Orchid Beach by Stuart Woods

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New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods delivers a riveting thriller that introduces an exciting addition to the pantheon of fictional sleuths.

Forced into early retirement at thirty-seven, smart, attractive, and fiercely independent Major Holly Barker trades in her bars as a military cop for the badge of deputy chief of police in Orchid Beach, Florida. But below the sunny surface of this sleepy, well-to-do island town lies an evil that escalates into the cold-blooded murder of one of Holly's new colleagues.

An outsider, Holly has little to go on for answers and no one to help her—except Daisy, a Doberman of exceptional intelligence and loyalty that becomes her companion and protector. The closer she gets to the truth, the more Holly knows that it'll take one smart dog with guts to sniff out this killer—before he can catch her first.

 

About Stuart Woods

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Stuart Woods is the author of thirty-three novels. He lives in Key West, on Mt. Desert Island in Maine, and in New York City. Readers may learn more about him and his work, read an interview, and correspond with him on his Web site at www.stuartwoods.com.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 451 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Two separate employees seem to have been in cahoots with the misguided patriots calling themselves The Elect, one to provide inside dope for the robbery, the other to embezzle funds for the sort of large-bore weapons Holly and her dad Ham stumble on when their attempt to trace a vanished teller b...

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Who poses the greater danger to Holly Barker (Iron Orchid, 2005, etc.): the man who once tried to rape her, or a vigilante who shoots political figures who don’t share his views?

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Since the identity of the trigger man is obvious and that of his paymaster scarcely less so, there’s nothing to do but watch (1) Holly’s turf battles with her old FBI friend Harry Crisp, (2) Holly’s between-the-sheets wrestling with her new FBI friend Grant Early, and (3) Holly’s participation in...

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And she’ll need the toughest model she can get, because Woods, uncomfortable with the constraints of the whodunit formula, soon directs Holly’s attention to outsized enemies both without (a gated community on the fringes of Orchid Beach that’s exclusive, private, and armed to the teeth) and withi...

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In the course of his meandering tale, Woods deepens his portraits of Holly and her father, Ham, a retired army noncom, and dog lovers should enjoy the antics of Daisy, the Doberman diva who is Holly's constant companion.

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The climactic raid is somewhat lacking in suspense, but Woods compensates by introducing a charming romantic subplot between Holly and Jackson, and the story gets extra bite from Holly's intriguing relationship with an inherited canine named Daisy, the clairvoyant Doberman that belonged to her me...

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For those of you not in the know, Holly made her debut in ORCHID BEACH, entertained us in ORCHID BLUES, and kept us breathless and on the edge of our seats in BLOOD ORCHID.

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If you have ever read a Stuart Woods thriller featuring Special Agent Holly Barker, then you know that vacation is not a word or concept that you associate with her.

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C+ Originally posted Dec 18, 1998 Published in issue #463 Dec 18, 1998 Order article reprints

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Teddy Fay worked for the CIA for forty years, eventually becoming a Tech Services coordinator and when he retired, he erased all his files in the Agency's computers.

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The agent and Holly hit it off but Holly is too busy dodging bullets to give their relationship a chance to grow.

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