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Bad Blood (Virgil Flowers #4)

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Two bodies in two days. One is murder. The other is suicide. Virgil Flowers never imagined that discovering the connection would lead him into the perverse history of the Minnesota farm community, and almost unimaginable darkness.
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Published September 1st 2011 by Berkley Books (first published April 1st 1998)
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There’s not enough ‘W’s in the world to convey the ‘EWWWWWWWWWW!!’ factor of this book.

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
James Thane
When Bobby Tripp, a popular high school athlete, brutally kills a farmer late one night at a grain mill in rural Minnesota, there seems to be no logical explanation for the crime. Bobby fails in his attempt to disguise the murder as an accident and is arrested. Shortly thereafter, he is found hanging in his cell, an apparent suicide.

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
Karen Hall
Somebody recently asked, “If you could have dinner with any character from fiction, who would it be?” My immediate answer: Virgil Flowers. John Sandford has written a lot of books, and I’ve read most of them. I followed Lucas Davenport religiously through the Prey books, read the standalone novels, and didn’t much care for the Kidd novels. But Virgil Flowers is my guy.

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
Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper
Bad Blood (Virgil Flowers #4) by John Sanford

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
Giovanni Gelati

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
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
The further adventures of "that fuckin' Flowers." This one takes awhile to heat up, but once they start going after the bad guys it gets pretty exciting. The big showdown and final outcome is sort of like a combination of the Ruby Ridge fiasco and the raid on the FLDS Yearning for Zion compound.
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
Dropping a star only because I was uncomfortable with the central plot line - child abuse - and the author's portrayal of it. Sometimes I felt he sailed very close to the edge in his descriptions of what was going on in a vice ring for what was a novel as opposed to a factual account. Some of the words he puts in children's mouths, not to mention the situations he imagines them in, made me squirm a bit. Still, he's not the first to do it and I'm sure he'd argue his story needs to ring true if it ...more
A small Minnesota town is shocked when local high school football star, Bobby Tripp, is arrested for the brutal murder of farmer Jacob Flood. Immediately, this opening scene, in which we read the details of Tripp killing Flood, strays from John Sandford's usual practice of hiding the identity of the killer. Knowing Tripp's identity, I was certain that this would be a story that was much different from any of the previous installments in this series. Sure enough, Tripp is found the next day, dead ...more
Another F*ckin' Flowers book. He might be topping Davenport as my favorite character...might.

Spoilers ahead:

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
Virgil Flowers works for Lucas Davenport, mostly in rural and small town Minnesota. He is interesting and earns his frequently mentioned nickname in every case, though I like Davenport's smart gunfighter cop better. This case resonates like a couple of Donald Harstad's Iowa cop novels in that the downside of rural America can be pretty low. The contrast between appearance and reality can be jarring, especially in this novel. A religious sect is at the heart of the novel, which opens with four mu ...more
Faye Bierbower
Perhaps this was not the best John Sanford novel ... but just as addicting anyway. It was pre-ordered on Dave's kindle, and delivery was on the 24th. I found it that day, stole it, and finished reading it before he even knew it was delivered. bwahaha!
Brandi ;)

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
An excellent addition to the Virgil Flowers series, a series I prefer to the Lucas Davenport books which often devolve into psychobabble with Weather and Ellen.

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
Clayton Bye
Bad Blood: A Virgil Flowers Novel
John Sanford
Putnum, 2010
Hard Cover
Virgil Flowers

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
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So here's the thing about a typical "Bestseller" crime / thriller fiction. Its like a booster shot.

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
I always look forward to reading a Virgil Flowers book. I love his sense of humor, his penchant for odd ball t-shirts, the way the other cops razz him, and even his womanizing ways. The only reason I can handle the last is that I know he loves women, all women, but when he is with one, he is only with one, and he is pretty upfront with them about what to expect from him.

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
I'm not a regular Sandford reader, but I've read a few of his titles over the years. This was my first Virgil Flowers book.

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
Last summer I was out in Minnesota, and whenever I hear people speaking in that wonderful midwestern lilt, sadly made a joke by Sarah Palin, I think, "Ah, home." Well, this book about a sect in southern Minnesota made me sort through my memories, wondering if all those friendly people with the lilting way of speaking I'd seen through my rose colored glasses were actually perverts and murderers. The three men sitting in the corner when Dick and I had the world's best fries in the tiny restaurant ...more
Investigator Virgil Flowers of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is called in to investigate any possilbe connections between four murders happening to a small community in a short time.

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
Rob Slaven
As usual, I received this book from a GoodReads giveaway. It's also worth noting that this novel belongs to a genre that is normally not among those I pick up for frequent perusal. Because of this I'm reviewing a bit outside my ken.

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
Gloria Bernal
I hadn't read Sandford in a long time but liked his Lucas Davenport series. This didn't disappoint. I like Virgil Flowers (who works for Lucas Davenport), a detective in the BCA (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension). Apparently he first appeared in one of the Davenport novels and now has his own following of readers in a few novels. This is not one of the first ones, but stands alone, where it is not necessary to know a lot about his past.

This takes Virgil to a small town where a chain of murders th
This book makes me wish for a no stars option.

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
I definitely need to quit getting to the good parts at bedtime - had 80 pages to go and had to stay up to finish it. Sad but good story line. Yes, it's oogey with the child abuse and swapping and stuff but at least not too, too graphic. Also, this book has probably one of the best quotes I've read in a long, long time . . . "If he were any dumber, he'd have to be watered twice a week." I do enjoy Virgil's adventures and I know that bedding women is one of his more 'fun' characteristics but. . .t ...more
Jaideep Gill
I was very tempted to read this book when I first saw it. Books on murder, conspiracy and crime appeal to me. So I was very excited when I started reading this book. The first few chapters were quite gripping. I was glued to this book. As I turned the pages I got more and more hooked to it. But after the sixth chapter I kind of got the idea of what the book was all about. There was a downfall in its graph. Gradually my interest started to decline. The pace of the story became quite slow. By the ...more
G.V.R. Corcillo
I just love "That Fuckin' Flowers!" Virgil Flowers is a remarkably well-crafted, entertaining, likable, compelling, and layered character. The mystery he untangles in this one is top notch. If you like Virgil Flowers, this is a must read. If you've never read a Virgil Flowers mystery, start here - you'll get hooked and have a bunch more awesome books to read!
I liked it, though I could see how the religious mind find it somewhat offensive. This was my first foray into Sandford, and will not be my last.
Tess Mertens-Johnson
LOVE John Sanford. Lucas Davenport, only a cameo appearance in this book, is one of my favorite fictional characters. The lead character in this book is Virgil Flowers, a detective that work for Davenport in western MN.
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
Paula Dembeck
This is the fourth book in the Virgil Flowers series and is a disturbing read.

In Homestead, a small forming town in southern Minnesota, Jake Flood delivers a load of soybeans to a storage elevator. In the process, Bob Tripp the young nineteen year old handling the delivery, hits Flood on the back of the head with a baseball bat and then bangs the victim’s head several times against the grate on the floor. After assuring himself the man is unconscious or dead, he pushes him into the grain bin, w
This was the fourth "Virgil Flowers" book I read, and they have been gathering steam since the first one. This story is a little off-putting in terms of the subject matter (I will write a spoiler-free review, and not a synopsis).
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
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John Sandford was born John Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962. He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966. In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa. He was in th ...more
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Virgil Flowers (8 books)
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