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It was bound to happen eventually: suave lawyer Stone Barrington teams up with Teddy Fay, a rogue former CIA agent Stone was once tasked with pursuing. Teddy takes a sojourn in New Mexico where he crosses paths with Stone's son, Peter, who is driving out to California with his girlfriend and his closest pal. Teddy intercepts a pair of Russian assassins who are gunning for Peter in the hopes of forcing Stone to give up his controlling interests in a luxury Los Angeles hotel. Teddy takes the killers out, a move which brings him the attention of both Stone and the Russian mafioso who ordered the hit. When the Mafia boss makes up his mind to dispatch Teddy as well as Peter, it's only a matter of time before Teddy and Stone realize their interests are aligned. Longtime Woods fans who have seen Teddy 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. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Rock-steady bestseller Woods (37 novels and counting) reaches for a new generation of readers as Peter, son of his hero Stone, steps forward.--Huntley, Kristine Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Edgar-winner Woods's smooth 27th Stone Barrington novel (after Unintended Consequences) takes the New York City attorney to Los Angeles, where Stone's son, Peter; Peter's girlfriend, Hattie Patrick; and friend Dino Bacchetti's son, Benito, are headed to begin work on their first film for Centurion Studios after graduating from the Yale School of Drama. Two assassins, dispatched by Yuri Majorov, a powerful Russian, are tailing the young people on their drive west, but fugitive and ex-CIA employee Teddy Fay, who's lying low as a gas station attendant in a small New Mexico town, ensures the thugs do no harm. Stone and Fay, who crossed paths once before, form an unlikely alliance as Majorov continues to send operatives to find and eliminate both Fay and the Barringtons for interfering with his various plans. Stone-wealthy, handsome, and suave-displays a father's ruthless streak to protect Peter, while Fay brings a welcome gritty edge to his crowd-pleasing series. Agent: Anne Sibbald, Janklow & Nesbit. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.