Friday, October 25, 2013

48. Mad River - John Sandford

Virgil Flowers #6
Audio read by Eric Conger (he is definitely now the voice of Virgil Flowers!)
8 unabridged cds (10 hours)
2012, Penguin Audio ($39.95, borrowed from TPPL)
387 pgs.
Adult murder mystery
Finished 10/22/2013
Goodreads Rating: 4.09
My Rating:  4.5 - it was a good one
Setting: southwestern Minnesota, in the prairie/cornfield area of the state very near where Virgil grew up
1st sentence/s:  "Jimmy Sharp stepped back from the curve and impatiently waved the car by."

My comments:  This book was written a bit differently than some of the previous Virgil Flowers titles, in that every so often the setting and point-of-view switched to the bad guys.  I like this a lot.  I also liked that Sandford didn't gloss over the foibles and atrocities committed by cops, at least not completely.  When a book you're reading produces strong gut reactions...well, that's a good book!

Goodreads says:  Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what’s-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns.  The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers’ cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down. But even he doesn’t realize what’s about to happen next.

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