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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,698 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Sandford Narrator: Eric Conger Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Virgil Flowers Series Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781101436820
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Over the course of just three novels, Virgil Flowers has become one of the most beloved new characters in crime fiction—and now he’s got a real problem on his hands.

One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator, where a young man hits him on the head with a t-ball bat, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he’s sure he’s dead—if the blow didn’t kill him, the smothering grain surely would—and then calls the sheriff to report the “accident.”

Suspicious, the sheriff quickly breaks the kid down—and the next day the boy is found hanging in his cell. Was it remorse? The sheriff’s not so sure and in fact begins to wonder if one of her own men might not be responsible. She has no choice but to bring in outside help, and investigator Virgil Flowers of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is her man—in more ways than one.

As Virgil investigates, what at first seems fairly simple quickly becomes very complicated as he begins to uncover a multigenerational, multifamily conspiracy—a series of crimes of such monstrosity that, though he’s seen an awful lot in his life, even Virgil has difficulty in comprehending it … and in figuring out what to do next.

Filled with the brilliant plotting and compulsively readable prose that are John Sandford’s hallmarks, Bad Blood is another masterpiece by one of our very best suspense writers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Exciting…Turns out to be Flowers’ biggest, if perhaps most unlikely, case to date.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “John Sandford has written many chilling mysteries, and Bad Blood is among his scariest…Narrator Eric Conger is no stranger to crime novels, and he does his usual splendid job keeping the complex story line manageable with clear character definition. His laid-back style is perfectly suited to bringing out the contrast between the clean-cut Flowers and the rough-edged characters in the story. Conger makes Flowers’ passion clear—the detective needs to solve the case and save the children.”

    AudioFile

  • “As usual, Sandford delivers a great mystery with action, suspense, humor, and, yes, sex. Virgil always gets his man, but he also gets the girl. Good reading.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2011 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Hardcover Novel
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leonard | 2/19/2014

    " Don't like the ones that revolve around sexual violence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/10/2014

    " Right up there with his best. Strange cult in the the farm lands of Minnesota. All kinds of sexual carryings-on. None of it good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marge | 2/8/2014

    " Virgil Flowers is such a likeable character and John Sandford sure knows how to tell a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 2/1/2014

    " I am loving the Virgil Flowers novels. Sanford is a genius with words. He makes his characters so alive. And this one is as complex as his other novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 1/31/2014

    " Virgil Flowers is a terrific character, often referred to as "that f...ing Flowers". John Sandford is one of my favorite authors, who can craft a story so expertly that it is a real pleasure to read. I have completed all of his Prey series as well as everything else he has written and never been disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/20/2014

    " Outstanding. A convoluted and twisted mystery that kept me guessing right until the ending. I love Virgil "F*ckin" Flowers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 1/13/2014

    " Listened to it on tape. Keeps you interested. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 1/11/2014

    " I did not finish it. This book did not seem up to the talents or interest as other John Sanford novels. Maybe it was because the main character was not Lucas davenport, Sandford's usual protagonist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorie | 1/10/2014

    " Virgil Flowers was not as amusing in this book as he has been in the past. The story was about a pretty depressing topic. Enjoyable, but not great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 tiffany | 12/6/2013

    " i love!!!!!! virgil flowers, 5 stars, if you haven't read john sandfords flowers series and you like mystery/cop novels, you will not be disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 11/22/2013

    " The very definition of a ripping read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 11/19/2013

    " That ... Flowers doing his thing. You think he's a tough guy, but he's not - really. Not the best Sandford I've read - but not his worst either. If you can't handle frank talk about sex and sexual situations, this is definitely not the book for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/17/2013

    " Probably the best book of the Virgil Flowers series to date. Sandford knows how to keep things moving and the subject of this one grabs one and holds on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet Arbuckle | 11/7/2013

    " OK book but a very dark topic and not Sandford's best. If you are new to this author, try some of his "Prey" series...they are much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 10/3/2013

    " Usual John Sandford fare -- hard to put down. But this one had a rather distasteful subject that made it less enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 8/15/2013

    " Another trip, another audio book. I liked the writing and character development of this book, but the subject matter can turn your stomach. I would not recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/6/2013

    " Tough subject matter "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz Deuel | 8/16/2012

    " I loved this book!!! It was the best of the Virgle Flowers series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judi | 8/7/2012

    " Kept my attention while I was out working in my garden. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Close | 7/29/2012

    " One of the better Flowers books. The plot starts out with a bang (a chain of three murders) and then slowly develops to involve a fourth murder a year prior. The plot escalates smoothly to a nice climax, and most actions seem plausible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 6/29/2012

    " Excellent read!! John Sandford's works keep the reader on the edge of their seats. His character development is so good, I can hardly wait until the next book comes out. Virgil 'efin Flowers makes me laugh out loud! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dick Gullickson | 5/10/2012

    " A pretty good John Sanford mystery staring Virgil Flowers about a religious cult in Minnesota farm country involving sexual abuse of children. Not a bad read and lots of action. His Lucas Davenport "Prey" series is a little better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Kastens | 12/4/2011

    " Another great fun quick read by John Sandford! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aprille Curtis | 10/16/2011

    " A very good sick cult book. Kept me reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elvis | 9/8/2011

    " A good story line but parts of it was really graphic sometimes hard to get through because this book could have been based on a true story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy | 5/21/2011

    " Good book, although pretty rough at end and child exploitation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 5/7/2011

    " 4th in the Virgil Flowers series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Di | 4/26/2011

    " If you are a Sanford fan - its a must read. And who doesn't love Virgil Flowers! Wrap him around a mystery, and I am good for the weekend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 4/23/2011

    " I enjoyed this reading and the Virgil Flowers character. I listen to audio books to put me to sleep and the cd's are easy to fast forward when you nod off and miss a bit! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 4/23/2011

    " great Virgil Flowers book, liking him even more than Lucas Davenport, John Sanford always nails it though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 4/16/2011

    " This was my first Virgil Flowers book and it was terrific. It was a quick read with engaging characters and plenty of adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 4/5/2011

    " For down and dirty entertainment Sandford is my backup to Connelly. This was another great fun read. Sucked me in and it was done in a day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 4/3/2011

    " Love John Sanford and all his Lucas Davenport books. Bad Blood is about one of Davenport's coworkers, Virgil Flowers. It would be advantageous to read his books in order. "

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About the Author
Author John Sandford

John Sandford is the pseudonym of John Roswell Camp, an American author and journalist. He won the Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 1986 and was one of four finalists for the prize in 1980. He also won the Distinguished Writing Award of the American Society of Newspaper Editors for 1985. He is the author of more than thirty published novels, all of which have appeared, in one format or another, on the New York Times’ #1 bestseller lists. His books have been translated into most European languages, as well as Japanese and Korean.

About the Narrator

Eric Conger is a stage actor, voice artist, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He has narrated more than 125 fiction and nonfiction audiobooks and was a four-time finalist for the Audie Award, both as a sole narrator in 2007 and 2008 and as part of a multicast reading in 2001 and 2012. He has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards. His extensive voice-over work includes more than 5,000 narrations for commercial ventures. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Paris, he also works as a writer and playwright. He has appeared in over fifty plays and has also translated plays of Molière and Feydeau for regional theaters. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.