Orchid Beach

Orchid Beach

A Novel

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
Forced into early retirement by scandal, ex-Army major Holly Barker takes a job as deputy chief of police in rural Orchid Beach, Florida, where she and her canine partner, Daisy, become caught up in a sinister--and deadly--game of cat-and-mouse

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Smart, attractive, and fiercely independent, Major Holly Barker, the army-brat daughter of a master sergeant, has been forced into early retirement at the age of thirty-seven as the result of a scandalous sexual harassment case. With the help of her dad she makes the move to civilian life, becoming deputy chief of police in Orchid Beach, Florida.
But below the calm, sunny surface of this sleepy, well-to-do coastal island town lies a web of evil and deceit that escalates when a colleague and another associate are brutally gunned down. Alone, an outsider with no clues to go on, finding the killers won't be easy for Holly, and her seemingly low-key new career soon thrusts her into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Surrounded by a staff of officers she neither knows nor trusts, Holly finds help in a most unexpected source - Daisy, a Doberman of exceptional intelligence and loyalty who quickly becomes her inseparable companion and protector. The closer she gets to unraveling the mystery of Orchid Beach, however, the nearer Holly comes to danger darker and more deadly than any she could ever have anticipated.

Baker
& Taylor

Forced into early retirement by scandal, ex-Army major Holly Barker takes a job as deputy chief of police in rural Orchid Beach, Florida, where she and her canine partner, Daisy, become caught up in a sinister--and deadly--game of cat-and-mouse. 175,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, 1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060191818
0060191813
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!

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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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