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Lucid Intervals: A Stone Barrington Novel [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Woods

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It seems like just another quiet night at Elaine's. Stone Barrington and his former cop partner, Dino, are enjoying some pasta when in walks former client-and all around sad sack-Herbie Fisher...with a briefcase containing $14 million in cash.

Herbie claims to have won the money on a lucky lotto ticket, but he also says he needs a lawyer-and after a single gunshot breaks the window above his head and send diners scrambling, Stone and Dino suspect Herbie might need a bodyguard and a private investigator, too.


About the Author

Stuart Woods is the author of fifty novels, including the New York Times�bestselling Stone Barrington and Holly Barker series. He is a native of Georgia and began his writing career in the advertising industry. Chiefs, his debut in 1981, won the Edgar Award. An avid sailor and pilot, Woods lives in New York City, Florida, and Maine.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 484 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (April 20 2010)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NX7OHI
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  90 reviews
43 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucid Intervals April 22 2010
By LCG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The first two reviews are complaints regarding the lack of a Kindle version and are not really a review of the book. I have read all of Stuart Woods' books and found Lucid Intervals to be an easy and enjoyable read. It is short and to the point although somewhat repetitive which is the case of most prolific writers when they are trying to bring new readers up to date. I gave it five stars in view of the two previous reviews. If you are looking for a deeply complex and suspenseful thriller, this is not it. Lucid intervals is fun, simple and interesting. Thank you Mr Woods for keeping me supplied with an easy read for my afternoon sojourns.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-read for Stone Barrington Fans June 4 2010
By Bookreporter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Stuart Woods recreates the elite lifestyle of lawyer Stone Barrington in LUCID INTERVALS. Stone's tastes put him in a difficult financial position when he looks at seemingly endless red ink in his checkbook. His enterprising secretary, Joan Robertson, has his best interests --- and his bank account --- in mind when she ushers in Herbie Fisher, nephew of a good friend but a monstrous pain. Herbie, an Internet-degreed attorney, has won a $30 million lottery. He is certain that someone is out to kill him, and so he wants to hire Stone to represent him. Sure enough, gunshots shatter glass in Stone's favorite restaurant, Elaine's, when Herbie approaches him. Stone turns him down, but Joan accepts the $1 million retainer behind Stone's back in order to pay his bills.

Stone's next client, British intelligence officer Felicity Devonshire, is an old acquaintance of the intimate type. She's investigating the whereabouts of a former British agent believed to have left the intelligence service with information for sale to the highest bidder, and enlists Stone to verify his appearance in the United States. Under the Official Secrets Act, she asks for his help, promising a hefty retainer in British pounds. The elegant Felicity, chauffeured to Stone's office in a slightly elder Rolls Royce, accepts an offer to stay at his house. His libido is satisfied by the insatiable appetites of his British guest; tastefully written, the sexual scenes are as much innuendo as reality.

Throughout, Woods uses the setting of Elaine's as a rendezvous for his characters. Stone's former cop partner, Dino Bacchetti, proves useful when an official investigation is necessary. Dino's access to police records is invaluable when it comes to searching for Stanley Whitestone, the elusive British agent. Herbie wanders in and out of Elaine's when seeking advice from his reluctant attorney; his adoration of Stone borders on hero worship.

Woods, himself a pilot, writes his passion for flying into LUCID INTERVALS when Stone meets a third client, Jim Hackett, a naturalized U.S. citizen and owner of a successful security conglomerate. Jim wants to hire Stone and offers him flight instruction in piloting a small corporate jet. Felicity believes that Hackett is Whitestone's assumed identity, but Stone disagrees until further sleuthing can satisfy both their reservations. Meanwhile, Herbie prances through the plotline and becomes involved in a murder investigation when he is accused of killing his prostitute girlfriend. Stone abruptly leaves the Whitestone case to bail his wealthy client out of jail.

A third subplot involves a young woman intent on killing Stone and anyone close to him. She is Dolce Bianci, Stone's brief commitment to marriage. Dolce's rich father has restrained his psychotic daughter, but she has escaped with the intention of stalking her former husband.

LUCID INTERVALS contains sufficient humorous episodes when Herbie is present to take an edge off the cloak and dagger effects of Stone's relationship with Felicity. This latest installment is a must-read for Stone Barrington fans, and I wonder if Dolce will be given a meatier role in future books. I certainly hope so.
31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Stuart Wood's I know is back! May 4 2010
By Michael Roeper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was the one who participated so much in the negative reviews of SW's last book, "Kisser".

First of all, I'm old and have bad eyes. I will buy the Kindle or audio book version first or, if not available, the paper book. The lack of availability of a particular format does not stop me for one minute if I want to read a book I've been waiting for. If you've kept up with events in the publishing world since the intro of the IPad, you would know that a renewed 4-way struggle exists between authors, paper book publishers, Apple and Amazon about splitting up the financial pie on electric books. This book would have been available on Kindle, on day one, had it not been for the recent strong-arming by Apple of paper book publishers and Amazon's price increase on many of the Kindle books due to the "electronic book wars," intensified with the intro of the IPad. Has anyone noticed Kindle prices went up in April on many of their books? Hello! The last person to blame, BTW, is the Author. They deal from the position of least strength.

