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Orchid Beach

by Woods, Stuart.

Format: Large Print 1999
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 2 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Large Print LP WOODS Stuart
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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 37 due to a scandalous sexual harassment case involving a colonel with a vendetta. 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 town lies a web of evil and deceit that escalates when a colleague and another associate are brutally gunned down. Holly's seemingly low-key new career soon thrusts her into a dangerous game of cat and mouse.
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 Wheeler large print book series.
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.
Large type books.
Publisher Rockland, MA :Wheeler Pub.,1999
Language English
Description 408 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
ISBN 1568957742 (hardcover)
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