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Deep Freeze

(Virgil Flowers #10)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  17,435 ratings  ·  1,475 reviews
Class reunions: a time for memories—good, bad, and, as Virgil Flowers is about to find out, deadly—in this New York Times bestselling thriller from John Sandford.

Virgil knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well. A few years back, he investigated the corrupt—and as it turned out, homicidal—local school board, and now the town’s back in view with more alarming
Kindle Edition, 399 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Carmen I picked the wife of the guy who was trying to sell Virgil the new Tahoe. Remember, she was the hard nosed financial genius
I picked the wife of the guy who was trying to sell Virgil the new Tahoe. Remember, she was the hard nosed financial genius
Wdmoor No. It will add to your enjoyment of the series but Sandford is to good a writer to leave the reader hanging and wondering wtf.

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Diane S ☔
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well what can I say, this is Flowers!!! Two cases draw Flowers off his vacation, unwillingly as fans know how seriously Flowers takes his time off, which more often than not, he doesn't ever complete. A woman found dead, in the lake, a prominent member of the community, owner of the local bank, and Barbie and Ken dolls being altered in a sexual way. So we get the usual suspects of stereotypical type that seem to populate this place, people who are harboring secrets, and those who harbor or hide ...more
Andrew Smith
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A while ago I expressed a view that Michael Connelly is the best storyteller in the crime fiction. Whilst I’m not looking to recant this view I will say that I think John Sandford runs Connelly very close. They both have their own way of telling a tale: Connelly typically shows you the crime and then documents the chase for an unknown criminal (the classic, most often adopted form); in Sandford’s books you not only see the crime but you nearly always get to meet the malefactor too – this way you ...more
James Thane
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is another hugely entertaining entry in John Sandford's series featuring Virgil Flowers, an agent of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Flowers usually works in the small communities of the rural parts of the state, and this case takes him back to Trippton, which was the scene of one of his earlier investigations.

In this case, a wealthy divorced woman was murdered in the wake of a committee meeting at her home. The committee members had been planning the 25th reunion of the Trip
I received a free advance copy from NetGalley for review.

I got sneak preview of this one last spring when I made a long drive to attend a John Sandford signing, and he told us about the current book he was fighting a deadline on that he was going to have to spend the evening working on when he got back to the hotel. All work and no play may make Jack a dull boy, but it makes John one of the best and most productive thriller writers on the bestseller list.

It’s another hard Minnesota winter in the
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
There’s always a sense of humor to the Virgil Flowers series. Sometimes it’s dry, sometimes it’s laugh out loud funny. But it’s always there. This was a fun book to listen to. There more thinking than action, as Virgil tries to figure out who the murderer is. I liked Virgil’s thought process as he works through all the possible suspects. The whole Barbie-oh subplot is just a hoot.
Maureen Carden
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“That f-----g Virgil Flowers,” a sobriquet used at least once by everyone who comes in contact with him. Ace investigator with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), wild-life writer and photographer, hunter, fisherman, and loyal friend, Virgil is pulled early from his vacation and send back to Trippton, Minnesota. In the recent past he arrested and charged with murder the entire school board and newspaper editor. Yep, Virgil sure makes an impression on folks.
This time he is asked
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'd love to meet Virgil Flowers. There. I said it. He's long been a favorite character (this is, I believe, his 10th book). Actually, so is the author's other series hero, Lucas Davenport, but Virgil always won out (if only by a little bit). I'm not exactly sure why, except Virgil has that "bad boy" appeal - coupled with an irresistible offbeat - many would say irreverent - sense of humor.

But Virgil wasn't all that thrilled to get involved here, for a couple of reasons. First, he's still got a c
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is always some humor, albeit sometimes dark, in a Virgil Flowers novel and this was no exception. In this story Virgil returns to the town of Trippton, Minnesota. Readers of the series may remember the town from Deadline where Virgil tangled with a murderous school board, dognappers, and a meth lab.

