In this exhilarating new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods, Stone Barrington goes up against an enemy on the run.
After a dangerous adventure has him traveling up and down the coast, Stone Barrington is looking forward to some down time at his Manhattan abode. But when an acquaintance alerts him to a hinky plot being hatched across the city, he finds himself eager to pursue justice.
After the mastermind behind it all proves more evasive than anyone was expecting, Stone sets out on an international chase to places he's never gone before. With the help of old friends—and alluring new ones—Stone is determined to see the pursuit through to the end, even if it means going up against a foe more unpredictable than he has ever faced...
Bestseller Woods's lighthearted 60th Stone Barrington novel (after Foul Play) opens at a Manhattan restaurant, where the suave attorney is waiting for his old pal Dino Bacchetti, New York City's police commissioner. After Dino phones to say he won't be there because of an emergency, an attractive young woman at the bar, Tink Dorsey, persuades Stone to buy her a drink. They wind up in bed back at Stone's townhouse. The next day, Dino's wife sets up Stone on a blind date with Kitty Crosse, who also wastes no time hopping into the sack with Stone. Coincidentally, both Tink and Kitty have the same investment broker, Viktor Zanian, who turns out to be running a Ponzi scheme. When Zanian flees the law on his private jet, Stone pursues Zanian in his own private jet, accompanied by a female FBI agent who likewise finds Stone irresistible. The plot amounts to an extended chase scene that reaches the Pacific and eventually the Middle East. Stone's slugging Kitty's nasty ex-husband is about as violent as the action gets, no one's ever in real danger, and there are few surprises en route to the upbeat ending. Woods fans will get their money's worth. Agent: Anne Sibbald, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc.
Fairly good read, but significant drag at the end. Lots and lots of details and a chore to finish.
Woods has pretty much exhausted his imagination on his once entertaining characters. The anticlimactic second half of this edition was disappointing. All said, it was readable, but not his best work.
With each successive Barrington book it seems as though there is more and more an emphasis on Stone’s sexual exploits while the plots get weaker and weaker.