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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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    S. Clearwater, FL, United States 12-05-09
    S. Clearwater, FL, United States 12-05-09 Member Since 2007
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    This is the best 'Flowers' book yet - excellent job - !

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    B. Lingerfelt 11-04-09 Member Since 2011
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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.

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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!!

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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.

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    Jonathan Peoria, AZ, USA 11-29-09
    Jonathan Peoria, AZ, USA 11-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "It was.... "okay"..."

    I love John Sandfords stuff... this one was just a little "off" for me...

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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