Lucid Intervals (Stone Barrington Series #18) [NOOK Book]

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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, ...
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Overview

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.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Stone Barrington continues to enjoy good food, good drink, and good sex provided by an eager succession of beautiful women in bestseller Woods's smooth 18th novel to feature the New York City attorney (after Kisser). Unstable ex-wife Dolce Bianci once again menaces Stone; “walking catastrophe” Herbie Fisher pays Stone a $1 million retainer to keep him, Herbie, out of trouble; and attractive British intelligence officer Felicity Devonshire hires Stone to find Stanley Whitestone, an ex-agent still wanted by her superiors after 12 years and recently spotted in New York. Stone walks a tricky ethical line by agreeing to work for Jim Hackett, who owns a large private security firm, and who may in fact be Whitestone. Stone's powerful cop friend, Dino Bacchetti, is ready to do favors or share a Knob Creek bourbon at Elaine's. Woods mixes danger and humor into a racy concoction that will leave readers thirsty for more. Author tour.(Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
Jet-setting New York attorney Stone Barrington's old acquaintances present him with a fistful of new problems. Herbie Fisher, the most clueless member of the New York bar (Fresh Disasters, 2007), turns up in Elaine's announcing that he's won a $30 million lottery prize, shoving a handbag full of hundreds in Stone's face and insisting that he needs a lawyer of his own because somebody wants to kill him. Moments later, he's followed by Dame Felicity Devonshire of MI6 (Capital Crimes, 2003), who offers Stone the relatively piddling sum of £100,000 to find Stanley Whitestone, who since retiring from Her Majesty's Secret Service a dozen years ago has been selling classified information on the open market. Since Felicity offers a sweetener Herbie can't hope to match, Stone agrees to her terms as quickly as he declined Herbie's. Next morning, he awakens to find that he's inadvertently accepted both clients. If Herbie's constant demands for help and Felicity's for sex aren't draining enough, Stone also learns that Dolce Bianchi, the homicidal Mafia princess to whom he was once married for a heartbeat (L.A. Dead, 2000), has stabbed her minder and gone off the rez, presumably gunning for Stone and his ladylove. Things get even more complicated when Jim Hackett, the security expert Felicity is convinced is really Stanley Whitestone, takes to Stone so warmly that he offers him a job at his firm, Strategic Services, creating what passes for moral conflict in Woods's world of frothy wish-fulfillment. Will Stone ace his first assignment for Security Services by qualifying to fly Hackett's private jet? Will he, and should he, convince Felicity that Hackett isn't Whitestone? Will Herbie get killed? If heisn't, will Stone be able to spring him from a jail cell? And what will become of Dolce, armed, dangerous and demented?Some of these riddles are handily resolved, others fade away, and then this weightless tale is done, setting the stage for the inevitable next installment.
Publishers Weekly
Tony Roberts strikes just the right note in his reading of Woods's latest Barrington Stone adventure. Stone unwillingly takes on as a client the perpetually clueless trouble magnet Herbie Fisher, who has just come into several million dollars of lottery money. In addition, Stone is hired by Felicity Devonshire of British Intelligence to try and find an ex-agent who may, or may not, have resurfaced after 12 years under a new identity. As the story unfolds (and his clients multiply), Stone wonders if any amount of money is worth the trouble he runs into. Filling the story with thrills, titters, and titillation, Woods moves the story along, and Roberts keeps pace with him step for step. He delivers the author's prose with a wry arch of an eyebrow that tells the listener to sit back and enjoy the ride, but don't take it all too seriously. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 15). (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101186978
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/20/2010
  • Series: Stone Barrington Series , #18
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 16,806
  • File size: 822 KB

Meet the Author

Stuart Woods
Stuart Woods was born in the small town of Manchester, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in sociology and moved to Atlanta, where he enlisted in the Air National Guard. In the fall of 1960, Woods moved to New York in search of a career in writing, and remained there for a decade working in advertising, with the exception of ten months spent in Mannheim, Germany with the National Guard during the Berlin Wall crisis of 1961-62.



An attack of wanderlust drew Woods to London, where he worked in advertising agencies until the idea of writing a novel called him to a small flat in the stableyard of a castle in County Galway, Ireland. There, Woods completed one hundred pages of a novel before he discovered sailing, after which, “everything went to hell. All I did was sail.”



