Bel-Air Dead: A Stone Barrington Novel

By Stuart Woods

Stone is not any stranger to Bel-Air-and to the gorgeous and filthy rich widow who wishes his aid to develop into even wealthier. At stake is the sale of her funding in-and the ensuing dissolution of-Hollywood's world-famous Centurion Studios. but if Stone arrives in Bel-Air to finalize the sale, he discovers that one among L.A.'s such a lot rapacious strength agents has Centurion in his sights...

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Prince ordered a mimosa for himself and iced tea for Stone. “I wish you’re having a delightful remain in our city,” he stated. “Very a lot so,” Stone answered. “You pointed out the absence of my motive force. ” “I examine it within the L. A. instances. ” “Ah, sure; I didn’t see that myself. ” “Then you don’t understand that Alexei was once killed within the related type as Jennifer Harris? ” “Really? I did examine Ms. Harris, as i assume you probably did. ” “Actually, I observed the police report,” Stone responded. “The puncture wound was once choked with spirit gum, in order that it could actually move neglected. It didn’t, notwithstanding. ” “That sounds bizarre,” Prince stated. “The mark of a practiced expert, I’d say. ” “Do you've a few services in expert murders? ” Prince requested. “I used to be a brand new York urban murder detective for a few years, earlier than i started practising legislations. ” “Ah, that wasn’t pointed out within the declaration. ” “Announcement? ” Stone requested. “You haven’t obvious this morning’s manhattan instances? ” “No. ” “There used to be a statement of your becoming a member of Woodman & Weld as a accomplice. ” “I see. truly, I’ve been of tips to the enterprise for relatively decades. ” “Well, I congratulate you on reaching accomplice point in this kind of prestigious company. ” “Thank you. ” Menus arrived, and so they ordered. Stone couldn't face up to the taco soup, a favourite of his. “Most of my company pursuits are at the West Coast,” Prince acknowledged, “but I’m contemplating a few tasks in ny, between them a brand new lodge. ” “Sounds interesting,” Stone stated. “I imagine it is going to be,” Prince answered. “Might you are interested in representing me for my long island tasks? ” “I’m afraid i might have a clash that will hinder me from doing so,” Stone stated. “You’re pertaining to your illustration of Mrs. Calder? ” “I am. ” “How did you get involved together with her? ” Stone paused. Did Prince’s use of “involved” have a double that means? “We’ve been buddies for a couple of years. ” “I comprehend she’s damaged ties with Howard Sharp, in Charlottesville,” Prince stated. “I’m no longer shocked you recognize approximately that,” Stone acknowledged, “having got her residence there. ” “Yes, that was once Mr. Sharp’s final illustration of her,” Prince stated. “I idea he did a very good activity. ” “That ability the way in which he did his task by some means reacted in your gain, i assume. ” Prince laughed heartily. “You’re very perceptive, Stone. ” “Let’s simply say i believe she's going to be happier with Woodman & Weld,” Stone responded. Lunch arrived they usually started to devour. “Stone,” Prince acknowledged, pausing to take a sip of his tea. “I’m sorry we appear to be operating at cross-purposes within the Centurion transaction. ” “It’s now not a transaction yet,” Stone stated. “Touché. within the Centurion supply, let's imagine. ” “Yes. ” “I wonder whether you may now not melt your place in that deal in the event you have been in my opinion partaking in it, rather than simply representing Mrs. Calder. ” “What are you suggesting, Terry? ” “I wouldn't be so crass as to make you an offer,” Prince acknowledged easily. “But if you happen to may perhaps in some way carry the deal to a fast end, you're unfastened to symbolize my ny pursuits the entire , may you now not?

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