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Rough Country

by John Sandford

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Series: Virgil Flowers (3)

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An enjoyable read. A large number of characters get introduced throughout the book, but guess you need to do that so there are suspects to choose from. A Virgil Flowers Novel. ( )
  skraft001 | May 30, 2015 |
The hallmarks of a Virgil Flowers are quite familiar by this, the third novel featuring this character. Virgil has an endless supply of t-shirts featuring obscure bands, he drives back and forth between various Minnesota locations (and even flies to Iowa) in this novel, and he apparently has never heard of laundromats. His irresistibility to women a la Jack Reacher is also apparent in this novel but circumstances constantly interrupt the effort to actually have sex. Actually, that part is somewhat humorous and more interesting than in previous novels when the coupling is described in routine manner.

One quite troubling aspect of this novel is that Virgil essentially causes an innocent man to be killed. You can attribute the murder to Virgil's cluelessness, but it is quite apparent to the reader that the man will be killed unless Virgil wakes up and exercises a teeny, tiny bit of caution. I'm sure Sanford does not mean to depict Virgil in such a negative manner so this seems to be more the consequence of a poorly thought out plot element than a feature attributable to Flowers' character.

In any event, the book is still a more or less enjoyable read. This is the fourth novel I have read featuring Flowers and I would rate it lower than Heat Lightening (my favorite so far), and Dark of the Moon, but slightly ahead of Mad river. ( )
  Tatoosh | May 18, 2015 |
John Sandford writes several series. I think I enjoy the Flowers’ books the best. Davenport is too self-absorbed and the Kidd books, because of their reliance on technology, become dated rapidly. Virgil Flowers, one of Davenport’s BCA investigators, known for pulling his fishing boat all over Minnesota, has just the right mix of savoir-faire, investigative skill, sarcasm, dedication, and common sense.

This is the 3rd in the series and involves a resort solely for women, a man who loves his daughter too much, a son with extraordinary woodsman skills, a band, some high-priced shoe tracks, and a series of murders that suddenly become connected in strange ways and a plethora of suspects.

Good story and audiobook very well read by Eric Conger. ( )
  ecw0647 | Apr 29, 2015 |
It’s a joy to announce that John Sandford is still doing everything right,” wrote the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the second adventure of Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers. “Virgil acts like the best series protagonists—becoming someone we just enjoy spending time with.” Virgil’s always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he’s probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for... ( )
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  Tutter | Mar 1, 2015 |
### From Publishers Weekly

Near the start of bestseller Sandford's winning third thriller to feature Virgil Flowers of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (after *Heat Lightning*), Virgil gets a call while muskie fishing from his boss, Lucas Davenport (the hero of Sandford's long-running Prey series). Lucas orders Virgil to look into the shooting death of Erica McDill, an ad agency exec from Minneapolis and a big supporter of the Democratic Party, who was staying at the Eagle Nest Lodge in nearby Grand Rapids. A talk with lodge owner Margery Stanhope turns up unusual details: Margery's clientele is mostly lesbian; an all-female rock band is involved; guests who are so inclined can buy young men for an evening's pleasure; and financial reasons could explain the murder. It's a complicated case, but Virgil is up to the task, and, as always, he's funny, smart and tough when he needs to beand catnip to the ladies. *500,000 first printing. (Oct.)*
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It's a joy to announce that John Sandford is still doing everything right," wrote the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the second adventure of Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers. "Virgil acts like the best series protagonists-becoming someone we just enjoy spending time with."

Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort, where a woman has been shot while kayaking. The resort is for women only, a place to relax, get fit, recover from plastic surgery, commune with nature, and while it didn't start out to be a place mostly for those with Sapphic inclinations, that's pretty much what it is today.

Which makes things all the more complicated for Virgil, because as he begins investigating, he finds a web of connections between the people at the resort, the victim, and some local women, notably a talented country singer. The more he digs, the more he discovers the arrows of suspicion that point in many directions, encompassing a multitude of motivations: jealousy, blackmail, greed, anger, fear. Then he finds that this is not the first murder, that there was a second, seemingly unrelated one, the year before. And that there's about to be a third, definitely related one, any time now. And as for the fourth . . . well, Virgil better hope he can catch the killer before that happens. Because it could be his own.

Rich with the brilliant plotting and compulsively readable prose that are his hallmarks, *Rough Country* is another immensely satisfying tale by one of our very best suspense writers. ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
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Sandford remains on top of his game. "Rough Country," but smooth reading.
 

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Original edition published in 2009 under the title Rough country, first German edition 2012 by Goldmann.
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While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort, where a woman has been shot while kayaking. The more he digs, the more he discovers the arrows of suspicion that point in many directions--then he finds that this is not the first murder, that there was a second, seemingly unrelated one, the year before.… (more)

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