by Stuart Woods
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Stone Barrington sat at his usual table with Dino Bacchetti and Bill Eggers. Dino was his old partner from when he had been on the NYPD, and Eggers was the managing partner of Woodman and Weld, the law firm for which Stone was of counsel, which is to say, he did the work that the firm did not wish to be seen to do, sometimes for clients the firm did not wish to be seen to represent. He did this work from a distance, at his home office in Turtle Bay.
Stone took his first sip of his second bourbon, while Dino and Eggers did likewise for their second Scotch.
"I'm hungry," Stone said. "How long since we ordered dinner?"
Eggers glanced at his watch. "Twenty minutes."
"I should have my green bean salad, hold the peppers, by now," Stone said.
"Look around," Dino said. "It's a busy night."
It was a busy night, Stone reflected, and then it got even busier. The front door opened, and in walked Herbert Q. Fisher with two hookers. Stone knew they were hookers, because renting was the only means by which Herbie Fisher could acquire company so attractive, not that they were all that attractive.
"Oh, shit," Stone said.
"Shit what?" Dino asked.
"It's Herbie Fisher." Stone looked away from the door, so as not to catch Herbie's eye. It didn't work.
Herbie stopped at Stone's table, picked up his hand and pumped it. "Hey, Stone, baby!" he yelled, forming his words carefully enough that he appeared drunk. "How's it hanging?"
"Hello, Herbie," Stone said. "How are you?" He immediately regretted the question.
"Well, I'm a lot better than okay," Herbie said. "I passed the bar today."
Stone squinted at him. "You're going to be a bartender?" Visions came to mind of customers clutching their throats and gagging.
"No, no—the bar. You and I are now brothers in the law."
"You're drunk, Herbie. Go away."
Herbie began searching for something in his inside coat pocket. "No, I'm not kidding. I've got it right here." He came up with a page from a newspaper and unfolded it to reveal a list of many names in small print. A circle was drawn around one of them. "See? Right here!" Herbie pointed helpfully.
Stone looked at the name. "This is a list of night students who got their GEDs, right?"
"No! Look up at the top of the page."
Stone followed Herbie's finger. "Candidates Successfully Completing the Bar Examination of the State of New York," read the title.
"It's a joke newspaper," Stone said.
"No, it's not!" Herbie said indignantly.
"You've never been to law school," Stone pointed out.
"I most certainly have," Herbie said, "for the past nineteen months, at the Oliver Wendell Holmes Internet College of Law. I graduated summa cum laude."
"Herbie, go away," Stone said.
"Oh, let me introduce you to my ladies," Herbie said, sweeping an arm toward the two hookers. "This is Suzette and Sammie. Ladies, this is the distinguished attorney-at-law Mr. Stone Barrington. He and I have worked together in the past and, hopefully, will be working together in the future."
"Herbie," Stone said, "you're hallucinating. The notion that you graduated from any established law school and passed the bar is insane, and the idea of working with you in any capacity is repellent. If you don't go away, I'll have a waiter throw you out."
"Nice to see you, too, Stone," Herbie said with a wave. He took the arms of his two companions and steered them toward a table in Siberia, where a waiter was frantically beckoning.
"Who the hell was that?" Eggers asked.
"You remember that time when you wanted to catch a...
About the Author-
Stuart Woods is the author of more than sixty novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Stone Barrington series. He is a native of Georgia and began his writing career in the advertising industry. Chiefs, his debut in 1981, won the Edgar Award. An avid sailor and pilot, Woods lives in Florida, Maine, and New Mexico.
Tony Roberts is a gifted actor who has appeared on the Broadway stage and in films. Twice a Tony nominee, he starred in Xanadu, Barefoot in the Park, Don't Drink the Water, and Victor, Victoria. His film credits include Annie Hall, Serpico, and Play It Again, Sam. He can be heard on many Stone Barrington audiobooks.
January 15, 2007
Smooth-talking New York lawyer Stone Barrington, along with his sidekick, NYPD detective Dino Bacchetti, get dragged into an impossible case in Stone's entertaining 13th outing (after Dark Harbor
). Stone's bosses at the high-class law firm of Woodman and Weld want him to sue major league Mafia don Carmine Dattila for beating up a character from earlier Stone adventures, the hapless Herbie Fisher. It's all pretty much good fun—the snappy repartee, hot sex, dinner at Elaine's, comedic Mafia hoodlums with names like Sammy Tools, Johnny Pop and Dattila the Hun—until the tale turns darker with the introduction of a psychotic sculptor, Devlin Daltry, who's the ex-boyfriend of Stone's current flame, Celia Cox, a tall, fabulously beautiful masseuse. Woods delivers few surprises, but there are plenty of laughs as the pages speed by. Series regulars and newcomers alike will be perfectly satisfied.
PublisherPenguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
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