Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 304 p.
From the Publisher
Blood Orchid is the third adventure of one of
Stuart Woods's most engaging characters, Chief of Police Holly
Barker. This time out, Holly is trying to get her life back
together after the shattering loss of her fiancé. With the help of
her wily Doberman, Daisy, and her father, Ham, she throws herself
back into the job with a vengeance. At a local restaurant, Holly
and Ham meet a gentleman new to the area, rich and dapper developer
Ed Shine, who has found an evocative name for both his favorite
flower and his latest real-estate venture: the "Blood Orchid."
But before Holly can settle into her routine again, bullets crash
into the home of a friend and a floater is found bobbing in the
Intercoastal Waterway. Holly connects these events to the
death-by-sniper-fire of two Miami businessmen and a man evading
questions at a Federal agency-but she can't imagine how these
violent occurrences could be related to her own quiet, unspoiled
town of Orchid Beach. Joining forces with a handsome FBI agent, she
tracks the clues straight to their source, only to find a scam more
lucrative and more dangerous than any this idyllic town--or
Holly--has ever seen.