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Contraband

Contraband: Stuart Woods

 

How far would someone go to get caviar and Cuban Cigars made especially for Castro? What would happen if you were offered quite a bit of money to smuggle theses hoods in unnoticed and camouflaged as something else.

While basking in the sun Stone Barrington witnesses a plane falling from the sky. Jumps overboard gets the pilot waits for the rescuers and meets Key West Detective Maxine or Max Crowley. Things heat up fast and the cargo is stashed in suitcases but when they go to retrieve them, they are gone. Pilot Art Dix is in the thick of things and with his wounds in the hospital until someone pretending to be a nurse wants him silenced.

Things get dicey after a while when Max becomes one woman in his bed and wait until you meet the other one. The wrecked plan has watertight suitcases and here is where things get interesting when Al Dix disappears from the hospital after the attempted murder. NYPD Police Commissioner Dino Bacchetti is on had to help him find not only the missing cargo, the pilot and what about the missing plane?

Max lured Stone to come to Key West and then back to New York. What a trip she has spending money on clothes using his credit card, not bad! But things get complicated when Roberta Calder enters his life and wants him to help with a divorce from her husband Randell. But what is she after? Herb Fisher is going to take her on and when they meet, he’s ready to rip Stone apart because she is deadly in more ways than one. As the case to find the missing cargo gets tabled and then we learn more about Robbie, we realize that she is hiding something as we learn that her husband Randel Hedger spent plenty of time cheating on her along with her friend Estelle Parkinson. So, why do they both wind up dead? Some divorces you might say have happy endings when the husband winds up dead and you, the soon to be ex-wife inherits millions. But a gun is found, and she is arrested for murder and there are so many felonies involved and when the air is cleared you won’t believe who and what is behind the smuggling ring with the Beluga Caviar and the Cuban cigars.

The missing cargo and the wrecked plane are just the tip of the iceberg as Max, Stone and Dino work together along with the resources that both Stone and Dino have at their fingertips to track the cargo ship and find what they think is really being smuggled. Bringing in Dix several times yields nothing, and his disappearing act is interesting even when they question him, he seems to elude incarceration. Roberta Calder wants to rid herself of Robbie but with the case in Key West, the smuggling ring in both Key West and New York just where does she fit in and how will it all tie together? Robbie is a clothing designer and when Herb questions her about her husband, his finances, where he lives and his taxes her answers are evasive, she thinks she has his fooled and her eye is always on the prize STONE! At times you realize that Stone needs to unhook the blinders and see what is right in front of him but the guest appearance by Holly Barker at the Democratic Convention reminds us where his heart really lies and we wonder if they will ever tie the knot or at least will she be his only one?

As the case moves from Key West to New York several times and the Coast Guard, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have to be coordinated to work together we learn more about Randall, his associates and when dealing with someone else that he is partnered with we learn some startling news!
What about his bookie: Paterno what role does he play and where is all the money that they received from their smuggling ring? Would want a weekly stipend of thousands of dollars just to provide the rich with Caviar and Castro’s Cuban cigars?
When the face off comes and Robbie and Max meet under the guise of Max needing clothes the daggers are sharp, the looks are fierce and the final confrontation will shock readers. Just what is found under the coffee table? Just what is being hidden in a safe? Just how much money did Randall leave her and what about the property? Added in we learn that Max’s aunt dies and left her quite wealthy several homes, a Mercedes, a maid who wants to stay on and much more. So, she just might be not in Stone’s financial class but getting enough to be able to buy her won wardrobe and more. With Viv and Dino helping with security, legal advice and Max’s partner Tommy plus the banter, the jokes and of course the over the top scenes with Stone and Max, the author once again keeps readers wanting more of Stone, but will Max remain or who is next?

Some endings are beginnings for some but not exactly what they might expect and others keeping the reader on ice wonder what is next for Stone, whose murders will he and Dino have to solve, will his son come into play in the next novel and when all is said and done what is the final fate of the Contraband?

 

 

 

 

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