: John Sanford
Publisher: Putnam, 2009
My Rating: A
Virgil Flowers is participating in one of his favorite sports – a walleye fishing tournament. But then he was called by his boss and told to investigate a murder at a nearby resort. One of the guests, Erica McDill, an advertising executive from Minneapolis, was shot while canoeing out to see the eagles.
The case is complicated. It seems there are plenty of people who had reason to want Erica McDill dead. First of all she was planning to stage a coup at her agency and several people would be fired. Ms. McDill was a lesbian and about to dump her long-time partner. And then there was an all-girl band with a very talented lead singer. Quite a few people were in love with her.
You can be sure Minnesota Criminal Investigator, all-male, super-macho Virgil Flowers had a great time ferreting out all those facts. He may have been mad that his fishing trip was interupted, but he still had fun. And so did this reader. Virgil is a superb creation of John Sandford and I hope he keeps this seeries going as long as possible,
Even though the case was complicated, Virgil finally figured it out. As for me, I was surprised by the ending. I didn’t see it coming at all. And for me, that’s one of the things that spells a great mystery. I’m so glad I started reading the Virgil Flowers series. There’s no major message in this novel. Rough Country was a great mystery. It was just plain fun to read.