Pay attention mystery lovers, a new Virgil Flowers investigation has just hit the shelves. Never mind that his girlfriend is about to pop out twins and the hay needs to be harvested, the governor of Minnesota needs Virgil’s help to uncover who killed a prominent University of Minnesota professor. A leading light in his field, someone has bashed his head in with his computer and left his dead body locked in a carrel in the library undetected for two days. Virgil is perceived as an intruder into her investigation by Minneapolis detective Trane, but Virgil’s unique charm soon wins her over.
This is a twisty investigation that is constantly running into leads that go nowhere. One of my favorite things about John Sandford’s books in general is the way that he weaves his character’s personal life seamlessly into the investigations making the character a well-rounded person instead of a one-dimensional caricature. Then there is Minnesota which Sandford brings to a life in a way that just makes you want to be there and discover what all the fuss is about. Finally, I found the pairing of Flowers and Trane to be fun and delightful. They are opposites in everything but their search for the truth and it gets crazy before it’s over. You might find yourself wanting to take notes as you work your way through this story just so you can keep track of all the players, but you will definitely enjoy the process.
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Be still my soul! Lucas Davenport is back with his 28th case. This time he’s determined to take down a U.S. Senator who he is convinced has tried to assassinate on of her fellow senators from Minnesota. Davenport is now with the U.S. Marshals service and brings a couple of his fellow marshals along to D.C. as backup. Almost immediately, there is an attempt on his life followed by a car accident back home in Minnesota that nearly ends his wife’s life. With the pressure mounting Davenport must quickly unravel this very complex and twisted plot.
A friend turned me on to this series a few years ago and I have been hooked ever since. That being said, I haven’t read one for a while so picking up this book felt like visiting an old friend. Lucas Davenport continues to be charming and thoughtful in his personal life, while also being a hard as nails when it comes to criminals. This story is a very complex knot of politicians, arms manufacturers and ex-military bad guys. And just when you think that progress is being made something happens that sets the investigation back again. All these twists and turns work seamlessly together though to make a really compelling thriller. This is book 28 in the series and one of my favorites so far. I highly recommend!
Alinefromabook’s rating: 5 stars!!
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“Dark of the Moon” is Book 1 of John Sandford’s Virgil Flowers series. Virgil work for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. His boss is Sandford’s Lucas Davenport. In this first installment, Virgil is on the case of a serial killer whose victims are all residents of Bluestem, MN. Bill Judd, Sr. is the first victim and as the case develops it all seems to revolve around him. While working on the Judd case, Virgil uncovers a methamphetamine ring based in a religious compound. Virgil finds himself with way too many suspects and not some pretty vague clues. Will he be able to unwind this twisty knot?
This book was full of action and thrills but you’ll need your thinking cap on to follow all the twists and turns. I thoroughly enjoyed it even though it took me a few chapters to warm up to Virgil. He’s a rebel but not in the “fly in the face of authority” way. Virgil is persistent in his pursuit and his quirky habit of reviewing a case but thinking about it as a story was a unique take on the investigative process.
Mystery and thrill lovers will enjoy this book but I don’t think it’s appropriate for younger readers as there are some graphic scenes throughout. I will definitely be reading more in this series.
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A little gruesome in places but nevertheless a great read! Lucas Davenport is an investigator in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. In this story (no. 16 in the series), he is faced with a particularly grisly serial killer. There are few clues to follow up until the killer starts to call a local journalist. But this guy is clever and leads the investigation down several rabbit trails before Davenport can figure it out. Sloan is working with Davenport again in this one and Elle shows up a couple of times. Davenport’s wife, Elle, and their children are in London throughout the story.
This book is another winner from John Sandford. I especially enjoy the Minneapolis setting of the book since I am familiar with several of the locations mentioned. Davenport is definitely one of the good guys and by the time you get to this book in the series he is a well-developed character and a good friend of the reader. The plotline in this one is especially twisty, something I really enjoy. If you enjoy mysteries/thrillers, I think you will really like this book. I would not recommend this for younger readers due to the graphic nature of some of the scenes.
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