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Collateral Damage (A Stone Barrington Novel) Paperback – September 3, 2013
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This time out Stone has a minor part in a group of characters that are trying to locate and kill a woman who is bombing buildings from London to New York. If there is a main character, it would be Holly. In fact, I often wondered why Stone was following Holly around as he had little to do with the story line.
More fascinating than the good guys was the way this woman bomber could get out of places she had bombed with no one the wiser. She had an amazing talent and her "friends" had even more amazing connections.
The story is a nice mix of the personal lives of the characters and thriller without too much of either. It is a story to pleasantly pass the time - good but not particularly memorable.
I'm not prepared to give up on Barrington's escapades but I find it ironic that since Elaine's death in the series, the characters seem to be following suit fictionally. In much the same way Woods is struggling to find a new restaurant home for Barrington and Baschetti, he seems to be struggling on where to take this series. He's also famous for not welcoming reader comments (look at the back page of every book). Hopefully, his editor does. This series could surpass his life but not with these characters. They will pass on with him. Maybe this is one writer who should consider collaboration. It worked for Ace Atkins and the Spencer series.
This story introduces, at least temporarily, a new love interest for Stone (as Holly becomes more remote with new CIA responsibilities) and firms up the start of Dino's second marriage. At the very end Stone finds some useful changes can be made to his living environment as he buys the house next door as a home for his secretary and his cook and hires a "butler" who doubles as a body guard. There is enough danger, sex and action to keep us entertained.