a chain reaction of events. I felt the story ended with a cliffhanger because there was no closure. I'm interested in finding out who survived the explosion. What will the repercussions be?
  • Joy Dias
    Okay, I did it again. I read another one. Don't know why I do it, but I do. Easy read, and enjoyable. When you think about Stone he should be very old. It's amazing what he can do. Guess anything can happen when it's fiction.
  • E W
    This is the worst book I have read this year. I cannot bring myself to finish 3/4 of the way through because it is a warmed over pile of shit. Stone Barrington is a snooze. I get that the premise is he is irresistible to women, but I can't figure out how. By the description, I get he's vaguely older and rich, so with his lack of personality, every female who hops into bed with him is implicitly taking his offer to be a temporary sugar daddy. It's...
  • Timothy M. Gorman
    Same old stuff, which is not surprising considering there were 47 other installments. Someone is always winning the lottery, inheriting money etc and hence fitting in with the crowd Stone runs with. (Stone himself fits in due to a series of inheritances.) When you pick up a Barrington book, you know all this and suspend credulity.
  • john greathouse
    DB just can’t leave politics alone. As usual the corked ass Democratic Party, lies, cheats and stealsLeave politics out
  • Carol
    The thing I like most about Stuart Wood's writing, (as if he really cares what I like and don't like), is he doesn't waste words on description of the paint on the walls or how many trees are in the park...he gets right past all that and to the point. He's also, over the years, produced some other really good characters...in addition to Stone Barrington there is Holly Barker...Ed Eagle...The Lee's, and most recently Teddy Faye...and has wisely de...
  • Laura
    Too many implausible situations in this book, including the computer technology and the idea that a computer genius of that caliber would be working for a newspaper, not a tech company.
  • Barbara Bakal
    A poorly written story with no real ending. Just the usual, money, sex and fake drama.
  • Rick
    I did not enjoy this Stone Barrington book as I usually do - the premise is weak, no interesting new characters and no mystery involved. Hopefully #49 will be better.
  • Will
    SUBJECTIVE READER REVIEW WITH PLOT SPOILERS FOLLOWS: Stuart Woods took a novel niche of history to spring a truly scary witch hunt in New York City, I'll admit. It seems the shadow of deceased wealthy philanthropist Eduardo Bianchi will never venture too far from Stone Barrington. It all starts innocently enough, with Eduardo's daughter and Dino's ex-wife Anna Marie calling Stone for help. It seems she's about to turn over title to the Bianchi Es...
  • Lisa Malmquist
    It all starts with an old Excelsior safe. Which noone knows how to open except for a very old man of over 100 years named Sol Fink is found, who originally worked with the manufacturer in Berlin.It would have been better left unopened...as this safe belonged to Eduardo Bianchi, who apparently had ties to the Mafia and has files on all the old Mafia families in the area. Stone Barrington is the executor for the estate of Eduardo. His daughter aske...
  • Dad
    I found this novel (number 48) to be as fresh and exciting as the first—although the writing seemed fuller and the characters more developed. Great plot and fascinating story using current events and electronic banking/computers to make the story hum. This was a very easy, uncomplicated story and absolutely perfect for the bus commute. Stone remains the central role model who we wish we could emulate—if only we had his money, looks and charm.
  • Fran Burdsall
    This is my first Stuart Woods crime novel. But, it won't be my last. Well done! What fun to have an ethical, albeit edgy, law man turned lawyer as the hero - and a rich one, at that! It makes many things possible and adds it's own flavor to the genre. My only criticism is that the characters could have been written stronger. But, I suspect that if I had read the other 47 books in the series, I'd know the characters better and pick up on the subtl...
  • Kevin Snyder
    Typical Stone Barrington story. A good quick read that was enjoyable. Unusual ending! I'm assuming he did it that way to revisit the characters later in life.
  • Edi McNinch
    IntriguingAnother fast paced Stone Barrington novel full of twists and turns.This one references a lot of political & news media activity, not entirely unlike some that have occurred in real life. Not quite as much of his sexual exploitations, but they can be easily overlooked to keep with the story. Quick, easy read. Enjoy! IntriguingAnother fast paced Stone Barrington novel full of twists and turns.This one references a lot of political & new...
  • Arlene
    My first book of Stuart Woods. I love the fast pacing of the story. Haven't read something like this in a while.
  • Alan
    A fairly simple little story about Stone and his cohorts getting richer, eating well, having good sex, and generally enjoying their erudite, privileged lives. Oh, and another Herb-like new protege to dress well and guide along in his astonishing success. And incidentally, bad guys and king making. Ho-hum.
  • Montessahall Montessahall
    Nothing new. Same basic plot as the other novels in this series.
  • John
    Stuart Woods Stone Barrington books have been a roller coast ride of highs and lows. This is one of the better tales in recent memory. The most surprising aspect is Lover Boy Stone does not bed a woman until the book is pasted Chapter 16, if I remember correctly. Usually, this occurs much earlier and is on to other conquests.
  • Kay
    Another fun book and hurray to Dino!
  • Ellen
    I loved this book! Much better than previous ones. I couldn't put it down. It starts out with Mary Ann Bianchi calling Stone to help her open an old safe she has discovered concealed behind a panel in Eduardo Bianchi's library. He calls Bob Cantor and he in turn calls in Sol Fink, an old man, 104 years old, who worked as an assistant to the maker of the German safe. Sol is brought in to open the safe. Inside Stone and Mary Ann find many interesti...
  • Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
    Former policeman, attorney and rich businessman Stone Barrington makes his 48th appearance in Stuart Woods’ A DELICATE TOUCH. At the center of the novel is an Excelsior safe that is very sensitive and can only be opened by Solomon Fink, now a 104-year-old man who was involved in making the safe during World War II in Germany. The safe is in the hands of Mary Ann Bianchi Bacchetti, the ex-wife of Stone’s former NYPD partner, Dino Bacchetti.Onc...
  • Barry Martin Vass
    This is great fun to read. Told in mostly dialogue, the plot just rockets along with no breaks and zero chances for the reader to disengage. When Mary Ann Bianchi, Dino's ex-wife, is readying her deceased father's Brooklyn mansion for conversion into an art museum, she discovers a large, hidden safe in what used to be her father's study. She calls Stone, who is the executor of the estate, asking if he can find a safecracker, fast, because she has...