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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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    Marci portland, OR, United States 05-29-13
    Marci portland, OR, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2007
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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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    Throuogh a Golden Eye 11-30-12

    cook, lawyer, knitter, mom, grandmom

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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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    N TAMPA, FL, United States 09-10-12
    N 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.

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    John NJ, United States 05-13-09
    John NJ, United States 05-13-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Another good one by Sandford"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rodney St. Joseph, MI, USA 02-09-09
    Rodney St. Joseph, MI, USA 02-09-09
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    "Sanford never disappoints"

    I have never met a Sanford novel I didn't enjoy.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 03-28-09
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 03-28-09
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    "Not one of Sanford's best but not bad."

    I think have read every book he has written. I especially like the Pendergast series co-written with Lincoln Child. Even though I'm what I consider, A Real Fan, this one was a bit of a dissapointment. I'm not sure what, but it was missing something. I actually fell asleep twice and had to rewind my MP3 to catch up. If you can't find anything else to read and enjoy the series, you'll probable enjoy this one.

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    Mary 02-20-12
    Mary 02-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great listen"
    Where does Heat Lightning rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Loved Virgil Flowers in this one. The story line is believable and love the twists and turns that Sandford develops in the plot.


    What does Eric Conger bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Eric Conger seems to bring Virgil Flowers alive with his narrative.


    Any additional comments?

    Great second novel in the adventures of Flowers....can't wait to listen to the next one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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