By Stuart Woods

Two-Dollar Bill supplies all of the storytelling twists and whip-smart banter readers have come to like in Stuart Woods's thrillers, as artful big apple cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington is again on his domestic turf stuck among a dirty wealthy conman-who's simply turn into his client-and a stunning prosecutor.

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I’ll express you where someday; my father did the entire cabinetwork and millwork. ” “Your father was once a builder? ” “A cupboard and furnishings maker. His father used to be a cloth mill proprietor in Massachusetts, yet they parted corporation over politics. ” “What was once the confrontation? ” “My grandfather used to be a Republican; my father used to be a Communist. ” “No kidding? ” “Don’t inform the AG; he’ll come after me. ” “Don’t fear, his time is taken up with Islamists nowadays. Where’d your first identify come from? ” “My mother’s identify used to be Matilda Stone. ” “The painter? ” “Yes. you recognize her paintings? ” “I observed an convey of hers on the Morgan Library as soon as, years in the past. She’s lifeless, isn’t she? ” “They either are. your pals nonetheless alive? ” “Very a lot so. Daddy is a Washington legal professional, and mom is, good, a hostess and an excellent good looks. For a residing. ” “Baldwin and Peet? ” “The exact same. ” “So your daddy’s wealthy, and your ma is good-lookin’? ” “That’s concerning the dimension of it. ” “Tough. ” “Yes, it’s been a troublesome existence. ” “You able to order? ” “The osso buco sounds nice. ” Stone ordered it for either one of them, besides a bottle of Amerone. Dino got here in, hung up his coat and sat down at their desk. “What are you doing right here? ” Stone requested. “Can’t you spot I’m attempting to seduce this lady? ” “Introduce me,” Dino acknowledged. “Tiff, this can be Lieutenant Dino Bacchetti, commander of the detective squad on the 19th Precinct. Dino, this is often Tiff Baldwin, the hot U. S. lawyer. ” “I heard approximately you on TV,” Dino acknowledged. “Why are you attempting to crucify Martha Stewart? ” Tiff buried her face in her fingers and pretended to weep. “It’s now not her fault, Dino,” Stone acknowledged, “now pass locate one other desk. ” “Okay, ok, i do know while I’m no longer wanted,” Dino acknowledged, getting up. “By the way in which, I talked to my man who’s heading the research of the capturing the opposite evening. He thinks you have been the objective, no longer Billy Bob. See ya. ” And with a wave, he went and sat down with someone else. “Somebody’s capturing at you? ” Tiff requested. “Ignore Dino,” Stone stated. “He’s making it up. ” “Are you actually attempting to seduce me? ” “Not but. ” Tiff dropped Stone off at his residence in the dead of night. “You going to be round this weekend? ” he requested. “Yep, I’m apartment-hunting all day Saturday. ” “You’ll be drained while you’re performed; why don’t I prepare dinner you a few dinner that evening? ” “Sounds nice; i would like to determine your home. ” “And i would like to teach it to you. ” eight STONE WOKE to the odor of totally nothing—no steak, no bacon. might be Billy Bob and his lady have been sound asleep in. Then, as he obtained up and about, he spotted a sheet of his stationery on most sensible of the pile of baggage on the foot of his mattress. He picked it up. “Hey, Stone,” it learn. “I obtained to visit Omaha right now to establish a deal. Tiffany goes to her position. I’ll be again on the 4 Seasons day after today evening. allow me purchase you a few dinner. Billy B. ” there has been no date or time on it. He bought himself jointly and went right down to the kitchen for a few breakfast, this time, his ordinary bran cereal. Helene, his Greek housekeeper, used to be tidying up. “Good morning, Mr. Stone,” she acknowledged, in her seriously accented English.

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