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Author: John Sandford Narrator: Eric Conger Publisher: Penguin Audio Audio Length: Series:The Virgil Flowers Series Release Date: September 2008 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781440613029

Publisher Description

Virgil Flowers hunts a killer responsible for a strange string of murders in this thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author John Sandford. On a hot, humid summer night in Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a call from Lucas Davenport. A body has been found near a veterans’ memorial in Stillwater with two shots to the head and a lemon in his mouth—exactly like the body they found two weeks ago. Working the murders, Flowers becomes convinced that someone is keeping a list—with many more names on it. And when he discovers what connects them all, he’s almost sorry. Because if it’s true, then this whole thing leads down a lot more trails than he thought it did—and every one of them is booby-trapped.

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  • “Sandford returns to Flowers (and more than just a bit of Davenport, too) in Heat Lightning, and the ride’s another wild one.

    - Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Features a colorful protagonist quite distinct from Davenport, and contains the usual snappy dialogue and suspenseful action.

    - The Tennessean
  • A fun, breezy read.

    - The Post and Courier
  • [A] fast-paced thriller...Flowers is a disarming and sometimes charming investigator. This book will appeal to readers of Sandford’s Prey series as well as fans of adventures like those by Lee Child.

    - Library Journal
  • Solid...Most readers will enjoy spending time in the company of the genial Flowers.

    - Publishers Weekly
  • The very last surprise...is a honey.

    - Kirkus Reviews

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " John Sandford's second book in the Virgil Flowers Series. All of these books are main stream best seller like reads. They are so fun to read, not a whole lot of depth, but great police detective mystery/thrillers. Plus they take place in my home state of MN which makes me like them even more. "

    - Scott, 2/19/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " All the 'Prey' books are fine, but didn't care for Flowers as a character. "

    - Bob, 2/13/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Virgil is always a fun read. Lots of action and mystery "

    - Rosaliie, 2/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Another good read. Virgil is a great character, pretty mellow, good with people, flawed. The minor characters are all familiar: Lucas, Jenkins, Shrake, even Weather appears. The story is well written, full of details, and good police work. On to #3! "

    - Lisa, 2/5/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Virgil Flowers was investigating men from the 60's who stole catepillar and heavy moving equipment from vietnam. One man got drunk went into a house and killed housekeeper, the father, 2 young kids then the 16 year old girl then raped her. While he was raping her one of the men took pictures of the heinous act so none of the other men would get blamed if it got out. Well the girl that got killed her family is now in the vietnam govt and sent a torturer, shooter and a coordinator to the states and starting out taking one by one of them out. Virgils men killed 3 of them and Mai and another got away to Canada then left for home. She called Virgil and told him that the family wanted closure to this mess before her uncle died. "

    - Jenn, 2/1/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " not up to the standards, pace of the 'Prey' series, also by him "

    - Paula, 1/31/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I loved this thriller! "

    - Jeanne, 1/30/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I love John Sandford, especially his Prey novels. This book features detective Virgil Flowers as the main character and Lucas Davenport in a minimal role. It was a good enough read, however, I prefer the novels where Lucas is center-stage. I think I was mildly disappointed in this book, but glad that I read it. "

    - Heather, 1/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I like the Virgil Flowers character, even though he can be kind of a jerk. Sanford always keeps the story interesting and has plenty of complications. It's also fun to have settings in places I am sort of familiar with. "

    - Kriscrowe, 12/31/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " i took me a awhile to get into the first flowers book, but this one got me hooked pretty quick. i burned through most of it in a day..... "

    - angrykitty, 12/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good mystery. Could not figure out the who done it. "

    - Bridget, 12/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Felt this was written for a male audience. Too long to get to a so-so conclusion. "

    - Deb, 12/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Part Lucas Davenport, mostly Virgil Flowers. Great character development for Virgil, really great, driven plot line - makes you keep reading past your bedtime! "

    - Dawn, 12/4/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Loved it! Action, humor, mystery, crime, everything I love in a book. "

    - Nancy, 12/4/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I normally really like his books, but this one kinda drug on and wasn't as good as others. "

