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Stone cold
David Baldacci
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Baldacci may not be a literary stylist, but he really knows how to spin a yarn, and with McLarty he gets a narrator who adds emotional depth to his characters without slowing down the breathless pace of his prose. McLarty uses his distinctive, almost avuncular delivery to excellent purpose in this action-packed thriller that finds the Camel Club members attacked by three tough customers seeking revenge. Washington power broker Carter Gray blames them for the loss of his White House job. Thuggish casino operator Jerry Bagger wants con woman extraordinaire Annabelle Conroy and his stolen $40 million. And an old Cold War wrong has placed former U.S. government assassin and club founder Oliver Stone in the path of world-class hit man Harry Finn. Middle-aged baritones offer no great challenge to McLarty?s talent, yet his subtle shifts are admirable, from the thoughtful, slightly rough-edged Stone to the rougher-edged Bagger to Gray?s sneeringly perfect locution. But his art becomes more apparent as he effectively captures the voices of Annabelle, Finn and a gallery of other characters, including a bitter elderly Russian woman and a world-weary Irish-American man, providing them all a dimension not always on the page. Simultaneous release with the Grand Central hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 22). (Nov.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

One enemy-casino kingpin Jerry Bagger-isn't enough for Oliver Stone and the Camel Club. They're also facing down evil assassin Harry Finn. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Oliver Stone
Formerly known as John Carr; leader of a secret society called the Camel Club; searching for the truth behind the country's actions; investigates political conspiracies.

Annabelle Conroy
Honorary member of the Camel Club; on the run after stealing from a casino owner who killed her mother.
Con artist

Harry Finn
Father was branded as a traitor and killed by Oliver's former unit, Triple 6; determined to seek vengeance; killing off all of the members of Triple 6.

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