Kisser by Stuart Woods is the 17th book in the “Stone Barrington” suspense series. Publisher: Putnam, January 2010

Stone Barrington returns in this exciting new page-turner from the perennially entertaining New York Times–bestselling author Stuart Woods.

Stone Barrington is back in New York and looking forward to some downtime working cases for Woodman & Weld that the prestigious law firm does not wish to be seen to be associated with. But when he crosses paths with a fetching Broadway actress—and sometime lip model—Stone gets a little more deeply involved with show business than he’d expected.

Then the fleecing of a wealthy art dealer’s daughter leads him into the worlds of financial fraud, Big Art, and Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where opulent co-op apartments are hung with multimillion-dollar paintings, and where family scandals never remain hidden for long. No stranger to high society or the foibles of the rich, Stone soon realizes he must uncover the truth in a world where wealth and beauty may come at an unusually high price.

Stone is at it again, bedding women and trying to save them from harm. In this case, a young woman who is about to become wealthy is being fleeced by her boyfriend. When Stone intervenes, he finds she is associated with a scam artist who is also dealing drugs. With the assistance of the local police force and district attorney, Stone rescues her from the man and saves her life. My rating: 3.5 stars

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