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Heat Lightning by John Sandford
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Jun 23, 14

bookshelves: crime-mystery, 5-0, thriller, virgil-f-flowers, 2014-reread
Recommended for: John Sandford fans. Crime/thriller fans.
Read from June 17 to 22, 2014

"When the going gets tough, try to unload it on that fuckin' Flowers."

This philosophy is put into practice when several men are murdered and the bodies are left prominently displayed on various veteran’s memorials with lemons in their mouths. With Minneapolis about to host the Republican National Convention it’s a bad time for a bloody murder spree. Since Lucas Davenport is wrapped up with all the convention planning, he puts Virgil Flowers on the case. Virgil finds connections that indicate the killings are linked to Vietnam veterans, but bodies keep dropping.

I liked but didn’t love the first three Virgil spin-offs from the Prey series when I originally read them, but this one gets a big boost from a reread of it. There was a lot more action than I remembered, and Virgil’s laid back manner is severely tested in interesting ways by the increasing pressure to solve the crimes. I particularly liked how seeing Davenport in his role as Virgil’s boss makes him seem like more of a bastard than usual.

The ending brings about some unexpected twists, and there was a lot more of the tense action and sense of momentum that Sandford is so good at delivering. All in all this another remarkably solid thriller that adds a lot to the on-going adventures of Flowers.
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message 1: by Tim (new) - rated it 3 stars

Tim I wish there were half stars, I would've given it a three and a half as it was still good but not quite up to "Bad Blood" or the prey series although I like Virgil's character quite a bit.


Kemper Tim wrote: "I wish there were half stars, I would've given it a three and a half as it was still good but not quite up to "Bad Blood" or the prey series although I like Virgil's character quite a bit."

I thought the Virgil series was just OK until Bad Blood but I've pretty much loved it since then.


message 3: by Vaelin (new)

Vaelin Field of Prey is the next book on my to read list....am I in for a treat? Im hoping so as most of Sandfords tales are gold


Kemper Vaelin wrote: "Field of Prey is the next book on my to read list....am I in for a treat? Im hoping so as most of Sandfords tales are gold"

Field of Prey is entertaining as hell.


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