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Bad Blood by John Sandford
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Dec 26, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: action-thriller, mystery, police-procedural, read-in-2010, series, thriller, reviewed
Read from December 26 to 30, 2010

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 look like suicide. Virgil also learns of a local high school girl whose body was found in a cemetary.

As he begins to tie the murders together, he finds that Crocker and Flood were childhood friends, Tripp was gay and the young girl, Kelly Baker, had recently had extreme sexual activity.

Virgil speaks to Flood's wife and learns that Flood, Baker and Crocker were all members of a church community but when Virgil tells her that his father was a minister and gave her some bible quotes, it seemed as if she didn't know what he was referring to.

Now, Virgil begins to think that the church association is some kind of a group where members practice sexual activity and involve their children and mulitple partners.

This is an extremely well plotted and suspenseful novel that the reader will enjoy. Virgil is a wise cracking character who is also dedicated to finding wrong doers and bringing them to jusitce. While doing so, he doesn't mind some extra time with someone like the attractive sheriff in this story.
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