Virgil is on vacation trying to get a photograph of an owl to sell to a magazine when he receives a phone call from his boss. A woman, Gina Hemming, has just been fished out of a frozen river. C
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good Virgil Flowers book. I started to get a little bored about ⅔ through. Sometimes I felt like there was one voice in this book and everyone was using it.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Having just finished a book set in the desert of Arizona, I was ready for John Sandford’s Deep Freeze. Set in the fictional town of Trippton, Minnesota, it features agent Virgil Flowers, the Minnesota Bureau of Investigation’s Will Trent alter ego. Sort of. Or not.

When banker, Gina Hemming, is fished out a frozen river, Virgil is called down to Trippton to investigate. He’s no stranger to the little town, having previously solved a big, scandalous case involving the school board. It also gives h
Jonathan Janz
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you don't hear from me for a while, it's because I'm in treatment. You see, I'm seriously addicted to these books. And unforgivably, John Sandford only writes one of them a year, which means I'll be shivering in a corner and slapping at invisible insects for the next eleven months.

See you all then.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I have adored John Sandfords writing for years now. I'm a faithful reader of his Lucas Davenport series, and Virgil Flowers had been a character I enjoyed from the very beginning.

Deep Freeze was my first Virgil Flowers book.

What I love about the Prey series, is the recurring supporting cast, their camaraderie, the politics and his family. I think this is what's missing with Virgil, a supporting cast that is as hilarious and enjoyable as the main character.

Deep Freeze was captivating to a point.
Karl Jorgenson
Nov 09, 2020 rated it liked it
First time I have not rated a Sandford novel at least four stars. Deep Freeze, though it has the same crisp, sparse writing, the same humor, the same quirky characters, the plot was so ordinary as to make it drag. Or perhaps because two out of three accolades on the cover claimed Deep Freeze was the best of the Flowers series; we all know that whatever feature the marketers claim is the most wonderful usually turns out to be the biggest detriment.
The problem with this plot could have been avoide
Janet Newport
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yea!! Virgil's back!

Thank you Netgalley & Penguin Group for this ARC.

I'm a long time fan of John Sandford's books. Good plots. Fast pacing. Wonderful escapist / rainy day reads. Oh and there's the usual cast of Sandford's stock characters. Smart detective, detective's comedic-relief side-kick, bumbling crook, wise woman and other assorted Minnesotains as needed (not to mention the Minnesota weather). But Sandford does a great job fleshing out his characters.

Deep Freeze is Virgil at his best - si
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just my second Virgil Flowers book, but I liked it a lot for a number of reasons. Being called to work out a murder in small town Minnesota must be the norm. Added to this murder investigation assignment is a request to assist a female PI from LA who is working on behalf of Mattel to discover who is behind creating sex toys out of Barbie dolls. Virgil resists, but the governor is adding his influence to get the job done. Virgil is badly beaten up by a female fearsome foursome determined to keep ...more
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
OK, here's the mark of a great writer: a murder is presented to readers in Chapter 1, and yet we're strung along for hundreds of pages while Virgil ("that F'ing Flowers") tries to determine the perpetrator, using his tried and proven skill of socializing his investigation. Back in Trippton, where he arrested the school board for theft and murder in another book, he spends time with Clarice and Johnson Johnson and the Trippton High School Class of '92. Meanwhile, he is also asked to assist a PI t ...more
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Same old Flowers shit. You gotta ride with it."

For years, my favorite literary crime hero was James Patterson's Alex Cross. While I still faithfully read the Cross series, John Sandford's Virgil Flowers has recently ascended to the top spot. There's something about his eccentric investigative antics and never wavering moral compass that makes Flowers a must read. Like any long-running series, Virgil Flowers has had his highs and lows. The last two novels, both focusing largely on finding missin
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another high quality and interesting story by creative author John Sanford, featuring Virgil Flowers. 8 of 10 stars
4.5 stars

This is my 10th Virgil Flowers book and it is still a fun read! I listened to the audio book and, as usual, Eric Conger does a great job bringing Virgil and the colorful characters to life. Mr. Conger IS Virgil Flowers.

