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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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    Nancy 12-21-10
    Nancy 12-21-10

    I screwed up review for One Dog Night. I meant to give all FIVE STARS. Audible techinical said there 's no way to correct a review or redo

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    "Some surprises"

    I did enjoy this book. I didn't expect to because of some of the other reviews I had read. I found it suspensful enough too want to get to the next page even though I figured out all the 'who-dunits' before the end of the book. I enjoy the midwest settings and the downhome 'good ole boys' fishing and drinking. I was even comfortable with the gay/lesbian aspect and I thought it was well handled and not over played or bashed in anyway. This was a 'fun listen'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GINNIE PANAMA CITY, FL, United States 12-13-10
    GINNIE PANAMA CITY, FL, United States 12-13-10 Member Since 2014
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    "DISAPPOINTING"

    WHY DO NONE OF THE REVIEWS MENTION THE CRUDE, VULGAR, AND RAUNCHY SEX-CAPADES? I LOVE THE ADVENTURES OF VIRGIL AND HAVE ENJOYED LISTENING TO ALL OF THEM...EXCEPT THIS ONE, IT WAS NOT WORTHY OF HIM. I ALMOST CHUCKED IT SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE LISTENING, WHICH HAS ONLY HAPPENED ONCE IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS. I EVEN LIKED STEIG LARSON AND THOSE STORIES WERE A BIT RACEY FOR ME! YEP, I'M A LITTLE OLD LADY FROM FLORIDA WITH A LOT OF CATS, HOWEVER TACKY IS TACKY! MR. SANDFORD CAN DO BETTER THEN THAT.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 11-16-10
    Amy 11-16-10
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    "Virgil Flowers was great..."

    Interesting characters and plot. Very likeable hero... believable villian. Combined a good murder mystery with enough humor and funny encounters/characters to lighten it up just enough. I read in a review that Sandford is getting more and more political in his books so I may not use my credits for more... we'll see. I listen to these sort of books for sheer enjoyment and entertainment and I don't want to spoil my fun escape time with any political agendas. Politics take up so much of everyday life and books are my brief moments of escape. I hope Sandford doesn't go that direction because I would definately go for some more Virgil Flowers.

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    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 11-08-10
    Michael Chicago, IL, United States 11-08-10
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    "Entertaining"

    I like the Virgil Flowers character--an entertaining story. Kept my interest--maybe not the greatest novel, but lite entertainment.

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    Amazon Customer Twin Cities, MN 09-13-10
    Amazon Customer Twin Cities, MN 09-13-10 Member Since 2007

    Audio Book Fiend

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    "Virgil Flowers is Fun"

    I don't think this is John Sandford's best book, but I like the character of Virgil Flowers. The character is raunchier and funnier than Lucas Davenport, which opens up pages of humor that I love. The mystery story is average and not that suspenseful, but getting to the end is fun. Overall, I liked it, but didn't love it. But I love Virgil!

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    S. 12-05-09
    S. 12-05-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent -"

    This is the best 'Flowers' book yet - excellent job - !

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    BLin 11-04-09
    BLin 11-04-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic listen"

    This Flowers character is really growing on me. I had my doubts at first, being a big fan of the Prey series, but I've listened to all three Flowers books and have found them worthy successors. Sandford just can't put these out fast enough!

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    John Escondido, CA, United States 11-12-11
    John Escondido, CA, United States 11-12-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Virgil is a Crappy Cop"

    In the course of his investigation one innocent person was maimed for life and another one was killed. If he acted more like a real cop, neither of them would have been hurt. He divulges to much information to suspects and anyone else that will talk to him.

    Who is Virgil Flowers? I really don't know. He seems to get laid a lot (unless the women lesbians -- by the way, all the lesbians in this book are really hot and often get into cat fights). I can't picture this guy in my head. Why does he wear rock band tee shirts and just start talking about God? However, he doesn't seem to have any remorse about killing people or feel anything for people that we shot or killed. He will just go out and have a beer and get laid like nothing happened.

    I think that Virgil Flowers is a reckless idiot.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert chicago, IL, United States 10-14-09
    Robert chicago, IL, United States 10-14-09
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    "not like the Prey series"

    This book doesn't even seem like its written by John Sandford. I'm a longtime fan and have read all of his Prey books and some of his other ones and this falls far short. It doesn't keep you wanting to turn the page, the story is boring and the narrator sounds like he's bored too. Virgil is made out to be a dope. Bring back Davenport and the good old days!!

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Scarborough, ME, United States 04-25-10
    Laurie Scarborough, ME, United States 04-25-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Six hours too long"

    I thought the story was simple, unrealistic, and boring. I felt I was listing to an author who could really write but didn't have a story to match the level of his writing ability. I almost fast forwarded the entire second download. Let's just say I was as frustrated as Virgil was at the end of the story.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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