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“Virgil Flowers first starring role is terrific. John Sanford continues to be one of the best mystery/suspense/action writers in the world and this story is just further evidence of his extraordinary wordsmithery!!!”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I wish I could give this book zero stars. It's terrible! I won't waste my time finishing it.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I wish I could give this book zero stars. It's terrible! I won't waste my time finishing it.”Patti S wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Enjoyed it. Will continue reading the Virgil Flowers series. ”Gail S wrote this review Sunday, August 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow. This is the first Virgil Flowers novel. It is soooooooo good. Read it. Aloha.”Shibopshibop wrote this review Friday, July 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I don't know. I just feel like I should enjoy them more...the quirky curse certainly applies to Virgil Flowers... I Wish authors would understand that if a character is strong enough, no-one gives a toss about his fricking boring music snob t-shirts!!!! Rant over...x”Jamie R wrote this review Wednesday, June 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good story. Quick, easy read. Likeable hero.”Julia Glenn wrote this review Tuesday, May 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A good mystery. Still love Virgil Flowers but I do wish he would rein the libio in. Just a little.”Rebecca S wrote this review Wednesday, April 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I haven't read any of his books, but decided to try one. Very good. I like his writing style with with lots of short scenes. It helps to break up the long chapters and gives the reader's eye a break. I was a bit confused at the "bad guy's" motive for all the killings. This didn't seem clear as it got toward the end. But enjoyable to the end. ”Tina Foster wrote this review Tuesday, March 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Virgil Flowers wades into small town intrigue to stop a killer with a very old ax to grind.
I have read the Lucas Davenport Prey series for years. Virgil Flowers was a character within that series. He makes a very interesting as well as different character in his own books. ”
“I liked this serial killer thriller because of its rural Minnesota setting and for its introduction of likeable detective Virgil Flowers. Refreshingly, he has no demons in his past, no addictions, no backstabbing boss, no cynical outlook. He’s just a good hearted guy from a small town who is so talented at problem solving and drawing people out that he was tapped by Lucas Davenport to handle tough cases by the statewide Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. His father was a minister, so he has a fair foundation for pondering the origins of good and evil, and his one weakness is falling for lively young women, leaving a trail of ex-wives.
The kickoff murder is an elderly rich man burned up in his mansion. He has a lot of candidate enemies due to his role in decades past with an agricultural fuel alcohol scam, his predatory real estate activities, and his swinging lifestyle. The murders of a retired doctor and retired sheriff has Virgil looking for either some transgression in the distant past that links the victims or for the threat of exposure of a current criminal conspiracy, such a meth production scheme. Long periods of wheel spinning and red herrings are intermixed with harrowing violent interludes. Satisfying escapist fare with a wholesome hero you can root for and nice mix of colorful characters.