Woods took his sailing to a higher level, competing in the Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) in 1976, and the catastrophic Fastnet Race in 1979 in which fifteen competitors died. In October and November of that year, Woods sailed his friend’s yacht across the Atlantic, calling at the ports of Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands, before finishing at Antigua in the Caribbean.



The next couple of years were spent in Georgia, where Woods wrote two non-fiction books: Blue Water, Green Skipper, an account of his Irish experience and the subsequent transatlantic race; and a travel guide entitled A Romantic Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland, which Woods says he wrote “on a whim.” W.W. Norton in New York bought the rights to Blue Water, Green Skipper, and published Woods’ first novel, Chiefs, in 1981. Chiefs won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America that year, was nominated for Palindrome, and was made into a six-hour television drama starring Charlton Heston for CBS. In 2006, Woods had two New York Times national bestsellers with Dark Harbor and Short Straw, and repeated the feat in 2007 with Fresh Disasters and Shoot Him If He Runs.



Woods, who has written thirty-three novels, currently resides in Florida, New York City and Maine.









Biography

Stuart Woods was born in 1938 in Manchester, Georgia. After graduating from college and enlisting in the Air National Guard, he moved to New York, where he worked in advertising for the better part of the 1960s. He spent three years in London working for various ad agencies, then moved to Ireland in 1973 to begin his writing career in earnest.

However, despite his best intentions, Woods got sidetracked in Ireland. He was nearly 100 pages into a novel when he discovered the seductive pleasures of sailing. "Everything went to hell," he quips on his web site "All I did was sail." He bought a boat, learned everything he could about celestial navigation, and competed in the Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) in 1976, finishing respectably in the middle of the fleet. (Later, he took part in the infamous Fastnet Race of 1979, a yachting competition that ended tragically when a huge storm claimed the lives of 15 sailors and 4 observers. Woods and his crew emerged unharmed.)

Returning to the U.S., Woods wrote two nonfiction books: an account of his transatlantic sailing adventures (Blue Water, Green Skipper) and a travel guide he claims to have written on a whim. But the book that jump-started his career was the opus interruptus begun in Ireland. An absorbing multigenerational mystery set in a small southern town, Chiefs was published in 1981, went on to win an Edgar Award, and was subsequently turned into a television miniseries starring Charlton Heston.

An amazingly prolific author, Woods has gone on to pen dozens of compelling thrillers, juggling stand-alone novels with installments in four successful series. (His most popular protagonists are New York cop-turned-attorney Stone Barrington, introduced in 1991's New York Dead, and plucky Florida police chief Holly Barker, who debuted in 1998's Orchid Beach.) His pleasing mix of high-octane action, likable characters, and sly, subversive humor has made him a hit with readers -- who have returned the favor by propelling his books to the top of the bestseller lists.

Good To Know

Some fascinating facts about Stuart Woods:

His first job was in advertising at BBDO in New York, and his first assignment was to write ads for CBS-TV shows. He recalls: "They consisted of a drawing of the star and one line of exactly 127 characters, including spaces, and I had to write to that length. It taught me to be concise."

He flies his own airplane, a single-engine turboprop called a Jetprop, and tours the country every year in it, including book tours.

He's a partner in a 1929 motor yacht called Belle and spends two or three weeks a year aboard her.

In 1961-62, Woods spent 10 months in Germany with the National Guard at the height of the Berlin Wall Crisis.

In October and November of 1979, he skippered a friend's yacht back across the Atlantic, with a crew of six, calling at the Azores, Madeira, and the Canary Islands and finishing at Antigua in the Caribbean.

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    1. Hometown:
      Key West, Florida; Mt. Desert, Maine; New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 9, 1938
    2. Place of Birth:
      Manchester, Georgia
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Georgia, 1959
    2. Website:

