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3.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 5 3.83 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Sandford Narrator: Eric Conge Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Virgil Flowers Series Release Date:
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Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what’s-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns.

The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers’ cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down—but even he doesn’t realize what’s about to happen next.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wonderfully entertaining.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “The strength of Sandford’s writing is in the plotting. He has a strong assurance in the way he writes his stories and a confidence in the way they are executed…The best thing about Sandford’s writing is that it is still fresh. He writes with enthusiasm and never coasts on his merits or uses any tricks of the trade. Mad River is just as refreshing as the first novel he ever wrote.”


  • “A high-octane thrill ride. Virgil pulls out all the stops.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This may be the best entry in a stellar series.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The greatest strength of Mad River lies in Flowers himself. It’s hard to think of a more balanced and genial investigative hero, yet he’s still able to keep cops and bad guys alike in line. The killers’ motivations and dynamic remain riveting until the final pages.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “There are few events more welcome in the literary world than the appearance of another John Sandford book. Mad River is shot through with dark humor from all sides [and] the violence that is the driving force of the book ratchets up the suspense to an almost excruciating degree.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by WallyN. | 10/8/2012

    " Great audiobook and a very suspenseful story. My only complaint is that a few sections were overly long and dragged a bit. Overall it's very enjoyable though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Viv | 10/6/2012

    " I've really become a big fan of the Virgil Flowers series. All of the previous 5 books were excellent and this 6th novel is no exception. It's a very well-written and riveting mystery with nary a wasted word and an absolutely fantastic ending. I wish I could give it 6 stars! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by AnneC. | 10/4/2012

    " I wasn't very impressed with this novel, the story dragged in far too many sections. It was very disappointing, especially when compared to his previous novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by A.M.2 | 10/3/2012

    " This is a good novel but too slow in numerous places. A bit of judicious editing would have made a world of difference in tightening up the story. "

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