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Bad Blood: A Virgil Flowers Novel | [John Sandford]

Bad Blood: A Virgil Flowers Novel

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    09-30-10
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    "Bad Blood"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 09-03-11
    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 09-03-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Well Written, Tough Topic"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 10-19-10
    Nancy 10-19-10

    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

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    "Boring, disturbing and too much sex"

    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.

    17 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Joe lexington, KY, United States 07-09-13
    Joe lexington, KY, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I Can't Get Enough of "That F*****G Flowers"."

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fredrick L. 09-27-11
    Fredrick L. 09-27-11
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    "Cookie cutter story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Sandford again?

    No.


    Which character – as performed by Eric Conger – was your favorite?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tundrabeast Grand Forks, ND United States 01-05-11
    Tundrabeast Grand Forks, ND United States 01-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Keeps You Interested"

    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....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Crownsville, MD, United States 11-13-10
    Kevin Crownsville, MD, United States 11-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Virgil Flowers done well."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 10-15-10
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 10-15-10 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "my first Sandford"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RevDisaster Iowa City, Iowa United States 10-08-10
    RevDisaster Iowa City, Iowa United States 10-08-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Sandford does it again!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer 10-05-10
    jennifer 10-05-10
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    "BadBlood John Sanford"

    Great! Stayed up till 4:00AM to finish this book. I love his books and this was the best yet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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