Lucid Intervals by Stuart Woods is the 18th book in the “Stone Barrington” suspense series. Publisher: Putnam, April 2010

It seems like just another quiet night at Elaine’s. Stone Barrington and his former cop partner Dino are enjoying their drinks when in walks former client and all-around sad sack Herbie Fisher…in need of a lawyer.

But while he’s trying to fend off Herbie, Stone is propositioned by another potential client, this one a bit more welcome, because she’s both a potential employer and a beautiful woman. She’s looking for somebody whom somebody else wants dead.

She takes Stone into the posh world of embassy soirees and titled privilege, where high society meets government intrigue. And when trouble follows him from his Manhattan townhouse to his tranquil summer home in Maine, Stone has to decide what to do with the explosive information he’s uncovered.

As always the Stone Barrington novels are a quick and enjoyable read. It’s always fun to visit with Stone, Dino and the gang and in this one we get to enjoy that antics of Herbie Fisher. My rating: 4 stars

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