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Is This Book a Lemon?,
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This review is from: Heat Lightning (Virgil Flowers, No 2) (Hardcover)The answer to the titular question is a resounding "No!" But a series of torture murder victims are found with lemons stuffed in their mouths. Virgil Flowers, an officer with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, investigates the murders. He finds a trail leading to a gruesome crime committed in Vietnam back in 1975, when things were falling apart there for the U.S.
John Sandford writes with a wry sense of humor about the resourceful, gritty, womanizing Flowers. Flowers uncovers a conspiracy involving the CIA, high officials in the current Vietnamese government, Homeland Security, and the smuggling of stolen heavy equipment into Canada. Things are not always as they seem. The line between good and evil gets blurry.
The focus of Flowers' romantic ardor (which seems to know few bounds) is the twenty-something daughter of a leftist professor. Said professor, during the sixties, had criticized the U.S. role in Vietnam. Flowers thinks the professor knows something about the "lemon murders." While he is investigating the professor, Flowers is also "investigating" the daughter.
The book drags a bit early on, but the last three hundred pages build to a slam-bang conclusion that is full of surprises.
Sandford skillfully captures the atmosphere of St. Paul and the surrounding region in Minnesota, as well as the state's border with Canada. Flowers is an outdoorsman, and Sandford vividly weaves this into the plot via episodes set in the backcountry.
I do have one reality check on the book: If you are thirsty and a friend throws an ice-cold bottle of beer to you from twenty yards away, would you try to catch it?
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Initial post: Sep 29, 2008 9:14:50 PM PDT
Lily Courthope says:
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Rick Shaq Goldstein says:
Sticking a lemon in the victim's mouth was the "signature" (M.O.) of the Viet Cong. When they were going to execute someone they would shove a lemon in their mouth and tape it in to keep them from talking on the way to the execution.
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