The first Virgil Flowers novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author John Sandford.
“Virgil Flowers, introduced in bestseller Sandford’s Prey series, gets a chance to shine...The thrice-divorced, affable member of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), who reports to Prey series hero Lucas Davenport, operates pretty much on his own..”*
He’s been doing the hard stuff for three years, but he’s never seen anything like this. In the small rural town of Bluestem, an old man is bound in his basement, doused with gasoline and set on fire. Three weeks before, a doctor and his wife were murdered. Three homicides in Bluestem in just as many weeks is unheard of. It’s also no coincidence. And it’s far from over...
What a pleasure to find a novel with an upbeat hero paired with a reader who is more interested in telling a story well than in demonstrating the outer limits of his vocal range. Far from the usual cynical, borderline-depressed investigator, Virgil Flowers is a likable, hang-loose sort of sleuth who enjoys life and seems to relish handling the hard stuff for his boss, Lucas Davenport (Sandford's Prey series hero makes a brief cameo). Flowers's assignment is to investigate several gruesome murders in a small town. Unlike the harder-edged Prey series, Moon is more of an entertainment, allowing Flowers to supplement his determined quest for justice with witty conversation and several romantic interludes. Conger matches the lighter moods with a mellow, almost mesmerizing matter-of-fact delivery, adjusting his vocal range just slightly to differentiate speakers. But when the action demands it "such as the grim opening murder scene or the suspenseful storming of the cult leader's encampment "Conger's voice takes on a properly hardboiled intensity. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, July 23).
Dark of the Moon
Good book lots of twists and turns
Good story line
But in typical Sanford style, too many shoot outs, and too many cops always getting shot and killed. The story would have been better without the sensationalism.
I've read everything Sanford has written - some several times. The Prey novels are great but Sanford really reinvented the entire series with the appearance of Virgil Flowers. The is the one that launched Virgil - it's outstanding, and with the exception of Heat Lightning might be the most intriguing one. If your a Sanford fan it's well worth a read. If you know the SW Minnesota/South Dakota area consider it a double bonus just to read about the area (which really is a perfect setting for bizarre rural crime). Highly recommended!