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Author: John Sandford Narrator: Eric Conger Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Virgil Flowers Series Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781440613029
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 2/19/2014

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bob | 2/13/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosaliie | 2/8/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/5/2014

    " 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! "

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

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paula | 1/31/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/30/2014

    " I loved this thriller! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/9/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kriscrowe | 12/31/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 angrykitty | 12/10/2013

    " 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..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 12/7/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deb | 12/5/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 12/4/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/4/2013

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

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

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 11/14/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kitty | 11/5/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni | 10/23/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 9/5/2013

    " 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Schlu3 | 5/19/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 4/22/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bruce | 4/7/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 1/4/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 11/14/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 5/22/2011

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alice | 4/24/2011

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bob | 4/21/2011

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

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

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi | 4/2/2011

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 2/28/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 2/23/2011

    " A great book in the Virgil Flowers series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/5/2011

    " Sandford just gets better with age. This is definitely better than the "Prey" series.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 2/5/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lloydz | 1/25/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 1/19/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 1/12/2011

    " 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). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 1/11/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauriezeitlin | 1/9/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryclaire | 1/9/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Al | 1/7/2011

    " Virgil Flowers is awesome, Lucas Davenport becomes a stuffed shirt.

    Good book, with a crazy twist 80% of the way through... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/5/2011

    " 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/30/2010

    " 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. "

About the Author

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

Carol Monda is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and accomplished voice-over artist. She is also an award-winning actor known for her work in Out of Season, After You Left, and The Gentlemen.