Publisher: Putnam, 2007
Genre: Mystery/Detective Fiction
Format: Audiobook, Read by Eric Conger
My Rating: B+
While my husband and I were on our road-trip we listened to Stolen Prey (Lucas Davenport series) and Mad River (Virgil Flowers series). This was our first introduction to John Sandford’s stories. We really liked both series and said we’d like to go back and read all his books.
I picked the Virgil Flowers series first for a couple of reasons: The series is shorter, and Virgil is a bit more complicated than Lucas Davenport. I understand his character. He’s part bad-boy, part good-guy. He’s a preacher’s son who understands scripture, morals, ethics, etc. He’s also knows how to be devious with the law when necessary. He loves women – he’s been married four times. In his spare time he’s a freelance writer for outdoor magazines. And lastly, he’s very knowledgeable about music. Can you tell – I really like tehe guy.
Since Mad River was the most recent book staring Virgil, (notice we are on a first-name basis already) I decided to go back and read Dark of the Moon, the first book in the series. In this story Virgil, an Investigator with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, to help solve the murder of an elderly couple in a very small town.
Within days there are three more murders. An ex-con who’s turned religios fanatic seems to be everybody’s favorite suspect, but Virgil thinks the crimes are related to things that happened back in the 1960s. He does a lot of good detective work and ticks off a lot of people. Of course, he figures out the whole complicated mess and sets a clever trap to catch he killer.
If this were a movie, it would be headlined as an “action flick.” It’s the kind my husband would love to see. However, I must say, I liked the story too, mostly because I liked spending time with Virgil. I can happily recommend it to you.
Next on the list is Heat Lightning. I have my name on the list at the library. So far, we’ve listened to all the John Sandford stories on audiobook. Eric Conger does a perfect job of making it come alive for us.
To read my opinion of the other two John Sandford novels, see my post here.