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Rough Country: A Virgil Flowers Novel | [John Sandford]

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!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rose 10-07-09
    Rose 10-07-09 Member Since 2008
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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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

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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.

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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.

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    Richard 01-18-15
    Richard 01-18-15

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    "Very Good Narration and Stroy Line"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sanford has an excellent series in the "F***king Virgil Flowers" lead - you'll understand the quotes when you read the book. Humor added to the main character.


    Would you recommend Rough Country to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sanford writes a good novel and only occasionally throws in the anti-Republican propaganda. Detracts from the story when no reference was even needed. But it is a good read or listen.


    What does Eric Conger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    excellent cadence and rhythm with very well enunciation. It is sad that sometimes he has to read the slam at Republicans when the reference wasn't needed.


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    J Jaeckle Granbury, TX, US 01-08-15
    J Jaeckle Granbury, TX, US 01-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story and Fun Also"

    A really good mystery with good twists and an interesting plot Flowers love life is a hoot in this one

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    "Boring"
    What was most disappointing about John Sandford’s story?

    The author manages to pile up a story about money, music, sex, underage sex, lesbians, and powerful women and... be boring. The hyper masculine Vietnam veteran that stands up to all these women might well be a sexual fantasy of provincial, conservative Americans. If you are not in this kind of fantasies, and actually like women with power, stay away!


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    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 11-02-14
    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 11-02-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Poor Virgil"

    This is a keeper. Virgil is so human. Sandford's Virgil Flower is a great down to earth kind of a guy. Sandford leaves enough out to keep you guessing but not so much that you lose interest. I suspected the ending but it was funny how Sandford pulled it off. Poor Virgil.

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