Doing Hard Time (A Stone Barrington Novel)
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Nothing comes easy for Stone Barrington in this riveting novel from New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods.
When Stone Barrington embarks on a trip to Bel-Air to check in on some business and personal concerns, he expects a relaxing break from the fast pace and mean streets of New York. But trouble never takes a vacation, and it has a way of finding Stone. A case that had seemingly been resolved has returned in full force—with lethal results. And this deadly situation makes for strange bedfellows when Stone finds himself teamed with the least likely ally…a gentleman of unique abilities, who can fly below the radar and above the law.
From the high-stakes poker tables of Las Vegas to California’s lush beachside resorts, the trail of disguise, subterfuge, and murder leads to a shocking conclusion.
him the way, he taxied to runway 34 and, without slowing, started his takeoff roll. He thought it likely that, at this time of night, the controller on duty in the tower was probably occupied with some task or reading a magazine and would not notice the small, unlit airplane leaving the airport. Teddy kept the airplane as low as was safely possible until he was a good twenty miles from the airport, then he turned west and began his climb. Not until he had reached 8,500 feet did he turn on the
voice behind him said. Igor turned to find a man of about sixty standing behind him. “Good day to you,” Igor said. “You must be Mr. Tom Fields.” “I am.” “Your nephew was showing me your airstrip, and I just took a little stroll.” Fields nodded at the papers in his hand. “You looking for something out here?” “I’m looking for a couple of friends of mine who passed through here last week, driving a black Lincoln Navigator. Did you by any chance see or talk to them?” Fields
call the sheriff or the state police?” “Anybody in the car you found?” “I haven’t looked.” “Tom, you could call the police, but if you do, your life and your business are going to be disrupted for weeks, maybe months to come. My best advice is to fill up the hole, walk away, and put it out of your mind.” “Who were those two fellers, Billy?” “They were very bad people who followed that boy and his friends I ordered the tire for. They were going to hurt them. They tried to kill
to find this man.” “I don’t think I want that job,” Todd said. “Your mother would be shocked.” “I beg your pardon?” “Your mother and I are first cousins,” Majorov said. “How do you think you got this job? With a degree from that . . . university?” Todd was shaken. “She told me that all her relatives are dead.” “She lied,” Majorov said. “Now tell me why you don’t want Igor’s job.” “I would be very pleased to have Igor’s job, but not the job of finding this Billy
minutes later, a brown SUV drove through the studio gate with Peter Barrington in the front passenger seat. Vlad’s heart leaped; finally an opportunity. He waited for a couple more cars to follow the SUV, then he fell in behind it. • • • Half a block down the street, Stone Barrington sat in the front passenger seat of another brown SUV, with a Strategic Services agent at the wheel. “There,” Stone said, pointing. “I think that black car is following Peter’s.” The agent pulled into