I read this book about 2-Jul-2017. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2017. This note was last modified Monday, 03-Jul-2017 22:30:19 PDT.
This is book 41 of the "Stone Barrington" series.
This note contains spoilers for the book.
Not phoned in, exactly, but that call to Teddy Fay to come scare Mecher that's agreed to far too easily and never followed up on is annoying. I'd have to label these a "guilty pleasure", but this one isn't below par if you've been enjoying the series.
Follows the standard formula for these of a range of problems for different people that often end up really intersecting. Stone gets involved with a female doctor (and executive in her family chain of clinics, "comparable to the Mayo Clinic") and is serious about her but she goes to Sweden to solve a problem at the clinic there, meets a man, and gets engaged. Holly Barker is brought back and trolled across his path briefly at the end. Also he's becoming a literary agent, for at least Rawls, the Lees, and Holly's memoirs.
Stone does disarm two bombs in the last minute or so of available time, but then there's no attempt to make the triggering mechanism hard to figure out, either; I could probably have disarmed them. And at that trying to disarm that second one might have been a better risk than running back inside and telling a room or two full of high-powered people "instantly out the back or you die no time to explain". And losing much of his hand-built house that he restored himself. Both bombs are revealed by a retired bomb-sniffing dog, which is a nice touch.