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eBook Orchid Beach (Holly Barker Novels) ePub

by Debra Monk,Stuart Woods

  • ISBN: 0694520586
  • Category: Mystery
  • Subcategory: Suspense and Obscurity
  • Author: Debra Monk,Stuart Woods
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio; Abridged edition (November 4, 1998)
  • ePub book: 1524 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1685 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 139

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Only 10 left in stock (more on the way). Stuart Woods is best known for his Stone Barrington series of novels about a wealthy Manhattan lawyer, investigator whose life is a whirlwind of complex murder cases, glamorous women and dinners at Elaine's. But Holly Barker, who is introduced to readers in Orchid Beach, may be his greatest (and certainly most appealing) protagonist.

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Слушайте Orchid Beach (автор: Stuart Woods, Debra Monk) бесплатно 30 дней в течении пробного периода. Слушайте аудиокниги без ограничений в веб-браузере или на устройствах iPad, iPhone и Android. 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.

Orchid Beach is the first book in Stuart Woods' "Holly Barker police/murder series. Title: Orchid Beach Author: Stuart Woods Narrator: Debra Monk Length: Unabridged; 5 hours 29 minutes Publisher: Harper Audio Published: August 1998 Genres: Fiction; Mystery. I've been a fan of Stuart Woods way back to the first book I read of his, Chiefs, Under the Lake and White Cargo, in the 1980's. I really like Woods' writing style and the characters in his books. I think I developed my love of high energy and edgy police/crime mysteries from reading Stuart Woods, Ed McBain and Robert B. Parker.

A Holly Barker Novel. A Stone Barrington Novel. Praise for the Novels of Stuart Woods. The best novel in the series. With an exclamation point, Stuart Woods makes it evident that he is a force in the mystery genre. Mr. Woods delivers smart characters and dialogue with a nice swing to i. One of the smoothest writers in the pop-literature biz and always a pleasure to read. Barrington’s fans will likely welcome the detective’s newest California-chic adventure.

Military policewoman Holly Barker lost a harassment case against her superior and quit the army. On arriving for a new job as deputy of a Florida town she finds the chief shot, a case which will lead to an assault by the FBI on a compound of the very rich.

Stuart Woods (born January 9, 1938) is an American novelist. Stuart Woods was born in Manchester, Georgia and graduated in 1959 from the University of Georgia, with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology

Stuart Woods (born January 9, 1938) is an American novelist. Stuart Woods was born in Manchester, Georgia and graduated in 1959 from the University of Georgia, with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. After graduation he enrolled in the Air National Guard, spending two months in basic training before moving to New York, where he began a career in the advertising industry.

Holly asked for security, then asked for Barney Noble. Who’s calling? a young male voice asked. Chief Holly Barker, of the Orchid Beach PD. I’ll patch you through to his house d one ring. Hey, Barney, it’s Holly Barker. How you doing? Good, Holly, and you? Can’t complain. When’s Ham coming down? That’s why I called you. He’s here for the duration, retired last week. No kidding? About time. When’s he going to play some golf with me?. The sooner, the better, he says. How about this afternoon? Perfect.

From New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods comes a riveting thriller introducing an exciting addition to the pantheon of fictional sleuths.

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 have ever anticipated.

Filled with dazzling twists and sizzling turns, Orchid Beach ranks as one of Stuart Woods' most inventive and brilliantly drawn works - an entertaining, non-stop tale that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats as it races to its exhilarating conclusion.

Comments

Gunos Gunos
This novel begins with our heroine, Holly Barker, a U.S. Army Major as a spectator in a courtroom. She had been a witness for the prosecution in an attempted rape and sexual harassment suit against her commanding officer. The verdict? Not guilty of all charges.

Holly tells her father that her career in the army is now effectively over, as she can no longer expect to be promoted. She tells her Dad, who is a retired army vet, that she could a job on a police force somewhere and start a new career.

She has dinner with her Dad and Chet Marley, also a vet, and Dad's friend, whom Dad has told of Holly's desire to join a police force. Chet, who is chief of the Orchid Beach, FL P. D., offers Holly a job as Ass't chief, to fill an existing vacancy. Holly accepts his offer and drives to Orchid Beach, pulling her trailer behind her, pulls into a trailer park that had been recommended to her, and makes it her home.

