Stone Barrington is pulled along for the ride when a friend pursues a perilous course of vengeance in the newest novel from #1 New York Times–bestselling author Stuart Woods.
In the wake of a personal tragedy, former CIA operative Teddy Fay—now a successful Hollywood film producer known as Billy Barnett—takes a leave of absence to travel and grieve, and lands in Santa Fe in the company of his friends Stone Barrington and Ed Eagle. There, fate hands him an unexpected opportunity to exact quiet revenge for his recent loss, from a man who helped to cover up the crime.
But when his enemy wises up to Teddy’s machinations, a discreet game of sabotage escalates to a potentially lethal battle. From the arid splendor of the New Mexico desert to the glamour of Hollywood’s rolling hills, it will take all of Stone Barrington’s diplomacy and skill to maneuver for Teddy’s advantage while keeping innocents out of the crossfire.
Hollywood producer Billy Barnett (aka former CIA agent Teddy Faye) takes center stage in bestseller Woods's inventive 44th Stone Barrington novel (after 2017's Quick & Dirty), while Stone offers guidance from the sidelines. After a drunk driver kills Billy's wife while she's crossing the street in Beverly Hills, Billy takes a leave of absence from his studio and starts driving east. He ends up stopping in Santa Fe, N.Mex., where, coincidentally, nasty film mogul Dax Baxter, the husband of the woman who ran down his wife, is making a western. Dax has the connections to ensure that his wife, now in rehab, doesn't get prosecuted. Under yet another alias, Billy succeeds in securing a job on Dax's movie and starts exacting his revenge in small ways on the set. After figuring out that Billy is a threat and why, Dax hires a Russian thug to take care of him. Thanks to his CIA training, Billy proves more than a match for the bad guys as the action escalates in a series of tit-for-tat reprisals. Newcomers will find this installment an easy entry into Woods's alluring world of wealth, power, and crime.
Another marvelous Woods yarn. Teddy Fay rides again! Super plot and characters. Five stars plus all the way.
I am an avid Stuart Woods fan. So, I will admit I am biased . But, this book is a fast paced, quick read. I love the Teddy Faye character. I am always glad when they bring a little of that bad boy out of him again .
I would highly recommend reading this book . It’s a must read and you will not want to put it down.
Absolute drivel. Choppy, unbelievable, shallow. I am stunned to know this made it to market.