By Stuart Woods
Blood Orchid is the 3rd experience of 1 of Stuart Woods's most attractive characters, leader of Police Holly Barker. This outing, Holly is attempting to get her lifestyles again jointly after the shattering lack of her fianc?©. With assistance from her wily Doberman, Daisy, and her father, Ham, she throws herself again into the task with a vengeance. At a neighborhood eating place, Holly and Ham meet a gentleman new to the world, wealthy and dapper developer Ed Shine, who has stumbled on an evocative identify for either his favourite flower and his newest real-estate enterprise: the "Blood Orchid." yet sooner than Holly can settle into her regimen back, bullets crash into the house of a chum and a floater is located bobbing within the Intercoastal Waterway. Holly connects those occasions to the death-by-sniper-fire of 2 Miami businessmen and a guy evading questions at a Federal agency-but she cannot think how those violent occurrences will be with regards to her personal quiet, unspoiled city of Orchid seashore. becoming a member of forces with a good-looking FBI agent, she tracks the clues instantly to their resource, in basic terms to discover a rip-off extra profitable and extra risky than any this idyllic town-or Holly-has ever noticeable.
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Yeah. ” “Oh, yeah. I read about that in the New York Times. ” “A single rifle shot, missed him by inches, went in one side of the man’s greenhouse, came out the other. ” She spelled it for him. ” “I can call and ask him. Why? ” “Could be. ” “Let me hear from you. ” He hung up. Holly’s secretary buzzed again. “A Mr. ” There was a convenient coincidence. Holly punched the button. ” “Couldn’t be better. ” She hung up and called her father. M. ” Holly hung up. She wouldn’t call Harry Crisp back until she knew more.
Ham stepped up to the bar. “One of those,” he said to the bartender, pointing at Holly’s drink. He gave his daughter a kiss on the cheek. “Ed, this is my father, Hamilton Barker, known as Ham. ” The two men shook hands. “Move over here, Ed,” Ham said, pointing at the stool next to Holly. ” He took the stool on the other side of her. “Ed grows orchids,” Holly said. “Well, I guess Orchid Beach is the place for it. ” They chatted on for a few minutes, then the headwaitress showed up to say their table was ready.
Here’s the story,” she said, and explained what Phil Sweat had found. ” She showed him where the phone box was, and they found a spot where he could watch it while remaining unobserved. Holly made him a sandwich, gave him a canvas chair to sit in, and handed him a thermos of coffee. “Don’t fall asleep, and if the guy shows up, don’t shoot him, understand? ” “Yes, ma’am,” Teddy said. ” Holly got him situated and went to have her own dinner. It was getting dark now. , showered, dressed, and put some coffee on.