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 mesmerizing 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' novels international hits.
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I'm working my way through all of the Stone Barrington novels and I was so disappointed to find this one was only available in abridged form. I never buy an abridged version if I can avoid it because it makes me feel like I'm missing out on important details (or that someone else is taking the liberty of deciding for me what are the important details I should know). Overall it was a great story, but I'd have rather had it in its original form - as the author wrote it!
Another author for the time being.
I have not heard many books with Tony's work.
No, there is enough trashy reporters and negative media types... there doesn't need to be more written about them...
To the real reason why I am writing... The abridged version of the book has cut so much from the story line... The try mystery is in the details that surround the characters. The here is very little to know about the other characters.... I do not wish to purchase any more for the "short" stories from this author.
S. R. Martin
Anything written by this man is a "Sure Thing". I just wish audible would get all of his books! He's an amazing author!
And Buffalo George
Gossip maven becomes a target of blackmail--it doesn't get better than that, does it? Stuart Woods stories along quickly and the main character has sex with most of the females in the book. This book's a light little "whodunit" story, with very little character depth or development. Woods is a great suspense author and knows how to keep his readers interested but the Stone Barrington series is trashy.
NO....not if I valued that friendship. The mystery part was great...the SEX was OVERDONE.
Barrington of course !
Dirt's audio version allows the listener to sense the challenges, highlights and suspense in the storyline.
not like this one
the first 30 min
IT was pure porn I was not expecting that.
I want a refund
Author, rabid Audible listener.
In this second Barrington Stone outing, the plot moves fast but the characters are a but flat. I've read most of the Stone books and this has to be one of my least favorites.
A person or perhaps group of people begin publishing the dirt on some of New York and LA's elite. Who are these people and why are they doing this? These are the questions Stone sets out to answer. Unfortunately, the plot is thin, there is not enough character development and there are some shady things that Stone normally would not let pass by.
I am a big fan of the series and am glad I listened to this audiobook only because there are characters introduced and re-introduced that I know will have significant meaning later.
Dirt is only worth reading if you are investing yourself in reading the entire Stone Barrington series.
Woods is a great author. His character Stone Barrington is always finding trouble. This book is not as suspenseful as his others but it is still worth reading. Stone plays more detective than lawyer this time, but the story keeps you guessing until the very end. We get introduced to Aarington ( the future love of his life ) and to Vance Caulder the movie star. Woods has a way of making you root for Stone but blame him at the same time for stupid decisions. As always Woods does not let the reader down as he adds twists and turns in almost every chapter. I recommend reading this book before reading his others. If already a Stuart Woods fan this book will answer some questions about Stone Barrington's beginnings. Has some strong language and descriptive love scenes, not for children.
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