Skin Game (A Teddy Fay Novel Book 3) by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Teddy Fay was now working as a film producer when he gets a phone call from his old CIA boss. Fay had to leave the CIA at one time because of a mix-up but now they want him back. They believe there is a mole (spy) that is infiltrated into the Paris office of the CIA. So Fay, with very little hesitation heads to Paris as a re- hired CIA agent.

From there it gets very confusing as Fay is constantly finding out strange things that appear to be building up in Paris involving many different countries. They all have not only their normal embassies but these folks are additional countrymen of many countries. They seem to be trying to get to something but neither Fay nor his fellow CIA agents seem to know what.

Fay, working in disguises of all sorts with names of all types, seems to be doing well blending in and learning some things. He quickly meets up with Stone Barrington, perhaps the richest investigator ever, and the New York City police commissioner who is also rich and an investigator. They put together a plan to all work together hunting for the Parisian mole.

Among the many happenings going on in Paris is some sort of a convention involving some of the richest countries of the world. Basically they are staying at l’Barrington which is not only one of the richest and fanciest hotels in Paris but is owned by Stone’s family.

It does become quite involved however as Fay meets up with some other CIA agents who are in Paris for espionage also. He quickly gets into the group of attendees who all appear to be concerned with one thing and not at all concerned with the cost. What that one thing is however is not easy for Fay to discover.

Along the way Fay does determine that not only is he looking for someone who knows what is going on but he also is being followed constantly. At one point he and a “tracker” end up in a gun battle wherein Fay kills the man.

As he does get more involved he is invited into special shows at the convention that are only open to certain wealthy guests. At that time he realizes that whatever is up for bid is something that is very expensive. It becomes quite discombobulated as animals, especially dogs, appear to be a part of the action.

Needless to say Fay (or Stuart Woods) works it all out in the ending but it does get pretty dicey with all sorts of action. It is a read that will carry the reader to the end to find out what actually is going on. Good job, Mr. Woods!