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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

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  • MJ
  • Catonsville, MD, United States
  • 10-19-14

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.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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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.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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".

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Tim
  • Jupiter, FL, United States
  • 11-21-14

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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  • Ed
  • Saint Augustine, FL, United States
  • 12-11-14

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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  • Trudi
  • Seminole, Florida
  • 04-26-15

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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John Sandford is coasting

I was eagerly waiting for the audio release of this book, but wow, it reads as if John Sandford dictated it instead of wrote it. He's got an intriguing plot and that's it. None of the bad characters have dimension. The old Sandford would have been able to give them some heft and complexity without slow down the speedy narrative, but now, even the narrative bogs down. Who are these straw people? They catch fire and burn out before we get much of a look at them.

Sandford appears to know this, which is maybe why he gave three of the murderous school board members the same first name: Jennifer.

And the great Virgil Flowers is a cardboard cutout of himself. His traits are tics, cited to remind readers of the interesting person they got to know in previous books.

My main complaint is the subplot: the dog stealers. I don't want to ruin this for anyone who's going to listen to it, but the writer exhibits no real concern about the dogs who've been stolen and mistreated. The ending is played for comedy. It's not funny. And Virgil gets a dog out of it? Really? That dog was stolen. No effort is made to find the owner? And that's heartwarming? What?

Eric Conger does his usual splendid job. If I'd read this review instead of written it, I'd probably buy the book anyway, because, hey, it's still John Sandford. A debased Sandford is still pretty good, although he needs to be ashamed of the dog part.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful