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Dark of the Moon by John Sandford

Dark of the Moon (2007)

by John Sandford

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Virgil Flowers of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has been pulled into an investigation with several murdered victims. It looks like someone has a personal vendetta and it doesn't look like the murders have stopped. It will be up to Virgil to sort through the evidence and find the killer. A good read!!
  love2cook | Jan 15, 2015 |
decent story but not great. Mary Zimko had recommended Virgil Flowers books and he seems a pretty good character but not great. murder of several folks in a small town in the west - led to a drug ring and a crazy serial killer. ( )
  afarrington | Dec 28, 2014 |
Virgil Flowers is sent to a tiny Minnesota town to solve a vicious murder. It's a fairly straightforward thriller, but Virgil is a fun character, with all his irreverence. I grew up in the Midwest, though not nearly as rural an area, and it was a nice trip back to familiar territory. If you like thrillers, you'll probably like this one, but it doesn't really stand out from the genre. ( )
  melydia | Nov 3, 2014 |
As mysteries go I did not find the main character believable. There was no systematic investigation, seemed more intent on bedding a local and telling most of his findings to everyone.

There was a pretty good action scene while collaborating with the DEA but the last reveal seemed to be not too believable. I sort of liked the main character but did not like the way he was portrayed....choppy would be the way I'd describe the story ( )
  Lynxear | May 27, 2014 |
I do like this series better than the Sandford's long-running Davenport books, which has become a bit too redundant. This title is the first of the series. Virgil Flowers is with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (kind of a state FBI but with a totally weird name - it really exists.) He has has been sent by Davenport (head of the BCA who always makes cameo appearances in the Flowers' novels) to investigate the killing of a local physician and his wife. The murders have the feel of a revenge killing. On his way there, on the outskirts of town, he stops to watch a fire of the Judd residence. Judd had been hated by most everyone in the community and it's clear the fire is an arson; the amount of accelerants estimated to have been some 20 cans of gasoline used to get things going. That had me wondering. I've lit a pile of brush sprinkled with about a quart of gasoline and damn near singed my eyebrows when it went off. The idea of spreading gasoline around a house with pilot lights etc., and then lighting it makes me wonder how anyone could have done that and escaped injury.) As the investigation progresses, another man and his wife are killed and Virgil is scrambling to find a link between them.

We briefly see the killings from the point-of-view of the killer, (totally unnecessary, I thought) identified only as Moon which may be a link to a Man-on-the-Moon party that had happened many years earlier or perhaps it relates to the victims all being staged to face to the east. No one knows, but one old senile woman keeps mentioning the man-on-the-moon.

Couple all of that with the DEA and a meth-lab bust, not to mention a local church devoted to a whites only message, a sheriff who wants to get re-elected, one suspect the sheriff is dating and another Virgil is sleeping with who happens to be the sheriff's sister, and you have an explosive mix.

I listened to this. Excellently read by Eric Conger. ( )
  ecw0647 | Oct 30, 2013 |
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Three murders in just as many weeks in the quiet rural town of Bluestream is unheard of. It’s also no coincidence. And it’s not over: Detective Virgil Flowers is about to be pulled into the middle of a killer’s violent personal vendetta.

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"Virgil Flowers, tall, lean, late thirties, three times divorced, hair way too long for a cop's, kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the Army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff."" "He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now - but never anything like this."… (more)

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