Orchid Beach

Orchid Beach

A Novel

Book - 1998
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New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods has entertained and engrossed readers with hisfast-paced, suspenseful novels including Swimming to Catalina, Dead in the Water, Dirt, andChiefs. Now from this master storyteller comes a riveting thriller introducing an exciting addition tothe pantheon of fictional sleuths.

Smart, attractive, and fiercely independent, Major Holly Barker, thearmy-brat daughter of a master sergeant, has been forced into early retirement at the age of thirty-sevenas the result of a scandalous sexual harassment case. With the help of her dad she makes the move tocivilian life, becoming deputy chief of police in Orchid Beach, Florida.

But below the calm, sunnysurface of this sleepy, well-to-do coastal island town lies a web of evil and deceit that escalates when acolleague and another associate are brutally gunned down. Alone, an outsider with no clues to go on, findingthe killers won't be easy for Holly, and her seemingly low-key new career soon thrusts her into adangerous game of cat and mouse. Surrounded by a staff of officers she neither knows nor trusts, Hollyfinds help in a most unexpected source--Daisy, a Doberman of exceptional intelligence and loyalty whoquickly becomes her inseparable companion and protector. The closer she gets to unraveling the mystery ofOrchid Beach, however, the nearer Holly comes to danger darker and more deadly than any she could everhave anticipated.

Filled with the dazzling twists and sizzling turns that have made his novels nationalbestsellers and international hits, Orchid Beach ranks as one of Stuart Woods's most inventive andbrilliantly drawn works--an entertaining, nonstop tale that will keep readers on the edge of their seats asis races from the first page to its exhilarating conclusion.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060191818
0060191813
Branch Call Number: F WOODS
FICTION Woods
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 25 cm

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Dreamstime
Oct 27, 2016

Wow! So much better than the last Stone Barrington book I read (the aptly named, "Worst Fears Realized"). Unlike Stone, Holly has a romantic interest that takes a far back seat to the plot and action. Also, I found Stone's wealth off-putting. Holly is more a blue collar sleuth. I enjoyed the book and found the conclusion exciting. Bravo Holly!

akasq Apr 01, 2014

The first of the Holly Barker series,
fast moving thriller, with a surprise
ending,enjoyable reading.

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RichardPaul
Feb 12, 2011

Orchid Beach ---- by Stuart Woods c - 1998 ---- Mystery ---- An Excellent story ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul

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