    - Barbi, 11/17/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Enjoyed the dialog and the mystery. Ending was a little to contrived, but hey, its entertainment. Virgil is a normally flawed human being, not to full of himself, but cocky enough to be enjoyable. I will read more of Sanford. "

    - Ginny, 11/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 5 men with ties to Viet Nam are assassinated and dumped at veterans memorials. "

    - Kitty, 11/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This is a very descriptive author, adding all the steps to walk you through this story. I'm enjoying it, though it's not my favourite genre. "

    - Toni, 10/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " set in Stillwater and St. Paul, so it was fun knowing and being able to picture in my head the places he was talking about. I really like the main character, but can't remember his name! "

    - Anne, 9/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This was typical Sandford. Lots of twists and his rich character. It is set in MN again w/ main character Virgil Flowers and Lucas Davenport w/ a smaller role. Has a Vietnam connection as part of the twist. "

    - Schlu3, 5/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Another fine outing by Sandford. Lots of suspense and surprises. Virgil Flowers is certainly a mans man. Enjoyable fast read. "

    - Kathleen, 4/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Don't bother. Too much good stuff out there to bother with this one. "

    - Bruce, 4/7/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This was my 1st novel by John Sandford, and i couldn't put it down. the suspence was fabulous . "

    - Carol, 1/4/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Virgil Flowers comes to life in this, the 2nd novel featuring him. "

    - Pete, 11/14/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " John Sandford you did it again. Another great series to read. After Lucas Davenport I didn't think you could ever create another character that would win me over. Virgil Flowers has done it. Also so nice to revisit some old friends. Well done. "

    - Patti, 5/22/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Slow reading. I'm about half way through, and am having trouble getting interested. "

    - Alice, 4/24/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " All the 'Prey' books are fine, but didn't care for Flowers as a character. "

    - Bob, 4/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I just enjoy reading about Virgil Flowers. He has such a personality and wonderful T-Shirts. Can't wait to see who done it! "

    - Ella, 4/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Love it when I find an author that I really like AND he has a zillion books! This was good beach book "

    - Judi, 4/2/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I don't like this character as much as I like Lucas Davenport and this plot is very convoluted and it took me until the end to finally figure out what was going on. Not sure I will read any more Virgil Flowers books. "

    - Sarah, 2/28/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A great book in the Virgil Flowers series. "

    - Laurie, 2/23/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Sandford just gets better with age. This is definitely better than the "Prey" series. "

    - John, 2/5/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Slow start but a very nice twist I did not see coming. "

    - Pamela, 2/5/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really enjoyed reading it! Some characters in Lucas Davenport Series are here, so I'm familiar with them. "

    - Lloydz, 1/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " virgil flowers one of my favorite characters. 'good read' "

    - Diana, 1/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The Virgil Flowers books from Sanford are pretty similar to the Prey books. But still fun, though this one seemed a bit slower than the normal Sanford (but still breakneck pacing). "

    - Will, 1/12/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Virgil is a great character, the books are fast reads that keep your interest. I hope they go on forever. "

    - Colleen, 1/11/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Virgil is a fun character to read about; good story and fast-paced "

    - Lauriezeitlin, 1/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " John Sanford has a great series going with Virgil Flowers as an investigator for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. This book again takes you into Minnesota and it's wonderful lakes but also involves the CIA, Vietnam vets and the Home Land Security. A great, fast and interesting read. "

    - Maryclaire, 1/9/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Virgil Flowers is awesome, Lucas Davenport becomes a stuffed shirt.Good book, with a crazy twist 80% of the way through... "

    - Al, 1/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Another good read. Virgil is a great character, pretty mellow, good with people, flawed. The minor characters are all familiar: Lucas, Jenkins, Shrake, even Weather appears. The story is well written, full of details, and good police work. On to #3! "

    - Lisa, 1/5/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The story ia about murders that target certain GI's that took part in the original crime. The plot makes for a very plausible story which just keeps moving right along. I really enjoyed the book and though it took me a while to read was only because I have lots going on in my life right now. "

    - Kathy, 12/30/2010

About the Author

John Sandford is the pseudonym for the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of twenty-nine Prey novels; four Kidd novels; twelve Virgil Flowers novels; three YA novels coauthored with his wife, Michele Cook; and three other books.

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 numerous 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.