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Publisher's Summary

A brand-new page-turning Holly Barker novel from the perennially entertaining New York Times best-selling author Stuart Woods. After Special Agent Holly Barker lets international terrorist Teddy Fay slip through her fingers for a second time, the CIA thinks she might want a long vacation, at least until Teddy is captured and the bad publicity has blown over. So Holly returns to her hometown of Orchid Beach, Florida, where she had been police chief for many years. But a very unpleasant surprise awaits her.
Many years earlier, Holly and another female army officer had brought charges against their commanding officer for sexual harassment, attempted rape, and rape. Holly had managed to fight him off, but the other woman, a young lieutenant, had not. The officer in question was acquitted of all charges, and has also left the army - for a job as Orchid Beach's new police chief.
Will Holly return to the CIA? Or will she challenge her old nemesis for control of the Orchid Beach Police Department?
©2009 Stuart Woods (P)2009 Penguin
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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-24-09

Not Hot Orchid

A disappoint overall. Some moments of entertainment but too many plot inconsistencies to let me accept novel without disbelieve and out right displeasure. Prime example of author's disrespect to the reader's intelligence. The cops get a warrant to sieze the police chief's car to examine the tread on the right front tire. The judge is in court all day so they can't get the warrant until 4 pm (atificial suspense). Do they post a watch on the car? You guessed it, NO! So when they return with the warrant, (You guessed it again) the chief drove the car to the tire store and bought a new tire. Anyone with an ounce of brains knows that once a decision has been made to seize property, the police keep that property under watch until they can actually serve the warrant.
Too much of this kind of stuff.
I finished the novel just to say I finished it. Save your credits!

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Samuel on 10-11-09

A Nice diversion

A nice trifle. This particular presenter has the gift of never making anything seem that threatening. It's a nice little story, but it never gave me a moment of angst, because the performance let me know everything would be fine. Sex, murder and dis-honesty, it will all work out. Not bad, but definitely from the light hors d'oeuvres section of the menu.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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