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4.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 5 4.67 (3 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Sandford Narrator: Eric Conger Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9780698153554
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The thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series

In southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. “Issues” is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

Meanwhile, not far away, Virgil Flowers is helping out a friend by looking into a dognapping, which seems to be turning into something much bigger and uglier—a team of dognappers supplying medical labs—when he gets a call from Lucas Davenport. A murdered body has been found—and the victim is a local reporter.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There are plenty of fictional cops and private eyes with anger issues, woman troubles, and drinking problems. And then there’s Virgil Flowers…He leaves the big-time crime-busting to his boss in Minneapolis, Lucas Davenport…so he can grab the fun assignments for himself…Despite Virgil’s casual air, Sandford’s humor isn’t flip. He sees Trippton’s battered trailer homes, the live pit bulls and dead cars in the yards, and the no-trespassing signs at the gates, along with all the signs of misery other regional authors record in their novels. But there’s compassion in his gaze and genuine affection in his raucous laughter.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Sandford’s best Flowers book to date…There is a lot of drama and mayhem in this story, and readers of traditional Sandford books will be satisfied for sure. Still, if you like a little humor in your plots, this book will more than sate that desire. This book is the most fun I have had reading in a long time.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Another brainy thriller from a prolific author, Deadline fulfills readers’ expectations of Sandford’s fiction: tense, smart, and character-driven.”

    Richmond Times Dispatch

  • “Rich characters [and] the descriptions of small-town life, politics, and corruption, and the concurrent trails of action make for a fast and entertaining read.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • “There’s a lot going on in Deadline…The biggest joys of this series are Flowers himself (his boss is Lucas Davenport from the Sandford’s Prey novels), the cast of eccentric supporting characters, and the humorous dialogue.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “Stellar…Sandford is an accomplished and amusing storyteller, and he nails both the rural characters and terrain as well as he has skewered urban life in past installments.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Virgil Flowers, agreeing to check out the most minor crime imaginable in sleepy Trippton, Minnesota, finds himself in a steadily deepening pool of felonies…Sandford keeps one last surprise up his sleeve for the denouement of the dognapping case, and it’s a doozy. Exhilaratingly professional work by both Virgil and his creator that breaks no new ground but will keep the fans happy and add to their number.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Sanford balances straight-talking Virgil Flowers’ often hilariously folksy tone and Trippton’s dark core of methamphetamine manufacturers and sociopaths; the result is pure reading pleasure for thriller fans.”


  • “Eric Conger’s voice is perfect for Virgil Flowers, the Bureau of Crime Apprehension agent who goes from one crime to another in rural Minnesota. Conger’s raspy baritone is evocative of the crimes that are at the heart of this police procedural.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Library Journal Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 wayne hitch | 2/23/2017

    " what can I say, john Sanford is not capable of writing a bad book. the prey series is great but his virgil flowers series is just the best writing he has done. deadline is classic virgil with all the wit and sarcasim you have come to love from him. "

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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.