Book 44. Scandalous Behavior, by Stuart Woods. Unabridged audio.
This novel picks up right where the last one (Foreign Affairs, reviewed here) left off, with Stone Barrington still in Europe. Looking for peace and quiet in rural England, he falls into yet another mystery, another adventure. And as much danger as he usually faces.
Barrington does what he always does when he finds himself in a new country – he buys a multi-million-dollar house, buys a luxury automobile, gets himself a new girlfriend, and generates new business for his law firm. Unfortunately, one of his new British neighbors turns up dead. When the supposed killer also dies, Stone suspects more is going on than meets the eye. At the same time, Stone’s son has released a controversial movie about a controversial religious figure who has a habit of bringing physical harm to those who have crossed him.
The story moves very quickly, as (like the prior one) the action takes place over just a few days. There are some repetitive aspects to Woods’ novels, and the end result is never in doubt. But the journey is often exciting, and this one was dramatic enough to be interesting.
The novel ends with Woods returning to the States, and I assume the next novel will pick up right after this one does.
Note: As always, narrator Tony Roberts does an outstanding job bringing Barrington and his cast to life.
Source: public library.