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“Sandford keeps the reader guessing and the pages turning while Flowers displays the kind of cool and folksy charm that might force Davenport to share the spotlight more often.”—*Publishers Weekly

“Flowers is a welcome addition to [Sandford’s] body of work.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“[Sandford] maintains the page-turning momentum that makes his novels such a treat. If you liked Lucas, you’ll love Virgil.”—The Tampa Tribune

“A book that will keep you turning pages, guessing, and completely immersed—and engrossed—in whatever Sandford wants to throw at you. It’s a great ride, and Sandford proves that sometimes it’s not the character, it’s not the series, it’s the writer.”—The Post and Courier

“An adrenaline rush peppered with laugh-out-loud moments.”—Booklist


The first Virgil Flowers novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author John Sandford.

“Virgil Flowers, introduced in bestseller Sandford’s Prey series, gets a chance to shine...The thrice-divorced, affable member of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), who reports to Prey series hero Lucas Davenport, operates pretty much on his own..”*

He’s been doing the hard stuff for three years, but he’s never seen anything like this. In the small rural town of Bluestem, an old man is bound in his basement, doused with gasoline and set on fire. Three weeks before, a doctor and his wife were murdered. Three homicides in Bluestem in just as many weeks is unheard of. It’s also no coincidence. And it’s far from over...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 910 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 396 Seiten
  • Verlag: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Auflage: Reprint (2. Oktober 2007)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000W94GH2
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #81.969 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Von TKr am 25. Februar 2008
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Wieder ein Serienkiller, der meuchelt. Wieder scheint die Antwort in der Vergangenheit zu liegen. Hütet eine kleine Gemeinde ein dunkles Geheimnis? Naja...und so weiter. Hat man alles schon x mal gehört. Virgil Flowers ist leider nur mäßig interessant. Er ist halt kein Lucas Davenport. Es gibt ein paar lustige Momente, aber in der Summe ist das nur Durchschnittsware.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A new thriller from Sandford, riveting plot, great characters 15. Oktober 2007
Von Bill Garrison - Veröffentlicht auf
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Dark of the Moon is a new book by John Sandford, author of the great Lucas Davenport series. Sandford uses a co-author in this novel that features Virgil Flowers, a cop working with the Bureau of Criminal Aprehension where he is assigned the hardest cases. Flowers has been divorced a lot, is somewhat afraid of guns, and takes pride in wearing quirky t-shirts. The book opens as he is traveling south to investigate the murder of a harmless ederly couple when he drives upon a house being devoured by flames. The house was set on fire to cover up the murder of the ederly, feeble and hated Bill Judd. Virgil teams with Jim Stryker, an old buddy and the current sherriff, and they start investigating the crimes. A lot is going on in this novel. Stanford throws a lot at the reader.

Dark of the Moon reads just like a Lucas Davenport book. Incredible plotting, tons of characters in the small town, you get to know the town and the feeling that everyone DOES know everyone else. Virgil is a funny guy, all Sandford books have an underlying humor to them. You can tell Sandford is having fun when he writes.

Flowers hooks up with Stryker's sister Joan and has a good time with her, while at the same time wondering if Joan or Jim could be the killer. In fact, everyone Flowers encounters has a motive or a reason to be a killer. Sandford fans will love this book. It is fast pace and full of twists. Flowers' wit always keeps you entertained as well.

With a new Davenport book due in the spring, fans of the author won't have long to wait for another great book. Hopefully, Sandford can continue to write novels featuring Flowers as well.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sandford sets off on a new track, perhaps with a co-author 29. Oktober 2007
Von Jerry Saperstein - Veröffentlicht auf
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First, this is not another installment in the "Prey" series that features Lucas Davenport, one of the most fully developed characters in modern fiction. Second, this may be only partially the product of John Sandford. The Acknowledgment states the novel "was written in cooperation wsith my friend Larry Millett . . ." Sounds like Sandford got more than just an idea or advance reading from Sandford. If indeed Sandford has taken on a co-author, he should have the decency to tell us so forthrightly.

Virgil Flowers, a secondary character in recent Prey novels goes solo in this one. He still works for the Minnesota BCA and Lucas Davenport is his boss. But we read very litle of Lucas here and the interchange between the characters is practically non-existent.

So Flowers, the perpetual I'll-do-it-my-way guy is in Bluestem Minnesota helping out his old buddy, Sheriff Jim Stryker, find a murderer who has burned an old man to death and killed another elderly couple, shooting out the eyes of the husband.

