Retired human resources professional and manager, who enjoys history and police and law novels (especially series). A USAF veteran of VN.
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
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.
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!
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