Bad Blood (Virgil Flowers #4)
In Homestead, Minnesota, a young man just out of high school with a bright future brutally murders a farmer and tries to make it look like an accident. However, his crime is discovered, and he’s found dead in his cell before he can explain why he did it. The boy's death looks fishy, and the chief suspect is a deputy that the new female sheriff just defeated in an election for the job so that’s a political shi...more
Lee Coakley, an attractive divorcee who is also the local sheriff, appeals for help from Virgil Flowers of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Coakley wan...more
Virgil knows how to get to the bottom of things, and in Bad Blood, the bottom is not only complicated, it’s a long way down. A so...more
Another fun installment in the Sanford Prey series spin-off about that F…ing Flowers (as they Call him at the BCA). This is vintage Virgil at its best. Flowers style is unusually clear as he works the town, the News outlets and the Sheriff. BCA’s wild woodsy Agent puts his suspicions and sleuthing to good use when a Minnesota Sheriff has a Suspect die in custody and one of her deputies is the prime suspect. Since the Deputy was the former Sheriff, to...more
I give Bad Blood 2.5 stars for story, but I rounded up to 3 stars because Sandford writes so well. This one wasn't as much fun as the third installment. The subject matter is very disturbing, all the mor...more
Right off the bat I want to say that I am a huge fan of John Sandford. I have devoured all 20 of his Prey novels and each of the Virgil Flowers spinoffs. There are three other Virgil Flower novels: Dark of the Moon, Heat Lightening, Rough Country and now Bad Blood. Do you have to read them in order? No. Do you need to read them, yes. They rock. I find it incredibly hard to put any of his novels down once I get on a roll. The book just doesn’t want to leave my hand or my mind. Okay, I guess you h...more
We start this one off with a young adult murdering another adult. It's all very vague, there's no background or particular reason why this young man, Tripp, committed the murder. While Tripp is in jail, he is murdered. His death is made to look like a suicide by Crocker, one of the cops in charge of the station that night. Then Crocker is murdered, made to look like a suicide.
This trail of...more
I would have given this book a full 5 stars bc in so many ways it was absolutely amazing. John Sandford is an incredible story teller and as always I was sucked in from page 1. However, this book dealt with a topic that was hard to read, regardless of how fabulous the writing. Child abuse. Sexual child abuse. As much as I love reading about the bastards that abuse get what they deserve, I still find it hard to read about them...more
The case begins with the baseball bat head-bashing murder of a local farmer delivering soybeans to the local mill. The killer is a well-liked football star and his actions puzzle the community, but not as much as the string of killings that follow. BCA detective Flowers is asked to help with the investigation by the local newly elected sh...more
Virgil Flowers, the detective everyone loves but hates, because trouble seems to follow him wherever he goes, has a puzzle on his hands that even he doesn't even like the feel of. But doing what he does best―Virgil finds trouble wherever he goes, along with interesting women and a litany of other characters. This time, however, the trouble has already raised its mighty head. Virgil has 4...more
The momentum picks up from the fourth page and then you're on one breathless roller coaster ride that you're willing to get off only when its all over.
Every free minute is spent engulfed in a frenzy of back and forth eye ball shifting - like you are watching a ping pong match - its amazing how hooked you can get to a book of this kind.
Obviously something really works here - I finished this book e...more
The crime in this book is just horrific, it will have you wanting to take a shower every other page, and to be thankful that yo...more
BAD BLOOD moves at an unremitting pace from start to finish. Dialogue is taut and punchy--it has to be, since the book is heavily dialogue-driven. It reads very much like a screenplay: scenes are sketched in laconic prose, and the plot advances primarily through conversation.
I think the sections from the villains' POV actually diminished the suspense and mystery, rather th...more
Robert Tripp, an employee at a grain company, killed a local farmer, Jacob Flood. When the sheriff broke Tripp's story and arrested him, he was found murdered in his cell. Then when Virgil went to one of the police officer's homes to question him, the officer, Jim Crocker, was murdered, and made to lo...more
In a nutshell, Sandford's novel is about as pulpy as it gets: gritty, action packed and completely unapologetic about it. Despite the fact that this is not a genre I tend to pick up, and I'm not likely even now to start, I did find myself dragged along quite against m...more
This takes Virgil to a small town where a chain of murders th...more
Normally I enjoy this series both for the pace and the plotting. Not this time. The sexual abuse of women and children is ugly, and perhaps Sandford was trying to make that point. I couldn't help thinking that his depiction of sexual abuse of women and children for the purpose of entertainment (and let's not forget profit) was just as ugly. And it was made worse because I was listening to an audiobook and I couldn't skip over the more graphic sectio...more
Bobby Tripp kills a farmer with a baseball bat and kills himself. Virgil looks into the murder/suicide and finds a church community that preys on young children and uses sex within the community as a gift from God.
The subject is stomach turning, and Bobby Tripp killed one of the m...more
In terms of character development, Mr. Sanford could give us a bit more to work with. I understand this genre is all about action, but a little more fleshing out of the major and supporting characters would be welcomed.
The one knock I can give is the "fuckin' Flowers...more
Sept 21, 2010
When 19-year-old Bob Tripp hits farmer Jacob Flood in the head with a T-ball bat at the outset of Sandford's exciting fourth thriller to feature Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Virgil Flowers (after Rough Country), Tripp's subsequent attempt to make murder look like an accident fails. The morning after Tripp's arrest, he's found hanging in his cell. Warren County sheriff Lee Coakley seeks Flowers's help to investigate what role, if any, deputy Jim Crocker, the offi