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Heat Lightning | [John Sandford]

Heat Lightning

Flowers is only in his late 30's, but he's been around the block a few times, and he doesn't think much can surprise him anymore. He's wrong. It's a hot, humid summer night in Minnesota, and Flowers is in bed with one of his ex-wives (the second one , if you're keeping count ) when the phone rings. It's Lucas Davenport. There's a body in Stillwater, two shots to the head, found near a veterans' memorial. And the victim has a lemon in his mouth.
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Publisher's Summary

John Sandford's introduction of Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers in Dark of the Moon was an immediate critical and popular success.

Flowers is only in his late 30's, but he's been around the block a few times, and he doesn't think much can surprise him anymore. He's wrong. It's a hot, humid summer night in Minnesota, and Flowers is in bed with one of his ex-wives (the second one, if you're keeping count ) when the phone rings. It's Lucas Davenport. There's a body in Stillwater, two shots to the head, found near a veterans' memorial . And the victim has a lemon in his mouth. Exactly like the body they found last week.

The more Flowers works the murders, the more convinced he is th at someone's keeping a list, and that the list could have a lot more names on it. If only he could find out what connects them all...and then he does, and he's almost sorry he did. Because if it's true, then this whole thing leads down a lot more trails than he thought it did - and every one of them is booby-trapped.

Filled with the audacious plotting, rich characters, and brilliant suspense, this is Sandford writing at the top of his game.

©2008 John Sanford; (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Compulsively readable." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Brian Wauwatosa, WI, USA 11-25-09
    Brian Wauwatosa, WI, USA 11-25-09 Member Since 2007

    A trial lawyer from Milwaukee

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    "What audio books should be"

    Very satisfiying--straight ahead clever plotting, spare prose, wonderful dialogue, and narration that made this book come alive. I've read or listened to Sandford's other Virgil Flowers novels and highly recommend this work for those of you who enjoy mystery thrillers.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James Hilton Fullerton, CA USA 08-17-10
    James Hilton Fullerton, CA USA 08-17-10 Member Since 2009
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    "One of John Sandfords best"

    I have listened to a few other of John Standford's books and this is the best one I have heard so far. It has it all with a great deal of suspense that kept me trying to figure out who was the killer and I was not sure until the end of the book. There was plenty of action as well with the different murders and Virgil's always interesting personal life intertwined into it too. All of this and excellent narrating by Eric Conger made this a very enjoyable listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Tehachapi, CA, United States 01-01-12
    Debbie Tehachapi, CA, United States 01-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "good book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes i would. i found it very interesting


    What did you like best about this story?

    the way the story unfolded


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Eric Conger?

    yes and i have downloaded another on


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. A. Gelsinger Westminster, MD USA 02-02-09
    C. A. Gelsinger Westminster, MD USA 02-02-09 Member Since 2007

    Nolly

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    "That Smucking Flowers"

    Virgil Flowers has his problems but he manages to sync in on the bad guy eventually and solve the crime. John Sandford is dependably entertaining and I look forward to each new volume in either this series or the Lucas Davenport books, knowing that I will enjoy the time spent with the characters and, if I happen to catch onto the scheme before the end of the book, I still enjoy finding out whether or not I was right. I guess I am not particularly critical--as long as the reader does a credible job, doesn't knock lozenges against his teeth, or mispronounce many words, I'm satisfied. I liked this book a lot and if you are fan of Sandford, you won't be disappointed.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-28-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Crisp Story - Irritating Muaic"

    Eric Conger is invisible as a reader. Which is EXACTLY right. You simply don't notice how good he is and thta means he creates crystal clear window into another perfectly worked John Sandford creation. Virgil Flowers IS NOT Lucas Davenport lite. Davenport, of course, is Sandford's darkly complex mid-western cop... whose complexities sometimes intrude into the narrative a tad too much. Not so Flowers... But I gotta admit I like the way women have their way with him and vice versa. Heat Lighting's a surprising story. And that's what I want in a thriller - surprises. But... but... what's the story on that annoying music that seems to spontaneously interrupt the flow of this story? It's weirdly distracting. Some self-indulgent producer's intruded here. Hope s/he goes away in the next Davenport novel which I cannot wait to listen to.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Judi Detroit Lakes, MN, United States 10-26-12
    Judi Detroit Lakes, MN, United States 10-26-12 Member Since 2006
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Enjoy the characters, story keeps moving, great entertainment


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Virgil Flowers. He has grown on me with each book. I look forward to this series


    Have you listened to any of Eric Conger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes and excellent


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen Tinley Park, IL, United States 07-22-10
    Eileen Tinley Park, IL, United States 07-22-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Lesser known Sandford character is GREAT!!"

    On a recommendation by Stephen King, I picked up my first John Sandford book ever. No, it was not anything in "Prey" series. This book was called "Rough Country" and the main character is a law enforcement officer by the name of Virgil Flowers. The mix of suspense and humor (Virgil is a sarcastic one) is exactly what makes for good reading/listening. Also, the narration is flawless. I enjoyed the character enough to find the other books in the series which includes "Heat Lightening". I can't say enough about the series as a whole. It's very entertaining and keeps you hooked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 11-11-09
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 11-11-09 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "Flowers is not Davenport"

    This is the second Flowers novel I've listened to and I'm not sure that I will listen to a third. I am a big fan of Sandford's Lucas Davenport series and I don't think this track measures up. It wasn't too difficult to see where this story was heading simply by a process of elimination. Flowers is not a bad characterization, he's just not Davenport. This story might have garnered four stars if it weren't for some silliness during the last hour or so of the listen. Sandford fans won't hate this book, but it won't leave you begging for more in the Flowers series.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Fraser Watertown,WI USA 02-10-11
    Lynn Fraser Watertown,WI USA 02-10-11 Member Since 2008

    walkaway

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    "Awesome"

    I love his writing. Wish he'd write faster. But, waiting does do something for you.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Fresno, CA, United States 04-20-09
    Daryl Fresno, CA, United States 04-20-09 Member Since 2008
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    "John Sandford Politics"

    A political statement by John Sandford through his characters. Good: Vietnamese Communist Killers, and an ex-CIA Leftist. Bad: U.S. Viet Nam veterans (the old guys as he refers to them) Homeland Security under a Republican Adminstration (I agree too much power) and Republicans in general prior to the convention in Minneapolis.

    This was a good hit piece before the election. Maybe now maybe Mr. Sandford agrees with Homeland Security under the new administration(the new targets are Veterans, Conservatives and Pro-Lifers).

    I have read most of Mr. Sandford's books, and I usually enjoy them. This is his second hit piece on the Republicans and their convention. Now Mr. Sanford seems to have a political agenda.

    I am one of the stupid old guys who went to Viet Nam. I believe Mr. Sandford has the right to write what he wants to write. I also have the right to dislike what he writes about Veterans (we all seem to be bunched together) and those who have different political beliefs.

    18 of 34 people found this review helpful
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