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Deadline (Virgil Flowers Series #8)

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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 ...
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Overview


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. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Marilyn Stasio
There are plenty of fictional cops and private eyes with anger issues, woman troubles and drinking problems. And then there's Virgil Flowers…He leaves the big-time crime-busting to his boss in Minneapolis, Lucas Davenport…so he can grab the fun assignments for himself…Despite Virgil's casual air, Sandford's humor isn't flip. He sees Trippton's battered trailer homes, the live pit bulls and dead cars in the yards and the no-trespassing signs at the gates, along with all the signs of misery other regional authors record in their novels. But there's compassion in his gaze and genuine affection in his raucous laughter.
Publishers Weekly
★ 08/11/2014
In Thriller Award–winner Sandford’s stellar eighth Virgil Flowers novel (after 2013’s Storm Front), the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent, who works for Lucas Davenport, the hero of the author’s other major series, helps friend Johnson Johnson with a little problem that keeps growing in the Mississippi River town of Trippton. Johnson’s neighbors are concerned about a series of dognappings by hillbillies who live up by inaccessible Orly’s Creek. Roy Zorn, a “small-time motorcycle hood,” might also be manufacturing some meth up that way. If Virgil can’t solve the dog problem, dog lovers may shift to open warfare. Meanwhile, the members of the Buchanan County Consolidated School Board, fearing they’ll all go to prison, vote unanimously to kill reporter Clancy Conley, who “inadvertently discovered that the school board was stealing the school system blind.” Virgil doesn’t get much help from Sheriff Jeff Purdy, but 12-year-old McKinley Ruff and high school janitor Will Bacon provide critical assistance as panicky board members escalate the violence. Sandford is an accomplished and amusing storyteller, and he nails both the rural characters and terrain as well as he has skewered urban life in past installments. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-28
Virgil Flowers, agreeing to check out the most minor crime imaginable in sleepy Trippton, Minnesota, finds himself in a steadily deepening pool of felonies. You may think dognapping is no big deal, but try telling that to Winky Butterfield, whose two black Labs have been carried off by D. Wayne Sharf. As Virgil's friend Johnson Johnson tells it, this latest theft is only part of a much larger pattern that's riled the dog-loving citizens of Buchanan County to demand action—if not from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, then from themselves. Eager to avoid a vigilante outbreak, Virgil (Storm Front, 2013, etc.) agrees to look for the missing pooches and promptly finds a meth lab that seems like a much bigger deal, at least to the BCA. Little does he know that a completely unrelated matter is about to nudge Trippton into wholesale violence. Members of the Buchanan County Consolidated School Board, tipped off that has-been reporter Clancy Conley is about to blow the whistle on their long-running embezzlement scheme, vote to have Conley killed and then are forced under pressure from Virgil's investigation to target ever more victims in order to cover their tracks. The school board meetings, in which cutthroat discussions of ways and means end with formal endorsements of murder that would do any parliamentarian proud, have a subversively comic edge that perfectly complements Virgil's straight-faced attempts to turn the board members against each other by urging everyone involved to rat out everyone else as they circle the wagons in ever shrinking patterns. The meth investigation winds up quickly and quietly, but Sandford keeps one last surprise up his sleeve for the denouement of the dognapping case, and it's a doozy. Exhilaratingly professional work by both Virgil and his creator that breaks no new ground but will keep the fans happy and add to their number.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399162374
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Series: Virgil Flowers Series , #8
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 744
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author


John Sandford is the author of twenty-four Prey novels; the Virgil Flowers novels, most recently Storm Front; and six other books. He lives in New Mexico.

Biography

John Camp (better known to readers as thrillmeister John Sandford) began his career as a journalist -- first as a crime reporter for The Miami Herald, then as a general reporter, columnist, and features writer for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press & Dispatch. In 1986, he won the Pulitzer Prize for "Life on the Land: An American Farm Family," a five-part series examining the farm crisis in southwest Minnesota.

Camp's interests turned to fiction in the mid-1980s, and he took time off to write two novels which were ultimately accepted for publication: The Fool's Run, a techno-thriller featuring a complex con man known as Kidd, and Rules of Prey, a police procedural starring maverick Minneapolis detective Lucas Davenport. When both books were scheduled (by different publishers) to be released three months apart in 1989, Camp was persuaded to adopt a pseudonym for one. He chose his paternal grandmother's maiden name, "Sandford" for Rules of Prey, and the nom de plume has remained attached to all the books in the series.

Less Dick Tracy than Dirty Harry, hard-boiled, iconoclastic Lucas Davenport is a composite of the cops Camp met while working the crime beat as a reporter. Intelligent and street smart, Davenport is also manipulative and not above bending the rules to get results. And although he has mellowed over time (something of a skirt chaser in his youth, he is now married with children), he remains one of the edgiest and most popular protagonists in detective fiction. Fans keep returning to the Prey books for their intelligently hatched plots, high-octane pacing, and deft, fully human characterizations.

From time to time, Camp strays from his bestselling series for standalone thrillers (The Night Crew, Dead Watch), and in 2007 he introduced a new series hero, Virgil Flowers of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, who debuted in Dark of the Moon. Although he is no longer a full-time journalist, Camp contributes occasional articles and book reviews to various publications. He is also a passionate archaeologist and has worked at a number of digs, mainly in Israel.

Good To Know

Don't confuse John Sandford with John Sanford -- it's one of Sandford's pet peeves. Sanford (without the "d") is a Christian philosophy writer.

The Sandford pseudonym has caused a few problems for Camp in the past. At an airport once, his ticket was reserved under Sandford, while all of his identification, of course, had the name Camp. Luckily, he had one of his novels with him, and thanks to the book jacket photo, he was able to convince airport security to let him on the plane.

