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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Liz Barwick has been battered for years by her famous pro football player husband. Finally, Liz flees to an island paradise off Georgia's coast and meets identical twins Hamish and Keir Drummond. Just as Liz's traumatic memories begin to fade, a series of gruesome murders occur and Liz discovers that there is no safety anywhere.

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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.
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Product Details

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

Meet the Author

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

Biography

Stuart Woods was born in 1938 in Manchester, Georgia. After graduating from college and enlisting in the Air National Guard, he moved to New York, where he worked in advertising for the better part of the 1960s. He spent three years in London working for various ad agencies, then moved to Ireland in 1973 to begin his writing career in earnest.

However, despite his best intentions, Woods got sidetracked in Ireland. He was nearly 100 pages into a novel when he discovered the seductive pleasures of sailing. "Everything went to hell," he quips on his web site "All I did was sail." He bought a boat, learned everything he could about celestial navigation, and competed in the Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR) in 1976, finishing respectably in the middle of the fleet. (Later, he took part in the infamous Fastnet Race of 1979, a yachting competition that ended tragically when a huge storm claimed the lives of 15 sailors and 4 observers. Woods and his crew emerged unharmed.)

Returning to the U.S., Woods wrote two nonfiction books: an account of his transatlantic sailing adventures (Blue Water, Green Skipper) and a travel guide he claims to have written on a whim. But the book that jump-started his career was the opus interruptus begun in Ireland. An absorbing multigenerational mystery set in a small southern town, Chiefs was published in 1981, went on to win an Edgar Award, and was subsequently turned into a television miniseries starring Charlton Heston.

An amazingly prolific author, Woods has gone on to pen dozens of compelling thrillers, juggling stand-alone novels with installments in four successful series. (His most popular protagonists are New York cop-turned-attorney Stone Barrington, introduced in 1991's New York Dead, and plucky Florida police chief Holly Barker, who debuted in 1998's Orchid Beach.) His pleasing mix of high-octane action, likable characters, and sly, subversive humor has made him a hit with readers -- who have returned the favor by propelling his books to the top of the bestseller lists.

Good To Know

Some fascinating facts about Stuart Woods:

His first job was in advertising at BBDO in New York, and his first assignment was to write ads for CBS-TV shows. He recalls: "They consisted of a drawing of the star and one line of exactly 127 characters, including spaces, and I had to write to that length. It taught me to be concise."

He flies his own airplane, a single-engine turboprop called a Jetprop, and tours the country every year in it, including book tours.

He's a partner in a 1929 motor yacht called Belle and spends two or three weeks a year aboard her.

In 1961-62, Woods spent 10 months in Germany with the National Guard at the height of the Berlin Wall Crisis.

In October and November of 1979, he skippered a friend's yacht back across the Atlantic, with a crew of six, calling at the Azores, Madeira, and the Canary Islands and finishing at Antigua in the Caribbean.

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    1. Hometown:
      Key West, Florida; Mt. Desert, Maine; New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 9, 1938
    2. Place of Birth:
      Manchester, Georgia
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Georgia, 1959
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Terrible edeting

    Could not even understand 1 word

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    One of Wood's Best

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    woods at his best

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2011

    highly Recommend

    I could not put the book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2011

    Good story as usual from Stuart Woods

    I couldn't believe the multiple typographical errors in this nook book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    OMG! I love this book!

    I read this book years ago and then found it here after I purchased my NookColor. I downloaded and reread Palindrome in one night. I love it. Mr. Woods did an excellent job of setting the tone and telling this surprise ending of the story. I wouod read thsi again and again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2010

    good

    I'm half way through and it's a good book but the typing errors are really annoying.

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  • Posted November 1, 2010

    Great read, but not edited for mistakes and there were many.

    Did anyone spell check this book? Some of the mistakes are very funny, but distracting while reading the book. A Cod given right? Really, I prefer a Flounder given right. Lots of question marks instead of words.

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

    Wow the typos

    I love Stuart Woods. and this books was a fine book IF you can get through the typos. There were at least three times I had to totally stop reading to try and figure out what the word really was, lots of more you could read over but just wow. I expect more and this was a disappointment.

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  • Posted October 6, 2010

    Too many typo's

    Good book but the typos make it hard to read....must be 25 or 30.

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  • Posted October 2, 2010

    NOTE TO EBOOK READERS & REVIEWERS

    Just an FYI: B&N wensite says this book was published September 2010. That may be when it was released to the ebook format, but this is an OLD book. It was originally published in 1990. My guess is it isn't Woods' editor, it is the Nook. B&N really does need to fix bugs such as this that causes misspellings. I now will not download this book and will have to go out and buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2010

    good story

    I am a fan of Stuart Woods and this book did not let me down,except for the mispelled words and grammatical errors. I have noticed a recent upswing in these types of errors in the ebooks I have ordered,but this one surpassed them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2010

    poor editing

    was a great story with twist and turns BUT the ediitng job on this book was horrible. The misspelled words. I couldnt believe it. I have never read anything so horribly edited.

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

    Great Book, Bad editing

    This is a really great book, I couldn't put it down, my only problem with this book is all the misspelled words there everywhere!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2010

    Palindrome. Now this is an entertaining read!

    Full of wonderful character development that makes the reader a part of the story, this book by Stuart Woods is a fast read full of twists and turns that are easy to follow. I recommend it to all; beats movies and TV by a long shot!
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    Note to B&N: I downloaded this book for my Nook ereader. It is full of typographical errors, apparently by the reader program. There are at least an average of one per page. Characteristically, but not restricted to this one defect, is substitution of other letters for f or F and similar faults. Thought you should know.

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  • Posted September 25, 2010

    Shocked at the editing!!

    I have read alot of Stuart Woods novels and this was the worst editing job I have ever seen. There were so many misspelled and totally wrong words in a sentence I had to reread it a few times. I would find a new editor Stuart!! Four stars for the story!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    Fantastic

    i love books with twists & this one has the ultimate twist. & i loved the setting of the book. i really just loved the book altogether. i would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Posted January 2, 2009

    I really love this book

    I have read this book twice, and I loved it both times. The first time I read it was, gosh, 15 years or so ago. I just finished reading it again in three sittings. It's fast-paced, and it gives a lovely and intriguing view of Cumberland Island. I live in Georgia, and I visited Cumberland once, long ago. It's a beautiful, quiet place, and Stuart Woods did it great justice in this book. The book is full of suspense, and the characters are quite likable (except for the bad guy, of course!). I have nothing but praise for Palindrome -- LOVED IT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2008

    Riveting

    I don't like to read. I often pick up books, read a few pages and get sick of them if nothing really happens. Palindrome is one of those books that has a terrific start and just picks up from there. I read it in seven days, the fastest I've ever read a book by far. This is a page turner, and in my opinion the only one I've ever read. The ending kinda goes a little fast, I wanted it a little more drawn out than to the point, but the build up was unrivaled! An unbelieveable novel, which moves incredibly fast and will have you dashing around the room with it's unbearable tension build. The book also had great gender and male dominance issues throughout which are fun to keep an eye on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2008

    Looking for a surprise?

    Palindrome was chock full of mystery and intrigue but the ending blew me out of the water. I highly recommend this book to anyone who hasn't had the pleasure of being introduced yet to Stuart Woods.

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