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Woods's new mystery is as sleek and engaging as the upper-class lifestyle of its appealing hero, ex-cop-cum-lawyer-cum-private investigator Stone Barrington. Woods (Blood Orchid) rewards Stone (and readers) by bringing back the beautiful British intelligence agent, code-named Carpenter, who first appeared in The Short Forever, the preceding book in this series. But Carpenter brings Stone more than hot sex and clever dinner conversation-she inadvertently draws him into her life-and-death struggle with one of the world's most efficient and intelligent female assassins, La Biche. While on assignment for lawyer Stone, attempting to photograph an adulterous husband in flagrante delicto, a clumsy assistant gets into trouble and falls into the hands of the NYPD and British Intelligence. Stone's pal and ex-partner from his early days on the NYPD, detective Dino Bacchetti, aids in extricating the assistant, but the incriminating photographs soon involve both men in the hunt for La Biche, who is out to kill Carpenter and avenge an old wrong. Friend and foe alike feed outright lies to Stone and Dino as the chameleonic lady assassin piles body upon body. Woods writes in a dry, witty style that keeps all his characters on a likable keel. The amusing repartee between Stone and Dino is memorably funny. In the end, Stone supplies a surprising dose of morality, and the reader finds that there is more to the story than flesh, flash and derring-do.
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Barrington returns to New York, where the philandering husband he's asked to investigate turns up dead.
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Stuart Woods knocks out a winner! I have read several of his books and like them all but prefer the Stone Barrington series which are a combination of detective, mystery, espionage... Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2009 by Douglas P. Murphy
If this book is worthy of 4 stars and considered to be very good for its genre, then the murder-mystery genre is surely lacking in creativity, drama, intelligence,and scope of... Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2004
this is the first book featuring stone barrington that I read..and do the pages ever fly by! the book starts off in a totally different place than where it ends up.. Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by Matthew Schiariti
This is the first Stuart Woods book I have read (listened to) and it will be my last. I thought it was lame and unbelieveable. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2003
I must agree with two of the other 1 star reviews. This was the MOST ridiculous of ALL Stone Barrington novels. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2003
I came across this book as a member of an online book club, and was hooked after the first two chapters. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2003 by Jerry L. McGahagin
While the core charachters are still the same: Stone, Dino, Elaine; the new ones are less developed and less interesting. Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2003