Rocklin, CA, United States | Member Since 2004
It took me two books to get used to the idea that Virgil Flowers is just as interesting a character as is Luke Davenport himself. I loved this one -- Flowers' dry wit, his constant habit of understating whatever it is he's commenting on, is funny, sometimes even hilarious. A Virgil Flowers book means a great story, colorful characters and an occasional out-loud laugh.
I especially commend Eric Conger, the narrator, who gets those Minnesota accents just right. Listening to him read a John Sanford book is like a visit home. Kudos to whoever picked Conger to read this series.
The only reason I gave the book four stars is that the dead-dog index is higher than I like. I don't like plots where dogs are killed, not for any reason. There are plenty of ways to heighten tension and horror without killing dogs -- and having Virgil Flowers say how much he likes dogs as he shoots one in the head doesn't help any at all.
Is that a little thing, a niggling complaint? You betcha, it is -- the whole incident is done and over in maybe 20 pages -- because the characters keep referring to it afterwards, which makes it even harder to forget.
I still liked the book -- but I'm hoping that if more readers who are dog lovers -- our numbers are legion -- keep harping on it every time, authors will get the hint. Don't kill dogs. Don't kill or torture any animals, for that matter. Work the plot out with humans only. If you can't keep the dogs safe, leave them out of the story.
Still. A good book, a worthy entry into the John Sanford string of winners.
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