Choppy Water by Stuart Woods (Stone Barrington #54)
English | 2020| Mystery/Thriller | ePUB | 2.9 MB
Stuart Woods is the author of forty-four novels, including the New York Times-bestselling Stone Barrington series and Holly Barker series. The last twenty-eight of them have been New York Times best-sellers. He is an avid private pilot, flying his own jet on two book tours a year.
In this exhilarating new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods, Stone Barrington must go up against an enemy with deadly intentions–and ideologies.
Stone Barrington and his friends are vacationing in Maine when their leisure is suddenly disrupted by extreme weather. To make matters worse, the inclement conditions allow for a menacing adversary to sneak in unnoticed and deliver a chilling message. Soon it becomes clear that the target of the incident is one of Stone’s closest companions, and that these enemies have a grander scheme in mind.
From the bustling streets of New York City to the sun-drenched shores of Key West, Stone intends to nab the criminals that appear behind him at every step. But his search only leads him further down a trail of peril and corruption, and he’ll soon find that at the end of the road is a more dangerous foe than he could have imagined…
“Done,” Stone replied. “I’ll alert the housekeeper and the cook.”
“I’ll need their names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers—and those of anyone else who is likely to come into the house.”
“There’s a caretaker, too. I’ll get you all that.”
“Then what time shall we leave the house?”
“As soon as it’s dark. There’s a big moon tonight, so we might be able to get back to the main road without headlights,” Stone said.
“I like the sound of that.”
“In fact, when the moon’s up, we might be able to taxi and take off without lights. The GPS will keep us on the center lines from hangar to takeoff.”
“You’re thinking the way I think, Stone. All okay with you, ma’am?”
“With you two around I don’t have to think at all,” she said.
Stone consulted the map Bill had given him. “Bill, exactly where are we on this map?”
Bill started a finger at Somesville and ran it along their route, then tapped on a spot.
“This is Broad Cove Cottage, right?”
“But it’s not on Broad Cove Road?”
“Nope. The name is a reference to the cove. Broad Cove Road is half a mile farther south.”
“And where was the butchered deer found?”
“Right about here,” Bill said, pointing to a spot. “Wait, I think I see your point. It was found about here, close to Broad Cove Road.”
“Right. Perhaps these people were given the name of the house and assumed that Broad Cove Cottage was on Broad Cove Road?”
“It’s a good thing they’re not geniuses,” Holly said.
As the moon rose, Stone entered the gate code at the Bar Harbor Airport, and the three-car motorcade drove through. The hangar doors were open, and the tow was pulling the Gulfstream onto the ramp. When the tow had departed they got out of the SUVs and the agents began loading luggage, while the passengers, plus Bill and Claire, boarded and made themselves comfortable.
Stone went forward to the cockpit. “Is it bright enough to taxi and take off without lights?” he asked Faith, who was in the left seat, running checklists.
She looked out the windows. “Sure,” she said.
“Don’t file ahead of time,” he said. “Do it after takeoff, with Boston Center, instead of Bangor Approach.”
“I guess they won’t arrest me for that,” she said.
“I’ll see that they don’t,” Bill said. “We’re plugged into those guys.”