Yes, a writer. But a writer attached to music. His first novel, which some dismiss, was a wild tale of political forces facing off in New Orleans in the 1960s, centered on a radio DJ. In Hall of Mirrors the city pulses with his soundtrack, and nothing good and everything great comes of that.
His fantastic second book, about Viet Nam and CIA drug smuggling, Dog Soldiers, ended up linked to one of rock’s great songs, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” which became the name for the movie version.
Stone wrote one more great book, Flag for Sunrise, and then some novels I didn’t like that much, though many did. He also wrote some engaging essays about living in the 60s, which had a biographical gravity that is hard to escape. Especially if you lived the 60s as hard as Stone did.
If you haven’t read Robert Stone you should. I would start at the beginning and move forward chronologically. Hall of Mirrors is far from his best book, but it is a book most of us wish we wrote when we were young and too often stoned.