When Stone Barrington takes on a wealthy heiress as his client, he finds himself handling a whole lot of trouble in this “this glossy, modern take on the classic detective story” (Publishers Weekly).
Stone Barrington’s newest client is a poised lady of considerable wealth who’s looking for help discouraging the attentions of a tenacious gentleman. But no sooner does Stone fend off the offensive party than his client becomes involved in two lethal crimes. With suspects aplenty, Stone probes deep into his client’s life to find the truth, and he discovers that the heart of the mystery may be a stunningly beautiful vestige of a bygone era. It’s a piece with a long and storied past and untold value...the kind of relic someone might kill for. Among the upper crust nearly everyone has buried a skeleton or two, and it will take all of Stone’s investigative powers to determine whose secrets are harmless, and whose are deadly.
At the start of bestseller Woods's breezy 37th Stone Barrington novel (after Scandalous Behavior), wealthy divorcee Carrie Fiske hires the New York City detective turned attorney to dissuade her ex-husband, Harvey Biggers, from stalking her and to remove Biggers from her will. Stone tasks his associate, former boxer Fred Flicker, with the first assignment, and he accepts Carrie's invitation for a weekend of business and pleasure in the Hamptons so that he might undertake the second. Stone revises the document, but barely has time to sample his lobster salad before discovering a dead body with ties to Biggers. He's soon embroiled in a mystery that involves a priceless object with cultural and historical significance. Tony trappings, colorful characters, and a magnificent McGuffin provide ample distraction from the occasional dangling plot thread and the implausible ease and frequency with which Stone lands lucrative cases and beds beautiful women. Dry-witted dialogue keeps the tone light and drives this glossy, modern take on the classic detective story. Author tour.
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Not as exciting as all the others in this series.
Another Awesome Read !
Not sure how Stuart does it but he continues to produce these awesomely Fun books to read ! Once again Stone Barrington is up to his ears with murder, mayhem and intrigue. As usual a woman is involved. These are great fun you should really be reading them.
Remember when you couldn't wait for a Stone Barrington novel to come out? Not any more for me. This one is an OK read as usual for Woods but has a rare error for him or just laziness in a critical area. There is a point where lights go out. No back-up lights go on. This is simply impossible in this day. Emergency backup battery powered lights are code required for areas where people gather. Ruined the book for me. Not giving anything away here. Woods gets a little duller and a little less crafty with each novel. I also dislike his self righteous and snotty lecture about how to not contact him at the end of this and every one of his books. Woods lacks character development these days. I've stopped caring about his people. I suspect he's a very rich and unfulfilled guy with a lot of rage. Read it if you must. There is a laugh or two and a twist. But overall, eh.