Carnal Curiosity: A Stone Barrington Novel
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Stone Barrington is back in the extraordinary new adventure from New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods.
Stone Barrington seems to have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When Manhattan’s elite are beset by a series of clever crimes—and Stone is a material witness—he and his former partner Dino Bacchetti find themselves drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud, where insider knowledge and access are limited to a privileged few, and the wealthy are made vulnerable by the very systems meant to keep them safe. As Stone and Dino delve deeper into their investigation, they learn that the mastermind behind the incidents may have some intimate ties to Stone…and that the biggest heist is still to come.
lunch companion,” Stone said. “Now you’ll meet someone you might want to hire if you win and work for if you don’t.” 10 They were on dessert when Ann Keaton looked at her watch. “Uh-oh, gotta get out of here,” she said. “Not that you two haven’t been wonderful company and a nice break from my particular grind. Herb, very good to meet you. You’ve got my card, and I’ll look for your check later today.” They both stood up and shook her hand. “Remember your promise,” Stone said. “No job
around. “Yes, this place is furnished almost entirely with things she left. I had a chance to cherry-pick the furniture and pictures before her house was sold.” She poured them a cognac, and they sat on the living room sofa. “I fully expect you to make a major pass at some point,” Ann said, “and I’d be disappointed if you didn’t, but please, not tonight. I’m still awake, but I’m tired.” “Would you normally be in bed by this time?” “Yes, but with a book or, more likely, some campaign document.
“Lance Cabot called and invited you to lunch. You didn’t have anything on your calendar, so I made the date.” “And where did you decide we should lunch?” “At the Harvard Club, twelve-thirty, Lance’s idea.” Stone arrived at the august club on time, and asked for Lance. He was directed to the main dining room, an impossibly high-ceilinged chamber worthy of a cathedral. Lance greeted him politely—Lance was always polite, never warm. There was a bottle of Meursault in a bucket beside the table,
without her.” “Well, we can’t spring her, because we haven’t got her,” Dino said. “We can offer to drop her charges and pull the APB that’s out on her. You game?” he asked Kravitz. “I’ll take it to the DDA,” she said. “I’ll beg, if I have to.” 51 Stone was having a sandwich at his desk when Dino called. “Hey.” “Hey. We had a good morning with Bill Murphy.” “Anything new on the girl?” “Let me tell you the whole story: Murphy was nearly in on the jewelry robbery at the Coulters’
asked. “Yes, but they only got up and running an hour ago. We may have missed a lot.” Stone tossed Dino a room service menu. “What would you like?” “Steak, rare, onion rings, green beans, double Johnnie Walker Black first, then a bottle of your choice.” Stone ordered the same and a bottle of the Mondavi Napa Cabernet. The drinks came almost immediately. “Long time since I was on a stakeout,” he said. “Me, too. Not since I made lieutenant, except for that one thing at the Carlyle that time.”