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Bad Blood (A Virgil Flowers Novel)

Bad Blood (A Virgil Flowers Novel) [Kindle Edition]

John Sandford

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Two bodies in two days. One is murder. The other is suicide. Virgil Flowers never imagined that discovering the connection would lead him into the perverse history of the Minnesota farm community, and almost unimaginable darkness.

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Pulitzer prize-winning journalist John Sandford is the author of twenty Prey novels, four Kidd novels and the stunning new Virgil Flowers series. He lives in Minnesota. Visit for more information.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 487 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 395 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0857203983
  • Verlag: Berkley; Auflage: Reprint (27. September 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003ZK58SG
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Virgil Flowers tries to lighten up a very dark subject 21. September 2010
Von Richard Cumming - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
In "Bad Blood" Virgil Flowers is brought in to investigate a strange murder at a rural Minnesota grain elevator. A farmer had pulled in with his truck of grain. The young man working at the elevator retrieves his baseball bat and sneaks up behind the farmer. He clobbers the unsuspecting man then tries to make his death look like an accident, but this killing was clearly premeditated. Flowers is called in to this area where murders rarely occur by the new sheriff, an attractive woman named Lee Coakley. There's clearly a spark struck between them from the start.

But no time for romance yet. Crimes must be investigated. Within the first 40 pages there are 4 deaths, the farmer, then the young man who supposedly killed the farmer, then the cop who was guarding the young man in jail. Flowers is puzzling over these sudden deaths when he hears about a 4th death; an unsolved murder of a young woman that took place down south of the town, just across the Iowa state line, a year ago. That killing looked like a sex crime. Virgil is intrigued.

He discovers a key link between these 4 deaths: every one of the dead belonged to a mysterious religious cult. Flowers digs deeper and begins to suspect that this "religion" conceals a vast and enduring front for widespread child abuse. No spoilers here; I'll leave the joys of Virgil's sleuthing and his budding relationship with the sheriff for readers to savor for themselves.

Sandford performs a bit of literary derring-do here. He has his wise cracking, fun loving Virgil trying to solve a case that might involve a most horrific network of pedophiles. Child abuse is not funny. Virgil is. The combo actually works. Virgil lightens it up just enough to make all the dark parts not quite as sickening. Sandford does a splendid job on this one.

This reviewer's favorite moments occur when Virgil is always prepared to argue scripture with any cult member who tries to fling the words of the Bible Virgil's way. Virgil is the son of a Lutheran minister. He knows his scripture inside and out. He has realized that these sicko religious nuts have taken selected passages from scripture to try to justify and validate their perverted faith. "T is a thing of beauty indeed.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best of the Virgil Flower Books 24. September 2010
Von carol irvin - Veröffentlicht auf
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I read the latest Lucas Davenport novel by sandford, which also came out this year. Although I enjoyed it, it had a problem with being a bit all over the map with plots, subplots and too many characters. Thus, I thought Sandford was winding down in his writing career. This, the best of the Virgil Flowers' novels, shows I couldn't have been more wrong. This book is very tightly focused, has just the right amount of characters and has a terrific plot to boot.

As usual, this is set in a section of Minnesota which is small town, rural and in which people are leading out of the mainstream lives. Last novel it was a town full of vacationing lesbians. This time it is a religious cult which has been home grown since the 1800s, which involves extreme sexual deviance. Suddenly, the town goes from one murder to four murders. All murder victims had some contact with the cult. This brings the state Criminal Bureau into town along with its lead roving detective, Virgil Flowers, who walks around town more like the roadie for some touring rock group than an investigator hunting down a cult. That he forgets to wear his gun most of the time is part of the problem and why he always has to drag out identification.

Many of the Virgil Flowers' books have a terrific shootout, like the OK Corral, occur at some point. This book has an absolute doozy of one, an all time high. Also one of the best vengeance scenes I've ever read.

This is Sandford at his best. I read it in 24 hours.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Virgil Flowers series is the best and this book is great..... 25. September 2010
Von kindle addict - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
The Virgil Flowers series is a well-written, interesting, captivating series. Virgil is a lawman in Minnesota and gets involved in big cases. This one is about the separate but intertwined murders of four people, all of whom are involved in a small, fundamentalist, local religion which the members keep very private. Some of the members are involved in incest, rape, and sexual deviancy with children. It is up to Virgil and a local female sheriff to solve the murders and to save the children of the religious group who are being abused. John Sanford's writing is very good; he also writes the Prey series, and the Virgil Flowers series is a spinoff of the Prey series. This book held my attention all the way through and already has me salivating for the next in the series. The formatting for the Kindle is excellent. I highly recommend this book and series.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Lacks suspense but is still readable 18. Oktober 2010
Von Patrick J. Sullivan - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
John Sandford's latest entry in his Virgil Flowers series suffers from a lot of flaws but is ultimately still an acceptable read. Sandford is a very competent writer, so even when he's not writing at his best the resulting work is usually better than much of what lesser writers are putting out there. Still, Sandford has done and can do much better, and I think in the Flowers series he sometimes really lets himself go and indulges some of his sloppier failings.

