“LUCID INTERVALS,” by Stuart Woods, New York, G.P. Putnam, 2010, hardcover, 291 pages, $25.95.
If there’s one constant in the world of publishing, it’s Stuart Woods and his fictional standard, Stone Barrington.
Woods’ NYC cop-turned-lawyer creation returns for the 18th time in “Lucid Intervals.”
This time out, Stone is hired by one of his many ex-flames, Dame Felicity Devonshire. A higher-up in the British intelligence community, she wants him to find an ex-agent who has vanished.
Of course, things are never as straightforward as that for Stone. He befriends a powerful man in corporate security who may or may not be the agent he seeks. He gets retained by the screw-up nephew of one of his best operatives, who has come into money and whom trouble follows around. Then there’s the mentally unbalanced ex-girlfriend who is stalking him.
As always, it’s going to be a bumpy ride for Stone.
In “Lucid Intervals,” the part-time MDI resident’s blend of booze, broads and bullets remains a winning formula.
In an ever-changing world, it’s nice to have reliables such as Woods and his characters on which to depend.