Palindrome

Palindrome

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When both your past and future spell fear.

Award-winning author Stuart Woods has crafted a masterful novel no reader will soon forget. For years, Liz Barwick has been battered by her brutal husband, a famous pro football player. This time it takes an emergency room to keep her from death. Now, the beautiful and talented photographer retreats to an island

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When both your past and future spell fear.

Award-winning author Stuart Woods has crafted a masterful novel no reader will soon forget. For years, Liz Barwick has been battered by her brutal husband, a famous pro football player. This time it takes an emergency room to keep her from death. Now, the beautiful and talented photographer retreats to an island paradise off Georgia's coast to find solitude—and herself.

As she becomes increasingly involved with the strange and handsome twin scions of the powerful Drummond family, she feels her traumatic memories begin to fade. But when a killer launches a series of gruesome murders, Liz discovers that there is no place to hide—not even in her lover's arms.

Author Biography: Stuart Woods was born in Manchester, Georgia, a small town in the American South. He was educated in the local schools and at the University of Georgia, where he graduated with a BA degree in 1959. He served in the United States Air Force, in which he says he "...flew a truck," as an enlisted man during the Berlin Wall crisis of 1961-62.

He devoted his early adult years to a career in advertising , as an award-winning writer for agencies in New York and London. It was while living in London in 1973 that he decided to pursue an ambition held since childhood, to write fiction. he moved to a flat in the stable yard of a castle in south County Galway, Ireland, and while working two days a week for a Dublin ad agency to support himself, began work on a novel. Shortly after beginning, he discovered sailing and , as he puts it, "Everything went to hell." The novel was put temporarily aside while he spent all his time, "...racing aneleven foot plywood dinghy against small children, losing regularly."

In the autumn of 1974, a friend invited him to help ferry a small yacht up the west coast of Ireland, and the bug bit even harder. Shortly thereafter, his grandfather died, leaving him "...just enough money to get into debt for a boat," and he immediately decided to go to the 1976 Observer Single-handed Transatlantic Race (OSTAR). He moved to a gamekeeper's cottage on a river above Cork Harbour and had a boat built at a nearby boatyard. He studied navigation and sailed on other people's boats every chance he got, then, after completing a 1300-mile qualifying voyage from the Azores to Ireland, he persuaded the Race Committee to accept him as an Irish entry.

He completed the race in good form, taking forty-five days, and in 1977 his memoir of the Irish period, Blue Water, Green Skipper was published in London and New York. While sporadically working on the novel, he completed another book, A Romantic's Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland, published in 1979.

Chiefs, Woods' long-awaited novel, was published in 1981 to wide critical and popular acclaim, garnering excellent reviews and winning the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Chiefs was filmed for television as a six-hour drama starring Charlton Heston. Following his success with that novel, Woods published a string of fiction that established him as one of the most popular writers in the world.

Orchid Beach is Stuart Woods' eighteenth novel. His previous books, Run Before the Wind (1983), Deep Lie (1986), Under the Lake (1987), White Cargo (1988), Grass Roots (1989), Palindrome and New York Dead (1989), Santa Fe Rules (1991), L.A. Times (1992), Dead Eyes (1993), Heat (1994), Imperfect Strangers and Choke (1995), Dirt (1996), Dead in the Water (1997) and Swimming to Catalina (1998) have been translated into Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Serbo-Croatian, Czech, Japanese, and Hebrew and there are millions of copies of his books in print around the world. Several of Stuart Woods' novels have been optioned for feature films and television movies.

Stuart Woods lives on the the Treasure Coast of Florida and Litchfield County, Connectict. He still flies his own plane, and sails.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Liz Barwick's tranquil life on an island off the Georgia coast turns nightmarish after a tragic secret two decades old is unearthed and her ex-husband, a steroid-crazed NFL star, goes on a murderous rampage. A ``fast-paced, multilevel tale of mystery and revenge,'' said PW. ``In a suspenseful--albeit telegraphed--final encounter, one deadly monster destroys another.'' (Nov.)
Library Journal
Successful photographer Elizabeth Barwick is almost battered to death by her superstar pro-football player husband. To escape his vengeance, she accepts an offer to photograph Cumberland, a beautiful barrier island off the coast of Georgia. The novel's first four chapters are outstanding, describing Elizabeth's relationships with her husband and hotshot divorce lawyer, episodes which reveal her strength of mind and capture the reader's loyalty and interest. With her arrival on Cumberland however, the pace slows, a love interest with his own quirky past appears, and the story changes so radically the book reads like two separate novels. Attempts to fuse these elements with the reappearance of the psychotic husband don't succeed. This novel can't compare with the author's Chiefs ( LJ 5/1/81), but Woods's wide readership will want to make up their own minds.-- Lydia B. Johnson, Mesa P.L., Ariz.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061099366
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/28/1991
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 4.12(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Woods is the author of twenty-seven novels. He lives in Maine, Florida, and New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Key West, Florida; Mt. Desert, Maine; New York, New York
Date of Birth:
January 9, 1938
Place of Birth:
Manchester, Georgia
Education:
B.A., University of Georgia, 1959
Website:
http://www.stuartwoods.com

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Could not even understand 1 word
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I have read nearly all of Stuart Woods books and have to say for me this was one of his best. A real page turner.
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this man is so talented and i totally enjoy each and every one of his writings. thanks stuart for another great read
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I could not put the book down.
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