Stone Barrington investigates the secrets of a CIA officer's suicide in this next thriller in the bestselling series.
Stuart Woods's newest bestseller, Dark Harbor, brings us the perfect mix of sexy intrigue and swift suspense that have earned him legions of fans over the years. In this latest thriller, Stone enters the picturesque town Dark Harbor off the coast of Maine, where the shocking deaths of three people have cast a long shadow over this island haven-a locale as mysterious as it is exclusive.
Stone Barrington hasn't heard from his cousin, Dick Stone, in years-though he has fond memories of a teenage summer spent at his house in Maine. Then, Lance Cabot of the CIA interrupts an otherwise pleasant meal at Elaine's with news of Dick's death-apparently by his own hands. It seems that Dick Stone, a quiet family man who doubled as a CIA agent, methodically executed his wife, daughter, and then himself-or did he? What would cause a loving father and husband to murder his family as they slept? Before his death, Dick had appointed Stone executor of his will, giving him full control of the disposition of a sizable family estate. Was Dick preparing for his suicide, or forewarning Stone of his murder?
Bestseller Woods's tepid 12th Stone Barrington novel finds the New York lawyer taking a much-needed working vacation after the deadly trials and tribulations of the action-packedTwo-Dollar Bill (2005). Stone has inherited a house on the island of Dark Harbor, Maine, from his first cousin Dick after Dick and his family have been shot in what the local constabulary thinks is a murder/suicide. Of course it isn't, and Stone, along with series regulars NYPD Lt. Dino Bacchetti, CIA agent Lance Cabot and lover Holly Barker, goes to Maine to look into the deaths. Stone is never in real danger, though once again it becomes clear that women who sleep with him run a good chance of being captured and held hostage until Stone and his posse can ride to the rescue. Fans will be happy to learn that Dino is finally free of his problematic wife; Holly is still crazy about Stone; and Arrington, the mother of Stone's son, brushes off a scary domestic plot twist introduced in Two-Dollar Bill . One hopes that a well-rested Stone will spring back into more serious action in his next adventure.(Apr.) Copyright 1997-2005 Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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October 03, 2006
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Excerpt from Dark Harbor (Stone Barrington Series: #12) by Stuart Woods
Stone Barrington had already had a drink and had almost given up on Dino Bacchetti. It was unlike his former NYPD partner, now the lieutenant in charge of the detective squad at the 19th Precinct, to be late for eating or drinking. Stone was signaling a waiter for another drink and a menu when Dino trudged in.
"Why are you trudging?" Stone asked.
"I'm trudging because I'm depressed," Dino said, waving at a waiter and making drinking motions.
"And why, pray tell, are you depressed?"
"Mary Ann and I have just split."
"Yeah, sure," Stone said. "Just sleep on the sofa tonight, and everything will be fine in the morning."
"Not this time," Dino replied, drinking greedily from the glass set before him. "Words were spoken that can't be taken back."
"Take it from a lawyer," Stone said, "the only words spoken that can't be taken back are 'Guilty, Your Honor.'"
"Those were pretty much the words," Dino said.
"And who spoke them?"
"Who the fuck do you think?" Dino asked. "You think she would ever cop to anything?"
"What did you plead guilty to?"
"To the new desk sergeant at the precinct."
Stone's eyebrows went up. "Dino, are you switch-hitting these days?"
"A girl desk sergeant."