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Preview — Dark of the Moon by John Sandford
Dark of the Moon (Virgil Flowers #1)
Virgil Flowers is not your typical law enforcement officer with a thriving side career as an outdoor writer for hunting and fishing magazines. He frequently tows his boat around the state as he works his cases, and he usually forgets his gun under the seat of his truck. He also has a taste for rock band t-shirts and enough charm with the ladies to...more
Virgil is pretty laid-back for a cop. His wears his hair long and his standard uniform is a pair of jeans and a tee-shirt sporting the name of some (often) obscure rock band. When he needs to dress it up for a special occasion,...more
I did make it through this book, however--a first. I didn't notice it was the large-prin...more
The prose in "Dark" is easy on the palate and rolls to a midwest beat. Some of the humor is far from politically correct, which is probably done on purpose to make liberal readers enjoy the twinge of guilt that fo...more
Virgil Flowers is not near the sleaze-ball that I thought he was from the other novels. It's not that I can recall him doing anything sleazy in the other stories, but that's the picture I had (probably something to do with "That F***in' Flowers", eh?). He a...more
The story was bitty for me, the writing was brilliant (don't get me wrong), I just didn't connect or care about any if the characters at all. I didn't care who killed who or why, I skim read the last few chapters just so I could finish the thing.
Why didn't I put it down when I wasn't into it in the beginning? Because I...more
Flowers is not your run of the mill detective. He keeps his blonde hair at a surfer length, wears "band" t-shirts, and has a kind of bad boy reputation. Despite these quirks, Virgil Flowers kn...more
I was led to check it out by the Lucas Davenport Prey series. The cryptic references to Flowers as a detective in the last Davenport books I read had me thinking this would be an interesting series to follow. It is a good read, but did not grab me like the first Davenport book when I was anxious to move on to the next edition in that series. After the buildup to Flowers by his colleagues in the BCA, I thought this fellow would be a stronger c...more
Tall, lean, thirty-something and three times divorced Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. He did a stint in the Army as an MP, and then on the police force in St. Paul when Lucas Davenport brought him into BCA with a promise that they'd only give him the hard stuff. He'd been doing the hard stuff now for three years - but he'd never had a case quite like this one. In the small, congenial town of Bluestem, a house way up o
Virgil is heading out to a small mid-western town to look into a murder of a couple who were sitting at home when someone stopped by and killed them. On his arrival he drove up on another murder in progress in the form...more
Not only the convoluted plots but also Sandford's wit force me to read all of his stories. E.g. "Virgil had grown up in Marshall, Minnesota, sixty miles north of Blue...more
Virgil didn't work for me at all. It wasn't just his obsession with sizing up every woman he sees as 'hot or not', it was the constant repetition all the way through:...more
I can't wait to read the Virgil Flowers books nr 2 & 3.
Virgil Flowers is a likeable character that is not the "norm" for this type of book. The other characters in the book work really well also.
The plot of the book worked for me. There were no huge holes that you had to work around in your mind. I was engaged from the time I started the book until I finished which is somewhat of a rar...more