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Rough Country Audiobook

Rough Country: A Virgil Flowers Novel

Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort.
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Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort, where a woman has been shot while kayaking. The resort is for women only, a place to relax, get fit, recover from plastic surgery, commune with nature, and while it didn't start out to be a place mostly for those with Sapphic inclinations, that's pretty much what it is today.

Which makes things all the more complicated for Virgil, because as he begins investigating, he finds a web of connections between the people at the resort, the victim, and some local women, notably a talented country singer.

©2009 John Sandford; (P)2009 Penguin

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    Deborah shallotte, NC, United States 10-30-09
    Deborah shallotte, NC, United States 10-30-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Yo Virgil"

    I've read the two previous Virgil Flowers' books and was so happy to see another installment. While not as good as Heat Lightning, it's still better than the re-warmed-over latest Davenport books. I love Virgil's character and philosophy about life. He's funny and quirky (however the T-shirt shtick is enough already) and he's a joy to read. To me, the mystery is less interesting than Virgil's actions, thoughts, and love life. All the Flowers books are good and fun reads, but to really get to know Virg, read them in order.

    Can't wait for the next one!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 03-22-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 03-22-13 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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    "Virgil Flowers: A Genius Piece Of Crumbcake??"

    Okay, y'gotta read Rough Country to get my title up there. But you gotta read it to have a good time too. Eric Conger brings Virgil Flowers to full bloom once again and he squeezes the stitching out of every character and plot twist that John Sandford imagined in this ass kickin' adventure. If you're looking for fun wrapped inside of a nice puzzle... here it be! I'll be reading another Virgil Flowers adventure with murder, wild folks and hot women. Why? Because this one was cool.

    OH... BTW... don't start with this Flowers novel. Too many flashbacks to previous stories in this series. And most of them are spoilers if and when you go back to earlier books. So... do read this, but start earlier on with the series. You'll thank me... or John Sandford.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 11-21-09
    Tim Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States 11-21-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Break a few rules, have some fun catch the bad guy"

    Another great from John Sandford. A great story with interesting people, some tiwsts when you don't expect them and a cool finish.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rose 10-07-09
    Rose 10-07-09
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    "Nice!"

    Very well done from beginning to end. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Tight plot. Full character development without getting too wordy. Narrator did a professional job with voices and did not overpower the read. Highly recommended!

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    Marty Warrior, Albania 02-06-12
    Marty Warrior, Albania 02-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Funny in a sad way"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The author has a odd sense of humor, but is a good writer. Enjoyed it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Sandford again?

    Yes


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Eric Conger?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Good


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William New York, NY, United States 12-24-10
    William New York, NY, United States 12-24-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Flowers has blossomed"

    Best Virgil Flowers novel so far. Interesting plot and good twists and turns. Very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah DALE CITY, VA, United States 11-05-09
    Deborah DALE CITY, VA, United States 11-05-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Another fan of Virgil"

    I never heard of this book but truly enjoyed it. Virgil made the story with his humor. I now plan to go back and read the others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RStringini 04-29-16
    RStringini 04-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A solid mystery"

    A very well done audio book of a pretty good mystery. The performance is just spirited enough to give the book life without being distracting. The book itself is good, but the story could have used some tightening in the middle, with a few to many plot threads running. Still, I was never bored, and the characters are all interesting enough to keep me entertained. Recommended.

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    Tokeyna 10-08-15
    Tokeyna 10-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "that f*****g flowers"

    Although I am partial to the Davenport series, and love the Kidd series, Virgil is quickly becoming a new fav in my house. I listened to the entire book in one sitting as I drove across country, and every time I had it figured put, a new twist would make me question my reasoning. This book kept me guessing till the end! Can't wait to get started on the next one.

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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 04-27-15
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 04-27-15
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    "good story"

    I always like these. Virgil is kind of like Lucas but with some of the edges softened, but not alot. I could see where this was going but that's okay. it was fun getting there.

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