He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now, but never anything like this.
In the small town of Bluestem, a house way up on a ridge explodes into flames, its owner, a man named Judd, trapped inside. There are a lot of reasons to hate him, Flowers discovers. In fact, he concludes, you'd probably have to dig around to find a person who doesn't despise Judd.
And that isn't even why Flowers came to Bluestem. Three weeks before, there'd been another murder, two, in fact, a doctor and his wife, the doctor found propped up in his backyard, both eyes shot out. Flowers knows two things: this wasn't a coincidence, and it had to be personal.
But just how personal is something even he doesn't realize, and may not find out until too late. Because the next victim may be himself.
©2007 John Sandford; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
"Sandford keeps the reader guessing and the pages turning while Flowers displays the kind of cool and folksy charm that might force Davenport to share the spotlight more often." (Publishers Weekly)
A fairly 'by-the-numbers' detective mystery - from the hero picking up the best looking woman in town within minutes, to the religious nuts and their dark secret - the characters conform to well-known stereotypes. Entertainment if nothing too demanding is required.
I found the narrator's voice somewhat monotone; sometimes finding it difficult to distinguish between some of the characters.
There appears to be an editing error in part two where the narrator mis-reads a line and re-reads it that has been left un-edited. Otherwise audio quality is good.
I was burnt out on the graphic stuff and thought I would never again read Sanford even though I really enjoy the tempo and mystery of his writings. Flowers is great. Keep 'em comin -
Then this is the next best thing. Lucas even makes a few cameo appearances, albeit over the phone. The narrator takes some getting used to, but once you're into the book you won't even notice. Typical Sandford novel at his best. An excellent thriller.
I am a big fan of the author and really liked this book as it reminded me of his older stuff. The story was very interesting as were the charachters. The narration could have been better. Richard Ferrone usually narrates Sandford and he's better than Conger. Overall, it was an enjoyable audiobook.
Awh, I was so bummed when the good writer Sandford wigged out in the middle of his "Prey" series and the whole thing went downhill..........
But I'm here to say that the good writer Sandford is back! With blood, gore, evilness, thrills and chills and.............is there any sex in this one? Read it and find out:-)
This was another great read from Sandford only wish there were more of his novals on-line. Great Author loved the book!
Was afraid I'd be disappointed in a Sanford novel without Lucas Davenport - not!! The way I judge a really good book is if I get to work in the am and want to sit in the car (at the risk of being late!) and keep listening. I suspected but didn't 'figure it out' until almost the end. I highly recommend.
Avid listener of mysteries, thrillers, a little sci fi. Also enjoy self improvement titles. Mom, wife, Social Media Coordinator for biz.
small town suspects
Not quite the edge of my seat as there was not enough action to warrant that until certain parts of the book. However, the character development and flow of the plot was good. I liked the dialogue and thought it was realistic.
I enjoyed learning how the main character put all the clues together.
It used to be a quiet little town.
I am willing to listen to another in the series. I did like the narrator.
Avid audio book listener with over 1600 books in my library!
A deaf person
I love John Sandford. It was the narrator I couldn't handle. He is sooooo monotone I couldn't get through the book. I tried twice.
A new narrator would make all the difference!
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