Virgil Flowers hunts a killer responsible for a strange string of murders in this thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author John Sandford.
On a hot, humid summer night in Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a call from Lucas Davenport. A body has been found near a veterans’ memorial in Stillwater with two shots to the head and a lemon in his mouth—exactly like the body they found two weeks ago.
Working the murders, Flowers becomes convinced that someone is keeping a list—with many more names on it. And when he discovers what connects them all, he’s almost sorry. 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.
At the start of bestseller Sandford's solid second thriller to feature officer Virgil Flowers of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (after Dark of the Moon), a gunman shoots Bobby Sanderson as he's walking his dog one night in Stillwater, Minn., then places a lemon in the dead man's mouth. Sanderson's killing is one in a series, and Flowers soon discovers that all the victims served together in Vietnam. When Flowers learns that Vietnamese firing squads stuck lemons in the mouths of their human targets, he pursues leads in the local immigrant community, where he hooks up with the attractive daughter of a radical professor who'd written a paper about
Quick read, holds you.
Review Heat Lightning
I've read many of the Prey series and was very impressed with John Sandfords excellent characters and mystery plots. When I saw he also had a series with a new character (cop) called Virgil Flowers I was excited to read it.
The story was interesting with real life characters but no-one that was either unique or that wasn't a stereotype. The flow was smooth and easy to read but offered nothing that wasn't predictable or made it hard to put down. Heat Lightning offered nothing in it that would qualify it as a thriller or wow you with a few chapters of non stop action. It read more like a Michael Connelly novel without the twists and sub plots.
If your looking for a straight depiction of just what a typical cop goes through to solve a crime you will like this series, but if your looking for hard to solve mystery or exciting plots there is a lot better out there.
Heat Lightning by John Sandforfd
John Sanford just doesn’t seem to disappoint. I’ve read everything he’s written and have never regretted buying any of his works. The man just does what he does by producing consistently good reads, that allow you to shut off the confines of the outside world, and escape into a few hours of thrill and suspense rinsed and still glistening with a sheen of humor... always good stuff !!