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Heat Lightning

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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)

What Members Say

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    Maggie B. 11-19-16
    Maggie B. 11-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "why the music ?"

    love everything about this book/series except for the random music in between parts
    ...weird! great story great narrator,love the humor.. love.that fucking Flowers !!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Drew Spray 05-27-16
    Drew Spray 05-27-16
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    "That f***ing Flowers!"

    Virgil Flowers is out doing what he does best - solving tough crimes. Sandford and Conger have teamed up again to produce a thrilling read. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl 04-20-09
    Daryl 04-20-09
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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.

    20 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Pinon Hills, CA, United States 12-17-16
    Lori Pinon Hills, CA, United States 12-17-16 Member Since 2016

    Busy...busy with daughter, with clients with community service projects

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    "always keep them guessing"

    the twists and turns of the story going while the end scenes logical the twists and turns again always keep me guessing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Fort Lauderdale, Fl, United States 12-29-15
    Elizabeth Fort Lauderdale, Fl, United States 12-29-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Heat lightning review"

    I like most of Sanford's books this one was good except that it took forever to find out what was going on that I did not like too much jumping around in the time sequences was confusing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer G 07-11-15
    Jennifer G 07-11-15

    "things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least."

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    "Great start to a new series and character"

    This was not the first virgil flowers story that I read but it didn't take away from the enjoyment . I've seen him in the future and then how he started. The camaraderie that he has with his fellow b c a folks is apparent and the exchange among them is quite enjoyable to listen to. I can just imagine virgil flowers, long blonde hair, rock group t shirt, jeans and cowboy boots, I never would have put a cowboy boot wearing guy as a fisherman but in virgil flowers, it works. If you enjoy hearing about minnesota, obscure rock bands, inferences to literature, and great banter, you'll enjoy this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LB 06-29-15
    LB 06-29-15

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Too slow, not enough action"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    More action, the story was really slow and not that interesting. I couldn't listen for the second part...too boring


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Sandford again?

    dont think so, I liked other Virgil books, but this one was just not interesting


    What aspect of Eric Conger’s performance would you have changed?

    his performance was excellent, but the story was the problem


    What character would you cut from Heat Lightning?

    most of it


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mainah 06-07-15
    Mainah 06-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    Cpnger captures the laconic style of Sandford's two great characters: Flowers and Davenport. I enjoyed listening as much as reading them the first time around

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roland The Villages, FL, United States 05-08-15
    Roland The Villages, FL, United States 05-08-15 Member Since 2003
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    "Captivating"

    I found the story really kept my interest. It moved fast and kept me guessing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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