Strategic Moves: A Stone Barrington Novel
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Stone Barrington's been set up to take a big fall...
Stone's undercover dealings with M16 have brought in a big new client. That means a huge bonus and a partnership-until Stone gets wind of an impending scandal that might torpedo his big promotion...and his life.
me to make you a promise: I will answer your questions truthfully, in return for immunity from prosecution for myself and my household.” “Your household?” Todd asked. “My wife, children, their children, my mistress, and my domestic staff, numbering twelve.” “We can talk about that,” Holly replied, “once we are settled at our eventual destination.” “This is a very impressive airplane,” Estancia said. “May I look around?” Todd looked at Holly. “Why not?” Mike led Estancia out of the trailer
Lance. I’m going to hold you to that, and afterwards, too.” Stone hung up and returned to Willa. “Problem?” she asked. “Not anymore,” he replied, hoping it was true. They had a good dinner and retired early. Willa came to bed wearing only a short, filmy nightgown, and Stone received her wearing only boxer shorts. Shortly, neither was wearing anything. “You have a reputation to live up to,” Willa said, throwing a leg over and snuggling close, her breasts firmly against his chest. “Oh,
think so,” Pablo replied. He stared into his drink, then tapped his ear. Stone produced Cantor’s device and pressed the button. “I have a concern,” Pablo said. “How can I help?” Stone asked. “I don’t know that you can. This morning I walked the distance from my apartment to this house. Halfway here I became aware of a four-man team following me.” Stone sat up straight. “Might they have been foreign?” “I don’t think so. They were conventionally Caucasian and dressed in business clothes. One
always knew everything. “I have spies.” “You are conducting a spying campaign against Elio’s?” “I don’t have to; people tell me things. You tell Dino to watch himself.” She got up and moved to another table. Willa had not yet arrived, so Stone got out his phone and called Dino. “Bacchetti.” “If you’re at Elio’s, you’re a dead man.” “So that’s what she thinks?” “She says she has spies.” “I’m at work.” “You’d better have witnesses.” Stone hung up, chuckling. Willa breezed through the
touch with Pablo.” “I have to go now,” Lance said. “There are people waiting to see me.” “Lance—” But Lance had hung up. Stone looked up to see a man he didn’t recognize standing in his doorway. He was tall, with a dark, heavy beard and black horn-rimmed glasses. “Good morning, Stone.” “Yes? Have we met?” The man came across the room and sat down in the chair opposite Stone. “My disguise is better than I thought.” “Pablo?” Stone said with astonishment. “Don’t make me take the beard off;