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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,747 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stuart Woods Narrator: Cassandra Campbell, Debra Monk Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Holly Barker Series Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9780060842055
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Smart, attractive, and fiercely independent, Major Holly Barker, the army brat daughter of a master sergeant, has been forced into early retirement at the age of thirty-seven 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 calm, sunny 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. Alone, an outsider with no clues to go on, finding the killers won't be easy for Holly, and her seemingly low-key new career soon thrusts her into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Surrounded by a staff of officers she neither knows nor trusts, Holly finds help in a most unexpected source -- Daisy, a Doberman of exceptional intelligence and loyalty who quickly becomes her inseparable companion and protector. The closer she gets to unraveling the mystery of Orchid Beach, however, the nearer Holly comes to a danger darker and more deadly than any she could have ever anticipated.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A highly entertaining thriller.”

    St. Petersberg Times

  • "An action-packed puzzler.”

    People

  • “Powerful stuff.”

    Detroit News

  • “Smooth and satisfying.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 2/20/2014

    " The first of the Holly Barker series. A thriller and I never new who to trust through the entire book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine US | 2/17/2014

    " I enjoyed it, definitely had some unexpected moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/5/2014

    " Quick Read, first in Holly Barker Series. Enjoyable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele bookloverforever | 2/5/2014

    " I like the main character a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/27/2014

    " Very good book. Just ordered the rest of the books in the Holly Barker series and waiting for them to arrive. I love Stuart Woods books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Dobbins | 1/26/2014

    " Stone Barrington's character is one of my favorites! Such a lady's man - he falls in & out of love faster than most change shoes! Very entertaining but not smut. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Engle | 1/23/2014

    " One of the best books I've read in a long, long time. Stuart Woods is fab!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phoebe223 | 1/18/2014

    " I really liked this book up until theh last 5 chapters. It was susupense full until then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Weintraub | 1/13/2014

    " Got me hooked on Stuart Woods, thanks to my dad... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Beran | 1/7/2014

    " I like the Holly Barker series by Stuart Woods, but I don't like the Stone Barrington series - they seem juvenile and reduce women to sex objects. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 12/22/2013

    " Reminds me of Florida's east coast the way I knew it as a child and growing up ~ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 12/13/2013

    " Somewhat interesting murder mystery that moved along well with a strong female hero. The plot was at times predictable and at times reasonably out of the ordinary. I'll read another one of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/9/2013

    " You can't go too far wrong with a woman cop and a really great dog! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/4/2013

    " Another great book by my new favorite author! What's next? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwendalyn McHugh | 11/12/2013

    " A good mystery though the ending was a bit tidy for me. I listened to this one on CD, but I'll be looking for more Holly Barker mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lael | 11/3/2013

    " Oh Boy! A "new" to me series with a heroine cop. YEA! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Johnston | 9/10/2013

    " Nothing to write home about, and I love Stuart Woods. Let's put it this way, it took me over a month and a half to get through it - just wasn't inspired. Not really a page turner. Very predictable. But, was one of his early books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 6/29/2013

    " Daisy the Dog was the best character in this book. I liked the idea a woman was in the senior role and it was a really well laid out story. Dale thinks we need to train Molly to fetch a beer like Daisy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pm | 6/17/2013

    " love anything he writes about stone "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 karen otto | 2/24/2013

    " All the Holly Barker books are fun, but the first is best, with a better defined plot line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Bradfield | 10/4/2012

    " Good mystery. I loved the writing style. It kept me interested until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 9/9/2012

    " I enjoyed this book. It was great to read a story with a stong female character. I also enjoyed the character of Daisy...another strong "female" character. :) It kept me engaged and wanting to keep reading. I will definitely read more of this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig Brown | 9/8/2012

    " The book was enjoyable. I liked the dog. Yep I admit it, I added a star for the dog. Woods puts out a book a year. If I am to judge them all, they are formula based. I could tell from this one how the books go. I would rate this book with a very good detective/cop TV show. Maybe a two parter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 5/28/2012

    " Not my favorite Stuart Woods book, but it was intertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasha | 3/28/2012

    " An entertaining story and I love the main character and her dog, Daisy. I will definitely continue reading the Holly Barker Orchid series, but I did not like it as much as the Stone Barrington book I have read (New York Dead). I would still recommend it, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 3/24/2012

    " Of the Holly BArker series this is probably my favorite. I listened to it and it was very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Polly Forns | 1/19/2012

    " Loved this quick read with a female lead. Couldn't put it down until the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 9/18/2011

    " I love reading about women who kick a$$! Good mystery and wonderful protagonist! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 7/26/2011

    " I thought this one tied together the Will Lee, Stone Barrington, and Holly Barker story lines very well. The plot hooked me early on. I sort of enjoyed the fact that I've read these out of order. Having already read about Holly in the Stone Barrington novels, I enjoyed getting more of her history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 6/25/2011

    " I have now read several books in Woods' Stone Barrington series and two in the Ed Eagle series, but still like the Holly Barker series better. They read more like mysteries and are not so improbable as the other series. The Barker series has better plots and the same good dialogue. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jean | 4/30/2011

    " Other than a mildly interesting plot line, this was book was poorly written. Characters are not well developed and they lack depth. I only finished it because I wanted to see if there was any plot twist. Not very satisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/5/2011

    " I listened to this, was fairly good, parts are somewhat improbable but is an okay mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 3/27/2011

    " From the military to small town chief of police searching to find out who killed the man who hired her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/1/2011

    " Nothing to write home about, and I love Stuart Woods. Let's put it this way, it took me over a month and a half to get through it - just wasn't inspired. Not really a page turner. Very predictable. But, was one of his early books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 2/9/2011

    " Daisy the dog in this book is AMAZING! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 2/8/2011

    " I love reading about women who kick a$$! Good mystery and wonderful protagonist! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 12/31/2010

    " I loved the main character, Holly Barker. This was about my fave S. Woods (so far) and I've liked all that I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lulu | 12/27/2010

    " Holly Barker is a new favorite of mine. She's tough, but by the end of the book I found her heart. I will definitely be continuing this series.

    NL 2011 Book Crawl Challenge - Florida "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 12/11/2010

    " I enjoyed this story because it was about a woman who would not give up bringing people to their just rewards!! And her dog Daisy was amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 10/16/2010

    " Good book, but the dog doesn't do that much. Maybe one smart dog is a euphemism for bitch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 9/11/2010

    " First in the series for Holly Barker. This book actuall had a plot not unlike some on the Stone Barrington books which seem to be a perpetual romp in the sack.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 9/9/2010

    " Audio book, very good and needs a sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 7/29/2010

    " I have now read several books in Woods' Stone Barrington series and two in the Ed Eagle series, but still like the Holly Barker series better. They read more like mysteries and are not so improbable as the other series. The Barker series has better plots and the same good dialogue. "

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About the Author
Author Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods is a New York Times bestselling author. His first novel, Chiefs, the first of the Will Lee novels, won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel and was made into a television miniseries starring Charlton Heston. His other works include the Stone Barrington novels, the Holly Barker novels, the Ed Eagle novels, and a number of standalone works. He has had more than thirty straight New York Times bestsellers on the hardcover list. He was born in Manchester, Georgia, and earned his BA in sociology at the University of Georgia. Aside from being an accomplished novelist, he is also an avid sailor and has sailed in many prestigious races, including the Observer Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race (OSTAR) and the Fastnet Race. He wrote an account of his OSTAR race experiences in a memoir called Blue Water, Green Skipper, which was published in 1977.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of thirty-nine Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.