If you like entertainment that lets you think then this book is for you. With Sanford the Flower books are almost always the same - no mystery as to whodunit. But that misses the point. These are wonderful stories of mid-west Americans that for this left coaster hit all the romantic notions of what are the real shades of grey in the world of crime. The same mass culture that produces intelligent detectives has the opposite effect on alienated youth. Nobody does it better or more entertainingly than John Sanford.
Retired book buyer/book manager for wholesale distributor in the 5 largest northeast states. Prolific reader who was inundated with ARCs.
Easily the most driven and interesting of the Virgil Flowers books. As good as the Prey books with Lucas Davenport!
The moments leading up to the bridge part
Eric brings life to this series and the voices he changes are what make the differnence
Oh yeah!,but did it in 2 parts had to get some sleep for work the next day
Want to see more of the flowers series and more of the Lucas D with Virgil
I like the character Flowers and the region of SW Minnesota. He is funny and laid-back. I love the interactions between him and the local authorities, which change from book to book, and those with Lucas Davenport and the other members of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. These characters add some "history" that cares on from story to story.
He talks like the people of Minnesota.
Tell us about yourself!
Nothing i guess that is they way he wrights his books
the very last page
It was all he said this she said this. and say they had to go to the truck. He would say we had to go to the truck so we all walked to the truck and we got in. and so & so on. Ijust could not Listen to it
I have read all of the Lucas Davenport/Virgil Flowers book and anxiously await each new release. This book is right up there with "Bad Blood". Sanford puts you in the backseat and takes you down those country roads looking for those young killers. I would have liked to have seen the secondary plot (about the family of doctors) more developed.
Eric Congers does an excellent job of narration (which can make or break the enjoyment of any audiobook).
Mr Sanford just keeps on writing great books and his characters are the key to the story
We like all of his books this one was just as good as the rest Please keep up the great work
Virgil's prang of conflict about the family of Dr's to go after them or let them go.
What can we say he does a great job on all of his books Listening to him is a pleasure
We are a group of truck drivers who listen 4-5 hours atime A good book is finished as soon as we can This one was a good one Mr Sanford hasn't disappointed us yet
We enjoy the laid back character of Virgil he isn't so much flash just a guy who thinks on his feet
The book hit a slow point early on but the evolution of the story makes it worth it. It is great writing and I loved the story. The narrator is positively C-, but I am now accustomed to his voice as Virgil Flowers, althought I would love to listen to a better performer. Worth the enjoyable time -
I liked this one better than the last couple of Virgil Flowers book, though they were good. I thought this one had a better story. I always like when there is at least a bit of Lucas Davenport in it also. I also like when Virgil has a bit of a fling, though Sandford cannot write a sex scene. But the characters have that "true" flavor with conversations that sound like real people. And while there is no mystery, since you know from the start "who-dun-it", there's still the figuring out how to catch them. Eric Conger doesn't do a great range of voices, but you expect him to read the Virgil books, so it's all good.
It is not a happy time for Virgil. Investigating the meaningless murders of several people in rural Minnesota just keeps turning up more bodies.The population is nervous, everyone in law enforcement is angry, and the intervention of Virgil Flowers, even in the area he originates from, is unwelcome. It isn't everyday Flowers gets stymied by two self centered, greedy little delinquents, while trying to sort out self righteous insurance salesman, a family of moneyed doctors, and a couple of guys who kick Virgil around a gravel parking lot like a bit of Spam getting pushed around bread crumbs, prior to going in the fry pan.; not a thing of beauty and not choreographed by Bruce Lee or Twyla Tharp.
Should I mention that he also finds himself butting heads with the local law? It is no small conflict, since it could destroy the ccase he is trying to build...not good.
On the plus side, Virgil is getting to spend time with his mom and dad, and has an old flame sometimes waiting for him in a motel, but those things aside, it is not a happy time. Flowers may think about God, but he is witnessing chaos in Minnesota...from the kids killing their mom and dad to tornadoes blowing through town.
You can ponder what it all means, or just go along for the ride and the dark humor along the way. I found this a hard book to turn off, although it seemed to me to be a lot darker than prior titles in the series. It does hit on a lot of aspects of that old, "Bonnie and Clyde," movie. Every once in awhile I pick up that DVD from the shelf, consider putting it on, and then grimace and put it back. Know what I mean? I liked, "mad River," very much, and I am sure I will be listening to it again eventually, but you have been warned. God may be in His heaven, but there is not much evidence of Him in rural Minnesota, not Virgil's part of it, anyway. The answer, of course, is that Virgil needs to go fishing!