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.
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.
More action, the story was really slow and not that interesting. I couldn't listen for the second part...too boring
dont think so, I liked other Virgil books, but this one was just not interesting
his performance was excellent, but the story was the problem
most of it
Write and teach about horses and horse training. Enjoy good mystery novels and true stories about horses and horse people.
listening to this series for the second time and reading it with the Lucas Davenport praise books of the same time makes it even more interesting. this second book dedicated specifically to Virgil flowers is a well paced thriller that keeps the reader running alongside of Virgil in an attempt to head off another killing. With Clara Rinker one of my favorite characters from the prey series, I was pleased to hear her name mentioned in this book. Listen for the phone call near the end of the book
This book "Heat Lightning" was good enough to listen to twice. I do recomend it to other people.
Sorry I ordered this book, it was the worst, I couldn't get past the first part.
I'm trying to return this
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.
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