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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