Stone Barrington finds himself in hot water in this exhilarating adventure from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.
During an intense storm in Dark Harbor, Maine, a perplexing murder lands a dead man on Stone Barrington's doorstep. As secrets swirl around this mystery man's identity, Stone quickly sets out to unravel a web of cunning misdirections and lies.
Soon enough, he is embroiled in an elaborate game of cat and mouse between the CIA and nefarious foreign forces, including a bewitching new companion who comes under his protection. But when Stone's actions draw the attention of an old enemy, one who will stop at nothing to prevent the truth from getting out, Stone realizes he may have finally met his match.
Edgar winner Woods's slapdash 61st novel featuring attorney Stone Barrington (after 2021's Criminal Mischief) finds Stone and Dino Bacchetti, his New York City police commissioner pal, dining at their favorite Manhattan restaurant when they're unexpectedly joined by CIA director Lance Cabot. Lance has a mission for Stone, who serves as Lance's associate director: "to provide a safe house for a person who shall remain unidentified, even with regard to gender." Stone agrees to fly this person on his private jet to England and keep them safe at his country house in Hampshire. The next morning, Stone meets this person, who's been smuggled onto his plane, after takeoff. She's Jenna Jacoby, a former model who has just gotten divorced from Texas senator Wallace Slade, an obnoxious jerk. Slade, who's not keen on Jenna's intention to testify soon before a Congressional committee about his unsavory connections to Russia, and a murderous henchman get on Jenna's trail, and the rest of the cartoonish plot centers on Slade's efforts to find Jenna and kill her. Stone and friends take countermeasures amid lots of light banter, good food, and great sex. This one's for die-hard fans only.
Not the best work
Usually , I find these books entertaining but in this one, I felt like it was written to meet a deadline , there seemed to be no interest on a real storyline….
Unsatisfactory ending among other things because there was no follow up on Jack Collins and the reason for his involvement or the reason the Russians were there. Good thing it was not my first Stone Barrington , because I would never have invested the time in reading the previous books and that would have been my lost