Sunday, March 24, 2024

Bad Blood by John Sandford
Virgil Flowers #4

Title: Bad Blood 
Series: Virgil Flowers #4
Author: John Sandford
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons

Another brilliant Virgil Flowers thriller from the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author.

One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator- and a young man hits him on the head with, was it a steel bar?, and then drops him into the grain bin as he first waits until he's sure he's dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the "accident." Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down.

The next day the boy is found hanging in his cell. Remorse? Virgil isn't so sure. As he investigates, he begins to uncover a multigeneration, multifamily conspiracy - a series of crimes of such monstrosity that, though he's seen an awful lot in his life, even he has difficulty in comprehending.

More importantly, he has to figure out what to do.

Virgil Flowers is called to investigate a crime. A young man has been found dead in his cell of an apparent suicide after hitting a farmer with a baseball bat and then, the cop who worked that night is found dead at home with his pants unzipped.

Virgil's companion in this investigation is Warren County Sheriff Lee Coakley. She won the recent election and has to prove she can solve this series of crimes after the bodies start piling up. 

A "church" is in the middle of the investigation. Is sex the reason for the murders or is it child abuse?

I think that John Sandford has made Virgil better and better with each book. The sarcasm, the perfect one-liners, the plot, and the secondary characters crossing over from the Lucas Davenport series all make a perfect winning formula for this novel to be engrossing and successful. 

Despite Virgil and Lucas being very different physically and in their personal life, they both share some qualities that humanize them.  Their gray areas are so very entertaining 

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

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