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Barely Legal

(Herbie Fisher #1)

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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,572 ratings  ·  227 reviews
In this nonstop thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stone Barrington series, the protg will become the hero as Herbie Fisher gets caught in a web of deceit, corruption, and greed.

Under the tutelage of Stone Barrington, Herbie Fisher has transformed from a bumbling sad sack into the youngest partner at the white-shoe law firm Woodman & Weld,
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Tim
Aug 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a weak effort and I get the sense Mr. Woods is not fond of this character. That's a shame because this character had grown into an adult until this story. With Herbie falling for a hooker, an unavailable woman and with mob ties, Mr. Woods seems destined to keep Herbie a loser instead of a successful human being. Consequently, Herbie's character is wasted potential. 3 of 10 stars
Montessahall Montessahall
I regret ever having read the first book written by Stuart Woods in this series. Now my OCD won't allow me to quit. This novel is the worst installment to date. Herbie Fisher's improbable transition from third rate burglar to a partner in a law firm is too much of a stretch. Plus, the plot had a bit of an identity problem. It definitely is not a thriller or a humorous book either. This book is however a mash up of the same old, disjointed, boring themes.
Skip
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
Parnell Hall and Stuart Woods collaborate in writing a story about a former Stone Barrington miscreant client, who won the lottery and is now rehabilitated as a partner at Woodman & Weld. He is tricked into defending a Columbia College student, who is offered a plea bargain for drug possession, but won't agree to the deal, angering the mobster that framed him so his father will vote for a real estate project. Meanwhile, one of Herbie's gambling debts resurfaces, getting a loan shark angry at ...more
Evelyn
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
A Herbie Fisher book. The established characters seemed a bit off. I'm not sure the co-authors worked that well with each other. The story was a bit improbable although highly interesting. I was a little disappointed.
Gerri
Sep 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OMG what a horrid read!!!!!!! Woods and the Stone Barrington series had fallen of my favs list quite a bit in the last couple of books but this new series with Herbie is beyond horrid. What’s up with Woods - - is he trying to be another Patterson spitting out novels so quickly that quality is forgotten about? Herbie was OK in the Barrington novels as a side kick but on his own a big thumbs down. At times I felt like I was reading a book that someone forgot to edit… choppy sentences, horrid ...more
Carol Irvin
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good book by Stuart Woods with the emphasis on Herbie Fisher who is a funny character!!
Donna
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Herbie Fisher won the lottery a few years ago and hired Stone Barrington to make a new man out of him, which he did. Now Herbie works for the same law firm as Stone as well as being his friend. Herbie has gotten himself engaged but doesn't know she's a prostitute pulling a con on him. Herbie agrees to take a trial case from another attorney in the firm who has been threatened and is running scared. Problem is, Herbie wants to win the case. Plus, Herbie finds himself in trouble with a mobster who ...more
Steve
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book. Just about every page held my attention and kept me reading. Very few books do that, even the really good ones. I had had my doubts for a Herbie Fisher series because when in the Barrington books Herbie turned over a new leaf it just didn't seem believable to me and it seemed to happen over night. How does Gilligan become the professor in one book and win the lottery at the same time? But the Woods & Hall team-up seems to have worked better than it did for Smooth Operator ...more
Angela Williamson
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
I have enjoyed Stuart Woods writing ever since I read Chiefs! I know when I pick up one of his books I will be in for a pleasant evening. Yes, evening, because it never takes me long to finish one of his books. This one did not disappoint. As much as I like Herbis, I was glad that Dino and Stone were along for this ride! No spoilers but, I did not put it down until I read the last page!
Don Gorman
(2 1/2). Stuart Woods cranks books out like crazy (every other month now I think), he is a min James Patterson. And while some of the Stone Barrington books have gotten a little blah and overly formulaic, I am glad to say this is not the case here. After a slowish and somewhat cranky start, this story has so many inserting moving parts that it really takes off. Herbie has been around for quite a while, but we have not seen him as a lead character previously. And in reality, he is somewhat a pawn ...more
John Olson
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Herbie Fischer, the lawyer that he is, brings the mob and loan shark and they’re assistants to a drug trial that isn’t even his case. Whew what a mouthful. A crooked cop sets up a councilman’s son and the mob pushes the the original attorney to lose the case so a businessman can get his way. Oh, Stone and Dino help Herbie in the end but death comes to the ill fated crooks. Woods spins a tale in just some very short chapters.
Joyce
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this story Herbie Fisher is forced to act as a lawyer for a client he
doesn't want. He gets himself into trouble and once again he becomes the
center of contention. This is an easy, fast,light read with little substance.
There are a lot of schemes around and Herbie must try to stay ahead of his
enemies who are out for greed and corruption trying to deceive.
Joan
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Herbie Fisher, Stone Barrington’s protégé, is the partner in a prestigious law firm. A skillful lawyer, he’s in high demand but he also has a knack for attracting trouble. His latest case involves drugs, the mob, a loan shark, and a senator . . . and he’ll need all his professional shrewdness and finesse to keep ahead of the bad guys.

