Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Review: Deadline (Virgil Flowers #8) by John Sandford

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1414 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399162372
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (Oct. 7 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English

Book Description

 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. . .

About the Author

 John Sandford was born John Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962. He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966. In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa. He was in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, worked as a reporter for the Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian from 1968-1970, and went back to the University of Iowa from 1970-1971, where he received a master's degree in journalism. He was a reporter for The Miami Herald from 1971-78, and then a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press from 1978-1990; in 1980, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Pulitzer in 1986 for a series of stories about a midwestern farm crisis. From 1990 to the present he has written thriller novels. He's also the author of two non-fiction books, one on plastic surgery and one on art. He is the principal financial backer of a major archeological project in the Jordan Valley of Israel, with a website at In addition to archaeology, he is deeply interested in art (painting) and photography. He both hunts and fishes. He has two children, Roswell and Emily, and one grandson, Benjamin. His wife, Susan, died of metastasized breast cancer in May, 2007, and is greatly missed.

My Review

The Virgil Flowers series by John Sandford is one of my guilty pleasures. I just love this series. Virgil Flowers is a great character. Deadline is the 8th book in the series. What a great addition it is!

A bit of Appalachia hidden in Minnesota...who knew...Dog thieves! Hidden meth operations! John Sandford is an engaging writer who pulls the reader in during the first few pages. This was a hard book to put down. Not because there was great suspense...the reader was aware of everything that was going on. You just wanted to see if everything was going to come to a successful conclusion. Particularly the part about the dogs. It's all about the dogs!

Great story! Highly recommend this series!

No comments:

Post a Comment