Standup Guy

Standup Guy

A Stone Barrington Novel

Book - 2014
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Giving legal advice to an unusually well-deported gentleman only to discover that several people are interested in the man's link to a long-ago crime, Stone Barrington pursues an investigation that leads him from Florida to the vacation homes of the Northeast.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2014
ISBN: 9780399164156
Branch Call Number: FIC Wood
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Stand up guy


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Jul 05, 2016

My high hopes were dashed early on this one. It was billed as a legal thriller, but it was neither thrilling nor did it have anything much to do with a legal case. Still, it wasn’t bad so much as disappointing. The author can write grammatically and fluidly, which puts him ahead of two-thirds of what’s out there. The main character, Stone Barrington, is supposedly a lawyer, but all he ever seems to do is eat at expensive restaurants, talk to the president of the U.S., and sleep with women. What little legal advice he dispenses is horribly bad and inaccurate. For example, his first client comes in with millions in money stolen decades earlier but only now surfacing because the thief (now dead) gave his prison buddy (the client) the location. Barrington tells him that the money is now “legal” since the statute of limitations has run. Totally wrong. First of all, the statute of limitations does not change stolen goods into non-stolen goods; it only affects whether someone can be prosecuted for the theft. The money is still stolen property and can be seized by police and returned to its owner. Secondly, since it’s still stolen property, possessing it is a new crime for which the current possessor can be prosecuted, or possibly even for being an accessory after the fact, both crimes that occur in the present day. Not only that but the original statute of limitations may have been tolled for any of several reasons. Yes, I’m a lawyer and former law enforcement, so garbage like this in a novel gets me. If you’re into legal fantasy and it doesn’t bother you that the whole plot could never be close to true, then never mind my complaints. Legal thrillers should only be written by lawyers, in my opinion, and even then, only by ones who know the field. Even Grisham gets the criminal law stuff completely wrong, although he gets the tort stuff right. Apparently that’s his practice area. Unfortunately, though, being a lawyer does not mean you can write well for the general audience. Scott Turow is the only lawyer/author I know of who can write exciting novels and get the law right.

Once I saw the author fail to get that right I knew the plot was hopeless. The real villain in this one is so obvious it was ridiculous. The way the final crime against Barrington was carried out was ridiculous. The criminals did just about every possible thing they could to get caught, if you could call that ending getting caught. The best part of the book was the thread involving his client, who turned out to be a likeable fellow (the eponymous “standup guy”). That sideline was amusing. The whole thing is fluff, mostly inoffensive (although it did get crude toward the end), but not something I could recommend.

Jan 25, 2016

What I don't like, his treatment of sex and ever-changing female characters, who are taken to bed like yesterday's ham sandwich.

Aug 24, 2014

4 of 5

akasq May 30, 2014

A fast thriller,this one is a late
Stone Barrington novel. the early ones
should be read first . It will add to the
enjoyment .

May 17, 2014

What's not to like in a Stuart Woods book? Always enjoy them,

pw1040 Feb 27, 2014

Fast moving, fluffy entertaing book as usual. Minus 1 star, though, for insulting the reader's intelligence by using the term "Faux News." Since Faux doees not actually rhyme with Fox, the author is either indicating that his characters are low intelligence, political ideologues, or that his readers are too dumb to know better.

Feb 06, 2014

Standup Guy is a very entertaining and quick read. Stuart Woods never disappoints in taking the reader into the elitist, well-connected world of Stone Barrington, a wealthy attorney extraordinaire. Woods guides the reader through several intertwining events with Stone and cop pal Dino. Familiar characters from the past resurface and several new characters are introduced. Stone is still randy, bedding any and as many beautiful females as the opportunity presents itself. However, in his latest conquest, Stone shows an unusual lack of judgment and misplaced trust, which I found a bit at odds for a man of his intelligence and education. While some criminal predicaments are brought to a conclusion a few new ones show promise of continuing in a future book, and I look forward to that.

All in all, a great read with a well thought-out plot. I always enjoy spending time with Stone and Dino. Will be looking forward to the next book.

Feb 03, 2014

Standup Guy ---- by Stuart Woods - (Book - 2014) ---- This Tale is excellent, being the comical spiderweb, Mr. Woods wrote for us this time. ---- Took two sittings to read it. The Super Bowl got in the way. ---- Mr. Woods introduced several new caracters with this Web. ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul (finished 2-3-2014)

Jan 29, 2014

#28 and I'll read the next one. As usual a quick easy read.


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