Orchid Blues by Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods is the award-winning author of the cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington series.

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Orchid Blues by Stuart Woods


  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.11 x 6.80 x 4.20
  • Publisher: Signet; (October 2002)
  • ISBN: 0451206711

    Book Description
    Holly's wedding festivities are shattered-by murder-and Holly vows to find the culprits. With nothing to go on but the corpse of an innocent bystander, Holly discovers evidence that leads her into the midst of a clan whose members are as mysterious as they are zealous. Holly's father, Ham, a retired Army chief master sergeant, is her ticket into their strange world. What he finds there boggles the mind-and draws Holly, Ham, and Holly's Doberman Daisy into a whirlpool of crazed criminality from which even the FBI can't save them.

    Reader Reviews
    Just Okay, September 22, 2003 Reviewer: richard a mitchell from candia, new hampshire United States I picked this up because I enjoyed Woods' earlier works. This is okay light reading. The story is fast-paced, the characters likeable. My difficulty with the book is that the reader has to suspend reality. The militia is too powerful; the "star" character's father (who really is the star character in this novel) is too good or too lucky (In one place he is able to plant a bug in a completely ridiculously lucky set circumstances.); and, the twists in the story-line are never quite believeable. The man is also immediately taken in as a blood brother by this super-careful super-paranoid group. Also, the killing of the main character's fiance at the outset is absolutely superfluous to the story - although it was a good way to hook me into the book. If you can suspend reality it is okay beach reading. If you can't, it is a trumped up mystery where the author pulls all the strings to make the story work. Although this novel can be read in a matter of hours, there are other better ways to spend that reading time.

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