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1

Elaine’s, late.
Stone Barrington and Dino Bacchetti were sitting at their usual table, eating penne with shrimp and vodka sauce, when a young man named Herbert Fisher walked in with a tall young woman.
Stone ignored him. Herbie Fisher was the nephew of Bob Cantor, a retired cop with whom Stone had worked many times. Bob Cantor was Herbie’s only connection with reality. Herbie Fisher, in Stone’s experience, was a walking catastrophe.
Herbie seated his girl at a table to the rear, then walked back and took a chair at Stone’s table. “Hi, Stone,” he said. “Hi, Dino.”
“Dino,” Stone said, “you are a police officer, are you not?”
“I am,” said Dino, spearing a shrimp.
“I wish to make a complaint.”
“Go right ahead,” Dino said.
“What’s going on, Stone?” Herbie asked.
Stone ignored him. “There is an intruder at my table; I wish to have him removed.”
“Remove him yourself,” Dino said. “I’m eating penne with shrimp and vodka sauce.”
“You are a duly constituted officer of the law, are you not?” Stone asked.
“Once again, I am.”
“Then it is your duty to respond to the complaint of an upstanding citizen.”
“What kind of citizen?”
“Upstanding.”
“I’m not at all sure that the word describes you, Stone.”
Herbie, whose head was following the conversation as if he were seated in the first row at Wimbledon, said, “No kidding, Stone, what’s going on?”
Stone continued to ignore him. “Dino, am I to understand that you are ignoring a citizen’s complaint?”
“You are to understand that,” Dino said, mopping up some vodka sauce with a slice of bread. “Do your own dirty work.”
“Stone,” Herbie said, “I’m rich.”
“That’s rich,” Dino replied.
“No kidding, I’m rich. I won the lottery.”
“How much?” Dino asked.
“Don’t encourage him,” Stone said.
“Thirty million dollars,” Herbie replied.
“How much you got left after taxes and paying off your bookie and your loan shark?” Dino asked.
“I’m warning you,” Stone said. “Don’t encourage him, he’s dangerous.”
“Approximately fourteen million, two,” Herbie replied. “I want to hire you as my lawyer, Stone,” he continued.
“Why do you need a lawyer?” Dino asked.
“All rich people need lawyers,” Herbie said.
“Could you be more specific?” Dino asked.
“Dino,” Stone said, “stop this, stop it right now. He’s sucking you in.”
“Prove you’re rich, Herbie,” Dino said.
“I’ll be right back,” Herbie said. He got up, walked back to where the girl sat, picked up her large handbag, came back to Stone’s table and sat down. He lifted up the handbag and opened it wide, displaying the contents to Stone and Dino. “What do you think that is?” he asked.
“Well,” Dino said, gazing into the purse, “that would appear to be approximately twenty bundles of one-hundred-dollar bills each, or two million dollars.”
“Absolutely correct,” Herbie said.
“Do you always walk around with that much money, Herbie?” Dino asked.
“Only since I got rich.”
“Oh.”
“Stone, I want to retain you as my lawyer. I’ll pay you a one-million-dollar retainer in cash, right now.”
Stone stopped eating. “Dino, have you had any recent training at recognizing counterfeit bills?”
“Funny you should mention that,” Dino said. “We had a guy in from Treasury the day before yesterday who gave us a slide-show presentation on that very subject.”
“Would you examine the bills in the bag, please?”
Dino dipped into the bag and came out with a hundred-dollar bill. He held it up to the light, snapped it a couple of times and laid it on the table. “Entirely genuine,” Dino said, then he turned to Herbie. “They don’t hand out millions in cash at the lottery office, you know. Where did you get it?”
“I cashed a check,” Herbie replied.
Stone flagged down a passing waiter. “David,” he said, “would you please go and find me a good-sized paper bag?”
“Sure,” David replied. He went into the kitchen and came back with a plastic shopping bag. “No paper bags. Will this do?”
“Yes,” Stone said, accepting the bag and handing it to Dino. “Will you please put one million dollars of Herbie’s money into this bag, Dino?”
“That okay with you, Herbie?”
“Sure, go ahead,” Herbie replied.
Dino held the plastic bag close to the purse and counted out ten of the bundles. He handed the bag to Stone. “There you go.”
“Just put it on the floor beside me,” Stone said, and Dino did so. Stone looked at Herbie for the first time. “All right, you’ve got my attention; I’ll listen for one minute.”
“They’re trying to kill me,” Herbie said.
“Who is trying to kill you?”
“People who want my money.”
“Are these people aware that you walk around with two million dollars of it in a woman’s handbag?”
Herbie shrugged. “Maybe.”
“Herbie, you’ve been flashing this money around, haven’t you?”
“Well, sort of.”
“The hooker must know about the money, since it’s in her handbag.”
“What hooker?”
“The one you walked in here with.”
“She’s not a hooker.”
“Herbie, she’s with you; she is, ipso facto, a hooker.”
“Part-time, maybe,” Herbie admitted.
“Who do hookers work for, Herbie?”
“Me?”
“Besides you?”
“Madams? Pimps?”
“And who do madams and pimps work for, Herbie?”
“They’re self-employed, aren’t they?”
“They work for or associate with bad people, Herbie. If a hooker knows you’ve got two million dollars in her handbag, then her madam and her pimp know it too, and if they’ve had a moment, they’ve already sold that information to someone who wants to take it from you.”
“Sheila wouldn’t do that,” Herbie said. “She loves me.”
At that moment, as if for punctuation at the end of Herbie’s sentence, a fist-sized hole appeared in the front window of Elaine’s, and a loud report rent the air. This was quickly followed by two more shots.
Everybody hit the floor.
Stone raised his head an inch. “Are you sure Sheila loves you, Herbie?”

