Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.25 × 6.38 × 1 in
Published: July 15, 2014
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0399169113
ISBN - 13: 9780399169113
Read from the Book
Stone Barrington was about to leave his house for Los Angeles and the Democratic convention when the phone rang. “Just put the bags in the car and I’ll be right down,” Stone said to Fred Flicker, his factotum. “Righto, sir,” Fred replied, and started moving cases. Stone answered the phone on the third ring. “Hello?” “It’s Ann.” He had been seeing a lot of Ann Keaton. She was deputy campaign manager for the presidential effort of Katharine Lee. “Hi, I’m just leaving the house to pick you up.” “Something has come up.” Stone hated those words; he didn’t like changes in his plans, especially when they involved a transcontinental flight. “What is it?” “Kate needs a lift.” Katharine Rule Lee, in addition to being a candidate for president, was also the first lady of the United States, running to succeed her husband, William Jefferson Lee, and she never needed a lift anywhere. “What, to the airport? Has the Secret Service run out of black SUVs?” “No, to Los Angeles.” “Whatever happened to Air Force One?” “It’s just fine, thank you, but the Marine helicopter sent to take her to Dulles, where she was to meet Air Force One, is down with a broken wing, or something, and it would be much more convenient for her if she could fly with us. Is there room?” “How big a party are we talking about?” “Her se
From the Publisher
Stone Barrington enters the cutthroat fray of politics in the exceptional new thriller from New York Times--bestselling author Stuart Woods.
When Stone Barrington travels to Los Angeles for the biggest political convention of the year, he finds the scene quite shaken up: a dazzling newcomer—and close friend of Stone’s—has given the delegates an unexpected choice, crucial alliances are made and broken behind closed doors, and it seems that more than one seat may be up for grabs.  And amid the ambitious schemers and hangers-on are a few people who may use the chaotic events as cover for more sinister plans. . . .
In this milieu of glad-handing and backroom deals, only the canniest player can come out on top . . . and it will take all of Stone’s discretion and powers of persuasion to arrange a desirable outcome.
About the Author
Stuart Woods is the author of more than fifty-five novels, including the New York Times–bestselling Stone Barrington and Holly Barker series. He is a native of Georgia and began his writing career in the advertising industry. Chiefs, his debut in 1981, won the Edgar Award. An avid sailor and pilot, Woods lives in New York City, Florida, and Maine.
Praise for CUT AND THRUST
“Politics and peril mix in the newest Stone Barrington outing . . . there’s more than enough action and intrigue to keep the pages turning fast and furious in this exhilerating outing.”—Booklist
“This installment goes down as smoothly as a glass of Knob Creek.”—Publishers Weekly
“In Cut and Thrust, [Stuart Woods] brandishes suspense with practiced skill that is sure to keep his readers on the edge of their seats. . . . Fraught with enough twists and turns to keep even the most seasoned suspense reader guessing, Cut and Thrust once again proves that Woods is at the top of his game as he expertly takes readers along for a roller coaster ride that is as fun as it is surprising.”—fun107.com (WBSM)
Praise for Stuart Woods
“High-octane . . . Woods’s blend of exciting action, sophisticated gadgetry, and last-minute heroics doesn’t disappoint.” —Publishers Weekly
“Woods is a perpetual reader-magnet. . . . The pages [fly] by fast and furious.” —Booklist