New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2011
388 p. ; 24 cm ISBN/ISSN:
9780399157691, 0399157697, 9780425250488, Language:
Also published: New York: Berkley Publishing, 2012. 418 p.
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by John Sandford
Posted on: 11/01/11
Investigator Virgil Flowers is back and in rare form. He has been sent to a Minnesota river
town that has a mad bomber on the loose. The dead and injured are mounting and Lucas
Davenport, Flower's boss, gives Virgil a week to close the case.
It appears that someone is opposed to the idea that a WalMart-like store (PyeMart) open in
their town. There is speculation that several of the city council's votes have been bought
to favor the re-zoning and building project. Even the billionaire Pye has been
unsuccessfully targeted. Working alongside a team of federal bomb experts, Virgil becomes
despondent with the lack of evidence and growing list of suspects.
They know what the bombs are comprised of and from where the materials were stolen. Virgil
decides to use a marketing tool and mass produce a survey that he has hand-delivered to
selective townfolks. The survey asks for names of neighbors that might be guilty. Virgil's
plan is to collect the completed surveys and tally the results. He will then interview the
names of those most offered as likely candidates in hopes of finding his killer.
This is the 5th installment in Sandford's Virgil Flowers series. Virgil remains a maverick.
He still dresses in faded t-shirts, blue jeans, and cowboy boots. His hair is still long and
disheveled. He still hates to wear a sidearm and tows his fishing boat behind his pickup to
every crime scene in hopes of getting some "reel time" alone with his thoughts. He's a ladies
man who is a 3-time loser at the altar. Still, he is a lovable character that is enviable and
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