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Shock Wave by John Sandford
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Nov 11, 11

Read in November, 2011



When that ‘effing Flowers (as his peers in the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension refer to him) is sent to the small Minnesota community of Butternut Falls to investigate a serial bomber, it becomes personal in a hurry for Virgil. Innocent people are dying in what looks like a crusade to prevent a mega-store from opening. Angry and hostile opponents claim it will decimate the small business community and pollute the nearby fertile fishing streams. Virgil Flowers has to use his charm, wit and investigative savvy to find out who, in a town filled with suspects, is planting the bombs. And he needs to hurry before the next one goes off under him.

Sandford, among suspense writers is, in my opinion, the best at creating beleivable yet larger-than-life characters. Virgil Flowers is an equal mix of good-old-boy and deep-thinking philosopher who views the world with a cynical but hopeful eye. He fishes religiously and lives on junk food, yet spends time every night thinking about God and the nature of our existence. Not only does Sandford excel in creating protagonists we can root for, but his touch with the secondary players in his novels is deft. Several in this book stand out, including the tycoon who wants to build a Pye-Mart story in every town in America and a smart, funny, testosterone-infused high school kid named Thor.

Shock Wave is funny, heart-poundingly suspenseful and packed with small insights about the American way of life. Do yourself a favor and read it soon.
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