Cut and Thrust: A Stone Barrington Novel
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Stone Barrington enters the cutthroat fray of politics in the exceptional new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods.
When Stone Barrington travels to Los Angeles for the biggest political convention of the year, he finds the scene quite shaken up: a dazzling newcomer—and close friend of Stone’s—has given the delegates an unexpected choice, crucial alliances are made and broken behind closed doors, and it seems that more than one seat may be up for grabs. And amid the ambitious schemers and hangers-on are a few people who may use the chaotic events as cover for more sinister plans….
In this milieu of glad-handing and backroom deals, only the canniest player can come out on top…and it will take all of Stone’s discretion and powers of persuasion to arrange a desirable outcome.
lunch tomorrow?” “Yes, we can do that.” “I should tell you that she’s interested in playing a woman in the novel. She says it’s a character part.” “God, she’d be great in the part!” “Twelve-thirty tomorrow?” “Yes. Can you come?” “I have to have lunch with a new client, but you don’t need me there.” “Tell her to come to the bungalow. We have a chef now.” “I’ll do that. Oh, and thank you again for the party last night. I love your house—Ben’s, too.” “Thanks, Dad.” Stone hung up and
trades?” Stone inquired. “Might it be your publicist?” “And now fucking Susannah Wilde has the part. It’s on Entertainment Tonight right this minute, I’m watching it. Oh, shit, they just said that Peter dumped me for her!” “Charlene, you’re behaving like a petulant child. You know how the game is played out here. You shouldn’t have given that information to the trades until you’d signed a contract. Do I have to explain that to you?” “I will never forgive you for this, Stone, never! And you
again until after the election.” “Just tell her you’ll be with me. She can always reach you if she needs to.” “All right, I’ll do that.” Late in the day, Billy Burnett was returning from the set to the offices in his golf cart when he passed a construction site for a new sound stage. The construction crew worked from seven A.M. to three P.M., so the site was deserted. Except it wasn’t. Billy stopped his cart and watched as a familiar figure strode across the site. The young man stopped,
bed, watching the Republican convention. Stone got naked and joined her. “I’d forgotten it was on,” he said. “They’re balloting, and Henry Carson is well ahead. No excitement here.” They watched listlessly while the balloting continued, and the TV guys gave the nomination to Carson. So did the convention, a short time later. “Tell me about Carson,” Stone said. “Somebody said he makes Mitt Romney look like a hippie. Is that enough?” “Is he smart?” “About as smart as the average Republican
out to be one in their offices.” “Then I hope they trace it back soon,” Stone said, “because they’re very short of time.” Stone woke early, before Ann, who slept on. When he came out of the shower she was up and dressing. “I’ve got one hell of a day today,” she said. “Kate has nine appointments, and I have to be with her at every one.” “Peter and Ben are having a housewarming tonight—I hope you’ll be able to go. It starts early, six o’clock.” He wrote down the address for her. “It’s a left