Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns.
The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down. But even he doesn't realize what's about to happen next.
©2012 John Sandford (P)2012 Penguin Audio
I always relisten to Sandford's Virgil Flowers novels. I want to visit these communities again through Flowers' generous observations of people and landscapes.
I never know where Sandford is going and I always enjoy the ride.
I loved when Sandford described the pleasure of driving at night. He then links it to the pleasure of being a child driven through the night by parents melodically talking in the front seat.
Please, John Sandford, please write faster.
P.S. Was the "Randy White" character a nod to novelist Randy Wayne White?
John Sandford's "Prey" series audiobooks are my favorites. I own them all and have heard each one several times. Yet, I haven't been much of a Virgil Flowers fan. I've listened to the other books about Virgil, but didn't like them as much as the "Prey" books. However, "Mad River" is different - this book is great!
"Mad River" is intriguing, entertaining and satisfying. The characters are believable and the book is so well written that the reader feels the maddening frustration of the law enforcement officers involved. Eric Conger does a wonderful job, as always. In this book he does an especially good job of distinguishing the different personalities of Lucas Davenport and Virgil. I have already recommended this book to others; now I look forward to the next Virgil Flowers adventure.
If I were introducing someone to Sandford, I would pick another.
I liked the small town theme. Ending was week.
by far Virgil.
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Sanford is one of the few American mystery writers who can actually write. Crais, Lehane, a few others maybe, but too many seem to be putting their names on stuff written by aspiring English majors who went to too many writing workshops. Rant off, sorry.
But Virgil is always fun, ever ready with a felicitous turn of phrase, like "she had a fondness for little white truck driver pills she bought from little white truck drivers." And later, over a cheeseburger and fries after being on the receiving end of a major asskicking, he feels guilty: "When you get released from a hospital, shouldn't you eat something healthy? Lettuce or something?" ROFL
Eric Conger's narration is pitch perfect -- one of those magic books (in this case, a whole series) where the audio version is way better than reading it yourself.
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.
John Sanford's so very good at writing these things and this time, Eric Conger's even better at reading them. As usual, this is a tightly plotted, engaging novel. Deliciously twisty as a Philly soft pretzel. Do you hear a "but" coming? Um, yeah.
I missed the electricity Virgil Flowers has had with women. Okay, I'm shallow... but those matches were fun to enjoy. Here, not so much. Still, I totally recommend "Mad River". It's a great chase... In every sense.
Virgil is good but he's got less of an edge to him than Lucas does. Not that, it's bad but it is a bit different. I still like the books a great deal as Virgil can be kind of a wild hare some times.
...Eric Conger's narration..
I've been a fan of John Sandford ever since I picked up a copy of "Rules of Prey" many many years ago I've read, in one form or another, every "Prey" novel that has been published but only became aware of the Virgil Flowers series after I became a member of Audible, so naturally I just had to read them too.
I won't go into too much detail about the story, I personally hate reviews that just regurgitate a book's plot so I'll simply state that I found the story to be entertaining, a couple of nice call backs to the events in some of the earlier "Prey" novels, but to be honest it doesn't stay with you the way some of Sandford's other novels have a tendency to do.
My only real "problem" with the audiobook is Eric Conger's narration, he doesn't seem able or willing to actually "voice" the various characters, at one point early in the novel Lucas Davenport is talking to Virgil about Virgil's vacation and it was difficult for me to figure out who was suppose to be speaking, by comparison, Richard Ferrone in the Prey series is able to easily switch between Lucas and Virgil and make it clear who is speaking.just by the tone/inflection of the character.
Conger isn't as bad as some of the "old school" Books on Tape readers, but he's just not an engaging narrator.
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