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Publisher's Summary

When Stone Barrington embarks on a trip to Bel-Air to check in on some business and personal concerns, he expects a relaxing break from the fast pace and mean streets of New York. But trouble never takes a vacation, and it has a way of finding Stone. A case that had seemingly been resolved has returned in full force - with lethal results. And this deadly situation makes for strange bedfellows when Stone finds himself teamed with the least likely ally…a gentleman of unique abilities, who can fly below the radar and above the law.

From the high-stakes poker tables of Las Vegas to California's lush beachside resorts, the trail of disguise, subterfuge, and murder leads to a shocking conclusion.

©2013 Stuart Woods (P)2013 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“The nonstop action is certain to keep fans turning pages.” (Kirkus Reviews)

"Longtime Woods fans who have seen Teddy [Fay] evolve from a villain to something of a lovable antihero will enjoy watching the former enemies work together in this exciting yarn. Is this the beginning of a beautiful partnership? Let’s hope so.” (Booklist)

"Stone - wealthy, handsome, and suave - displays a father’s ruthless streak...while Fay brings a welcome gritty edge to this crowd-pleasing series.” (Publishers Weekly)  

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Entertaining,unexpected twists and turns.

One of the better Stuart Woods(Stone Barrington) efforts. He left the bedroom scenes up to our imaginations for which I am grateful. He writes fun ,entertaining detective stories and Tony Roberts is a brilliant narrator. I must admit I would enjoy more New York and more Gino. If some of you were disappointed in the ("hack writing") your words, not mine, I suggest you try a different genre. Perhaps the writings of Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky. I have enjoyed these authors as well. With Stuart Woods you know in advance you are in for entertaining escapism. No more,no less. Pick your favorite genre and enjoy!

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Done With Stone...

Fool me three times and I'm done. after years of loving this series I gave it one more shot after last two duds. mistake. Either someone else is now writing the books, or someone else SHOULD be. No charm, no point, and embarrassing focus on conspicuous consumption of jets, hangars, luxury goods that made me cringe. Tragic whimper of an end to a once beloved series. Keep your happy memories of early Stone Barrington. (Tony Roberts' narration wonderful as always - is he ageless?? Which just made me sadder) a cynical return to a now-dry well...

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All wrapped up in a neat little bow...

I have always enjoyed this series and this was better than the last two. But it is becoming a little annoying to have everything always perfect. The kids are perfect. The women are perfect. Stone is perfect. Even real rich people aren't this perfect. I'd love to see the old Stone again.....the non rich one on the edge of the society page. Accepted by the beautiful people without actually being one of them. Tony Roberts was excellent as usual. Good to see Teddy back. I always liked that character. But this time even Teddy was perfect!

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Doing Hard Time

And now we enter world wide espionage into Stone's world. His world has certainly gotten bigger

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preposterously perfect preppy Peter...

.. now a movie director Jet Plane owner pilot financier can make you want to roll your eyes. however I love the Stone series no matter how much wretched excess and character Laden Stuart Woods gimmicky is a foot. Roberts reading a foreign accent is still deplorable. BTW YAY Teddy Fay, yes a killer but nonetheless a favorite character. the Stone series with all of its flaws and faults is a fantastic an entertaining experience. I certainly couldn't write anyting that well. thanks mr. Woods

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It’s difficult to believe that a former police detective would want to get into a shooting in rush hour traffic.

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bunch of nonsense

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Awesome

the story kept me intrigued and now I am want to hear more.. on to my next book

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What year was this written?

This was a detective novel it seems like it was written 40 years ago and update it with the technology references. Very old fashion and kind of boring. I don't remember the other Stone books being this way but may be it's been a long time since I listened to one?

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wonderful 👏

love Stuart woods and i dont think anyone other than tony Roberts could give him justice