Stone Cold (Camel Club Series #3)

Stone Cold (Camel Club Series #3)

by David Baldacci

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In this #1 New York Times bestseller of conspiracy and murder, the Camel Club faces their greatest threat yet: a casino king and a stone-cold killer who are determined to bury the truth.

Oliver Stone, the leader of the mysterious group that calls itself the Camel Club, is both feared and respected. Keeping a vigilant watch over our leaders in Washington D.C., the club has won over some allies, but it has also made some formidable enemies.

Annabelle Conroy, an honorary member of the Camel Club, is the greatest con artist of her generation. As an old, powerful mark hunts her down and the Camel Club tries to protect her, a new opponent suddenly arises.

One by one, men from Stone's shadowy past turn up dead. Behind this slaughter stands one man: Harry Finn. To almost all who know him, he's a loving father and husband who uses his skills to keep America safe. But Finn is also an unstoppable killer who now sets his lethal bull's-eye on Oliver Stone. And with Harry Finn, Stone may well have met his match.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446615648
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 08/26/2008
Series: Camel Club Series , #3
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 34,472
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at and his foundation at


Northern Virginia

Date of Birth:

August 5, 1960

Place of Birth:

Richmond, VIrginia


B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982; J.D., University of Virginia, 1986

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Stone Cold

By David Baldacci

Grand Central Publishing

Copyright © 2007 Columbus Rose, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-446-57739-7

Chapter One

Harry Finn rose as usual at six-thirty, made coffee, let the dog out into the fenced backyard for its morning constitutional, showered, shaved, woke the kids for school and oversaw that complicated operation for the next half hour as breakfasts were gulped, backpacks and shoes grabbed and arguments started and settled. His wife joined him, looking sleepy but nonetheless game for another day as a mother/chauffeur of three, including a precocious, independent-minded teenage boy.

Harry Finn was in his thirties with still boyish features and a pair of clear blue eyes that missed nothing. He'd married young and loved his wife and three children and even held sincere affection toward the family dog, a floppy-eared golden Labradoodle named George. Finn was an inch over six feet tall, with a long-limbed, wiry build ideally suited for speed and endurance. He was dressed in his usual faded jeans and shirttail-out clothing. And with round eyeglasses on and his intelligent, introspective expression, he looked like an accountant who enjoyed listening to Aerosmith after a day of crunching numbers. Although he was amazingly athletic, living by his wits was actually how he put bread on the table and iPods in his kids' ears, and he was very good at his work. Indeed, there were very few people who could do what Harry Finn could. And live.

He kissed his wife good-bye, hugged his kids, even the teenager, grabbed a duffel bag that he'd placed near the front door the night before, slid into his Toyota Prius and drove to National Airport on the Potomac River right outside of Washington, D.C. Its official name had been changed to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, but to the locals it would be forever simply National. Finn parked in one of the lots near the main terminal building, whose chief architectural feature was a series of connected domes copied from Thomas Jefferson's beloved Monticello. Bag in hand, he trudged across a skywalk into the sleek interior of the airport. Inside a restroom stall he opened his duffel, pulled on a heavy blue jacket with reflective stripes on the sleeves and a pair of blue workpants, slid a pair of orange noise mufflers around his neck and clipped the official-looking ID badge onto his jacket.

Employing a standard turnstile crash maneuver, he inserted himself into a herd of airport employees trekking through a "special" security line. Ironically, this line lacked even the cursory level of scrutiny forced on ordinary passengers. Once on the other side of the barrier he bought a cup of coffee and casually followed another airport worker through a secure door to the tarmac area. The man actually held the door open for him.

"What shift you working?" Finn asked the man, who told him.

"I'm just coming on," Finn said. "Which would be okay if I hadn't stayed up for the damn football game."

"Tell me about it," the man agreed.

Finn skittered down the metal steps and walked over to a 737 that was being prepped for a short-haul flight to Detroit with continuing ser vice to Seattle. He passed several people along the way, including a fuel man, two baggage loaders and a mechanic inspecting the wheels of the Michigan-bound plane. No one confronted him because he looked and acted as though he had every right to be there. He made his way around the aircraft as he finished his coffee.

