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The exceptional new thriller from the writer whose books are "pure reading pleasure" (Booklist).
The first storm comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large and very rare Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried sick that they've been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others - as Virgil is about to find out.
Then there's the home front. Virgil's relationship with his girlfriend, Frankie, has been getting kind of serious, but when Frankie's sister, Sparkle, moves in for the summer, the situation gets a lot more complicated. For one thing, her research into migrant workers is about to bring her up against some very violent people who emphatically do not want to be researched. For another...she thinks Virgil's kind of cute.
"You mess around with Sparkle," Frankie told Virgil, "you could get yourself stabbed."
"She carries a knife?"
"No, but I do."
Forget a storm - this one's a tornado.
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By Ted on 03-05-17
Here's a book that does a whole lot that John Sandford can imagine Virgil Flowers doing. Which is more than most authors can can imagine their characters doing. So if you like Virgil as much as I do, then... why not listen to Eric Conger do another cool reading?
If you've NOT listened to Flowers do his detective work... then start at the beginning of this series since there are a passle of spoilers strewn about here that'll take the edge of the sharp stuff Virgil does before this.
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By Ed on 11-16-16
Virgil and Conger at their best
This wasn't a spectacular story but I was very impressed by narrator Conger's performance. It raised my overall rating from a four to a five. His phrasing when speaking for a Xanax-filled Peck presented a vivid accounting of just how whacked out this anti-hero was. His depiction of a female, Hispanic factory worker helped me envision the character. I appreciate good narration and Conger was nothing short of brilliant. It helped that he had good material and Sandford was on his game in the latest Flowers adventure. I'm actually starting to prefer the Flowers series to the Davenport series. A good story line, lots of humor and the aforementioned excellent narration make this a most worthwhile listen.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful