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Class reunions: a time for memories - good, bad, and, as Virgil Flowers is about to find out, deadly - in the thrilling new novel in the number one New York Times best-selling series.

Virgil knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well. A few years back, he investigated the corrupt - and, as it turned out, homicidal - local school board, and now the town's back in view with more alarming news: A woman's been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. There's a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of 20 years ago that has a midwinter reunion coming up, and so, wrapping his coat a little tighter, Virgil begins to dig into 20 years' worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood. In the process one thing becomes increasingly clear to him. It's true what they say: High school is murder.

©2017 John Sandford (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Virgil gets the s*** beat out of him...

By a bunch of women! While investigating the murder of another woman found in a frozen river. The woman is the bank president (reason enough for many to dislike her), in the process of getting a divorce from a man questioning his sexual identity and having an S&M tryst with someone Virgil can't identify.
At the same time a woman from the toy company Mattel is trying to find who is messing with their Barbie line of dolls. They're turning them into little sex dolls that say things they were never supposed to say or look (especially Ken's addition).
If you're familiar with the Virgil Flowers series then you're already getting ready for the sarcasm, snappy comebacks and great humor his character is known for. If you've never listened to a Flowers novel, they can be read as stand alone novels but for character development I would read/listen to them in the order they were written. But either way get ready for a real "humdinger" of a story.
Eric Conger is the voice of Flowers. He delivers crazy lines in dead pan that would have me rolling. Perfect.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that F*****g Flowers.
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15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Not many surprises here

I don't think i like knowing up front who the killer is. It seems backwards to me & i keep wanting to scream out the answer to the detectives. there were some good side line stories though that kept the book from becoming too boring. it also brought out the people in this world who need help, so like i say not many surprises here.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 10-23-17

Murder mystery in small Minnesota town

Author John Sandford frustrates me! I have all 10 of his Virgil Flowers novels as well as 15 of his Lucas Davenport series. Yet, Sandford is far from one of my favorite authors even though I have rated all of his novels 4 or 5 stars. It seems to me that Sandford writes novels with very similar plots especially in the Flowers series; Virgil Flowers' process of solving crimes is too predictable.

Although the plot Deep Freeze seems to me to be very similar to some of the earlier books in the series there is enough new and different to make the novel enjoyable; indeed, I considered a 5 star rating. It lost the 5th star by the antagonist/killer being more a pathetic and self centered loser than evil.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Good to hav Virgil Back

This was like Virgil of Old really enjoyed this. I️ felt the last two were not as good but this was
Sanford is one of my favorites so glad he is writing the sassy humorous way ahain

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jaclyn
  • Brighton, CO, United States
  • 10-26-17

Sad to say but very disappointed

I’ve enjoyed a majority of John Sandford books in Davenport and Flowers series, as well as his stand alone books. However, this book was a disappointment and makes me wonder if time to move on. There was no mystery, thrill, or any of the wonderful enticements that he has in his other books. It was a story that wasn’t very interesting nor worth my credit. I

I’m hoping that this isn’t a new trend for Sandford as I do like him as an author.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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So Much Fun

I do love the chance to peek into that ******' Flowers' life. the plants are always good, the dialogue is not contrived, and I never get the sense that the author is hashing over an old plot just to give us that glimpse. This book is no exception. it's also a treat to hear from some of our old favorites, even if they're just doing a drop in.

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As usual, Sandford delivers

Just finished listening and, once again, Virgil and crew provides a fun and interesting experience. Sandford's ability to build the characters over the span of the series is such that you go into each new book really knowing and feeling for the people involved. His knowledge of the geography lets you feel what's it's like to live thru the cold winters in Minnesota. The plot lines are always fresh and believable, and his knack of getting inside the head of each character makes each of them, however minor the role they play, jump off the page. Eric Conger does a great job of bringing the characters to life. You feel them as you listen. You find yourself liking or disliking characters just by the way they act. He does not turn Virgil Flowers into Jack Reacher or John Puller. He is not invincible. He is not capable of taking on 6 thugs and dropping them in the span of 16 seconds. He hurts. He bleeds. He sometimes forgets his gun, and he hates to fight. He gets beat up (in this case) by women. But he thinks. It's how he solves the crimes. I've read every one of the Sandford series involving both main characters: Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers, and they mesh together like a well-oiled machine. You find yourself laughing out loud over some of the antics. There's a joke in this book about Mickey Mouse. I almost ran off the road at the punch line. You have thoroughly believable and likeable characters like Johnson Johnson, who's father named him after his favorite outboard motors. What writer thinks of that stuff? The easy dialogue banter is as real as talking to your friends. Start listening and you immediately feel like you're in a comfortable place and the time is going to pass pleasantly. It does. The only downside is it passes much to quickly. Now I have a long wait before the next one.

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  • Tim
  • Jupiter, FL, United States
  • 10-22-17

You know the killer, and the intrigue is still 10

The only part I didn't like was that the story ended, but it's a great ending so I really didn't mind that either. This story was a fun and intriguing classic F_ _kin Flowers. You already know who the killer is, the fun is watching Virgil figure it out. And then's there's the sex barbies. A sub plot in a different direction and it enhances the story. John, you are the master

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not up to his usual standard.

I’m an avid John Sandford and Virgil Flowers fan. They have been some of my favorites of his. But this one didn’t have the usual tension or even mystery. Many background parts were enjoyable—fishing the river in mid-winter, for example—and gave that unique view of Minnesota, especially in winter. But the crime story was cliche and completely predictable. A real disappointment—a disappointing first for a. Virgil Flowers novel.

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  • Lynda
  • Waseca, MN, United States
  • 11-04-17

That *@*&%ing FLOWERS in "Deep Freeze"!

Just finished the newly released Virgil Flowers book, "Deep Freeze". I've read all of Sandford's Virgil Flowers books and love the series. In this book, Virgil is back in a the town where he solved the previous "dog" issue and "school board murders". A local popular woman in the class of '92 is found murdered and floating in an open space in a frozen river in the cold winter of Minnesota. Sandford spins a good mystery and though we know the murderer from the beginning, Sandford puts a twist on it that keeps you guessing throughout! The book moves fast and never has a dull moment. You'll love it and it is soooo worth the credit. Of course, I always recommend the whole series, but you can enjoy just this book as a stand-alone as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful