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Orchid Beach : a novel

by Woods, Stuart,

Format: Print Book 1998
Availability: Available at 20 Libraries 20 of 20 copies
Available (20)
Location Collection Call #
Brentwood Library Mystery MYSTERY Woods
Location  Brentwood Library
 
Collection  Mystery
 
Call Number  MYSTERY Woods
 
 
Bridgeville Public Library Mysteries MYS WOO
Location  Bridgeville Public Library
 
Collection  Mysteries
 
Call Number  MYS WOO
 
 
C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Fiction
Location  C.C. Mellor Memorial Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number 
 
 
CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Woods, S
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
 
Call Number  FICTION Woods, S
 
 
Clairton Public Library Fiction F WOOD
Location  Clairton Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  F WOOD
 
 
Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Fiction FIC WOODS
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FIC WOODS
 
 
Hampton Community Library Fiction F WOODS
Location  Hampton Community Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  F WOODS
 
 
Jefferson Hills Public Library Fiction FIC WOO
Location  Jefferson Hills Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FIC WOO
 
 
Monroeville Public Library Mystery Woods
Location  Monroeville Public Library
 
Collection  Mystery
 
Call Number  Woods
 
 
Moon Township Public Library Fiction F WOODS Stuart
Location  Moon Township Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  F WOODS Stuart
 
 
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Fiction FIC
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FIC
 
 
Northland Public Library Fiction FIC WOODS
Location  Northland Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FIC WOODS
 
 
Penn Hills Library Fiction WOO
Location  Penn Hills Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  WOO
 
 
Plum Community Library Fiction FIC WOO
Location  Plum Community Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FIC WOO
 
 
Sewickley Public Library Fiction F WOO
Location  Sewickley Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  F WOO
 
 
Shaler North Hills Library Fiction WOO
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  WOO
 
 
South Park Library Mystery F-M WOODS STUART BARKER v.1
Location  South Park Library
 
Collection  Mystery
 
Call Number  F-M WOODS STUART BARKER v.1
 
 
Springdale Free Public Library Fiction AF WOOD
Location  Springdale Free Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  AF WOOD
 
 
Whitehall Public Library Fiction Collection FIC Woods
Location  Whitehall Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction Collection
 
Call Number  FIC Woods
 
 
Wilkinsburg Public Library Fiction FIC WOO
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
 
Collection  Fiction
 
Call Number  FIC WOO
 
 
Summary

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods delivers a riveting thriller that introduces his first female protagonist, Deputy Chief of Police Holly Barker.

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 Holly gets to the truth, the more she knows that it'll take one smart dog with guts to sniff out this killer--before he can catch her first.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Army Sergeant Holly Barker has just lost a sexual-harassment case against Colonel Bruno, her former boss. She knows her army career is over, but what next? Fortunately, her father, a soon-to-retire master sergeant, knows Chet Marley, the chief of police in Orchid Beach, Florida. Chet is looking for a new deputy chief. It sounds good to Holly, so she packs her gear and sets off for Florida. But when she arrives, she steps into big trouble. The night before, Chet Marley and his best friend were murdered. Shocked at such brutality in peaceful-looking Orchid Beach, Holly sets out to find the killer, only to run into an elaborate conspiracy plot. The only good things going for her are her newly acquired Doberman, Daisy; her newly acquired lover, county attorney Jackson Oxenhandler; and her tenaciousness in the face of danger. As usual, Woods dishes up plenty of high-octane action and plenty of unexpected twists. Even though the plot is hardly original and there are occasional patches of hackneyed writing, this one will still draw a sizable audience of Woods devotees and fans of action-adventure thrillers. --Emily Melton"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "After a string of successes based on the escapades of the redoubtable Stone Barrington, Woods (Swimming to Catalina) shifts to a female protagonist in this police procedural, with mostly smooth and satisfying results. Woods's new heroine is Holly Barker, a 37-year-old MP supervisor whose army career comes to a halt when she loses a sexual harassment suit against her superior officer. A friend of her father's offers her a position as a deputy in the small Florida town of the title, but life becomes even more problematic when she gets there and finds that her benefactor is in a coma after having been shot. The body of his best friend is discovered next. The clues quickly lead to an exclusive community for the ultra-rich within Orchid Beach that bears a suspicious resemblance to a military installation, and the trail gets hotter when several corrupt Miami ex-cops turn up on the community's roster of security workers. Aided by local defense attorney Jackson Oxenhandler, Barker gathers a raft of evidence that she turns over to the FBI, which organizes a well-planned assault on the fortress. 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 mentor. Agent, Anne Sibbald. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Holly Barker mystery
The author's other series protagonist, Stone Barrington, makes a brief appearance in book 2
#1 - Orchid Beach
#2 - Orchid blues
#3 - Blood orchid
#4 - Iron orchid
#5 - Hothouse orchid
Subjects Police -- Florida -- Fiction.
Police dogs -- Florida -- Fiction.
Murder -- Florida -- Fiction.
Drug traffic -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :1998
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 325 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780060191818
0060191813
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