“STRATEGIC MOVES,” by Stuart Woods, Putnam, New York, 2011, hardcover, 290 pages, $25.95.
Stuart Woods, a part-time Mount Desert Island resident, brings back policeman-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington for the 18th time in his latest novel.
Things are looking up for Barrington as the book begins. He’s just gotten a huge bonus from the law firm with which he’s aligned for bringing in a big new client, and there’s talk of him becoming a partner.
Of course, things don’t stay that way. Stone’s least-favorite client, the dimwitted lottery-winner Herbie Fisher, soon drags him into some possible financial shenanigans involving Herbie’s new bride’s upper-crust family.
Then his position with the high-end security firm Strategic Services, of which he soon owns a piece, lands him in a different morass, one that includes the devious Lance Cabot, deputy director of the CIA.
In between, ladies’ man Barrington still has time to wine and dine a rich widow and a deputy district attorney.
Woods has produced another globe-trotting page-turner that has Barrington having to keep a lot of balls in the air, which he manages to do adroitly. As always, the smooth mystery writer keeps the reader entertained with a scintillating read.