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Deadline (A Virgil Flowers Novel) Hardcover – October 7, 2014
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Praise for Deadline
“Another brainy thriller from a prolific author, ‘Deadline’ fulfills readers’ expectations of Sandford’s fiction: tense, smart and character-driven.” — Richmond Times Dispatch
“Rich characters [and] the descriptions of small-town life, politics and corruption and the concurrent trails of action make for a fast and entertaining read.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Sandford's best Flowers book to date. . . . There is a lot of drama and mayhem in this story and readers of traditional Sandford books will be satisfied for sure. Still if you like a little humor in your plots, this book will more than sate that desire. This book is the most fun I have had reading in a long time.”—Huffington Post
“There’s a lot going on in Deadline . . . The biggest joys of this series are Flowers himself (his boss is Lucas Davenport from the Sandford's Prey novels), the cast of eccentric supporting characters and the humorous dialogue.”—Shelf Awareness
“Sandford keeps one last surprise up his sleeve for the denouement of the dognapping case, and it's a doozy. Exhilaratingly professional work by both Virgil and his creator that breaks no new ground but will keep the fans happy and add to their number.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Stellar . . . Sandford is an accomplished and amusing storyteller, and he nails both the rural characters and terrain as well as he has skewered urban life in past installments.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Sanford balances straight-talking Virgil Flowers’ often hilariously folksy tone and Trippton’s dark core of methamphetamine manufacturers and sociopaths; the result is pure reading pleasure for thriller fans.”—Booklist
Praise for Storm Front
“John Sandford has the Midas touch. [Storm Front is] exciting, complex and funny all the way through. Virgil is a unique character [and] the beauty of Sandford’s writing is that the narrative of the book is told in perfect harmony with Flowers’ personality . . . Entertaining reading all the way.” —The Huffington Post
About the Author
John Sandford is the author of twenty-four Prey novels; the Virgil Flowers novels, most recently Storm Front; and six other books. He lives in New Mexico.
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This current book, about a crooked (and deadly) school board in a small town, was just more fun and delicious Virgil. I would gladly pay 25 bucks a month to join a Virgil Book of the Month Club, if there was such a thing. As it is, each book takes me 2-3 nights to read, and I only get one a year. Dang it !!!!
But Virgil has for the moment traded his religious introspection and layers of devious ingenuity for a rollicking plot and Johnson Johnson ( a minor character here lumbering towards the front).
Not a bad trade-off, but I miss the layers,
This is worth reading--especially compared to the reams of what passes for good writing aka mystery/thrillers that abound out there.It just will not stand out in my mind the way some other Sandford work does.
Believable characters. Entertaining dialogue and great twists throughout the story.
I will re-read this story and always look forward to, pre-order when possible, new works by this author.
One thing leads to another as things come unwound for the bad guys, and you have a falling out among thieves. Too many people stealing money for too long is bound to create holes in the armor. Oh what a tangled web we weave... Virgil is not careful about the way he involves other people and is left feeling guilty about the death of someone he used. As things unwind and people head for cover, not everyone is going to be punished for their misdeeds.
The story starts and ends with dogs, particularly a big yellow dog that falls in love with Virgil. You get introduced to some vigilante groups that are willing to take things into their own hands. Everything seems to end OK for the dogs. The same cannot be said for some of the people. The final confrontation with the dognappers is, by itself, a good reason to read the novel.
There is a side issue about Virgil's love life - he is still with the same woman he met on an earlier case. Maybe Virgil is starting to settle down. You do get introduced to some new characters, including a musician/composer and his son.