He next walked over to an Airbus A320 that would be on its way to Florida in about an hour. A baggage train was parked next to it. In one practiced motion, Finn pulled the small package from his jacket and slipped it into a side pocket of one of the bags stacked on the train. Then he knelt next to the plane's rear wheels and pretended to check out its tire tread. Again, people around him took no notice because Harry Finn exuded an air of a man perfectly at home in his surroundings. A minute later he was chatting up one of the ground crew, analyzing the prospects of the Washington Redskins and the deplorable state of employment for those toiling in the aviation industry.

"Everyone except the head honchos," Finn said. "Those bastards are printing money."

"You got that right," the other man said, and the two did a little knuckle smack to seal their solemn agreement on the disgusting greed of the rich and the ruthless who ruled the not-so-friendly skies.

Finn noted that the rear cargo hatch of the Detroit flight was now open. He waited until the handlers left with their train of luggage carts to fetch the bags and then climbed up on the lift parked there. He slipped into the cargo hold and inserted himself into his hiding place. He'd already picked it by studying interior cargo schematics of the 737 series, which were readily available if one knew where to look, and Finn clearly did. He'd also learned from open source research on the Internet that this plane was only going to be half full so his added weight in the rear would not be an issue.

While he lay curled in his hiding place the plane was loaded with fat bags and stressed passengers, and then it was wheels up to Detroit. Finn rode comfortably in the pressurized cargo hold, although it was a bit cooler here than in the main cabin and he was glad of the thick jacket he wore. About an hour after takeoff the plane landed and taxied to the gate. The cargo door was opened a few minutes later and the baggage offloaded. Finn patiently waited for a bit after the last bag was removed before he came out of concealment and peered through the open aft door. There were people around, but none looking his way. He climbed off the plane and dropped to the tarmac. A minute later he noticed a pair of security officers heading in his direction, sipping coffee and gabbing. He reached in his pocket, pulled out a lunch bag, took out a ham sandwich and began eating it as he walked away from the plane.

When the two guards passed him he nodded. "You regular coffee drinkers or is that half-caf caramel latte with a twist and four shots of who the hell knows what?" He grinned with his mouth full of ham sandwich. The two cops chuckled at his remark as he walked off.

He entered the terminal, went to a restroom, took off his jacket, ear mufflers and ID badge, made a quick phone call and marched to the airport security office.

"I put a bomb in a bag that was loaded onto an A320 at National Airport this morning," he explained to the officer on duty. "And I just rode in the cargo hold of a 737 from D.C. I could've downed the plane anytime I wanted."

The stunned officer was not wearing his weapon, so he leaped over the desk to tackle him. Finn neatly sidestepped this attack, and the fellow sprawled on the floor screaming for help. Other officers poured out of the back room and advanced on Finn, guns drawn. Yet Finn had pulled out his credentialing letter before the pistols had even appeared.

At that instant the door to the office flew open and three men strode in, their federal badges held high like the scepters of kings.

"Homeland Security," one of the men barked at the guards. He pointed at Harry Finn. "This man works for us. And somebody's in a shitload of trouble."


