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.
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.
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.
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".
Lehua of Pacifica
All Virgil Flowers mysteries are better than the majority of other mysteries, but this is probably my best Virgil so far. Great characters, friendships, and dialogue. And something personally important to me: almost all the characters who suffer bad events are bad people. Sanford's humor is at its best in the Virgil series, and this book is a good example of that.
The narrator is good and -- crucial -- has a perfect understanding of who Virgil is.
I HIGHLY recommend this book.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-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.
Classic Virgil, or that f*^%$#g flowers as his friends call him. Read it in sequence a the story make reference to other things going on in the prey series and prior Virgil serieses. This one appealed to the dog lover in me and made me thing of that Jeannie C. Riley song - Harper Valley PTA. Great read, enjoy it.
This is the first of the series I have read. Other glowing comments must be based on visualizing the characters from prior books. The characters are not developed and have no depth, the subplot seems added on just to extend the story which just drags on. I agree with another reviewer, there is no sign of empathy for the dogs, which seems to be a major missing factor. It is easy to project the next step in the story.
I have read others.
As for the narration, again other reviewers must be remembering the characters from prior readings. What is written on the page is just not coming across vocally.
After 2 days of listening in the car we are in chap 22 of 29 enough is enough. Time to find something better.
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.
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