This well-written quick read, peopled with well-drawn characters, offers readers a plot filled with twists, turns, and unexpected reveals. Herbie’s humorous antics
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BJ
Another enjoyable, quick read from this author about one of his lesser known characters from the Stone Barrington series. Fun read.
john  greathouse
Aug 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Why can't I give this. pOS a minus. Not only can't this guy entertain, he now has a guy helping that is even worse
Kenneth B. Siegman
Who is Herbie Fisher

I'm not sure we know all there is to know about this clumsy likable loser turned lotto winning lawyer but he definitely has a knack for attracting trouble. A fun adventure with all the requisite regulars we've come to know and love (Herbie knows people in high places!). The story line is is a bit erratic but one can overlook a lot when it's sprinkled with humor and written with wit. A fun, quick read.
Carol
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barely Legal by Stuart Woods & Parnell Hall
Herbie Fisher Book #1
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What's It About?
Under the tutelage of Stone Barrington, Herbie Fisher has transformed from a bumbling sad sack into the youngest partner at the white-shoe law firm Woodman & Weld, and a man whose company is in high demand both because of his professional acumen and his savoir faire. But even his newly won composure and finely honed skills can’t prepare him for the strange escapade he’s unwittingly pulled into, and which—
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Cathy
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good story. A different story! Instead of Stone Barrington being the main character Herbie Fisher was and it was a nice change. Of course Stone and Dino were there in the background. Herbie falls in love again and is getting married. His fiance is suspect at least Dino thinks so. Herbie steps in on a pending court case where the son of a politician is accused of selling cocaine but its all a set up. The original attorney on the case is running scared because he is being pushed up on by ...more
Kay
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was pretty good. Same easy fun style with Herb Fisher as the main. Much more entertaining than the latest Barrington book #42.
Darren Ashley
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In BARELY LEGAL, Herbie Fisher is a new attorney at Woodman & Weld, has made the youngest partner, and his training gets put to the test as he finds himself embroiled in the most daring adventure to date, starting with a $90,000 gambling debt he already paid off to Mario Payday, but his payment landed in the hands of Vinnie the Vig, so throughout the book, Herbie gets hounded by Mario and his goons.
Carlo and Ollie, two of Mario’s goons, head up to Herbie’s penthouse, get startled when
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Ed
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#1 in the Herbie Fisher series. Author Woods had co-author Parnell Hall help pen this NYC based entry in the Stone Barrington universe that is reminiscent of some of the crime caper novels written by the late Donald E. Westlake. Herbie Fisher is a protégé of Stone Barrington and they are both partners in the same law firm. Before Herbie was a lottery winner and long before he was a respected lawyer, he was a trouble prone sad sack addicted to gambling and loose women. Now his past has come back ...more
Michele A.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Herbie Fisher finds himself in unusual territory. He is newly engaged and looking forward to a new life with Yvette. Things are not what they seem though and Herbie is left trying to untangle the mess his life is now experiencing. He gets duped into a criminal trial without the heads up that a mobster is trying to rig a trial to get what he wants for a billionaire that he has dealings with. The defendant is a councilman's son who is proclaiming his innocence. Herbie starts to believe his client ...more
Katy
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Herbie Fisher was a guy who could not do anything right, always going from one mishap to another. Stone, Dino, and even Joan would dodge him if possible. But Herbie did the impossible: when he won the lottery and before he could squander the earnings, he managed to get law degree. He turned out to be a very good lawyer, and at Stone's recommendation, joined a prestigious law firm.

