Last week my husband and I drove to the High Sierras to camp. It was about a five hour drive one way. Half of the trip was interstate/boring highways, so I took along this audiobook I’d just picked up from the library. It was perfect for the trip. My husband and I both love John Sandford’s books and especially the Virgil Flowers series.
In Bad Blood, Virgil is asked to help a newly elected sheriff, a female, in a small Minnesota county. There was first the murder of a local prosperous farmer, then the apparent suicide of the teenage suspect, and then the murder-staged-to-look-like-a-suicode of one of the sheriff’s deputies. These three crimes also seem to be linked to a fourth murder of a local girl, who was killed over the state line in Iowa a year earlier.
Although the subject matter is pretty grim, the author managed to include humor into the story. He does make some serious statements, via the story, about religious mind-control, promiscuity, homosexuality, and the right of all people to partake in consensual sex – heavy on the consent part.
So, overall, this was a fun, interesting, and satisfying story we both enjoyed. We definitely recommend Bad Blood and all the Virgil Flowers’ stories.