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Bestseller Woods piles on the coincidences in his modestly entertaining fifth thriller to feature CIA agent Holly Barker (after Iron Orchid). When Holly returns home to Orchid Beach, Fla., where she was once chief of police, she's reunited with both welcome and unwelcome figures from her past. Renegade ex-CIA agent Teddy Fay, sporting a new identity, has chosen to settle in nearby Vero Beach. Lauren Cade, a former military comrade, is now a sergeant with the Florida State Patrol. Holly is shocked to learn that James Bruno, her former commanding officer who was tried and acquitted of raping Lauren and who once tried to rape Holly herself, is Orchid Beach's new police chief. Holly's not so shocked to learn that a serial killer and rapist is at work in the area. Woods glibly lets the reader stay well ahead of the legal posse tracking the killer while still keeping a card or two up his sleeve. Playful dialogue and romantic sexual escapades lighten the atmosphere. (Sept.)
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Seriously ????? I've read 10% of this book and have already figured out who the "bad guy" is. Holly Barker works for the CIA & she's not as smart as I am?!? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laurette
Great book. I love Stuart Woods' books, especially the Stone Barrington series!Published 5 months ago by Cheryl Peters
Hothouse Orchids by Stuart Woods is a great mystery, full of twists and turns. The suspense kept me awake and reading to the end.Published 5 months ago by Elaine F Parks
Just when I thought things couldn't go wrong they take a different turn. Holly Barker is off to DC and the CIA again.Published 6 months ago by Linda Smith