Stone Barrington gets involved in some dangerous business in this outstanding thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods.
Stone Barrington isn’t one to turn away in the face of danger, so when he witnesses a tricky situation, he jumps in to lend a hand. He never expected his involvement would lead to a mutually beneficial business deal with a prominent gentleman who requires the ever-discreet services of Woodman & Weld. But in the ruthless corporate world no good deed goes unpunished, and Stone soon finds himself the target of a ragtag group of criminal toughs who don’t appreciate his interference in their dealings. From the isolated landscape of Maine to the white sand beaches of Key West, the trail of deception, theft, and murder will lead to a perilous confrontation.
Bestseller Woods's glittering 34th novel featuring Stone Barrington (after Hot Pursuit) finds the suave cop turned attorney helping Jose "Pepe" Perado, a Texas brewer, open a beer distributorship, and possibly a brewery, in New York City. The opposition, in the manner of 1930s gangster films, intends to "dissuade him." So Stone, with the help of buddy Dino Bacchetti, the commissioner of police, fights back. Later, Pepe slides into the background, and the assorted bad guys offer a primer on how to rob banks, among other crimes, as the body count rises. Stone still has time for a stellar sex life, bedding any woman who crosses his path and is a) beautiful, b) wealthy, c) well connected, or d) all of the above. Over dinner at the Four Seasons, one such damsel tells Stone, "I want to go back to your house, then fuck your brains out." Once in bed, she takes "him in her hand." Some readers may not immediately realize him means penis. Why so coy?
Another very good Stone yarn. Complicated, but a fine Whodunit.
Always worth the read
As always Stone & Dino get the bad guys. Stuart Woods once again put together a great piece of writing !
Bring in the closer
I enjoy tagging along with Stone and Dino. I just wish one of the last several Woods books had a great ending. Perhaps Woods should re-read Chiefs and some of the earlier books before tackling the next one. I don't want Woods to stop writing, I just don't want to be let down at the end of a book again.