Orchid Beach (Holly Barker)
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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 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.
“You bet. Got a great public course and six or eight good private ones—one or two a retired master sergeant could afford to join.” Ham turned to Holly. “Chet’s not a bad guy to work for,” he said. “I worked for him for three years, and I didn’t have to kill him.” “When can you start?” Marley asked. “Hang on, this is all kind of quick,” Holly said. “I like decisiveness in a…an officer.” Holly stuck out her hand. “You’re on,” she said, “as soon as I can get my resignation in and turn over my
Ham said. “I am officially a retired military person.” “Congratulations,” Holly said. “Why didn’t you tell me you were coming?” “I thought it would be a nice surprise.” “Well, it is. I’m glad to see you. What are your plans?” “Orchid Beach sounds like a nice place,” he said. “Chet said there was some golf to be had.” “Well, I’m delighted to hear it,” Holly said. “You just picked up and drove down here? Why so sudden?” “Look, Chet Marley and Hank Doherty are the two best friends I’ve ever
the telephone. Chapter 55 Holly went into the office like a good girl, but… Chapter 56 Holly got changed and fed Daisy. She still had a… Chapter 57 Holly, Daisy, Hurd, Jackson, and Ham all arrived at the… Chapter 58 At two A.M., after nearly eight hours of briefings and… Chapter 59 Harry Crisp jumped out of his seat. “There’s five!” he… Chapter 60 Holly sat in the dining room of the Palmetto Gardens… Chapter 61 Holly waited for Hurd Wallace to arrive and
one threw his hands into the air; the other bolted for the kitchen door. “Daisy!” She pointed at the running man. “Stop and guard!” Daisy took off as if fired from a cannon. Six feet from the kitchen door she sank her teeth into a running leg, dumping the man onto the ground. Then she stood over him, snarling quietly. The man did not move a muscle. Holly secured the other cook, then went to the man lying on the ground. “That dog bit me!” the man complained. “Shut up, or I’ll let her tear your
There’s a plane coming for me. I’ll be out of the country in two hours.” “Barney, you didn’t say anything about a plane,” Jane said. “I was just making the arrangements on the kitchen phone, honey,” Barney replied. Noble reached over and pulled Holly’s Beretta from her holster. “Well, hadn’t we better get going, then?” Jane asked. “Sure, honey, in just a minute.” “You don’t get it, do you, Jane?” Holly said. “You’re not going anywhere; you never were. Barney was leaving here alone.” “You