But Herbie's past came back to haunt him: an old gambling debt he thought he had paid. Then another lawyer dumped a
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Barry Martin Vass
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stuart Woods has been working at a very high level for years now, generally turning out a new book-length Stone Barrington novel every ninety days or so. This one is a bit different, in that he has written it with a co-author (Parnell Hall) and Stone isn't the main character. Stone and Dino are still in this, but the main focus is on Herbie Fisher, a young lawyer who sometimes works with Stone at the white-shoe New York legal firm of Woodman & Weld. When another lawyer at the firm suddenly ...more
Peggy
May 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this audiobook. Sometimes I quip that I am the "queen of mediocre mysteries". This book fits the bill. It it is book that wants to clever. It fails. Herbie Fisher is a corporate lawyer, but he is pressed into sitting in for a criminal lawyer in a slam dunk drug case against a councilman's college aged son. He is supposed to sit in just for one day and accept a deal worked out with the DA. But when the accused refuses the deal Herbie ends up representing him in court. Herbie has a ...more
Michael Brown
When we first ran into Herbie Fisher he was a lazy young man with no direction in life and very bad habits. With a 30 million lottery win his life got worse. Under the direction of Stone Barrington he turned his life around and even found a niche in life at law school. Now na up and coming lawyer with a good handle on corporate law he is lured into trouble by a con artist and his sexy girlfriend and another attorney at his firm, Add in another small hiccup from his past and mobsters and crooks ...more
Larry
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I know, understand, and actually appreciate the formula - it can offer a simple escape not unlike bad TV (a guilty pleasure far too many of us avoid admitting we indulge in).

However, this is about as uninspired as even such a successful formula can be.

Thank goodness I grabbed it from the library - I would have been annoyed had I purchased it. A couple hours I will never get back ...

Again, I DO appreciate the familiarity of the characters and the sameness of the dialog - I do NOT expect great
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Jeni
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of a new series by Stuart Woods about a character (Herbie Fisher) included in a previous Stone Barrington book. It’s co-authored by Parnell Hall.

Herbie is now Herb, and the youngest partner in the law firm of Woodman & Weld which is the firm Stone Barrington is a partner. Herb is involved in a strange series of events that seem rather improbable. The same night that his “girlfriend” spikes his drink so she and her partner can rob him, someone else breaks in and kills his “
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John
Barely Legal? I've read just about all of Stuart Wood's books and only one of Mr. Halls'. This book does not follow the Stuart Woods pattern, and here is why. 1: At the outset you get the feeling that there is no love lost between Stone and Herbie. In other novels however there is a mutual respect between the two, and only after they run into each other while dining is that mentioned. 2: 2 outrageous scenarios? Maybe, but 3! a little to far out there, even for Herbie. And last but not least, ...more
Lori
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Herbie Fisher's past comes calling and from there his life goes out of control. A new woman in his life again turns out to be bad news, mobsters are after him and a court case he didn't want throws Herbie into a tailspin and he's afraid to ask Dino and Stone for help. Dino wants to warn Herbie of his findings but Stone thinks it's best to let him work it out on his own. That thinking turns out to be a big mistake and the fast paced book continues. It was refreshing to have Stone in the ...more
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Stuart Woods is the author the New York Times-bestselling Stone Barrington series and Holly Barker series. He is an avid private pilot, flying his own jet on book tours. You may see his tour schedule and learn more about the author on his website.