Stone Barrington faces down danger on all sides in the latest thriller from perennial fan favorite Stuart Woods.
Stone Barrington is settling in for a stretch in New York when he receives news that demands immediate action. An old family matter has unexpectedly resurfaced, and Stone must decamp to the craggy shores of Maine to address the issue head-on.
There, Stone finds that a dual-pronged threat is hiding in plain sight among the stately houses and exclusive coastal clubs, and the incursion isn't easily rebuffed. These enemies have friends in high places, funds to spare, and a score to settle with Stone . . . and only the cleverest plot will draw them out into the open. From luxuriously renovated homes to the choppy ocean waters, the pursuit can only lead to an explosive end.
Edgar-winner Woods's subpar 57th Stone Barrington novel (after 2020's Hush-Hush) pits the superrich New York lawyer against two psychopathic relatives, twins Eben and Enos Stone, who have been paroled from prison in Maine, thanks largely to the influence of the state's newly elected governor, who was their late father's best friend. The governor apparently doesn't mind that the two Yale Law School grads were convicted of murdering their parents they claimed their father, Stone's first cousin, abused them and their mother knew but did nothing. Stone is sure the pair have killed other family members, crimes with which they were never charged, but lacks the evidence to prove it. The twins get part-time teaching jobs at Yale Law and return home to Islesboro, Maine, where they buy a house near Stone's summer place, setting the scene for a showdown. Stone's latest paramour and a Yale Law School student, whose boyfriend the twins recently murdered, concoct a plan to take them down. That the savvy twins fall for what turns out to be a rather predictable ploy disappoints. Even diehard Woods fans will struggle to suspend disbelief.
Good Woods read. Some of the sub plots are a little “bent”, but overall an entertaining story.
Fast read moves along
It’s a quick read. Keeps you engaged
Quick read. Basic and mindless.