There's never a dull moment in Stuart Woods' new Stone Barrington novel, The Short Forever.This time out, Stone flies to London at the bequest of a new client, John Bartholomew, who seeks the return of his niece. He believes she has taken up with an international businessman and possible trader of stolen, high-tech weaponry.Bartholomew is willing to pay the ex-cop-turned-lawyer to find evidence to discredit this businessman, Lance Cabot, and put him behind bars. But what Stone finds is more puzzling -- and much more dangerous -- than he expects.The woman in question, Erica Burroughs, is not related to Bartholomew, and indeed Bartholomew himself may not be who he says he is. What is Bartholomew doing at the London headquarters of the CIA?What is the shadowing business Cabot manages from his elegant townhouse? And who were the two men killed in Cabot's wine cellar while Stone listens from behind a secret door?