When she arrives at the Orchid Beach P. D. the next morning to start work, she learns that Chet has been shot , and is in the local hospital, hear death.

The ensuing investigations; into Chet's shooting and the murder of Chet's buddy, into spying and treachery from within the police department, and the investigation of a secretive nearby community could have made this a very exciting novel to read.

Unfortunately, many detrimental factors start to appaear, and continue sporadically throughout the novel, such as; extended descriptions of mundane events and activities, continued use of titles and first and last names, etc. that are boring and require skimming to find content.

Fortunately, these detrimental factors are a fairly minimal distraction, and this novel is still a very good read.
Enone Enone
Stuart Woods is best known for his Stone Barrington series of novels about a wealthy Manhattan lawyer / investigator whose life is a whirlwind of complex murder cases, glamorous women and dinners at Elaine's. But Holly Barker, who is introduced to readers in Orchid Beach, may be his greatest (and certainly most appealing) protagonist. A retired Army officer turned police chief of Orchid Beach, a wealthy Florida resort community, Holly is beautiful, courageous, sexy and resourceful: the type of woman many women would like to be (and many men would like to be with).

The plot of Orchid Beach revolves Holly's dawning realization that the ultra-luxurious gated golf community in the heart of her jurisdiction is far more than it seems. But what makes the book such a great read are the finely-drawn characters: Holly herself; Jackson, the town lawyer, with whom she becomes romantically involved; and Holly's father Ham, a retired Army sergeant who moves to Orchid Beach to be near his daughter and assists in her investigations (the back-and-forth between Holly and Ham alone is worth the price of admission). Even the villains in the book are terrifyingly convincing characters. And or course, no review of Orchid Beach would be complete without mentioning a canine character, Daisy -- a trained Doberman Pinscher who becomes Holly's companion, police dog and all-around BFF.

I really enjoyed the highly realistic of portrayal of Holly moving to Orchid Beach and starting a new life and career: finding a place to live, dealing with the local town council, and winning the trust of the other police officers in her department. And while the mystery at the center of the plot is not really a surprise, I enjoyed the investigative details and exciting denouement when Holly bags her perps and breaks up a huge criminal enterprise.

Highly entertaining, this book is the proverbial "great beach read" -- a genre of which Mr. Woods is indisputably one of the masters.
Ucantia Ucantia
While far better that "Dirt", one of the worst books ever published, Woods is still looking for the magic of "Chiefs" and some of his other earlier works. Perhaps he has really told all the good stories he has to tell. Major Holly Barker has just resigned her commission in the US Army because she and another woman had testified at the courts-martial of her commanding officer, charging him with attempted rape and sexual harrassment. The officer was acquitted. Chief Marley of Orchid beach, a good friend of Holly's father, offers her the Deputy Chief position in his police force. She accepts and all hell breaks loose in Orchid Beach. The Chief is shot and later dies. His best friend, a retired officer is also blown away. A former Miami police officer and now defense attorney,(he relates to defendants) Jackson Oxenhandler, represents a hippy couple whom the police believe are responsible. He springs the hapless duo at a probable cause hearing when it becomes clear that they are not responsible and immediately starts pursuing the rather fetching Deputy Chief. He has her in bed in nearly record time, prompting one to wonder that the courts-martial acquittal might have been the right result. Holly and Jackson start teaming up in more ways than one to find the killer(s) because she can't trust her department as there is a mole in it, according to the former Chief. She is assisted in this by a Doberman Pincher named Daisy (she belonged to the friend who was shot) who seems to transfer her loyalties faster than Bill Clinton and whose best trick is to open the refrigerator door and serve cold beer by the bottle. There is a distrustful City Council to deal with, as well as a gated community within the jurisdiction of Orchid Beach that is more heavily armed and guarded than a Colombian drug cartel. Rogue cops make up the membership of the private security force and two of them quickly become the focus of Holly's interest. The predictable surveilance, investigation and shootout occurs and all is well once again in Orchid Beach and Jackson and Holly can get back to wearing out the sheets. If anyone but Woods had submitted this for publication it would have been rejected...and so should prospective readers.