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Publisher Comments:

It's a joy to announce that John Sandford is still doing everything right," wrote the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the second adventure of Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers. "Virgil acts like the best series protagonists-becoming someone we just enjoy spending time with."

Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort, where a woman has been shot while kayaking. The resort is for women only, a place to relax, get fit, recover from plastic surgery, commune with nature, and while it didn't start out to be a place mostly for those with Sapphic inclinations, that's pretty much what it is today.

Which makes things all the more complicated for Virgil, because as he begins investigating, he finds a web of connections between the people at the resort, the victim, and some local women, notably a talented country singer. The more he digs, the more he discovers the arrows of suspicion that point in many directions, encompassing a multitude of motivations: jealousy, blackmail, greed, anger, fear. Then he finds that this is not the first murder, that there was a second, seemingly unrelated one, the year before. And that there's about to be a third, definitely related one, any time now. And as for the fourth . . . well, Virgil better hope he can catch the killer before that happens. Because it could be his own.

Rich with the brilliant plotting and compulsively readable prose that are his hallmarks, Rough Country is another immensely satisfying tale by one of our very best suspense writers.

Review:

"Near the start of bestseller Sandford's winning third thriller to feature Virgil Flowers of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (after Heat Lightning), Virgil gets a call while muskie fishing from his boss, Lucas Davenport (the hero of Sandford's long-running Prey series). Lucas orders Virgil to look into the shooting death of Erica McDill, an ad agency exec from Minneapolis and a big supporter of the Democratic Party, who was staying at the Eagle Nest Lodge in nearby Grand Rapids. A talk with lodge owner Margery Stanhope turns up unusual details: Margery's clientele is mostly lesbian; an all-female rock band is involved; guests who are so inclined can buy young men for an evening's pleasure; and financial reasons could explain the murder. It's a complicated case, but Virgil is up to the task, and, as always, he's funny, smart and tough when he needs to be — and catnip to the ladies. 500,000 first printing. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Rich with the brilliant plotting and compulsively readable prose that are Sanford's hallmarks, "Rough Country" is another immensely satisfying tale that features Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers.

Synopsis:

Abridged CDs ? 5 CDs, 6 hours

John Sandford?s ?truly captivating? (Richmond Times-Dispatch) new hero goes north to solve a puzzling murder?and finds that the country is very rough indeed.

Synopsis:

Unabridged CDs ? 9 CDs, 10 hours

John Sandford?s ?truly captivating? (Richmond Times-Dispatch) new hero goes north to solve a puzzling murder?and finds that the country is very rough indeed.

About the Author

John Sandford is also the author of nineteen Prey novels and eight other books.

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Edward Hahn, April 7, 2014 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
This is the third book in the Virgil Flowers series and the best one to date. Sanford is getting closer to developing Flowers with the same care he developed Lucas Davenport of the Prey series. In the two earlier books, Flowers comes across as a bit of a stereotype of the easy going cop who would rather be fishing than solving murders. Here some of the passion he feels towards catching killers comes across. He's still a bit of a "surfer dude" but he also takes his job seriously.

The victim is a successful businesswoman who is shot and killed while watching Eagles in their nest from a boat. When Virgil is ordered to look into the case he is on vacation on another lake in a fishing competition. He not only loves to fish, he tows a boat all over Minnesota so he can indulge himself at any opportunity. He gets away with it because he's so good at what he does.

There are many suspects as Virgil discovers possible sex and/or money motives. The resort she's staying at is a woman's only destination and caters mostly to a lesbian clientele. The murdered woman was also about to take over an ad agency and planned to fire a number of the current employees.

As Flowers interviews possible suspects and witnesses, it begins to look like the act could have been the work of a serial killer and have little to do with the victims sex life or business matters. It becomes clear who the killer is about 50 pages before the end of the book and the story closes with all the loose ends tied up neatly.

I admire Sanford's skill with dialogue and his characterizations which, even if brief, give the reader a good sense of who the person being described is. This is a fast paced read and hard to put down. I recommend it highly.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399155987
Author:
Sandford, John
Publisher:
Berkley
Author:
Conger, Eric
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Series:
A Virgil Flowers Novel
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20100928
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.10x6.40x1.40 in. 1.30 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Near the start of bestseller Sandford's winning third thriller to feature Virgil Flowers of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (after Heat Lightning), Virgil gets a call while muskie fishing from his boss, Lucas Davenport (the hero of Sandford's long-running Prey series). Lucas orders Virgil to look into the shooting death of Erica McDill, an ad agency exec from Minneapolis and a big supporter of the Democratic Party, who was staying at the Eagle Nest Lodge in nearby Grand Rapids. A talk with lodge owner Margery Stanhope turns up unusual details: Margery's clientele is mostly lesbian; an all-female rock band is involved; guests who are so inclined can buy young men for an evening's pleasure; and financial reasons could explain the murder. It's a complicated case, but Virgil is up to the task, and, as always, he's funny, smart and tough when he needs to be — and catnip to the ladies. 500,000 first printing. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Rich with the brilliant plotting and compulsively readable prose that are Sanford's hallmarks, "Rough Country" is another immensely satisfying tale that features Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers.
"Synopsis" by ,
Abridged CDs ? 5 CDs, 6 hours

John Sandford?s ?truly captivating? (Richmond Times-Dispatch) new hero goes north to solve a puzzling murder?and finds that the country is very rough indeed.

"Synopsis" by ,
Unabridged CDs ? 9 CDs, 10 hours

John Sandford?s ?truly captivating? (Richmond Times-Dispatch) new hero goes north to solve a puzzling murder?and finds that the country is very rough indeed.

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