Stone Barrington is caught in the web of a national smuggling operation in the latest action-packed thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.
Stone Barrington is getting some much-needed rest and relaxation in the Florida sun when trouble falls from the sky--literally. Intrigued by the suspicious circumstances surrounding this event, Stone joins forces with a sharp-witted and alluring local detective to investigate. But they run into a problem: the evidence keeps disappearing.
From the laid-back Key West shores to the bustling Manhattan streets, Stone sets out to connect the dots between the crimes that seem to follow him wherever he travels. His investigations only lead to more questions, and shocking connections between old and new acquaintances. But as Stone must quickly learn, answers--and enemies--are often hiding in plain sight . . .
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
With their their exotic settings, sexy shenanigans, and mile-a-minute adventures, it’s no surprise that Stuart Woods’ Stone Barrington thrillers are big bestsellers. Cracking open Contraband is like leaping into a book version of Magnum, P.I., aka a bunch of fun. This time around, Barrington’s lounging on a yacht in Florida before he’s drawn into a case involving mysterious packages that are going missing and a string of murders, not to mention a voluptuous rescue diver and a lusty businesswoman. Whether Barrington’s between the sheets or chasing a suspect, Woods keeps us eagerly flipping pages. He’s truly perfected the balance between bawdy and suspenseful.
Bestseller Woods's diverting 50th Stone Barrington novel (after Wild Card) finds the New York attorney relaxing on a yacht anchored off Fort Jefferson, in Florida's Dry Tortugas, when a small plane makes a forced landing nearby and sinks in the shallow water. Stone dives in and pulls the unconscious pilot, Al Dix, from the plane, which is carrying several large pieces of luggage. A helicopter rescue team flies Dix to Key West, where Stone is soon enjoying the favors of gorgeous policewoman Maxine "Max" Crowley. The investigation widens after the mysterious cargo disappears from the wrecked plane. The authorities have no clue what was in the luggage, and Dix isn't talking. Back in New York, high-end clothing designer Roberta "Robbie" Calder wants Stone's help in getting a divorce from her abusive husband. By chance, Stone's connection to Robbie sheds light on the Florida case. The suspense falls off once the reader learns what Dix was smuggling, but it rises as the action builds toward a climactic showdown between Max and Robbie. Woods balances the criminal doings with loads of light banter and tantalizing glimpses of great sex.
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Usual 5 star story from Woods. Good read.
Slipping into mediocrity
The writing has become stilted, and the sex overdone.
Far from his best
I have read almost every Stuart Woods book and this is without question the worst written book he has done. Story goes in many directions and in the end it goes nowhere.