Everyone is a suspect. The son of the old man, who happens to be the area's most hated multi-millionaire; the local newspaper editor; the Sheriff's sister (whom Flowers beds without adding to the story); the illegitimate daughter of the dead millionaire who suddenly proclaims her presence and entitlement to a chunk of the expected inheritance; a born-again Christian who used to be a criminal and maybe still is; a father-son brace of deputies who might be murderers and few others. In all, there are about a dozen primary characters, each of whom may be the murderer. Flowers, working almost alone, has to figure out who the bad guy (or gal) is.

In all, it's a good, kind of old-fashioned "whodunit". It's definitely a change from the "Prey" series. The writing is excellent, but different than what I've come to expect from Sandford. The editing, on the other hand, sucks. A couple of times, you have to reread to figure out which character is speaking. In one instance, a couple is referred to as having children - a supposed fact that is contradicted later in the book.

As a character, Flowers lacks the believability of Lucas Davenport. But it took at least a couple of "Prey" novels before Davenport started shaping up and Flowers is definitely off to a good start.

The ending is a bit of a disppointment and because I don't like "spoilers", I'm not going to tell you why. It isn't much of a disappointment, but the close reader will see what I am talking about.

On the whole, this is a good mystery, different in many subtle ways from the "Prey" series. But if you had never read a "Prey" novel, you wouldn't know the differences. Virgil Flowers is off to a good start as a character and I hope the we'll see more of him as a solo character in the future. By the same token, if Sandford has taken to using a co-author, I hope he has the decency to tell us so and to give the co-author proper credit. And I hope as well that we'll continue to see Lucas Davenport in more "Prey" novels. Davenport is still, by far, the more interesting character.

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing and Unsatisfying 20. Oktober 2009
Von Michael K. O'Neill - Veröffentlicht auf
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I'm a big fan of John Sandford, and have read and enjoyed most of his "Prey" novels.

This is not one of them.

At the outset -- and others have mentioned this -- the book is not authored by John Sandford. In an unusual page titled "Acknowledgement", we learn that the book was written "in cooperation with" Larry Millett. I don't know who Larry Millet is, and I don't know what was intended by the euphemistic phraseology of writing "in cooperation with", but after laboring through the book, I think it's code-speak for "not very good".

The set-up was fine. We learn about Virgil Flowers and a couple of murders. Good stuff.

After that, everything falls to pieces. Character development is nil. Standard detective work is ignored. As an example, Virgil theorizes that the killer must have crept under cover of a new-moon darkness along a river culvert, to arrive at the murder scene. Nice theory. In a Davenport "Prey" novel, there would be cops all over the culvert, trying to find evidence to support the theory, to find the point of entry, to find how long the killer might have lingered, traces left behind, etc.

Not so here. No detective work at all. In fact, the book itself underscores its inadequacies on this point in the following passage (page 62 of the paperback):

"Where did the killer come from? Where did the gun come from? Where did he/she learn to use the gun? Why was the body dragged to the yard, why were the lights turned on? Had the killer known about the lights on the exterior, and where the switch was, suggesting familiarity with the house, or had the acts been spontaneous? And why the shots in the eyes?"

All great questions that a competent investigator would ask, and that a reader wants answered. But not a single one of these questions is answered in this book. An investigative catastrophe.

Which leads to the "unsatisfying" part of the title for this review. <Very tiny spoiler ahead> Among the main points emphasized about the murders were shots through the eyes and posing of the victims. Vivid as these plot elements are, the reasons for them were never -- and I mean never-ever -- addressed. What a disappointment.

Don't bother with this one. John Sandford has many fine and enjoyable books, but this is not one of them.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Virgil Flowers deserves better 19. Oktober 2007
Von SDRTX - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Virgil Flowers who is working for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is sent to Bluestem for some investigative work. Virgil's boss, Lucas Davenport the protagonist of Sandford's PREY series only gives Virgil "the hard stuff". Bluestem has some "hard stuff" going on. There's more than one secret, more than one scam, more than one strange character, and maybe more than one killer in the small town. It's hard to know who to trust when every one knows everyone's business.

The first third of the book was very compelling. I was instantly drawn into the story. I loved the character of Virgil Flowers. The storyline was suspenseful. I would give that part of the book 5 stars. After the storyline is set up and the characters are introduced the book runs into problems. The story just started dragging. There were not only too many subplots and tangents, there were way too many characters. A big problem for me, though I liked Flowers a lot, I absolutely did not care about any of the secondary characters. There was so little time in developing them how could you really care. By the last quarter of the book, I couldn't wait for it to end. It was a major disappointment. I do hope Sandford uses Virgil Flowers again as a main character, but next time I hope he tightens up the storyline, make a bit more plausible, use less characters, and make us care about more than one of them.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Laborious 27. Februar 2008
Von Barb - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Started to skim after page 200. Didn't care about any of the characters, they were never fully developed. The plot was all over the place, and the ending was not satisfying. To many things left unexplained.
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