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Mad River (edition 2012)

by John Sandford

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Title:Mad River
Authors:John Sandford
Info:Simon & Schuster Ltd (2012), Hardcover
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quirky ending. yet very satisfying. ( )
  carolynsuarez | Aug 14, 2014 |
John Sandford never disappoints! Love anything he writes! I never start one of his books unless I have time to finish it that day--otherwise I will be up until 3 in the morning, unable to put it down. ( )
  darcy36 | Jul 8, 2014 |
Jimmy Sharp, Becky Welsh, and Tom McCall - they were Bonnie and Clyde, they thought, and what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a girl during a robbery. The second was a man whose car they needed. The third and fourth, well, those were personal. ( )
  jepeters333 | Dec 29, 2013 |
A fun quick read from John Sandford, a little more violent than usual, but a thriller that was fun to read and kept me wondering how it would end. ( )
  zmagic69 | Oct 13, 2013 |
Another enjoyable audio listen, this time read by Eric Conger. This book is part of the Virgil Flowers series by Sandford. Flowers is a BCA (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension - weird name for a state police agency if there ever was one) agent working under Lucas Davenport who makes several cameo appearances. This is not an investigatory police procedural. The story alternatives between Flowers and the killers' narratives. There's never any doubt who's guilty, the only mystery being their ultimate motivation for the first killing. Mostly it's the chase of three dysfunctional kids who go on a rampage following a simplistic contract killing. They are totally sociopathic and embark on an unintentional (soon becoming otherwise) killing spree.

As the killing intensifies and the killers remain at large, the tension escalates into a conflict between Virgil and the local cops as to how best to deal with the miscreants. That provided one of the subtexts that I found interesting: the desire of the community for immediate vengeance, and Flowers's obsession with discovering whether Jimmy had been hired to kill Agatha.

I think I prefer the Flower series to the Davenport. Flowers just seems to be a more interesting and introspective than Lucas who often strikes me as superficial.

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  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
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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 is 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 is about to happen next.The next novel in the Virgil Flowers series.… (more)

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