A Virgil Flowers Novel

19 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 27,008 ratings

Dark of the Moon Publisher's Summary

Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff."

He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now, but never anything like this.

In the small town of Bluestem, a house way up on a ridge explodes into flames, its owner, a man named Judd, trapped inside. There are a lot of reasons to hate him, Flowers discovers. In fact, he concludes, you'd probably have to dig around to find a person who doesn't despise Judd.

And that isn't even why Flowers came to Bluestem. Three weeks before, there'd been another murder, two, in fact, a doctor and his wife, the doctor found propped up in his backyard, both eyes shot out. Flowers knows two things: this wasn't a coincidence, and it had to be personal.

But just how personal is something even he doesn't realize, and may not find out until too late. Because the next victim may be himself.

©2007 John Sandford (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Dark of the Moon

    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Eric Conger
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,824
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,667
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,655

    Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff." He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now, but never anything like this.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great winding road of a story

    • By Crystal on 10-10-07

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 2

    • Heat Lightning

    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Eric Conger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,142
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,652
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,644

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of John Sandfords best

    • By James Hilton on 08-17-10

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 3

    • Rough Country

    • A Virgil Flowers Novel
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Eric Canger
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Virgil Flowers heads north to solve a puzzling murder - and finds that the country is very rough indeed. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, Flowers gets a call from Lucas Davenport asking him 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 and commune with nature. It's also hotbed of jealousy, blackmail, greed, anger, and fear.

    Regular price: $20.65

    • Rough Country

    • A Virgil Flowers Novel
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Eric Conger
    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,194
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Extraordinary Plot Twists

    • By Ruby on 10-05-09

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 4

    • Bad Blood

    • A Virgil Flowers Novel, Book 4
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Eric Conger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,976
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,995

    One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator - and a young man hits him on the head with a steel bar, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he's sure he's dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the "accident." Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down...and the next day the boy's found hanging in his cell. Remorse? Virgil isn't so sure....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • EXCELLENT!

    • By Bob on 09-25-10
    • A Virgil Flowers Novel, Book 4
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Eric Conger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
    • Release date: 09-21-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,976 ratings

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Bad Blood

    • A Virgil Flowers Novel, Book 4
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Eric Conger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    On a late autumn Sunday in Southern Minnesota, a farmer is bludgeoned around the head by a teenager wielding a bat. Following the teenager’s apparent suicide, Sheriff Lee Coakley is worried that she is up against a far more complicated case than she first thought, and calls in investigator Virgil Flowers. It doesn't take long for Flowers to uncover a series of crimes so monstrous that the small town can never be the same again.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • bad blood - disappointing

    • By rev on 08-21-12

    Regular price: $17.96

  • Book 5

    • Shock Wave

    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Eric Conger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,510
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,148
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,143

    The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I think I'm in love with Virgil Flowers!

    • By Barbara on 10-12-11

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Shock Wave

    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Eric Conger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it. The first bomb goes off on the top floor of PyeMart's headquarters. The second one explodes at the construction site itself. Who's behind the bombs, and how far will they go? It's Virgil Flowers's job to find out... before more people get killed.

    Regular price: $16.16

  • Book 6

    • Mad River

    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Eric Conger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,229
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,974
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,967

    Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good. Not Great. But Virgil is Hard to Skip.

    • By Bill on 10-06-12

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Mad River

    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Eric Conger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. As their crime spree cuts a swathe through Minnesota, captured on the killers' cell phones, and sent to a local television station, Investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to catch them. But even he doesn't realise what's about to happen next.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Virgil

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-01-15

    Regular price: $17.05

  • Book 7

    • Storm Front

    • Virgil Flowers, Book 7
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Eric Conger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,145
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,914
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,895

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Flowers for Sanford

    • By FRITZ STOOP on 12-08-13

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Storm Front

    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Eric Conger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Bad men are chasing the relic, and they don't care who's in the way or what they have to do to get it…

    Regular price: $20.03

  • Book 8

    • Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8

    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Eric Conger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,639
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,369
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,365

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best in this series

    • By MJ on 10-19-14

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Deadline

    • Virgil Flowers, Book 8
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Eric Conger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    In Southeast Minnesota, 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 is whether to authorise the killing of a local reporter. Meanwhile, Virgil Flowers is helping out a friend by looking into a dognapping when he gets a call from Lucas Davenport. A murdered body has been found, and the victim is a local reporter....

    Regular price: $20.03

  • Book 9

    • Escape Clause

    • A Virgil Flowers Novel, Book 9
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Eric Conger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,284
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,990
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,987

    The first storm comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large and very rare Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried sick that they've been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others - as Virgil is about to find out.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Super Sandford

    • By Ted on 03-05-17

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Escape Clause

    • Virgil Flowers, Book 9
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Eric Conger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    The first storm comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large and very rare Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried that they’ve been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others - as Virgil is about to find out. Forget a storm...this one’s a tornado.

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  • Book 10

    • Deep Freeze

    • Virgil Flowers, Book 10
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Eric Conger
    • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,997
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,737
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,719

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Virgil gets the s*** beat out of him...

    • By shelley on 10-21-17

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Deep Freeze

    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Eric Conger
    • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    A few years back, Virgil investigated the corrupt - and, as it turned out, homicidal - local school board in Trippton, Minnesota. Now the town's back in view with more alarming news: a woman's been found frozen in ice. There's a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of 20 years ago, and so Virgil begins to dig into 20 years' worth of bad blood.

    Regular price: $18.11

  • Book 11

    • Holy Ghost

    • A Virgil Flowers Novel
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Eric Conger
    • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Pinion, Minnesota: a metropolis of all of 700 souls. Nothing ever happened there - until the mayor of sorts (campaign slogan: "I'll Do What I Can") and a buddy come up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. They'd heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary had turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of pilgrims. And all those pilgrims needed food, shelter, all kinds of crazy things, right? They'd all get rich! What could go wrong? When the dead body shows up, they find out, and that's only the beginning of their troubles - and Virgil Flowers'....

    Regular price: $28.00