I wasn't sure I was going to like this book but once I got started on the story it just caught me and I was reading as fast as I could to find out what was going on, very well written (naturally) and grabs you from the first few pages and won't let go!
This was my first exposure to Virgil Flowers, a wild child member of Lucas Davenport's flying circus, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and I found the serial murder plot average and the Flowers character fuzzy in my mind. I'm not sure John Sanford has a clear picture of him either. I suspect that as Lucas has aged and risen to power and leadership, Sanford wants to introduce a younger, hipper hero to a different demographic group than his traditional fans. If so, this is a noble attempt; but, Sanford needs to put some more flesh on the bones of his new protagonist to keep the new readers coming back!
The latest Virgil Flowers story starts out very interesting, with unknown killers targeting several men and leaving a lemon in their mouths. The lemon seems to connect them to the Vietnam war, and Virgil realizes it's the work of professionals, which makes it harder to discover why and who is next. While the story progresses at Sandford's usual smart pace, the ending somehow fell a little flat for me, but that didn't detract much from my enjoyment.