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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: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Virgil Flowers Series Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781440613012
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane | 2/19/2014

    " This is the second story featuring Virgil Flowers as the lead character and it is much better than the first. The supporting cast we got to know in the "Prey" books are more prominent in this story and the ties between Virgil and Lucas are more clear. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 2/17/2014

    " Not a bad little book to listen to on a long car drive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cottero | 2/17/2014

    " A typical Sandford book...fast paced and never a dull moment. I loved it! Virgil Flowers is terrific! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kemper | 2/9/2014

    " Pretty typical Sandford with the relatively new Virgil Flowers character adding some twists and freshness to the mix. Sandford is one of the better crime/thriller writers of these types of books, and they're always a fun read. But he isn't breaking any new ground here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 2/1/2014

    " I FEEL A LITTLE AMBIVALENT ABOUT THIS BOOK. IT HAD EVERYTHING THAT I'VE COME TO EXPECT FROM JOHN SANFORD...A GREAT STORY, A MAIN CHARACTER I'D LIKE TO KNOW IN REAL LIFE, SARCASM/HUMOR BUT AT TIMES THE STORY WENT INTO POLITICAL CONSPIRACIES THAT BORDERED ON CONFUSING. IT ALL WAS EXPLAINED BY THE END OF THE BOOK SO IT TURNED OUT OK BUT I FELT IT WAS A LITTLE UNUSUAL FROM SANFORD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corny | 1/26/2014

    " This is a great page turner with action from start to finish. I had trouble putting it down. Virgil Flowers, the protagonist is a very engaging character and is not, as most action heroes, painted in one dimension. His failings are many but some of them are endearing. Sandford's plots are always interesting but this one is particularly good. As a big Sandford fan, I may be biased but I think this is one of his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Fitzsimons | 1/26/2014

    " John Sanford never misses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 1/24/2014

    " Haven't read Sandford in a while, and I like this new character. Great concept on the story line. A little bit scary... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candace | 1/19/2014

    " I tend to like Virgil Flowers better than Lucas Davenport but it seems like the writing changes...There are some annoying moments but for the most part the book is OK. It didn't have me holding my breath (or laughing out loud) but I at least wanted to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 11/26/2013

    " All of our old friends from the Prey series were present in this Virgil Flowers book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 11/25/2013

    " I always enjoy a good Virgil Flowers story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 11/9/2013

    " This is a Virgil Flowers book, but Lucas Davenport does appear here and there in the book. It's a fast moving, keep your interest book with a very good plot. I always look forward to a Sandford book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C.j. Hines | 11/6/2013

    " Had read a lot of Sandford's "Prey" books, but in this one, the main character is Virgil Flowers, who works with the Prey series main character Lucas Davenport. Love it when I realize who the killer is right before (or at the same time) as the author reveals it. Good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 10/28/2013

    " Virgil Flowers is a cool character, developed masterfully by the author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christopher | 7/1/2013

    " Very mediocre. I think Sandford has written too many books and has run out of creative ideas. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deb | 6/3/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genny | 2/5/2013

    " Sandford produces yet another wonderful book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara Wowra | 11/15/2012

    " If is by John Sandford, you know it will be good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 11/11/2012

    " 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). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 11/1/2012

    " Not bad for mindless entertainment. The cool thing about this guy's books is that they are set in Minnesota so he uses landmarks like Uptown, I-35, and Duluth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Hill Alexander | 10/5/2012

    " I do love virgil. he is such an interesting and very likeable character. even with his romantic entanglements mixed in with the mystery. I started this one after Bad Blood, so I was little disappointed with the the predictability of the plot. no so much that I will not continue with this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cammie | 11/26/2011

    " I've read every book John Sandford has written. I buy them in hard cover because once I know he has a new one out I cannot wait for the paperback. Davenport, Flowers and Kidd are some of the most memorable antagonists you'll ever meet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauriezeitlin | 11/26/2011

    " 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 Schlu3 | 9/30/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 9/26/2011

    " Another Virgil Flowers story...kind of a clone of Lucas Davenport with cross references to characters...N. Vietnam assassins in Minnesota to avenge killings from the 70s with tacit approval of Homeland Security...a political mess!!!a fun read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 6/23/2011

    " Good series and characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/14/2011

    " Another good book in the Virgil Flowers series. "

  • 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.