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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,234 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 2009 ISBN: 9781101079621
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“It's a joy to announce that John Sandford is still doing everything right,” wrote the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the second adventure of Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers. 

While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort, where a woman has been shot while kayaking. The resort is for women only, a place to relax, get fit, recover from plastic surgery, commune with nature, and while it didn't start out to be a place mostly for those with Sapphic inclinations, that's pretty much what it is today. Which makes things all the more complicated for Virgil, because as he begins investigating, he finds a web of connections between the people at the resort, the victim, and some local women, notably a talented country singer. The more he digs, the more he discovers the arrows of suspicion that point in many directions, encompassing a multitude of motivations: jealousy, blackmail, greed, anger, fear. Then he finds that this is not the first murder, that there was a second, seemingly unrelated one, the year before. And that there's about to be a third, definitely related one, any time now. And as for the fourth…well, Virgil better hope he can catch the killer before that happens. Because it could be his own. Rich with the brilliant plotting and compulsively readable prose that are his hallmarks, Rough Country is another immensely satisfying tale by one of our very best suspense writers.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 2/11/2014

    " Poor fucking Virgil Flowers cannot catch a break. This one had a huge gaping plot hole but I decided to not care. A fun, quick read. Just what I needed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 2/6/2014

    " Another suspense novel, with an interesting detective who is on a police force but unconventional in style. Interesting setting and complicated mystery. Enjoying the Minnesota background of these books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 tiffany | 1/31/2014

    " i love john sandfords lucas davenport series. virgil flowers is a newer series that does not disappoint, my favorite thing about his writing is the character development and both lucas and virgil draw you in, particularly if you enjoy crime novels... a new favorite series for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 1/28/2014

    " Always enjoy any book that John Sandford has written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete Hannon | 1/22/2014

    " Put your boat in tow and head up north for some fishing and maybe a murder or two. Virgil Flowers in his breakout novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/22/2014

    " I thought that I have already written my review of this book. i know I thought it was a really good read, with well developed story and characters. I am not remembering much more of the story line now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce Lagow | 1/17/2014

    " A very good police procedural by Sandford. Virgil Flowers works for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) in the rural areas of the state. He's a believable and likeable character, tough but not too tough, a genial womanizer who genuinely likes women. Combined with what seems like authentic rural Minnesota settings, adequate characterizations and plotting, and good dialogue, this book is a very good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pyxis | 1/16/2014

    " Probably the least favorite of the Flowers book. I really didn't understand why he wrote this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 1/14/2014

    " brain candy... just a bit of escapism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fran Santiago | 12/17/2013

    " One of the best John Sandford books Ive ever read!!! I didnt want to put it down, it was so good :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Burt | 12/12/2013

    " Virgil is not a tough as Lucas but still is a great character "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 12/12/2013

    " Virgil Flowers's methods of investigation may be unorthodox but they make for an excellent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 12/6/2013

    " This is my first John Sandford book. A couple gals in my book club pass his books back and forth so I wanted to try one. It was a good "who done it"; entertaining read. I would read more of his books. My daughter's hooked on his "Prey" novels. I'll have to catch them, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'hara | 12/5/2013

    " Local guy. Good writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 7/27/2013

    " I am a avid fan of John Sandford and I really like the Virgil Flowers character. This book did not disappoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce Sunshine | 7/17/2013

    " Terrific as are all his books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kay | 5/25/2013

    " While I really like the character, Virgil Flowers, I do not care for the plots the author creates for him. I miss Lucas Davenport and those wonderful books written about him. This one didn't capture me and all I wanted to do was finish it and find another book to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth NC | 3/20/2013

    " It's hard to enjoy a book when you don't like the main character "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lue | 2/27/2013

    " A good solid read. Kept me guessing till the end. Total immersion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Close | 2/4/2012

    " Nicely done. The plot drags in spots, and at one point we are given information that the characters in the book do not have, which is frustrating once you know what they should be doing (and are not). Good finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elgin | 12/30/2011

    " Not a bad story....I did finish it. I prefer Sanford's lucas Davenport to his Virgil Flowers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 12/18/2011

    " I like the character Virgil Flowers. He is off the beaten track of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 11/30/2011

    " I hadn't read any of the Virgil Flowers books previously, but as soon as I finished this, I ran to the library and checked the others out. I think that says it all as far as my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 9/14/2011

    " Virgil Flowers, a secondary character from Sandford's bestselling Prey series, is a worthy and charismatic hero in his own right as evidenced in this 3rd novel featuring the likeable investigator. Lots of action and humor keep the pages turning quickly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel Doud | 8/18/2011

    " A fun, rolicking detective mystery. Not challenging (unless trying to decipher fishing lingo) but fun. Very similar to Dave Robicheaux mysteries but set in Minnesota. There's even a Cletes Purcell-type character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christen | 5/26/2011

    " A good book, even if I'm not in love with the new character, Virgil Flowers yet. Give me Davenport. Still a good mystery with interesting characters and storylines! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 4/28/2011

    " Like the humorous and lighthearted style of this series. Nice change from the darker and more serious Lucas Davenport books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 4/21/2011

    " I would have started the novel through the eyes of the villain and brought the villain in more often than happened in this novel. At the end, I had built up sympathy for two characters that got brutalized and I found that hard to take. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the story and recommend the novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 4/13/2011

    " Dug this one. A despite a really grim plot premise it had a bit more humor than usual. I think Virgil is starting to outrank Lucas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeans77 | 4/10/2011

    " I've been a fan of Sandford's since the first Prey book kept me up all night reading. This one wasn't that suspenseful but still good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janell | 4/2/2011

    " Not nearly as well written as the previous Sandford I read. Not really even a page turner. Wouldn't recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xanthippe | 3/22/2011

    " You just gotta love that "f*ckin' Flowers"... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/15/2011

    " good, I'm liking Virgil Flowers... not as much as Lucas, but he's growing on me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 2/9/2011

    " Virgil Flowers saves the day. Good read. Fast paced. Virgil is a fun character I can't seem to get enough of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 2/6/2011

    " Good read. One of my favorite authors. "

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