2

Dino was up and running at the door, clawing at the gun on his belt. He disappeared into the street.
People began cautiously to pick themselves up, look around and brush themselves off. Elaine sat two tables down, unmoving, looking unperturbed. The door opened, and a tall woman of Stone’s acquaintance, though not recent, walked in carrying a very feminine attaché case.
Her name was Felicity Devonshire, though she was not called that by anyone who worked with her. She was, in fact, a high official of British intelligence who had formerly been called Carpenter but more recently, after a big promotion, had been dubbed Architect. A man had preceded her into the restaurant, and another followed her. They stationed themselves at the end of the bar, near the door, and watched the room.
Stone got up from the floor, dusted himself off, spotted Felicity and waved her over. They embraced casually. He could feel her ample breasts through her coat and his.
“Stone,” she said, “what is going on? Dino is out in the street waving a gun around and shouting into a cell phone, and this place is a mess.”
“Just a little after-dinner entertainment,” Stone said, taking her coat and holding a chair for her, not missing the sight of her cleavage as she sat down. He took his seat, picked up the plastic bag with the million dollars in it and stuffed it into the hooker’s handbag. Shoving the bag at Herbie, he said, “Go away.”
Herbie began to protest, but Stone held up a hand like a traffic cop and then waved him back to his own table and the clutches of the perfidious Sheila.
Felicity watched him go. “Isn’t that the awful little twit who gave you so much trouble a couple of years ago?”
“I’m afraid so.”

 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

    Lucid Intervals

    Although I enjoyed the fast read; this latest Stuart Woods novel was not as riviting as his usual. It was almost disjointed at times.

    I have read everthing Woods writes and was disappointed in the development of this one. Not his usual can't wait until the end of the book.

    His ex-wife Dolcie was included; but, not as involved or developed as I would have liked. I did enjoy Herbie and of course the usual dining at Elaines. Dino is his usual helpful self. I enjoyed the British intelligence officers plot and as always the love scenes were detailed.

    I probably would have read this book anyway as I like Stuart Woods. But, most readers will be disappointed in this latest book.
    I would recommend his earlier books to anyone that has not previously read them.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

    This book must have been written in his sleep.

    There was so little imagination used to create this story it could only have been published by a Known author. Stuart should be ashamed for forsaking his craft just to make a buck.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    entertaining read

    I Truly enjoy the style of Stuart Woods writing. His characters are entertaining and simple in their complexity. The Stone Barrington character is one of my favorites.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    ONE OF THE WORST BOOKS IN THIS SERIES

    I used to enjoy this series but it has been going downhill. Tired of his women and this plot was just too boring for me; luckily Stuart Woods books are fast reading so finished it fast.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    old book

    waste of money. this was an old book and should have said so.

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

    I have not started reading the book as trying to see why my gift cards were not used to credit the purchase instead of my default card.This is the second time. Whatis going on here?

    not read the book as of today

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2010

    Stuart Woods has a few Lucid Intervals

    Having read every one of the Stone Barrington series written by Stuart Woods, I always get excited when I hear a new book is being released in the series. They have all been very entertaining and the characters developed throughout the series are well defined and interesting. The plots, although sometimes far fetched, are very exciting and fun to escape into.

    "Lucid Intervals" follows the theme of previous books in the series. Stone Barrington again finds himself being sought after by beautiful women, clients with large sums of money to throw his way, the adulation of all who come in contact with him, and a good case to keep his interest, as well as the readers.

