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Fresh from his aspectaculara (Cleveland Plain Dealer) debut in Dark of the Moon, investigator Virgil Flowers takes on a puzzlingaand most alarmingacase, in the new book from the #1 bestselling author. John Sandfordas introduction of Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers was an immediate critical and popular success: alaser-sharp characters and a plot thatas fast and surprisinga (Cleveland Plain Dealer); aan idiosyncratic, thoroughly ingratiating heroa (Booklist). Flowers is only in his late thirties, but heas been around the block a few times, and he doesnat think much can surprise him anymore. Heas wrong. Itas a hot, humid summer night in Minnesota, and Flowers is in bed with one of his ex-wives (the second one, if youare keeping count), when the phone rings. Itas Lucas Davenport. Thereas a body in Stillwateratwo shots to the head, found near a veteranas 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 that someoneas keeping a list, and that the list could have a lot more names on it. If he could only find out what connects them all . . . and then he does, and heas almost sorry he did. Because if itas true, then this whole thing leads down a lot more trails than he thoughtaand every one of them is booby-trapped. Filled with the audacious plotting, rich characters, and brilliant suspense that have always made his books acompulsively readablea (Los Angeles Times), this is vintage Sandford.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2008
ISBN: 9780399155277
9780425230619
Branch Call Number: SANDFOR
Characteristics: 388 p. ; 24 cm

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PimaLib_ChristineR Jan 18, 2017

Virgil Flowers #2. A serial killer is leaving bodies on veterans' memorials. Davenport is dealing with the Republican convention so it is up to Flowers to hunt down the killer.

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Dreamstime
Sep 12, 2016

Interesting depth to the story with its threads in the Vietnam war. Are the bad guys really good? What happens when the bad guys go after other bad guys? Virgil Flowers is an interesting character with a steamy side.

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mratzel
Jul 15, 2016

Pretty formula based, but it was a fun summer read.

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rahmmie
Nov 13, 2013

Entertaining and fun read

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StarGladiator
Jun 26, 2013

Yup, Sandford's Virgil "effing" Flowers is in top form. A great suspense/action character. Neither fish nor foul criminals are safe when Virgil is on the case!

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LoveAGoodRead
Jun 06, 2013

This was my first Virgil Flowers encounter and I think I like the guy. He ranks a close second to my all time favorite, Robert Parker's Spenser. The plot moved along at a good clip and the action was believable and intense at times. The only thing I thought was hilarious through all the tough guy personality and driving force to get the bad guy was the scene where Virgil is sitting in a restaurant, starved to death.... starve to death, and he orders an apple salad and a piece of carrot cake. His friend orders chocolate mousse. What??? Though the book was much longer than what I usually read (414 pgs), I like the book and will definitely read another.

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mratzel
Jul 15, 2016

This is your basic gristled detective story where he figures all these un-attached things to solve the crime.

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LoveAGoodRead
Jun 06, 2013

Virgil Flowers works for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and despite his long blond hair and usual attire of jeans and aged rock t-shirts, he gets called for a lot of tough cases. And this one is tough. The first body is discovered near a veteran's memorial, execution style with a lemon in his mouth. And the list continues, all with the same M.O. He and his team frantically work to find the connection between the murders and how many more names are on the list. The trail winds down several paths and across several states. At the hub of the trails is the revenge killing for a massacre that happened in Viet Nam years ago. Can he stop it before more innocent bodies drop?

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mratzel
Jul 15, 2016

mratzel thinks this title is suitable for 21 years and over

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