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Publisher's Summary

The thrilling new novel in the number one New York Times best-selling series.

In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

Meanwhile, not far away, Virgil Flowers is helping out a friend by looking into a dognapping, which seems to be turning into something much bigger and uglier - a team of dognappers supplying medical labs - when he gets a call from Lucas Davenport. A murdered body has been found - and the victim is a local reporter.

©2014 John Sandford (P)2014 Penguin Group

Critic Reviews

“Another brainy thriller from a prolific author, Deadline fulfills readers’ expectations of Sandford’s fiction: tense, smart and character-driven.” (Richmond Times Dispatch)

“Rich characters [and] the descriptions of small-town life, politics and corruption and the concurrent trails of action make for a fast and entertaining read.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Sandford's best Flowers book to date.... There is a lot of drama and mayhem in this story and readers of traditional Sandford books will be satisfied for sure. Still if you like a little humor in your plots, this book will more than sate that desire. This book is the most fun I have had reading in a long time.” (Huffington Post)

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Best in this series

Loved this installment. A little lighter. I actually laughed out loud twice at some of the dialogue. The story kept me interested throughout, and the narration was excellent.

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AWESOME, FUNNY SANDFORD AT HIS BEST

Would you consider the audio edition of Deadline to be better than the print version?

I only listen, eyes can't handle print anymore.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Deadline?

The humor! Feels good to laugh.

Which scene was your favorite?

All of it to hard to pick out just one.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes like I said laughter nothing better than that.

Any additional comments?

Eric Conger is GOOD great voice great sound. I don't know maybe I have a sick sence of humor but I really enjoyed this book. Thanks John and Eric.

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Favorite iFlowers

My second listen to this book. Once again, Virgil and pals bring the story to life with humor while accomplishing all manner of law enforcement maneuvers. Kudos and accolades to John Sandford and Eric Conger.

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The best Virgil?

All Virgil Flowers mysteries are better than the majority of other mysteries, but this is probably my best Virgil so far. Great characters, friendships, and dialogue. And something personally important to me: almost all the characters who suffer bad events are bad people. Sanford's humor is at its best in the Virgil series, and this book is a good example of that.

The narrator is good and -- crucial -- has a perfect understanding of who Virgil is.

I HIGHLY recommend this book.

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Flowers is back!

Would you listen to Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8 again? Why?

No. I just don't reread. Too many books available.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Virgil was my favorite. I enjoy his down to earth personality. He is not perfect but human.

Have you listened to any of Eric Conger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He is getting more into Virgil's character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no

Any additional comments?

I read comments that said Sandford was coasting. I believe he is just developing another character that is not a super hero. I really enjoy "Virgil".

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One of John Sandfords best Virgil Flowers story

Eric Conger's narration is superb. He IS Virgil. The story is full of humor and fast paced. I enjoyed the story so much I was sad when it ended. I wanted to keep hearing about Johnson Johnson and all of Virgil's friends and co-workers. The body count was high but each progression of the story made sense and added to the drama. Some of the absurdities rang so true you just know they could happen in real life.

John Sandford can't write often or fast enough to keep me satisfied, I want to hear more about the world he has created in Minnesota. Lazy fishing days, stupid criminals and sexy men and women. Keep writing John!

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Virgil sure can get himself into it

Classic Virgil, or that f*^%$#g flowers as his friends call him. Read it in sequence a the story make reference to other things going on in the prey series and prior Virgil serieses. This one appealed to the dog lover in me and made me thing of that Jeannie C. Riley song - Harper Valley PTA. Great read, enjoy it.

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A dog gone good book.

Great book. Virgil Flowers friend, Johnson Johnson, calls Virgil about dogs being stolen in his part of Minnesota. When Virgil gets there, he finds out that more bad things are going on in addition to the missing dogs. One thing is murder and the other is a large meth cooking lab. The first murdered man was a news reporter investigating a school board that was stealing money from the school budget – millions of dollars! The dog lovers that lost their pets are convinced that the dognapping situation is the most serious and pressing of all the bad stuff going on, and to be truthful, I sort of agree with them. I love dogs. The narrator is excellent.

I rank Deadline among the best of the Virgil Flowers and Lucas Davenport books.

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Living Proof

This is living proof that John Sandford is the BEST, and this is the best Virgil Flowers of all! I love this guy, anyhow, but this story was mysterious and humorous, too. The characters are so lively that I'm pretty sure I've known some of them in my own past. Virgil is just one hell of a guy!

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About what you would expect

This story is filled with a whole lot of characters who are easy to hate. Perhaps the newspaper editor is the worst of them all. You have a primary plot and two sub plots that Sandford did an excellent job of weaving together. There's never any doubt that the dogs and the good guys will prevail but the journey is fun anyway. Standard Virgil Flowers fare with maybe a little less female intrigue than usual.

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