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Picking up where Severe Clear (2012) left off, Stone Barrington and company are trying to keep the news that a nuclear bomb was almost detonated in Los Angeles from the public. As President Will Lee decides what he's going to tell the nation, another threat arises. Jasmine Shazaz, sister of the bomber who almost took out the metropolis, is targeting U.S. dignitaries in London, and it isn't long before she decides to mount a strike on U.S. soil. Holly Barker, an assistant director at the CIA, is tasked with stopping Jasmine, and she enlists Stone to help her out. As the two close in on Jasmine in New York, Jasmine decides to make them her next victims. Woods can be hit-or-miss, but as far as action goes, this latest entry is undoubtedly a hit. It starts off strong and never lets up, building to an exciting showdown. These days, Stone and Holly almost always share the spotlight, and the two make an appealing team. Woods' fans won't want to miss this action-packed thriller. HIGH-DEMAND BACK STORY: With 35 consective hardcovers on the New York Times bestseller list, Woods is ramping up the appeal of his Stone and Holly duo in the latest magnetic installment in this popular series, and a new national tour and topnotch publicity will follow.--Huntley, Kristine Copyright 2010 Booklist


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In Woods's high-octane 25th Stone Barrington thriller, which picks up where 2012's Severe Clear left off, terrorist Jasmine Shazaz orchestrates a series of bombings designed to avenge her brothers, Ari and Mohammad Shazaz, who met untimely ends in the previous book. Her first salvo, in London, kills the foreign secretary and triggers alarms that have assistant CIA director Holly Barker talking to MI6 head Felicity Devonshire and sharing the suspicion that Jasmine is responsible. The elusive Jasmine escapes capture in London and leaves a trail of carnage before moving to New York City and other targets. Meanwhile, Barrington and Barker continue their affair; Lt. Dino Bachetti and his flame, fellow NYPD officer Viv DeCarlo, play important roles; and series fans will find significant changes marking the lives of several series characters. Woods's blend of exciting action, sophisticated gadgetry, and last-minute heroics doesn't disappoint. Agent: Anne Sibbald, Janklow & Nesbit. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.