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Heat Lightning Audiobook

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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    Elizabeth Fort Lauderdale, Fl, United States 12-29-15
    Elizabeth Fort Lauderdale, Fl, United States 12-29-15 Member Since 2015
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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

    Jen in So Cal

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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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    creidmac 04-20-15
    creidmac 04-20-15 Member Since 2013

    Write and teach about horses and horse training. Enjoy good mystery novels and true stories about horses and horse people.

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    "strong second book"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Skip Clarin Inver Grove Heights, MN 03-25-15
    Skip Clarin Inver Grove Heights, MN 03-25-15
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    "I liked it enough to relisten to it."

    This book "Heat Lightning" was good enough to listen to twice. I do recomend it to other people.

    0 of 0 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 2016
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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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