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Stone Cold (Camel Club Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 302 reviews.
Hammygeek More than 1 year ago
I am a new fan of David Baldacci. I love thriller mysteries, and by far this is one of the best I have read in a long time! There are so many twists and turns, and it is terrifically crafted for the ultimate suspense. I highly recommend this book, and David Baldacci books to anyone who loves mystery thrillers. I also recommend Simple Genius which was equally as stimulating.
Pitrich More than 1 year ago
This book is all that. Great story , fast pace, lots of action, page turner. Where does he come up with all the wonderful detail?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a book you do not want to put down to the end.
Cat_JacksMom More than 1 year ago
I have read 3 of the 4 Camel Club series books and I have not been disappointed at all! I can't wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A masterpiece!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story but ran imto multiple missnumbered pages
Lsue More than 1 year ago
I ordered this ebook and received it promptly. No problem there. Problem is I am using the Nook software for Mac. It is completely unreliable. I must open it anywhere from 1 to 15 times to get the program to engage. Once open, again, no problem. The book is excellent. It's the third in the series and I will read all of them.
Luv2ReadInAZ More than 1 year ago
So much mystery and intriguing plotlines. Can't wait to read the 4th in this series.
kshrmn8r More than 1 year ago
Baldacci is an excellent main stream writer. His books, while similar in tone and feel, are absorbing and fun to read. Stone Cold was not one of his best The characters did not evolve much from prior books and the plot was average at best. There are many other options by Baldacci that I would recommend prior to this one.
coachRS More than 1 year ago
Baldacci did it again.The camel Club crew at it again. This would be a good movie.You cant go wrong with this read.You need to read the first two books to get a good background.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great Book!! I really enjoyed reading Stone Cold even though I did not read the previous books in this series. Sone Cold is easy to follow and fills in what you missed. It's a fast moving story that will keep you on the edge.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sometimes the bad guys win, and other times, it's the good guys turn. Baldacci has another winner in Stone Cold, and it's great reading this time of year for those times when the snow and ice have you tucked away indoors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oliver Stone isn't who he seems to be, neither is Susan Hunter, or Harry Finn. Their lives and the lives of those who know them are intertwined in a complex tale of treason, con games, and murder. None stop excitement, twists, and intrigue keep this book moving at a pace that makes you want to stop so you can catch your breath, but don't. You just might miss something, and you don't want to do that. At the end of this book, you'll feel very differently about some of these characters than you did at the beginning. Not all those who die are bad guys. GOOD read. Review by Wanda C. Keesey (author of Lost In The Mist, release date May, 2008)
dannN on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fast action-packed novel. The short chapters added to the pace of the book and always kept all of the characters in focus. A long book, but the pages flew past!
TerriBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying this series of books, "Camel Club." In this, the third, there are several plot lines weaving together, both tying up the open items from the second book and introducing new lines - and characters. Enjoyable, fast-moving, a little over the top, but the author makes the unbelievable sound plausible when you're in his world. Looking forward to number four.
ZachMontana on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
3rd of Oliver Stone and Camel Club series dealing with spy assasinations from the cold war era. Reader does a good job of attributing characters and fitting the theme.
readafew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stone Cold is the 3rd book in the Camel Club series. The club is back and still making trouble for those who need it. Susan/Annabelle has a mob-like casino boss gunning for her since she ripped $40 Million from him, and someone else seems to be killing off all of Oliver Stones old triple 6 teammates. Carter Grey even invites Oliver to his house in order to present the evidence. Later after Grey's house is blown up, Oliver is hung out as bait to draw the killer out of the woodwork.This book is rather action packed and keeps one wondering what is going to happen next. It also is mostly 'reasonable' as far as spy novels go, no major groaners for easy outs or spectacularly impossible feats. Just reasonable over the top action.Overall an enjoyable book, well written and no one had any unexplained superpowers show up out of the blue. I liked it and it's worth a read. Also Ron McLarty did an excellent job IMO in reading as well.
edwardsgt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cracking read which kept me turning the page until I finished it. Most of the action is set in and around Washington and the political scene with two interleaving threads. One thread is a con artist and her team who are trying to evade the wrath of an Atlantic City casino operator they conned out of $40m; the other thread is a cold war retribution involving high-level DC political operators. Well plotted and any holes easily overlooked by the sheer pace of the story.
libraryhermit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have read 4 or 5 books by David Baldacci and I like his style very much because I can read a book in one day and never get bored. The Camel Club has an interesting mix of personalities. It does seem unbelievable that people could live a secret life that is not interfered with because they have no families that would make them tread the straight and narrow. I guess that is just highlighting my own personal fantasy which is to somehow escape from the constraints of being responsible for my own family. Of course, Oliver Stone is not happy at all because he lost his family, so the point I made above is kind of dumb. I would like to be free from my family but not by the means of some catastrophic loss. So for the present moment, reading a book like this just serves as pure escapism.
