Virgil Flowers once again heads to rural MN to investigate a series of murders that turn out to be linked to practices within a church cult that include incest, rape and child molestation. Like the previous novels, Virgil's laidback style, likable manner and impecable judge of character help him build ties with the local police, romance women and slowly unravel a truth that is protected by a tightly knit closed community. Unfortunately, unlike the dark content of the other Davenport and Flowers books, the distrubing content of "Bad Blood" makes any ending unsatisfying and my desire to reread the book non-existent. Buy the book to keep up with Virgil, but for me it is definitely a one-time read.
The liner notes called this book cyber-noir. So, despite the weird cover, I took a chance and was pleasantly surprised. The Electric Church was a futuristic, but gloomy future world seen through the eyes of an unlikely anti-hero (Avery Cates) as he fights against a repressive "system". I liked it so much, I read it in a day, bought hardcopies of the next 3 books the next day, and purchased the whole series on audio the first month of my audible account.
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