Best Book by a Local Author - 2002
Orchid Blues by Stuart Woods
Vero Beach's answer to James Patterson, Woods has written another punchy, charming mystery featuring the recurring character of police chief Holly Barker. This time, she is joined by her father, Ham, as they go deep undercover to infiltrate a cult of right-wing, trigger-happy crackers. Finely detailed characters and a tight plot have helped Orchid Blues remain on the New York Times bestseller list for months. Woods, a former Air National Guardsman who likes to fly his own Piper six-seater, has written 22 novels, the first of which, Chiefs, was made into a CBS-TV movie starring Charlton Heston and John Goodman. Check out his Website at www.stuartwoods.com and read his bio and tell us if you don't think he is Charlton Heston (without the ammo).