    Although Mr. Woods sometimes cuts the ending short, as he does in this book, the trail up to the conclusion is great reading that makes you want to not set the book down. His style of writing makes for an easy read with each chapter only a few pages long and the twists and turns of the plot enough to make you read "just one more chapter" before you turn the night light off.

    So if you like Stone Barrington and want to get lost in his next adventure, I highly recommend "Lucid Intervals'.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Stuart Woods has finally returned to writing a truly good read. The preceding book was not up to his usual par. The Mahogany was OK and then Kisser seemed to be rushed without a lot of effort. Lucid Interval reverts back to the original.

    Stone Barrington is my favorite character of his collection of unusual and interesting peoples. In this latest installment we see Stone at his most interesting, meeting different and special people and going beyond the norm. The book was interesting and fun to read as always just flowing along making it easy to enjoy at a leisurely pace. We all love to see Stone work things out and actually be ahead of some of the smartest people around him. Basically this is a much better read then his last book and I highly recommend it to everyone wither they are fans or not.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    If you like Woods, you will like this

    Not exactly typical Woods, but he definately sticks to his style and (as always) is a very easy read. Nothing to put in your permanent collection but maybe worth keeping and rereading when you don't have a new one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2010

    Loving the adventures of Stone Barrington

    By far Stone is my favorite lawyer/ex-policeman. I love reading these because Woods always ties together books of the past and keeps some of the favorite characters.....especially Dino. I got my boyfriend into reading them and I have to remind him they are purely FICTION cause he seems to think he'd like to live a life like Stone! Love his sense of humor and the NYC setting!

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  • Posted May 13, 2010

    Review of Lucid Intervals/ audio version

    The newest Stone Barrington is similar to the other books with the same characters, but also just as entertaining. This is like the old Harliquin books that woman loved to read- but for men. A good mystery tied in with enough sex to keep everyone happy. For me, the part that has become important is who reads the story, in this case, Tony Roberts. With his deep baritone voice creates just the right character in ones minds eye. Representing what Stone would look like as the lawyer. He also does pretty well on the other characters also, except for the women which is a stretch. This story covers the complete range of action witha strong plot to keep the story locked together from beginning to end. As long as Stuart Woods continues to write at the high level of entertainment he is doing, and Tony Roberts continues to read for the Stone character, you'll have a hit- at least from this audio readers point of view

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2010

    Stuart Woods grabs the reader from page 1 and holds them to the very last word!

    I love the way Stuart Woods writes. He completely pulls the reader immediately into the story line and keeps their interest throughout the entire book. Of his characters, "Stone Barrington" is my favorite. In every book, Stone manages to get himself into trouble but always escapes, usually just in the nick of time. Stone's friend and ex-parnter, Dino Baschetti, is Stone's ally and either gets into trouble with Stone, or helps Stone escape peril.

    I have read every one of Stuart Woods' books and the next one is always as good as the last. There is never a 'slow moment' in any of the books, and characters from previous books are always tied into the current book. Because these books are so enthralling, they can easily be read in 1 day. I always look forward to getting a new Stuart Woods book becase I find them so totally entertaing. I highly recommend any books by Stuart Woods.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2010

    Great read

    Woods is always good

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I LOVE STUART WOODS BUT THIS LAST BOOK LUCID INTERVALS WAS NOT HIS BEST. IT WAS NOT AS ROMANTIC OR EXCITING AS SOME OF THE EARLIER BOOKS AND I HAVE READ EVERY ONE OF THEM. STONE AND THE ENGLISH CHARACTERS WERE KIND OF BORING IN THIS BOOK.

    THE PLOT WAS NOT THE BEST AND ALL HIS USUAL CHARACTERS DID NOT HAVE VERY MUCH TO DO SUCH AS DINO AND ELAINE. HERBIE WAS OKAY ALTHOUGH I AM NOT CRAZY ABOUT HIM.

    THE BOOK IS SMALLER THAN HIS OLDER BOOKS AND NOT AS EXCITING. THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH GOING ON IN LUCID INTERVALS. STONE BARRINGTON IS USUALLY MORE INTERESTING AND EXCITING ESPECIALLY IN THE SEX DEPARTMENT.

    THE PLOT WITH THE ENGLISH GOVERNMENT WAS A LITTLE FAR FETCHED AND FELICITY IS NOT REALLY STONES TYPE.