But, in my opinion, this is no more the place to snivel and whine about that than it is to write 15 paragraphs in a blow-by-blow of the books plot or (my favorite) to write", I received the book in just a few days and it was "as represented" and I would buy from this seller again." This is not eBay, for crying out loud. Here is where we're supposed to write about, "HOW WE LIKED THE BOOK!!"

Upset about the diluted plots and weak character development of some of the later SW books and, especially, his sex scenes that had become, in my opinion, juvenile pornography, I had threatened to quit buying hos books. However, I ended up not being able to do that. When Lucid Intervals (L.I.) hit the streets, I'm really glad I gave Stuart one last chance. I thought his treatment of sex in L.I. was perfect and very tasteful! Only once did I find myself cringing and telling myself, "This scene would have been just as good without the sex". Good for you, Mr. Woods! I don't know if he reads the Amazon reviews but with L.I., I felt that he must have. This book was "back to classic Stuart Woods" and I'm really glad to have him back!!

I also liked the reintroduction of Herbie, one of Woods newest characters. He makes for a lot of fun in the book and also makes it easy to overlook Stone and Dino's constant and boring "fine dining" at Elaine's. I've never liked the food or conversation so well I'd be willing to eat dinner in the same place more than twice a month. Considering Stones huge appetite for sex, I continue to be surprised that he eats dinner at the same place every night. I also have never been able to understand why Woods writes the Stone character as so "upper crust" with his language. Stone's hardly a descendent of the Asters. I always wonder, when starting a new Woods book, how long before I'll read that dreaded line of Stones, "I'm of council...." He's a "Fixer" for crying out loud, who deals with thugs, gangsters and hoodlums who shoot at him all day. I wish Woods would quit making him sound like a Blue Blood. I think I hear it 3 times in this book.

SW writes about flying and boats because he is an avid and very accomplished pilot and yachtsman and, as a result, knows a lot about both. Why wouldn't he include it in his plots? I liked the parts in the book about flying because I'm interested in flying too.

L.I. was true SW and I enjoyed it a lot. The "Old Boy" still has it! He is coming to the Portland area for a signing May 5th and, although I don't usually drive at night, I'm going to figure out a way to be there just to tell him I really felt he'd given us what we paid for with this book and that I liked it a lot. We don't buy Woods books because he's the new Hemingway, we buy them to be entertained and, unlike Kisser and some of his more recent efforts, :ucid Intervals was pure Stuart Woofs, I was very entertained with the book and would strongly recommend it to others.

Michael Roeper, Portland, Oregon
32 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work April 28 2010
By N. Mason - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
First let me say that I have read all of Mr. Woods books. His books are usually amusing and light with enough action and romance to keep it interesting.

On the other hand I do get a little tired of the Airplane jargon when it does not really pertain to the story that much. Its in all his books and this leads me to believe that Mr. Woods has a healthy interest in planes and flying them. That being said I don't believe this was one of his better books. It dragged in a lot of places and did not hold my interest as his books usually do. Case in point I now know way to much about planes.

To the people complaining about it not being on Kindle -- This forum is not for complaining about the lack of Kindle or the cost, but about what you liked or disliked about the book of which the review is about, to give a book one star because its not on kindle is quite misleading to those that might be thinking of buying said book and only have time to check the ratings but not read the reviews. It's really unfair to the writer and to your fellow Amazon shoppers and readers. Please don't do this its just wrong.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining Barrington thriller April 24 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Lawyer Stone Barrington and his former partner when he worked for NYPD Dino Bachetti are at Elaine's when Herbie "the loser" Fisher enters carrying an attache case. He rushes over to Stone hiring him on the spot to be available when he needs an attorney. Stone and Dino knows something is bt off in the universe when Herbie pays Stone $1 million as a retainer. Herbie explains he won several with the lucky lotto, but the lawyer and the cop are skeptical.

Soon afterward British intelligence officer Felicity Devonshire retains Stone to find vanished former operative Stanley Whitestone, who disappeared a dozen years ago, but remains a person of interest by his former agency. Apparently, he was seen in New York recently. Jim Hackett, owner of a large private security firm, also employs Stone, who believes there is a reasonable chance he is Whitestone. Like a bad penny, then there is Stone's crazy ex-wife Dolce Bianci causing havoc. In his life.

This is an entertaining Barrington thriller that is filled with action and increasingly peril for the hero, but also somewhat tempered smoothly like good bourbon with jocularity. The two cases are fun and Dolcie brings her usual insanity to the mix as she is Loitering with Intent. As expected even the British spy joins the great Kisser for some boudoir activity as Stuart Woods provides an enjoyable blending of babes, bourbon and sleuthing in his latest Barrington tale.

Harriet Klausner

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