Friday, October 19, 2012

Review: Mad River (Virgil Flowers #6) by John Sandford

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399157700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399157707

Book Description

 Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what’s-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns.

The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers’ cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down. But even he doesn’t realize what’s about to happen next.

About the Author

 JOHN SANDFORD is the author of twenty-two Prey novels, most recently Stolen Prey; the Virgil Flowers novels, most recently Shock Wave; and six other books. He lives in Minnesota.

My Review

Since discovering the Virgil Flowers crime series by John Sandford a few years ago, I can easily say that I look forward to each new book in the series with great anticipation.

Mad River is an excellent addition to the series.  Sandford has a great writing style and he portrays Flowers with such realism that you feel that you know him.  Minnesota is also realistically presented once again in Mad River.  It is a reality today that many young people are lost.  Good jobs are hard to come by.  It is easy for them to fall off the tracks and descend into a life of drugs and crime. 

The Bonnie and Clyde of Sandford's Mad River are Becky and Jimmy.  And their sidekick Tom who turns himself in but freely lies to everyone.Quite the group of characters that Flowers has to deal with as usual.  Loved the biblical references and how they worked with the conclusion of the tale.

Excellent contemporary crime story.  A pleasure to read.

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