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Hothouse Orchid by Stuart Woods
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** spoiler alert ** Holly Barker's superiors decide she needs time away from the job so she is back in Florida where she once was chief of police chief to spend a month on vacation. Having failed to stop the elusive, ex- CIA technical expert, Teddy, resulted in bad publicity for the agency. Teddy has killed a number of right wing extremists he believes to be dangerous to the United States and remains on the run. At the same time Teddy has decided to move to Florida and just happens to rent a house in a town near to Holly’s home.

Her first day back in Florida Holly learns the new police chief is James Bruno, the commanding officer who tried to rape her when she served in the military. He had succeeded in raping Lauren Cade who is now with the Florida State Police. When a series of young Florida women are raped and killed, Holly and Lauren believe Bruno is the culprit. Lauren confides details of the rape cases to her new boyfriend (who just happens to be Teddy in a new disguise). He decides to keep watch over her as he sets a trap to catch the serial rapist / killer.

This is not one of Woods best novels. The plot is predictable and police procedure is questionable. It is a quick, easy summer read.
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