In this installment, it is winter in Minnesota (hence the title Deep Freeze) and Virgil is on vacation. Of course, Virgil gets a call about a murder in Trippton. One of the things I like about these stories is fishing is worked into the story. In this case, an 80 year old
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it

3-4 Read this a while back. Not my fav, but I enjoy Virgie.
Terence M
Audiobook - 10:02 Hours - Narrator: Eric Conger
3Stars - "I Liked It"

I quite liked this "F***ing Flowers" book - it was interesting enough, and a relatively light-hearted, "stay-up-late-to-finish" read for me🤭.

The language and the characters were suitably coarse; the 'twin' plots, if one could call them that, were revealed early in the book; the 'story-line' was about a bumbling Virgil Flowers taking way too long to work out who the bad protag was and even longer to nail the not-so-bad protag. T
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio, overdrive, dnf
This is the first book I've read of this series and I guess I just don't get the point. We know from the first chapter who the murderer is and the investigation didn't hold my interest so I didn't see a reason to continue reading. There is also a side plot about someone who is turning Barbie and Ken dolls into sex toys. I was not amused. ...more
RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
I could not finish the book. I made it to Chapter 6. This book is boring.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Virgil Flowers series deals with a Minnesota law enforcement officer, usually working in remote, rural areas of the state. Virgil gets the tough, politically sensitive cases, assisting the local authorities. He can pull in the state crime scene folks, and has good luck crossing city and territorial lines.

In this one, a bank president has turned up in the warm waters downstream from a water treatment plant. The last folks who saw her were classmates planning a 25th year reunion.

The suspects -
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher through NetGalley

DEEP FREEZE is the 10th book in the Virgil Flower series by author John Sandford, and finds Virgil back in the small town of Trippton in the dead of winter to investigate a murder of a local businesswoman who apparently was killed in her own home following a meeting with former-classmates for an upcoming high school reunion, and then later dumped into the frozen waters of the local river.

Virgil is also asked to
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is by far my favorite of all the Sanford's I've read. It has intrigue, humor, and very important is that it is probably the cleanest of all the Sanford books I've read. I was not at all offended by the foul language. Great Book!!!

I really enjoy John Sandford's Lucas Davenport series. Virgil Flowers was a supporting character in that series, but is now the lead in his own set of books. I really like Lucas, but have to say that Flowers is my favorite! The 10th (and latest) Flowers book i
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In John Sandford’s newest mystery, Deep Freeze, investigator Virgil Flowers investigates the cold-blooded murder of a wealthy banker. In chilling fashion, Gina Hemming is bludgeoned to death; her body is discovered the next day in a frozen river. Virgil snows that this murder might have something to do with the upcoming 25th high school class reunion Hemming was planning but he struggles to break the ice with his suspects, getting only the cold shoulder. Because of this, Flowers is more than a l ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Virgil Flowers investigates a murder and a "Barbie" scam in Trippton Minnesota. Who doesn't like Virgil Flowers, you might ask. Answer: Nobody!.... but comparatively speaking, this go-around reads a little flat. Since the entire book takes place in the small town of Trippton, I got claustrophobic thinking I was reading a locked room mystery. It's winter in Minnesota so no skinny dipping with Frankie and her sister Sparkle in the swimming hole and no hilariously funny chase scenes on golf carts b ...more
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Made a big jump from reading the first book to this but it didn't seem to matter much as I could follow along the story anyway. It was an entertaining and easy to read crime novel and I would like to read more in the series. Probably going to read part 2 and upp so I don't miss something major ...more
RachelW (BamaGal)
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I've come to enjoy Virgil Flowers books more than I have the 'Lucas Davenport' series. Virgil is so much more laid back and...normal. This is another good, solid murder investigation. Maybe not the best in the series; but as usual, Virgil and the colorful cast of characters carry the book. Nothing like a small town and all the secrets, backstabbing, and gossip... ...more
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John Sandford was born John Roswell 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 Univer

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