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Book 8, A Virgil Flowers Novel - A Virgil Flowers Novel

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The thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times–bestselling series.
In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. “Issues” is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

Meanwhile, not far away, Virgil Flowers is helping out a friend by looking into a dognapping, which seems to be turning into something much bigger and uglier—a team of dognappers supplying medical labs—when he gets a call from Lucas Davenport. A murdered body has been found—and the victim is a local reporter. . . .

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From Publishers Weekly

Aug 11, 2014 – In Thriller Award winner Sandford's stellar eighth Virgil Flowers novel (after 2013's Storm Front), the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent, who works for Lucas Davenport, the hero of the author's other major series, helps friend Johnson Johnson with a little problem that keeps growing in the Mississippi River town of Trippton. Johnson's neighbors are concerned about a series of dognappings by hillbillies who live up by inaccessible Orly's Creek. Roy Zorn, a "small-time motorcycle hood," might also be manufacturing some meth up that way. If Virgil can't solve the dog problem, dog lovers may shift to open warfare. Meanwhile, the members of the Buchanan County Consolidated School Board, fearing they'll all go to prison, vote unanimously to kill reporter Clancy Conley, who "inadvertently discovered that the school board was stealing the school system blind." Virgil doesn't get much help from Sheriff Jeff Purdy, but 12-year-old McKinley Ruff and high school janitor Will Bacon provide critical assistance as panicky board members escalate the violence. 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.

Customer Reviews

Great story

I really enjoy the F'n Flowers novels and this was a great, funny read.


I have read nearly all the Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers stories. Loved them all, and this is one of the best.

Best mystery ever!

And I have read hundreds. Love the dog theme, the humor and the ending.

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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Oct 07, 2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 8, A Virgil Flowers Novel
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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