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
"Compulsively readable." (Los Angeles Times)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, I have already recommended to my friends. beats text-speech 1000 time over
I love Virgel Flowers
visual impaired so I love this concept on my Kindle FireHD
Dark of the Moon
Eric Conger is good
Virgil's descriptive view of the beauty of the female body.
cook, lawyer, knitter, mom
The setting in MN is done perfectly. I feel like i know Virgil.
It builds tension and get the heart racing
I listened to it while training for a marathon and it made running so much better because i was distracted by the story line.
Yes it was very unpredictable. Lots of twists and turns.
This one is very good, as is all of his.
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.
I enjoy the Lucas Davenport series and liked the first Virgil Flowers book, so i was looking forward to this one. I guess i just like the way Sandford writes. This was a good book with good narration. Nothing too deep really, just entertaining crime fiction. I think i like the fact that Virgil is the rare fictional cop who doesn't hate life, have a drinking problem or an ex-wife who wants him dead. It's a little refreshing. I'll get the next one in this series for sure.
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