    HERBIE WINNING THE LOTTERY WAS A NICE TOUCH BUT I TOOK A WHILE TO GET INTO THE BOOK AND THAT IS UNUSUAL SINCE I LOVE STUART WOODS BOOKS AND HAVE READ AND REREAD MOST OF THEM.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Let's retire this protagonist!

    The best I can say for this book is that it was boring. I'm so tired of Stone Barrington running around spending money that most of us can only dream of having. This plot is just old and tired.

    Woods might want to look at "Chiefs". It was one of his best. Or, possibly develop the character "Elaine". She sounds interesting.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Lucid Intervals is an excellent adventure for the experienced Stuart Woods reader. For a novice into Stone Barrington's world it may not be as enjoyable since there are so many "inside" references. Many of the characters in this book hav

    Lucid Intervals takes the reader on several plot lines at the same time. Stone seems to have an innate ability to keep ex-lovers as possible future lovers as well. Here he gets back with a head spy from Britain. He is also stalked by his ex-wife, the daughter of a powerful man who had previous mob connections but know seems to be mostly a businessman. Anothr sub-plot involves Herbie Fisher the nephew of Stone's security consultant. The uncle, Bob Cantor has been a key character in many of Stone Barrington's adventures. As usual a common meeting ground for Stone, his best friend and New York cop Dino Bachetti as well as many other character's is Elaine's in Manhatten. This makes one think or at least hope that Mr Woods gets many free meals and drinks from this popular restaurant. This book has more twists and turns than the usual Stone Barrington mystery. Following these story lines make this book very exciting. Aviation also plays a major role in this book which points to this being an area of interest and expertise of Mr Woods also. The amazing thing about a Stuart Woods novel is how they are always fast paced and very hard to put down. He never bogs down his passages with too much detail. He keeps the reader on the edge of their seat as he quickly moves forward. There are always characters who come from Delano Georgia and it is fun to keep awre of this and find these tie ins. Delano was the home of his four generations of sheriffs for the county in Chiefs. The son of the last Chief is Will Lee currently the president whose wife is the director of the CIA. People from this small town have become Hollywood superstars and producers various attorneys and members of law enforcement at many levels. In this book is a woman who is married to the ex police commissioner. She is a passing ship in the night here but a central character in Mr Woods las book. These connections are why an experienced Stuart Woods reader will enjoy this novel. I am sure somewhere in Mr Woods mansion in W Palm Beach is a room with all of these charcters and their family trees. I would love to see a compialation of all these charcters and there families.

    This book has a little of everything. A torrid love affair described just detailed enough to arouse but not enough to be considered pornographic. Descriptions of fine dining and drinking fine wines. A plot involving an ex-wife that keeps the tension up though it never really becomes a integral piece of the puzzle. There is a puzzle that weaves its way through this novel that makes the story fascinating. There are surprises all the way through the story untill the final oiece is exposed. Though this final solution feels right when exposed it is almost to obvious and even the most experienced mystery reader may not figure it out.

    It is interesting how Stone's financial issues are explained though he clearly has more welth that is discussed. This area lacks a congruence the rest of the intertwining stories over many books seem to be carried. Stone's secretary being so worried about paying the bills does not make much sense if one adds up his income over ther last ten or so novels. One would think Stone has a nice nest egg stored away yet he is painted as so broke here he spends a million dollares and is still fairly broke afterwards.

    All in all I would recommend this novel to anyone seeking a fun book to read. It is hard to put this book down and yet when it is over you are disappo

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Stuart Woods/Stone Barrington fan

    It was great, like all other Stuart Woods books. Couldn't put down.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Another delightful Stone Barrington novel!

    Three of us have listened to the latest Stone Barrington novel and we all enjoyed it immensely. Tony Roberts is an excellent reader for this series and Stuart Woods creates some hilarious situations for his characters. Does anyone really believe Dulce is completely out of Stone's life now? Stay tuned to see if she slips out of confinement again to get into Stone's hair! All of these characters blend so well that it is a joy to hear the next one is ready for print!

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  • Posted May 4, 2010

    Good book for a plane ride

    Great read on vacation.

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

    Good read!

    After reading "Kisser", I said I woud never read another Woods book again. However,Ipicked this one up and enjoyed it thoroughly. I do heartily recomend it!

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