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Stuart Woods doesn’t have to knock on wood regarding his latest Stone Barrington novel—it’s sure to hit the “hot” #1 spot with a twisty, fast-moving mystery linking a seemingly tame antiquities theft to a murder, a coin worth millions and a secret heist that goes back to the last days of the Vietnam War.
Stone Barrington’s CIA ally, Lance Cabot, needs his help. Seems Lance’s long-lost brother, Barton—a spy with a security clearance even higher than his own—has turned up following a street beating that damaged his memory. Amnesia being a danger in a man harboring state secrets, Lance hires Stone to watch his brother’s back.
As Stone discovers, Barton is a spy with a rather unusual hobby: restoring antique furniture and building skillful reproductions of the highly-prized originals. And now someone’s stolen a very valuable mahogany secretary. Is the theft tied to Barton’s attack—and to a lucrative transaction he made 30 years ago, a deal that a marine buddy still bears a grudge over?
The genteel world of antiques at first seems a far cry from Stone’s usual milieu. But a million bucks rides on what he finds out, and he suspects Barton’s hiding more than just a few forged antiques.
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