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!
I love John Sandford and I especially love the narrators for his book.
Virgil is always a treat, but somehow this book leaves one wondering. Noone seems to get what they deserved, but then that is what life is really like.
Another fun entertaining Virgil Flowers book.
Already looking forward to the next.
Eric Conger is Virgil Flowers, another outstanding
Mad River is another great story from John Sandford. Virgil Flowers is trying to track down three young adults in rural Minnesota who are on a killing spree. In this case, Virgil has a pretty solid idea from the start who he is looking for, the problem is finding them. They were essentially homeless and largely friendless, so ideas as to where they might go or who might be their next victim are hard for Virgil to discover. This is close to Virgil's hometown as well, so we get to meet his parents and he runs into an old high school flame who has recently returned to the area after a divorce. These pieces all make for a enjoyable read that any fan of Sandford's novel will enjoy.
As others have stated, the basic story is good and keeps you listening but overall the characters just weren't well developed and the scenes seemed rushed. But it was the narration that made it hard for me to stick to listening. He read in a stiff, stilted manner with pauses at odd places. It was just a rather monotone sound all the way through and often it was difficult to figure out which character was speaking.
I've listened to all the other books in this series and , for me, this was the weakest....but still worth listening to.
This was the most exciting of the Virgil Flower series to date. The pace is fast -- sorry, no time for fishing this time out!