The brilliant new Virgil Flowers thriller from the number-one New York Times-best-selling author.
One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator - and a young man hits him on the head with a steel bar, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he's sure he's dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the "accident". Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down...and the next day the boy's found hanging in his cell.
Remorse? Virgil isn't so sure, and as he investigates he begins to uncover a multigeneration, multifamily conspiracy - a series of crimes of such monstrosity that, though he's seen an awful lot in his life, even he has difficulty in comprehending it...and in figuring out what to do next.
Stemming crime: listen to another Virgil Flowers novel.
©2010 John Sandford (P)2010 Penguin Audio
This was a good book but I have read better from John Sandford. It was not his best but was worth the time and was good. There were times I thought it needed to move to another setting but I guess it could not because of the content. It did not move as fast as other books from this author.
This was very well written and a good audio production, it's just a very difficult topic to hear about ~ religious cult with child sexual abuse. I guess that Sandford did as good a job as possible dealing with the topic but the topic made me sick to my stomach. That is why I won't... can't recommend this book.
The thought of anyone, even a good fiction writer like Sandford, making money off such an awful topic is very disturbing. I suggest that folks enjoy some of Sandford's other works and not (read) listen to this one.
I screwed up review for One Dog Night. I meant to give all FIVE STARS. Audible techinical said there 's no way to correct a review or redo
Sorry, I just couldn't get into this one. There was no suspense, just sex, sex, sex...it was disturbing, not thrilling and the narrator didn't engage me either, I thought his tone was flat. I like the other Sanford stories but truly disliked this one from start to finish.
What a rush! Most the characters weren't very well developed. However the insidious subject matter and the final outcome far overshadow the shallow characters.
In "Rough Country" the sidebar of Flowers not getting the girl was super and developed into a fun side bar. In this book no sidebar could derail the plot line. Sandford takes Flowers up a notch. I can't get enough of "That F******G Flowers"!
Lucas you need to put the fire back into your work, I love you too and I never thought I'd see the day anyone would upstage you. Time to put your big boy pants on get away from that damn political anvil and restart kicking ass.
Conger is the man for Flowers. I love different narrators for each hero.
I recently warmed up to Flowers. I boycotted him because I loved Davenport. I was disappointed Davenport seemed to lose his edge and avoided the new series. Sanford upped the ante in Flowers and I missed it for months.
Oh my where can the plots go from here.....#4 next!
Book was good only from standpoint that the reader was exceptional. Overall, it was a good guy/bad guy story that contained little mystery and very little in the way of interesting surpirses.
He was exceptional in every part. You forgot it was one single reader doing the entire book. It sounded much more like a whole cast.
Other than killing time while on a long drive, the book is not a worthwhile pick. Stick with Tom Clancy or Ken Follet or John Irving.
John Sanford is one of my favorites to listen to while driving down the road in my truck. This story is interesting throughout, but is a bit of a roller coaster ride towards the end when everything goes full throttle. Some might find some of the subject matter a bit disturbing, but basically all you can say is..."It's out there" and in the world of crime most any rock will get kicked over eventually to expose all kinds of nasty dealings.....A good reader also makes this a really good listen....
I think this is the best of the Virgil Flowers books so far. There is some violence yes, but the level pales in comparison to any recent video game. Good character development and engaging story line.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.
Some really terrible things happen in this novel, so if you can't separate fact from fiction, don't download it. But if you appreciate a good versus evil story with a fairly predictable conclusion then you will enjoy the latest Virgil Flowers novel from John Sandford. I became a Sandford fan by listening to his Lucas Davenport series and I have been slow to accept Flowers. But the more I listen to his stories, the more I like the character. Women may not like the portrayal of the female sheriff in this story and I would agree that she possessed some stereotypical traits. But I don't think this detracted from the plot. A good, but shall we say "uncomfortable" listen.
I love books!
First time author for me that I discovered on Audible. Turns out he and I were at the Univ of Iowa at the same time, way back when. This was a crime thriller set in rural Minnesota. It was interesting and engagin, was well written and had a good, fast pace to it. Was it the best crime thriller ever written? No. But it was good enough that I know I'll give the author another try.
This is easily the best Virgil Flowers novel to date. Great characters, lots of good detective work and loads of pulse pounding action. I just finished it on a 300 mile straight through drive - I couldn't halt the non-stop action for a break.
"That f___ing Flowers" lives up to his reputation in spades - as a cop, as a lover, and as a quality human being with real insights into the human character. Ranks right up there with the best of police procedurals.
Don't miss this one - it has me waiting with great expectation for the next Virgil Flowers thriller. As a former police chaplain who has spent years working with law enforcement, I can tell you that this is the real deal!
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