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A hefty load of ill-gotten cash is at the heart of Stone Barrington's problems in the latest entry in Woods' (Doing Hard Time, 2013) long-running series. When ex-con John Fratelli pays Stone a visit seeking legal advice about the $2 million his cellmate bequeathed him, Stone helps Fratelli around some of the potential illegalities of the situation, given that the cash was obtained more than two decades ago in a robbery. Once Fratelli, grateful for the advice, takes off for Florida, Stone thinks he's seen the last of him, and he never imagines that he'll get wrapped up in a dogged pursuit of the money. But soon an ex-cop, the Secret Service, and a determined thug are questioning Stone about its whereabouts. The thug proves especially problematic, grabbing Stone's latest paramour and holding her hostage for $5 million. Woods sets up a potentially interesting presidential bid that will presumably be explored in future installments, but this outing is fairly run-of-the-mill and predictable at times. And do we really need multiple scenes of Fratelli golfing with his girlfriend?--Huntley, Kristine Copyright 2010 Booklist

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A misunderstanding leads Stone Barrington to take on ex-con John Fratelli as a client at the start of bestseller Woods's polished 28th outing for the suave New York City attorney (after 2013's Doing Hard Time). Fratelli put his 25 years in Sing Sing to good use by protecting fellow prisoner Eduardo Buono, who rewarded his service by telling Fratelli how to retrieve $2 million in stolen but now technically legal money from a safe-deposit box. Stone's advice to Fratelli causes complications that Stone isn't able to handle with the ease fans have become accustomed to, though he continues to enjoy the considerable perks of good friends, fine food, and beautiful women. Alluring illustrator Henrietta "Hank" Cromwell gives Stone's love life a boost. Fratelli's bumpy transformation into a wealthy, retired entrepreneur amuses. Stone fences with federal agents, tangles with thugs, and faces the problem of dealing with $5 million in small bills in the liveliest Barrington novel in some time. Agent: Anne Sibbald, Janklow & Nesbit. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.