Heat Lightning : Virgil Flowers

  • by John Sandford
  • Narrated by Eric Conger
  • Series: Virgil Flowers
  • 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

John Sandford's introduction of Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers in Dark of the Moon was an immediate critical and popular success. Flowers is only in his late 30's, but he's been around the block a few times, and he doesn't think much can surprise him anymore. He's wrong. It's a hot, humid summer night in Minnesota, and Flowers is in bed with one of his ex-wives (the second one, if you're keeping count ) when the phone rings. It's Lucas Davenport. There's a body in Stillwater, two shots to the head, found near a veterans' memorial . And the victim has a lemon in his mouth. Exactly like the body they found last week.The more Flowers works the murders, the more convinced he is th at someone's keeping a list, and that the list could have a lot more names on it. If only he could find out what connects them all...and then he does, and he's almost sorry he did. 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.Filled with the audacious plotting, rich characters, and brilliant suspense, this is Sandford writing at the top of his game.


What the Critics Say

"Compulsively readable." (Los Angeles Times)


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John Sandford Politics

A political statement by John Sandford through his characters. Good: Vietnamese Communist Killers, and an ex-CIA Leftist. Bad: U.S. Viet Nam veterans (the old guys as he refers to them) Homeland Security under a Republican Adminstration (I agree too much power) and Republicans in general prior to the convention in Minneapolis.

This was a good hit piece before the election. Maybe now maybe Mr. Sandford agrees with Homeland Security under the new administration(the new targets are Veterans, Conservatives and Pro-Lifers).

I have read most of Mr. Sandford's books, and I usually enjoy them. This is his second hit piece on the Republicans and their convention. Now Mr. Sanford seems to have a political agenda.

I am one of the stupid old guys who went to Viet Nam. I believe Mr. Sandford has the right to write what he wants to write. I also have the right to dislike what he writes about Veterans (we all seem to be bunched together) and those who have different political beliefs.
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- Daryl

That Smucking Flowers

Virgil Flowers has his problems but he manages to sync in on the bad guy eventually and solve the crime. John Sandford is dependably entertaining and I look forward to each new volume in either this series or the Lucas Davenport books, knowing that I will enjoy the time spent with the characters and, if I happen to catch onto the scheme before the end of the book, I still enjoy finding out whether or not I was right. I guess I am not particularly critical--as long as the reader does a credible job, doesn't knock lozenges against his teeth, or mispronounce many words, I'm satisfied. I liked this book a lot and if you are fan of Sandford, you won't be disappointed.
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- C. A. Gelsinger "Nolly"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio