Friday, December 8, 2023

Heat Lightning by John Sandford
Virgil Flowers#2


Title: Heat Lightning
Series: Virgil Flowers #2 
Author: John Sandford
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
Release Date: January 1, 2008

On a hot, humid summer night in Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a call from Lucas Davenport. A body has been found near a veterans’ memorial in Stillwater with two shots to the head and a lemon in his mouth—exactly like the body they found two weeks ago.

Working the murders, Flowers becomes convinced that someone is keeping a list—with many more names on it. And when he discovers what connects them all, he’s almost sorry. Because if it’s true, then this whole thing leads down a lot more trails than he thought it did—and every one of them is booby-trapped.

Librarian's note: as of 2021, there are 13 volumes in the author's Virgil Flowers series. The last was published in April 2021. It is in the "Prey" series but Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers share the billing - "Ocean Prey."

This is the second book in this series. I love the Lucas Davenport's books (John Sandford's other series) and I like Virgil Flowers who had cameos in multiple of those books. 

Virgil Flowers is part of the BCA and his new cases are assigned to him by his boss Lucas. 

Heat Lightning finds Virgil following the murders of men who are left at veterans' memorials or monuments. The victims all have a lemon in their mouths.

Virgil finds clues pointing to these murders linked with the Vietnam War. He is sure more targets are coming unless he can find who they are otherwise he is running out of time. 

I like Virgil. Physically, he looks like a surfer. He has a laid-back attitude. He likes to go out on his boat and fish. He likes to dance. He is a writer with a good future. He has been married and divorced three times.  Virgil likes the ladies although he seems to fall in love with all of them.  However, his best quality is that he is a thinker and that's the way he catches his prey.  

Cliffhanger: No

3.5/5 Fangs

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