First the Army, then the military police, Virgil Flowers had kicked around for a while before Lucas Davenport recruited him to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, promising him "We'll only give you the hard stuff". He'd been doing the hard stuff for three years now - but never anything like this. In the small town of Bluestem, where ...Read MoreFirst the Army, then the military police, Virgil Flowers had kicked around for a while before Lucas Davenport recruited him to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, promising him "We'll only give you the hard stuff". He'd been doing the hard stuff for three years now - but never anything like this. In the small town of Bluestem, where everybody knows everybody, a house way up on a ridge explodes into flames, its elderly owner trapped inside. Following up rumours of financial scams plus some very dodgy activities with other men's wives, Flowers discovers several reasons why the victim was so hated. And that wasn't even the reason why he'd come to Bluestem. Three weeks before, there'd been another murder, two in fact - a doctor and his wife; the doctor found propped up in his own backyard, both eyes shot out. There hadn't been a murder in Bluestem in years, and now suddenly three? Flowers knows two things: This isn't a coincidence, and this has to be personal. But just how personal, Flowers might not find out until too late. Because the next victim ...might be himself.Read Less
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good read for a dreary afternoon - arrived promptly and in good condition
Nov 24, 2011
I Love Virgil!
I have read all the Virgil Flowers books and highly recommend them all. He is equal to if not better than Lucas Davenport.
Mar 4, 2008
For Fans Only
Dark of the Moon is a competent, if uninspiring, police procedural set in a modern high plains small town. Fans of the rural detectives of JA Jance and CJ Box will recognize the smart, but ?just-folks? nature of the protagonist who, in this case, happens to be an outdoor sportsman/freelance writer/ brilliant detective.
There?s some well-drawn characters without a lot of emotional depth and enough conflict and puzzles to keep the author?s many fans turning pages to the resolution. There?s nothing seriously wrong with the plot, the setting or the characters, just nothing extraordinary or particularly surprising.
For fans of the genre only.
Oct 24, 2007
Virgil: the next generation
I miss Lucas Davenport! But Sandford has sculpted an interesting new detective in the character of Virgil Flowers. He's younger and sexier and cockier than Lucas and has the potential to start a whole new franchise for John Sandford as Lucas heads toward retirement.
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