D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods is the 22nd book in the “Stone Barrington” suspense series. Publisher: Putnam, December 2011

Seemingly out of the blue, Stone Barrington and NYPD detective, Dino Bacchetti, receive a most welcome invitation from the White House. It seems President Will Lee needs their investigative talents—and legendary discretion—for a particularly sensitive case. For his part, Stone is pleased to discover they’ll be working with his former partner in crime (and in bed), CIA agent Holly Barker.

In the exclusive world of Washington politics, power and privilege often go hand in hand with private indulgences and clandestine affairs. As Stone’s investigation takes him from the multimillion-dollar Georgetown houses of the city’s elite to the luxurious apartments of Watergate to the private residence of the president himself, it becomes clear that even clubby, buttoned-up Washington high society has a scandalous side that its most favored members would kill to keep secret.

This was another quick and action-filled read. This time, Stone is in Washington D.C. getting acquainted with new and old friends while trying to solve a case that may have political implications. This was a fun read and I enjoyed my time spent with Stone, Dino and the many associates that surrounds him on his adventures.

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