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Orchid Beach Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Orchid Beach

Holly Barker, after ending her career in the military by vigourously pursuing a sexually harassing superior, takes a job as a deputy police chief in Florida. But by the time she has arrived, her superior is out of commission, and she is expected to take over his job. She inherits the beer-fetching Daisy, a Doberman, and the drug trafficking problems and a fortress of really nasty, sadistic, murdering, raping, drug-dealing bad guys.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Murder of certain profession?    -   lawmen Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   rape (yeech!) Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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