Cut and Thrust (Stone Barrington, Book 30) by Stuart Woods

By Stuart Woods

Stone Barrington enters the cutthroat fray of politics within the unprecedented new mystery from ny Times--bestselling writer Stuart Woods.

When Stone Barrington travels to l. a. for the largest political conference of the 12 months, he unearths the scene really shaken up: a blinding newcomer—and shut buddy of Stone’s—has given the delegates an unforeseen selection, the most important alliances are made and damaged at the back of closed doorways, and it appears multiple seat will be up for grabs. And amid the formidable schemers and hangers-on are a number of those who may perhaps use the chaotic occasions as disguise for extra sinister plans. . . .

In this milieu of glad-handing and backroom offers, purely the canniest participant can pop out on best . . . and it'll take all of Stone’s discretion and powers of persuasion to rearrange a fascinating final result.

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