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Publisher's Summary

Major Holly Barker, the army brat daughter of a master sergeant, has been forced into early retirement at the age of 37 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 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.

Tracking down the killers won't be easy for Holly who finds herself alone, with no clues to go on, and surrounded by a staff of officers she neither knows nor trusts. An unexpected source, Daisy, a Doberman of exceptional intelligence and loyalty, becomes her inseparable companion and protector. But the closer she gets to unraveling the mystery of Orchid Beach, the nearer Holly comes to danger darker and more deadly than any she could have ever anticipated.

©1998 Stuart Woods (P)1998 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Definitely more rewarding in the listen than in the read.' (AudioFile)

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    5 out of 5 stars

Enjoyable

This was my first Stuart Wood and I really enjoyed it. It moved along well with mystery, personal interest and some romance. There were some loose ends or characters not followed up but it didn't hurt the overall story. I am looking foward to listening to more of his works.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • La Selva Beach, CA, United States
  • 04-26-06

Good Narration, Inane Plotting

I enjoyed the narration but it couldn't really make up for the utter inanity of the plot. Coincidence heaped upon coincidence, joined with complete predictability, and topped off with incoherence. It's like a graphic novel, but without pictures.

For all that, the narration is outstanding.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

writing by numbers - very boring!

I usually really enjoy Stuart Woods, and his CHIEFS is one of my favorite listens, but this one is simple and boring! I kept waiting for twists, subplots etc but the narrative is as linear as if it had been drawn with a ruler. Will not download any other book of this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Holly Fan

I have become a real Chief Holly and Orchid Beach fan. I have read both books and can't wait for more. The story line is excellent and keeps you wanting to hear more. I loved Daisy and Ham too. I wish I had another book available.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathryn
  • Tijeras, NM, USA
  • 09-07-03

Suspense and humor

This was a very enjoyable "listen". The characters were interesting and quirky, the plot was fast moving. The only thing that would improve this story would be an "unabridged" version to fill in the gaps and give greater depth to the characters. Monk's reading was terrific! Brava!!

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Great plot , reader not good

Great plot ! Ms Monk is not a good voice for the variety of characters . She sounded the same for most of them so it was difficult to determine which character was speaking. There were several names that were similar . It was a great story !

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Do not like the music!

Why do you have to have the music? It's too loud! It takes away from the book!

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worth the time

Great book on tape to drive cross country. wife and I Enjoyed the story and suspense. looking forward to the next Holly book.

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great story and performance!

Holly is the right mix of tough and save...and the story kept me interested all the time.

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It's a really good mystery

This was the second time reading this book and it was as good as the first time! Fast read. Fast listen.