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.
Very good read, great plot and ending.
I am reading the book right now and love it you just can not guess what is happening. I would recomend the book to all!!
A really great time-filling leisure read. A complicated plot with an attractive hero and lots of action. Not believable, but fascinating.
Intriguing story by a master storyteller.
I generally enjoy Sandford's books so this one is no different in that respect. This is the second Virgil Flower's that I have read. Enjoy this character; somewhat a contrast to Davenport. Not much to add.
I wasn't highly impressed with the first book in this series, but I gave this one a try. I own the third book so I guess this series gets one more try from me, but really it is just ok. There is nothing that makes it stand out, nothing that make me not be able to wait to read the next.
This was my first John Sandford and Virgil Flowers book. I was not terribly impressed. Virgil seems to be the wishful image of the author - countless girls/women flock to him, he's extremely laid back ("cool"), but, of course, performs great under pressure. Oh well.
The story was not bad at all, and moved at a good pace, but the main character annoyed me, plus I found it hard to believe that the police apparently seemed ignorant of modern-day gadgets.
Several Vietnam vets are being killed in the present day and Virgil Flowers is charged with discovering the link between them.