she_climber on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The conspiracy theories continue to fly in the 3rd installment of the Camel Club series. I love that Baldacci brought back Annabelle from the last book and finished that story. Now I hope to see some Henry Finn and company in the next installment. And not to try and spoil the story for those who haven't read it yet, one principal member will sorely be missed, but in these stories where the body count is continually climbing I guess I can't be too surprised. Just sorry it was one of my favorites.
dspoon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oliver Stone, the leader of the mysterious group that calls itself the Camel Club, is both feared and respected by those who've crossed his path. Keeping a vigilant watch over our leaders in Washington D.C., the Camel Club has won over some allies, but it has also earned formidable enemies including those in power who will do anything to prevent Stone and his friends uncovering the hidden, secret work of the government. Annabelle Conroy, an honorary member of the Camel Club, is also the greatest con artist of her generation. She has swindled forty million dollars from casino king Jerry Bagger, the man who murdered her mother. Now he's hot on her trail with only one goal in mind, Annabelle's death. But as Stone and the Camel Club circle the wagons to protect Annabelle, a new opponent, who makes Bagger's menace pale by comparison, suddenly arises. One by One, men from Stone's shadowy past are turning up dead. Behind this slaughter stands one man, Harry Finn. To almost all who know him, Finn is a doting father and loving husband who uses his skills behind the scenes to keep our nation safe. But the other face of Harry Finn is that of an unstoppable killer who inevitably sets his lethal Bull's-eye on Oliver Stone. And with Finn, Stone may well have met his match. As Annabelle and the Camel Club fight for their lives, the twists and turns whipsaw, leading to a final that is explosive as it is shattering. When buried secrets are at last violently resurrected, the members of the Camel Club left standing will be changed forever.
lrobe190 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this third entry in the Baldacci's Camel Club series, Oliver Stone and the Camel Club members continue to keep their eye on the operations of the government. Annabelle Conroy, an honorary member of the Camel Club and a con artist, is running from the victim of her latest and biggest con and he wants her dead! As Oliver and his friends try to protect Annabelle, Oliver himself becomes a target. Although he doesn't know who is trying to kill him, he realizes it's someone from his past.In this novel, the Camel Club engages in yet another dangerous mission. This time, we learn more about Oliver's past as a former Special Ops agent. For the most part, the book is exciting, but sometimes it drags a little. There are two "main" plots and it's easy to get confused at times. Other than that, it's another great read from Baldacci.
SharonSommers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Exciting Story that will keep you on the edge!I¿ve always enjoyed David Baldacci's Camel Club series and their group of peculiar characters. The books are exciting and always keep you on the edge. In this story there are several plots and subplots going on. In one plot we find Oliver Stone, who went by the name of, John Carr, as a former CIA assassin, comes to grips with a terrible mistake that he made years ago. He had terminated an innocent man who was falsely identified as a traitor. While Stone uncovers the mystery behind this mistake, he finds himself entangled in the lives of the dead man's family. Once he finds out that this family is to be terminated by the same man who ordered the execution of the father years ago, he must act quickly to prevent another injustice from being performed. There are other plots, other characters that if covered it would only spoil the book for you. Be assured, that Baldacci, brings all the plots together with nonstop action, interesting character development, and an ending that neatly ties everything together.Highly recommend.
Grandeplease on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have read several books by David Baldacci, including the two earlier novels in his Camel Club series. In short, Stone Cold, the third Camel Club book was entertaining, but left a bit to be desired.The best part was the new character, Harry Finn, who works for a private company that has a government contract to test the security measures of government agencies and contractors. This plot line is very interesting.The worst part is when some bad guys are either stupid or not bad enough. The reader is not sure which it is because an obvious potential advantage is just ignored. I found error so glaring and annoying that when it occurs 440+ pages in, I almost tossed the book unfinished.I attempted to ignore the blunder and finished Stone Cold and it ended decent, but not great because I just couldn't forget.Note: I mentioned the blunder to the person who loaned me Stone Cold. He did not notice the plot weakness until I pointed it out to him. Perhaps if you read rapidly and don't think too much, you will enjoy the book to its conclusion.
kysmom02 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I listened to the abridged version and have decided to step back and listen to the unabridged. Of the 4 books in the series, this is my favorite. I found myself really liking Annabelle. Even though she was a conn, I found her story interesting, all the way down to the relationship with her and her father. I was a little heartbroken that Oliver wasn't the one who was going to save her from Jerry Bagger, but Oliver was true to his word in helping her. Even though it wasn't him. (Can't tell you who it is!) I think that what I liked about this the most was that no matter how hard I tried to predict the next event, I was never right! Baldacci has his newest fan!