Although I doubt I'll ever tire of Lucas Davenport, Virgil Flowers gives John Sandford some fresh canvass to paint a new and interesting protaganist to go with an always interesting cast of characters and another great murder mystery set in the backwoods of northern Minnesota. I also didn't think Richard Ferone could be improved upon as a narrator, but Eric Conger puts in another great peformance, handling the different characters and genders and accents with ease and accuracy. I only wish there were more audio books of this caliber
I've read the two previous Virgil Flowers' books and was so happy to see another installment. While not as good as Heat Lightning, it's still better than the re-warmed-over latest Davenport books. I love Virgil's character and philosophy about life. He's funny and quirky (however the T-shirt shtick is enough already) and he's a joy to read. To me, the mystery is less interesting than Virgil's actions, thoughts, and love life. All the Flowers books are good and fun reads, but to really get to know Virg, read them in order.
Can't wait for the next one!
Another great from John Sandford. A great story with interesting people, some tiwsts when you don't expect them and a cool finish.
Very well done from beginning to end. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Tight plot. Full character development without getting too wordy. Narrator did a professional job with voices and did not overpower the read. Highly recommended!
The author has a odd sense of humor, but is a good writer. Enjoyed it.
Best Virgil Flowers novel so far. Interesting plot and good twists and turns. Very enjoyable.
I never heard of this book but truly enjoyed it. Virgil made the story with his humor. I now plan to go back and read the others.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I'm reviewing some of the John Sandford novels I listened to several years ago. Rough Country is the third novel in the 9 novel Virgil Flowers series which is a spin off of the Lucas Davenport series. The first novel in the series was released in 2007, 18 years after the start of the Davenport series. Davenport appears briefly in Virgil Flowers series novels as Flowers' boss at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (what most states call their State Bureau of investigation).
Flowers is not at all like the wealthy and urbane Lucas Davenport. He works outside the twin cities throughout the state always towing his fishing boat behind his vehicle just in case he finds the time for his second favorite activity. His attitude toward life is usually devil may care. He loves women and in most of the novels in the series he loves them and leaves them. He is also a great cop.
In this book Virgil Flowers investigates the of a woman killed by a sniper at a women only resort. He is clearly in his element. I rate this novel 5 stars and it is likely the best of the 9 novels released so far. However, all of them are at least solid 4 star detective mysteries. Eric Conger is an excellent narrator, but in my opinion he is not in the top tier.
Mature reader with a penchant for English mysteries and crime fiction. However, I do not care for gore and gratuitous violence.
Virgil is at the top of his game. This was a fun read again
Eric Conger can't be beat.
Great read(listen) and did not want it to end. That F----en Flowers will keep you smiling and laughing. A real Winner!!!