Stuart Woods

stewart woodsStuart Woods, the best-selling author of more than 60 novels, will talk about his new thriller, Family Jewels, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Books & Books @ The Studios, 533 Eaton St.

Family Jewels brings back Woods’s most popular hero, Stone Barrington, a handsome former New York City police detective who now practices law. In Family Jewels, a wealthy divorcee hires Barrington to protect her from her ex-husband. But the job soon becomes far more complicated–and deadly–than a simple marital spat. Publishers Weekly called Family Jewels a “glossy, modern take on the classic detective story” with “tony trappings, colorful characters and a magnificent McGuffin.”

Woods began writing mysteries more than three decades ago, winning an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1981 for his first novel, Chiefs. He is a pilot (he owns a Cessna Citation M2) and an avid sailor.

Woods has written 37 Stone Barrington thrillers, and in a 2014 interview, he was asked how he manages to keep each one fresh.

“I have a fevered imagination and a rich fantasy life,” he said, “which helps with the sex scenes.”

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