A chance encounter with a small-time crook sends Stone Barrington straight into the heart of New York’s mafia underworld in this action-packed thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
It started out as just another late night at Elaine’s, but it ended with Stone on the horns of a dilemma. Forced to represent a sleazy but clueless con man, Stone finds that what could have been a throwaway case instead leads right to Carmine Datilla, a powerful mob boss with a notoriously bad temper and long reach. With the help of his ex-partner, Dino, Stone investigates “Datilla the Hun,” and the rest of the mob family, encountering intrigue and danger at every turn. Will Stone finally take a stand, or will he end up at the bottom of Sheepshead Bay?
Smooth-talking New York lawyer Stone Barrington, along with his sidekick, NYPD detective Dino Bacchetti, get dragged into an impossible case in Stone's entertaining 13th outing (after Dark Harbor). Stone's bosses at the high-class law firm of Woodman and Weld want him to sue major league Mafia don Carmine Dattila for beating up a character from earlier Stone adventures, the hapless Herbie Fisher. It's all pretty much good fun the snappy repartee, hot sex, dinner at Elaine's, comedic Mafia hoodlums with names like Sammy Tools, Johnny Pop and Dattila the Hun until the tale turns darker with the introduction of a psychotic sculptor, Devlin Daltry, who's the ex-boyfriend of Stone's current flame, Celia Cox, a tall, fabulously beautiful masseuse. Woods delivers few surprises, but there are plenty of laughs as the pages speed by. Series regulars and newcomers alike will be perfectly satisfied.
Great story and plots. Usual five star Woods yarn, mostly about one of his main characters, Herby Fisher. In this edition, Herbie is a complete A.H. as opposed to future stories about him in other books where he turns into a completely different character. Good read.
Gotta love Stone
Great Stone novel. It keeps you turning the page. Or flicking it rather. Solid story and continuation of the Stone series.
No need for all of the sex
The story line was good, but all of the explicit sex is totally not necessary. Mr. Woods character, Stone Barrington, should get help for his sexual addiction.