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Heat Lightning Audiobook

Heat Lightning

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Publisher's Summary

John Sandford's introduction of Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers in Dark of the Moon was an immediate critical and popular success.

Flowers is only in his late 30's, but he's been around the block a few times, and he doesn't think much can surprise him anymore. He's wrong. It's a hot, humid summer night in Minnesota, and Flowers is in bed with one of his ex-wives (the second one, if you're keeping count ) when the phone rings. It's Lucas Davenport. There's a body in Stillwater, two shots to the head, found near a veterans' memorial . And the victim has a lemon in his mouth. Exactly like the body they found last week.

The more Flowers works the murders, the more convinced he is th at someone's keeping a list, and that the list could have a lot more names on it. If only he could find out what connects them all...and then he does, and he's almost sorry he did. Because if it's true, then this whole thing leads down a lot more trails than he thought it did - and every one of them is booby-trapped.

Filled with the audacious plotting, rich characters, and brilliant suspense, this is Sandford writing at the top of his game.

©2008 John Sanford; (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Compulsively readable." (Los Angeles Times)

What Members Say

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    Maggie B. 11-19-16
    Maggie B. 11-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "why the music ?"

    love everything about this book/series except for the random music in between parts
    ...weird! great story great narrator,love the humor.. love.that fucking Flowers !!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Drew Spray 05-27-16
    Drew Spray 05-27-16
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    "That f***ing Flowers!"

    Virgil Flowers is out doing what he does best - solving tough crimes. Sandford and Conger have teamed up again to produce a thrilling read. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-04-17
    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-04-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "Virgil Flowers works an apparent..."

    ...serial murder case. Heat Lightening is a very early (#2 of 9) Virgil Flowers series detective thriller. When Lucas Davenport, his boss at Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Appreciation, calls him about the second lemon murder Virgil is in bed with his second ex-wife. Even in current novels in the series Flowers continues his roguish ways. In the Lucas Davenport series Lucas is a married father who has given up his roguish ways of early in the series.

    John Sandford's detective novels always earn 4 or 5 stars. Heat Lightening is an excellent murder mystery.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl 04-20-09
    Daryl 04-20-09
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    "John Sandford Politics"

    A political statement by John Sandford through his characters. Good: Vietnamese Communist Killers, and an ex-CIA Leftist. Bad: U.S. Viet Nam veterans (the old guys as he refers to them) Homeland Security under a Republican Adminstration (I agree too much power) and Republicans in general prior to the convention in Minneapolis.

    This was a good hit piece before the election. Maybe now maybe Mr. Sandford agrees with Homeland Security under the new administration(the new targets are Veterans, Conservatives and Pro-Lifers).

    I have read most of Mr. Sandford's books, and I usually enjoy them. This is his second hit piece on the Republicans and their convention. Now Mr. Sanford seems to have a political agenda.

    I am one of the stupid old guys who went to Viet Nam. I believe Mr. Sandford has the right to write what he wants to write. I also have the right to dislike what he writes about Veterans (we all seem to be bunched together) and those who have different political beliefs.

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    07-17-17
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    "Good but predictable."

    I always enjoy Sanford despite his politics and obvious manner in which they are displayed. If only the federal agents were half as honest and intelligent as the locals. What total tripe. Still, I liked the book and I'm on to the next in the series.

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    Mike 06-12-17
    Mike 06-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "multiple level plot"

    great story with lots of interesting twists - one if my favorite Virgil stories and one you have to try

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    Waykuy 05-07-17
    Waykuy 05-07-17 Member Since 2012

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    "Okay, but not great"

    Not particularly plausible and I don't care much for the Virgil Flowers character. I wouldn't recommend it.

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    C 04-12-17
    C 04-12-17
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    "Stupid Musical Intermissions"

    The story and narration was excellent as we would expect, but, the person who thinks we need a musical intermission in the middle of chapters needs to learn how stories flow to the listener.

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    Lori Pinon Hills, CA, United States 12-17-16
    Lori Pinon Hills, CA, United States 12-17-16 Member Since 2016

    Busy...busy with daughter, with clients with community service projects

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    "always keep them guessing"

    the twists and turns of the story going while the end scenes logical the twists and turns again always keep me guessing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Fort Lauderdale, Fl, United States 12-29-15
    Elizabeth Fort Lauderdale, Fl, United States 12-29-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Heat lightning review"

    I like most of Sanford's books this one was good except that it took forever to find out what was going on that I did not like too much jumping around in the time sequences was confusing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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