The thrilling new novel in the number one New York Times best-selling series.
In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.
Meanwhile, not far away, Virgil Flowers is helping out a friend by looking into a dognapping, which seems to be turning into something much bigger and uglier - a team of dognappers supplying medical labs - when he gets a call from Lucas Davenport. A murdered body has been found - and the victim is a local reporter.
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Loved this installment. A little lighter. I actually laughed out loud twice at some of the dialogue. The story kept me interested throughout, and the narration was excellent.
Very few authors can keep their characters fresh and exciting for decades, much less have a successful spin off. John Sandford has done just that. Couple that with excellent narration and my only complaint is now I'm waiting for the next one. Well done Mr Sandford and Mr Conger
Eric Conger's narration is superb. He IS Virgil. The story is full of humor and fast paced. I enjoyed the story so much I was sad when it ended. I wanted to keep hearing about Johnson Johnson and all of Virgil's friends and co-workers. The body count was high but each progression of the story made sense and added to the drama. Some of the absurdities rang so true you just know they could happen in real life.
John Sandford can't write often or fast enough to keep me satisfied, I want to hear more about the world he has created in Minnesota. Lazy fishing days, stupid criminals and sexy men and women. Keep writing John!
I only listen, eyes can't handle print anymore.
The humor! Feels good to laugh.
All of it to hard to pick out just one.
Yes like I said laughter nothing better than that.
Eric Conger is GOOD great voice great sound. I don't know maybe I have a sick sence of humor but I really enjoyed this book. Thanks John and Eric.
I'm a private investor with an affinity for a good spy story, mystery, or thriller. WWII Biography or History also appeals greatly.
Sure I would, as long as I knew they didn't mind a good fun, light read on occasion.
It is a decent suspenseful plot that keeps a pretty high level of interest. Sanford always has at least two threads going in his stories which helps keep it moving along.
You would have to like Virgil Flowers if it was realistic for him to actually exist. He is independent, resourceful, thoughtful, and intelligent while being both blue collar and intellectual in his pursuits.
I wouldn't go that far! This a pretty light fare designed for easy enjoyment. You don't look to this author for deep inspirational moments or heavy thoughts. His characters say "huh" as a full sentence for goodness sake.
John Sandford has developed a great franchise out of a few recurring characters and he always delivers a fun, suspenseful storyline. Like all authors in this genre, he pads the word count, in his case with overly detailed explanations of geography that only a local would care about, but I have no real complaint with this since he delivers a good product. There is definitely a mass market playbook that most of them are following. It's only irritating when they get lazy and take their readers for granted. So far Sanford has not done so for me.
Fully intend to listen again - perhaps while on vacation next month.
As always, Sandford spins a terrific story. Twists and turns aplenty. Characters well developed and interesting as individuals.
Cannot pinpoint one scene - the entire book was captivating.
Again, so lost in story line there is no one particularly moving moment.
Davenport and Flowers have completely captivated my interest. Eagerly anticipate new releases and pre-order as soon as possible. Get aggravated with myself for listening so intently books end much too soon. Recommend this installment to new listeners as well as veterans such as myself.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.
This story is filled with a whole lot of characters who are easy to hate. Perhaps the newspaper editor is the worst of them all. You have a primary plot and two sub plots that Sandford did an excellent job of weaving together. There's never any doubt that the dogs and the good guys will prevail but the journey is fun anyway. Standard Virgil Flowers fare with maybe a little less female intrigue than usual.
No. I just don't reread. Too many books available.
Virgil was my favorite. I enjoy his down to earth personality. He is not perfect but human.
He is getting more into Virgil's character.
I read comments that said Sandford was coasting. I believe he is just developing another character that is not a super hero. I really enjoy "Virgil".
I was eagerly waiting for the audio release of this book, but wow, it reads as if John Sandford dictated it instead of wrote it. He's got an intriguing plot and that's it. None of the bad characters have dimension. The old Sandford would have been able to give them some heft and complexity without slow down the speedy narrative, but now, even the narrative bogs down. Who are these straw people? They catch fire and burn out before we get much of a look at them.
Sandford appears to know this, which is maybe why he gave three of the murderous school board members the same first name: Jennifer.
And the great Virgil Flowers is a cardboard cutout of himself. His traits are tics, cited to remind readers of the interesting person they got to know in previous books.
My main complaint is the subplot: the dog stealers. I don't want to ruin this for anyone who's going to listen to it, but the writer exhibits no real concern about the dogs who've been stolen and mistreated. The ending is played for comedy. It's not funny. And Virgil gets a dog out of it? Really? That dog was stolen. No effort is made to find the owner? And that's heartwarming? What?
Eric Conger does his usual splendid job. If I'd read this review instead of written it, I'd probably buy the book anyway, because, hey, it's still John Sandford. A debased Sandford is still pretty good, although he needs to be ashamed of the dog part.
As a regular reader of the Virgil Flowers series, I felt like this story was ghost-written. There were several key traits that were missing from the story that only a regular would notice. Virgil comes across as a surfer dude but he has a strong core faith. He usually thinks about God before he goes to sleep each night. Sounds little and like something small but it is a key point about that makes Virgil tick.
The deadpan sound of the narration was not the right way to tell this story. Virgil is quirky and a smart aleck. There are a lot of sarcastic remarks between the characters that make the reader laugh - but have no impact in this narration.
Overall, a very disappointing audio version of the book.
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