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Dark of the Moon | [John Sandford]

Dark of the Moon

Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff." He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now, but never anything like this.
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Publisher's Summary

Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff."

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Felton Emory, TX, United States 03-27-11
    Felton Emory, TX, United States 03-27-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Listen"

    Virgil Flowers is at it again. If you are a fan of Flowers then this will be one of your favorites. Interesting throughout. A very good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Peoria, AZ, United States 10-23-10
    Christine Peoria, AZ, United States 10-23-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "Excellent"

    Edge of your seat listening. The narrator has an excellent voice and it is easy to follow the characters. Highly recommend... essential John Sandford!

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    Seth Cambridge, MA 12-16-09
    Seth Cambridge, MA 12-16-09 Member Since 2009
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    "If you love Sandford..."

    If you love the Prey series, you'll love the Virgil Flowers novels. They follow the same Sandford formula that some have come to find a bit tiresome after dozens of books, but I still get hooked on every piece of fiction that he produces.

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    Adjustr 12-04-09
    Adjustr 12-04-09
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    "Good listen"

    I enjoyed Sandford's new character. Virgil Flowers is a little offbeat and has his own way to doing things. Dark of the Moon was interesting and the narrating was fine. I am getting ready to purchase the next Flowers novel - Heat Lightning. I hope we learn more about Virgil in it.

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    S. 10-13-09
    S. 10-13-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Good read -"

    It has been a long time since I read Sandford, and I have never listened to his work before. I liked the book and the narrator. Nice job ~

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    Jack 06-16-09
    Jack 06-16-09
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    "That F***ing Flowers"

    Typical Sandford.....new character is just a younger Davenport.....only smarter I think. We'll see.......

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Shelbyville, KY, USA 04-11-09
    Robert Shelbyville, KY, USA 04-11-09
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    "Not one of Sanford's best"

    He can and has done better.

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    Kent Valandra 03-08-09 Member Since 2014

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    "Dark of the Moon"

    Very intriguing side step from he Lucas Davenport series of mysteries. Virgil Flowers is on his own investigating an increasingly deadly series of killings. Virgil is a bit of a nut and an interesting character. If you follow up this book with "Invisible Prey", some the references to Virgil are even funnier.

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    Beverly silver spring, MD, USA 03-01-08
    Beverly silver spring, MD, USA 03-01-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story but..."

    I didn't want to miss any of the story and listening in the car, my attention would leave the story for a few moments at a time and with SO MANY CHARACTERS I ended up getting the book from the library to fill in the gaps in my knowledge. I think if I had it to do over again I would just prefer to do this one with the pages in my hand so I can keep all the people straight....Maybe I shouldn't listen and drive at the same time!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jo CA, USA 10-04-07
    Jo CA, USA 10-04-07
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    "Good material/disappointing narrator"

    I was looking forward to this book by John Sandford and while I think the writing is up to his standard, the narration is terrible. The main character who had a small, but well-formed part in "Invisible Prey" is flat and uninteresting in this effort as a result of the narration.
    This edition is painful to listen to.

    13 of 28 people found this review helpful
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