Like its predecessor Flowers novels, Bad Blood doesn't supply too much in the way of suspense or mystery since as has been his habit of late, Sandford in many scenes throughout the book places the reader inside the heads of the very dysfunctional and unlikable perps. This doesn't really enhance the enjoyablity of the story, and it makes much of the weight of keeping the reader's interest fall on the dialog (entertaining in general) and the usual apocalyptically violent shootout ending which has become an expected inside joke both among Flowers' fictional colleagues and Sandford's readers.

Sandford has mined the child sex crime scene before for plots and no doubt will again. This is clearly an issue close to his heart and on the one hand he's to be commended for not shrinking from the unpleasant details. But, there's also such as thing as needlessly describing in too graphically detailed a manner exactly who placed which implement or body part into which juvenile character, how many times, when, and at which locales. I don't object out of prudery - if he'd written a book with graphic sex scenes between adult characters, that would be completely different - but out of squeamishness. After a while I was flinching as I turned the pages. Other writers, using both fiction and nonfiction, have managed to raise awareness of child (sex) abuse without skirting so close to the line dividing reportage from child pornography.

There were times when I wondered if perhaps the general plot had been left over from an idea that Sandford had in the late 1980s and never developed then. Fifteen to 30 years ago there was a spate of first real, and then hysterical and false allegations of vast child sex rings in day care centers, churches, schools, etc. The ones that almost always turned out to be false simply because they were too big to be true were of the type encountered in this book: very extensive, long-lasting, relatively out in the open, but nevertheless largely unsuspected by the community's other residents. It just doesn't ring true that something this big could have gone on for so many decades unsuspected.

I did like the rural setting of southwestern Minnesota near the Iowa border. Sandford's major character, Lucas Davenport, is chained to the Twin Cities. Sandford uses the free-ranging Flowers to place other parts of the state on display. Most of the banter and flirtation between Flowers and the local lady sheriff is entertaining. I liked how the rural cops were out of their league in terms of lacking the experience to deal with a spate of murders rooted in a child abuse ring, yet not necessarily hopelessly incompetent or stupid.

All in all Bad Blood is an easy to devour airplane-type read. To digress, I don't quite understand why Amazon reviews have become dominated by the 5-star or else mentality. It makes it really hard for those for whom a certain author is not a must-read to distinguish between all the books that average 4 stars, since that's almost everything of late. (Bad Blood's relatively low 3.8 ranking is mostly driven by some 1-star reviewers unhappy with the Kindle price). This isn't a jab aimed at those who gave this novel five stars. I just wonder if perhaps too many readers are only reviewing books they found worthy of five stars, and then perhaps at the other end books they hated enough to get energized about and warn other against.

So I don't know if it's grade inflation or a self-selection bias or both that creates a largely unhelpful inverted bell curve to the review set of so many books, but I think the only cure is for more readers to go out of their way to review books they found to be 2-, 3-, and 4-star reads, and not just waste all your ammo on the few books we find to be truly superb or dreadful. Just my suggestion / plea.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen "Young blood, young blood, I can't get you out of my mind." Song Lyrics 28. Dezember 2010
Von michael a. draper - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
In southern Minnesota, Robert Tripp, an employee at a grain company, kills Jacob Flood, a local farmer. When Tripp is questioned by the police, Sheriff Lee Coakley breaks his story and jails him. That night, Tripp is murdered in his cell.

When Sheriff Coakley learns this, she suspects that one of her men, Jim Crocker, is involved. Because of the internal politics, she calls in investigator Virgil Flowers, from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

When Virgil goes to Crocker's home to question him, he finds Crocker murdered and made to look like he committed suicide. This area of Minnesota has very few murders and Virgil thinks that they must be connected.

Virgil looks at the three murders and is informed that a forth victim, a young teenage girl, Kelly Baker, was found in a cemetery.

In attempting to tie the murders together, Virgil finds that Tripp was gay and that Baker had some extreme sexual activity and abuse prior to her death.

One of the first people he speaks to is Flood's wife, Alma. She informs him that Crocker and her husband were childhood friends and that may have given him a reason for killing Tripp. Alma also admits that Kelly Baker was a member of their church.

Since the church affiliation was coming up more often, Virgil told Alma that his father was a minister and quoted verses from the bible but Alma didn't catch the biblical connection. Sensing a fraud, Virgil begins looking closer at just what is going on with the church.

He beings to get facts that astound him and the facts are hard for him to believe. There appear to be over a hundred families in this church and they are involved in a multigenerational sexual activity including rape, incest, and child abuse. He wonders how he will be able to stop this perversion.

The church members won't talk about it but he must find a weak link. Where to look?

This is an extremely well plotted and suspenseful novel that the reader will find captivating. Virgil is a wise cracking, bible quoting cop who is dedicated to finding wrongs and correcting them, however, he doesn't mind some extra curricular activity with Sheriff Lee Coakley.

Highly recommended.
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