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)
Virgil is the modern day knight in shining armor who gets the girl and the dragon while also getting the wicked witch of the west.
Good story, complicated and interesting. Good characters. The narrator was good for the most part but he could be just a tinsy wooden at times. Not a lot just a bit now and then. It wasn't enough to stop me from listening to anything else he does.
Good characters and plot development. This is a big macho detective and that gets a little much at times. But overall a good listen.
Extreme monotone. Couldn't finish it. Suggest you listen to clip first.
It might be a good story.
I love books!
Some how I don't see these crimes happening to this extent in small town Minnesota. But, it was a good yarn and I plowed right thorugh it.
Prior to listening to Eric Conger read this novel, I didn't think that the reader could have much an impact on my enjoyment of listening to a book. I have heard all the other John Sandford novels (along with hundreds of others), and in my opinion Eric Conger's interpretation ruined the story. His reading was flat, uninspired and boring. Stick with Sandford"s other novels.
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.
Edge of your seat listening. The narrator has an excellent voice and it is easy to follow the characters. Highly recommend... essential John 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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