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Publisher's Summary

The unflappable Stone Barrington comes face to face with two men whose lives are wrapped in shadows and lies - and who both still feel the sting of betrayal they can never forget.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Hired by an odd client previously unknown to him, Stone arrives in London on a mission he thinks he understands but doesn't. Soon he finds himself not only out of his territory but out of his depth as well. Baffled as he is by the behavior of both his quarry and his client, Stone's life is further complicated by two, possibly three murders and the affectionate attentions of two former lovers. When the intelligence services of three countries become involved, he can only hang on for a wild ride and hope for a not-too-bumpy landing.

©2003 Stuart Woods (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“[A] speedy tale...Bombshell revelations and multiple resolutions combine with the cinematic plot for a perfect flight or beach read.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Mr. Woods, like his characters, has an appealing way of making things nice and clear.” (The New York Times)

“Woods certainly knows how to keep the pages turning.” (Booklist)

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An easy to listen to book

found myself enthralled yet again with the exploits of Stone Barrington and Dino Bachetti his old partner in NYPD.

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Good story. predictable, but a fun read!

I have read a few books with the same plot line. the pleasant surprise was the end...no spoiler!

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always intéresting

Listening to all the books in
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Well presented; Weak story

The reader did a fine job presenting this plot-driven novel. Unfortunately, there is little character development. It is difficult to like the characters or to care about what happens to them.

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connections

another great story. looking forward to the next installment and how all the characters fit together.

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Another great read!!

The story a little convoluted. It keeps you guessing, and when you think you know where it is going, it changes track.

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lots or chara cterdepth i own all Stone novels you

the highest recommendationfor the entire series smooth plot development love intrest easy on alli rexommend rhe series

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the short forever

excellent book. slowly getting the whole cast in my mind. we get introduced to many characters that are in many stone stories

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A great deal of fun.

A reasonably believable plot with charm wit and style in great London and English locations.

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Ok, I guess I'm hooked after all!

Eventhough, all the characters sound like wild senior citizens (nothing wrong with that mind you), due to the older sounding voice of the narrator. Since this was one of the earlier installments, I see that the characters cocktail swigging, etc., lifestyles were already set early on. Otherwise it's all just jetsetting here and there, feather boas (just kidding), hefty bank accounts, some espionage, romps in various beds/partners, a few dead bodies, cigar puffing, name dropping, the right connections, and, of course, only the most acceptable cars. I will now start from the very beginning of this long series, and eat my hat.
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