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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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    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.

    19 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Yonkers, NY, USA 12-23-14
    Dennis Yonkers, NY, USA 12-23-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Worst Book ever order"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Sorry I ordered this book, it was the worst, I couldn't get past the first part.
    I'm trying to return this


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 10-30-14
    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 10-30-14 Member Since 2008
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    "You betch ya"

    Lucas Davenport is still the big dog in Sandford's writings but Virgil Flowers is a very close second. I may actually like the Flowers series as well if not better than the Prey series. Heat Lighting is a very good read/listen. Nice work Sandford. Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe lexington, KY, United States 06-29-13
    Joe lexington, KY, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Heat never stops"

    The Prey series was getting stale, the author needed a new vehicle to jump start his creative juices. Virgil Flower's resuscitated Sandford. This is the second Flowers novel I've read and it's resuscitated me too.

    The title is the only complaint I have with "Heat Lightning". The characters are strong, well developed and interesting. The story flows with ease even though the plot isn't believable, but hey, its fiction. I still loved it and couldn't put it down. I was able to predict the villain early in the book, but the catching the killers was an intense and well written journey.

    Flowers and Davenport are great characters, few authors are blessed with a pair of hero's.
    It's smart of Sandford to use a different Narrater, Conger is the face of Flowers. Other authors should consider this as many Series seem to be the same when the same person narrates everything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marci portland, OR, United States 05-29-13
    Marci portland, OR, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2006
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    "I'm hooked"

    I liked the first book in this series, but thought it had some flaws. I loved this book and am excited to listen to #3. This book made me realize that with this genre, there is almost always a specific rhythm. I didn't really notice that until this book did NOT follow that rhythm. I'm not going to say how it was so different because I don't want to spoil anything. It's different, which takes it to a "great" level instead of just "good." I'm loving Virgil. He's flawed and colorful and predictable and not predictable. I can't wait to hear what he does next.
    Oh, this narrator was better too than the first book. He becomes invisible, which is often what a great narrator should do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    w. 03-04-13
    w. 03-04-13

    I love to listen

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    "So much easier to listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have already recommended to my friends. beats text-speech 1000 time over


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Virgel Flowers


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    visual impaired so I love this concept on my Kindle FireHD

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Innisfil, ON, Canada 02-11-13
    Barry Innisfil, ON, Canada 02-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "entertaining bouquet"
    What other book might you compare Heat Lightning to and why?

    Dark of the Moon


    What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

    Eric Conger is good


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Virgil's descriptive view of the beauty of the female body.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. K. Miller 11-30-12

    cook, lawyer, knitter, mom

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    "Another great Virgil Flowers story!"
    What did you love best about Heat Lightning?

    The setting in MN is done perfectly. I feel like i know Virgil.


    What other book might you compare Heat Lightning to and why?

    Mad River


    Which character – as performed by Eric Conger – was your favorite?

    Davenport


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It builds tension and get the heart racing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole TAMPA, FL, United States 09-10-12
    Nicole TAMPA, FL, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very good!"
    What made the experience of listening to Heat Lightning the most enjoyable?

    I listened to it while training for a marathon and it made running so much better because i was distracted by the story line.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes it was very unpredictable. Lots of twists and turns.


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

    This one is very good, as is all of his.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy state college, PA, USA 06-03-10
    Cathy state college, PA, USA 06-03-10
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    "keeps you entralled"

    John Sandford has once again written a book that I hated to put down. I listen while I knit and I knit longer and longer so I could continue the story. Great character development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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