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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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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 11-01-10
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 11-01-10 Listener Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.

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    "Some really bad guys"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert B Kandell 08-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome!!"

    I live Virgil and this was a great one. My favorite one yet. I am excited to see the best one.

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    MARSHALL CLINE 07-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Disturbing"

    As usual the writing was great. But the story was disturbing. Tough subject matter. On to the next book.

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    Catherine M Pickerington, OH, USA 07-03-15
    Catherine M Pickerington, OH, USA 07-03-15
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    "That F**kin' Flowers. Always a good read."

    Sandford's series of Virgil Flowers and Lucas Davenport mysteries are good writing - just enough levity to smile, but not too much to ruin the mystery. This narrator was excellent, too. Recommend.

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    John R. Capen 06-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Another excellent story in the Flowers series"

    Description of characters bring them to life. Lots of twists and turns leaves you guessing till end. Very entertaining read.

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    Kelly Lewisville, TX, USA 06-27-15
    Kelly Lewisville, TX, USA 06-27-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Great from start to finish"

    Excellent but disturbing story. Really hard to put down. And the reader made the characters come to life. Can't wait to listen to others by this author.

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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 04-30-15
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 04-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wild ride"

    I didn't want this to ever end. The ending quarter or so of the book is particularly wild. And Virgil as always was as entertaining as anything else in the book.

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    Skip Clarin Inver Grove Heights, MN 04-10-15
    Skip Clarin Inver Grove Heights, MN 04-10-15
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    "Good book."

    virgil. There is a person who is a fisherman who. dabbles in murder. well technically he is a BCA agent who takes any chance to Musky fish. good book.

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    MIke 01-11-15
    MIke 01-11-15 Member Since 2014

    dad, husband, just a guy

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    "Good better great"

    Thrilling adrenaline rush. More and more and more. Cliff hanging. Disgusting plot. But hero wins ok great bye bye byr

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    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 10-09-14
    L. O. Pardue Atlanta, GA United States 10-09-14 Member Since 2010

    I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.

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    "How do you decide to quit a story?"

    I have read several Virgil Flowers books and understand why his character is much admired by listeners. The best part of this book was keeping up with the character.

    Yet, I can't recommend the listen because I lost almost all interest once John Sanford revealed the identity of the killers and the mystery before I even reached the half-way point of the book. I enjoy true whodunits and want the go through the gradual reveal of clues. I listened for another hour or so, but my mind kept wondering and I wasn't willing to re-listen to parts I missed. I finally threw in the towel. Do you do the same? Under what circumstances do you stop listening to a book that used up a valuable credit?

    I will say that Eric Conger did his usual outstanding job with the narration of this series.

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