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4.00014413375613 out of 54.00014413375613 out of 54.00014413375613 out of 54.00014413375613 out of 54.00014413375613 out of 5 4.00 (6,938 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 2008 ISBN: 9781440613029
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Virgil Flowers is only in his late thirties, but he’s been around the block a few times, and he doesn’t think much can surprise him anymore. He’s wrong.

It’s a hot, humid summer night in Minnesota, and Flowers is in bed with one of his ex-wives (the second one, if you’re keeping count ) when the phone rings. It’s Lucas Davenport. There’s a body in Stillwater, two shots to the head, found near a veterans’ memorial. And the victim has a lemon in his mouth, exactly like the body they found last week.

The more Flowers works the murders, the more convinced he is that someone’s keeping a list, and that the list could have a lot more names on it. If only he could find out what connects them all … and then he does, and he’s almost sorry he did. 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.

Filled with the audacious plotting, rich characters, and brilliant suspense, this is Sandford writing at the top of his game.

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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 M. | 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 Currier | 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 Tomlinson | 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 Hambilton | 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 Hartman | 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 Panas | 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 Hannon | 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. "

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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 bestseller lists. His books have been translated into most European languages, as well as Japanese and Korean. He is the principal sponsor of a major archaeological dig in Israel and is on the board of directors of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research.

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.