The books in Camp's less successful Kidd series (The Fool's Run, The Empress File, The Devil's Code, and The Hanged Man's Song) have been re-released under the Sandford pseudonym.

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Roswell Camp
    2. Hometown:
      St. Paul, Minnesota
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 23, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    1. Education:
      State University of Iowa, Iowa City: B.A., American History; M.A., Journalism
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2014

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    What starts out as a favor for his friend, Johnson Johnson, turn

    What starts out as a favor for his friend, Johnson Johnson, turns into three different lines of investigation that twine around each other delightfully. Not as dark as some of the earlier stories, but just as deadly. You may have to suspend your disbelief at some of the goings on - but then you'll pick up a newspaper realize people really can be that crazy. Dog lovers will become fans as the story begins with an effort to find dogs stolen by a scalawag who thinks nothing of taking man's best friends and selling them to medical laboratories. As Virgil's rather goofy friend Johnson Johnson ropes him into taking on the task of being an animal detective in a small town, things rapidly heat up as corrupt citizens go off the rails and start a chain reaction of crime resulting in murder. The pace is rather fast as a whole host of criminals get jumbled into a rats nest of separate crimes which keep getting tangled up. It is up to Virgil and a cast oddballs and fellow cops try to sort out the various schemes and bring the perps to justice. The twists and turns are fun, with a lot of humor in this book. Highly recommend "Deadline" as a great way to spend a few hours with an old friend--Virgil Flowers. Virgil Flowers does not let us down, as per usual. He gets sucked into showing up in small town Minnesota when a fishing buddy of his calls and tells him his friends and neighbors are victims of dognappings. Virgil meets them in their local bar and finds a group of people who have grown up with rifles in one hand and fishing rods in the other. They are outraged by their dogs being stolen and are just about ready to lynch the person doing it    

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2014

    Angela Shikany

    Another entertaining book in the series. Wryly funny and also a subtle riff on our obsessions as a culture. I liked this so much; the multiple investigations, the continuity with the Prey books, and I am so jealous of Frankie. She is the lucky recipient of "Dr. Flowers Female Cure."
    Keep writing them, John, I'll keep reading them.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2014

    Excellent book. There is never enough of this level of writing.

    Excellent book. There is never enough of this level of writing. Hopefully the author will continue for sometime with new books.
    The quips and comments by the characters serve to make the story line interesting and  the greatly improves the quality of the story. 
    John Sandford just gets better with each new book. 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Sanford has the template for mystery and I have enjoyed every si

    Sanford has the template for mystery and I have enjoyed every single one of his books, this one was no exception. I hope Virgil keeps the dog. Be a perfect platform for some sidekick humor!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2014

    I think this is one of John Sandford's best works.  Virgil Flowe

    I think this is one of John Sandford's best works.  Virgil Flowers seems to get involved in all kinds of mayhem but keeps cool and calm.  Virgil is starting to outshine Lucas Davenport, and you have to go some to do that.  Between the dogs, drugs and school board Virgil doesn't have a minute to spare but still has time for a little romance.  And the dog!  All I'll say is "PERFECT!"

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2014

    "on the edge of my seat" Fantastic!

    Suspense all the way to the end. Great character. Good humor mixed with thriller reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2014

    Virgil flowers the multitasker!!!Great read with never a dull mo

    Virgil flowers the multitasker!!!Great read with never a dull moment . Virgil has become the icon of the "I'm not as dumb as you may think down-home boy"and is a  reluctant protagonist.did not want the novel to end and looking forward to spending more time w/Virgil and his Rural entourage.  

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2014

    This was my favorite Virgil Flowers book ever.  It was also one

    This was my favorite Virgil Flowers book ever.  It was also one of my favorite John Sandford novels in a while.  This one was funny and intense in places.  The characters were fun and likable

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2014

    Anything written by Sanford is a good read.

    Anything written by Sanford is a good read.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

    All i got on my download were blank pages!

    Anyone else have this problem?

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2014

    Really fun read

    Thus far this is my favorite Virgil Flowers book. Lots of action and plenty of humor. If you like fast moving actions books move this to the top of your list.

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  • Posted November 22, 2014

    Another Great Read!

    I'm always astonished by how beautifully drawn the characters are and their relationships and the great humour! Nothing less than genius. Always entertaining and informative stories, whether it's Virgil or Davenport. I also hope we see more of the Kidd novels.

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  • Posted November 21, 2014

    Like all his books

    As always the story is fast paced. His books get to the point and the bad guys get it in the end. Can' t wait for the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2014

    Stormfront

    I loved this book...I have read all Virgil books...funny & good...love John Sanford...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2014

    Average

    I try to stay away from novels with a political slant. This one made it almost until the very end, where the author's liberal bent just had to be inserted. It always amazes me why anyone trying to sell a product on the open market would consciously antagonize half their intended target.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2014

    Recommend

    Virgil is an interesting character and I always enjoy his odd assignments . Easy read and enjoyable .

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  • Posted November 11, 2014

    I¿ve been reading John Sanford since the very beginning. His bo


    I’ve been reading John Sanford since the very beginning. His books are always top of the line. This book is no exception, but, sometimes it had the feel of the Keystone Kops to it. You have to love Virgil, he’s something else.

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  • Posted November 7, 2014

    Highly recommend if you are a Virgil Flowers fan.

    Good read. Goes fast. Different plot lines. Enjoyed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2014

    I like Virgil Flowers, but this story was pretty luke warm. It s

    I like Virgil Flowers, but this story was pretty luke warm. It seems like Sandford is running out of juice. His earlier books with Lucas and Virgil were exciting page turners This one was warm and fuzzy. Let's get back to real mystery and excitement John! Your stories are missed!!!!

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  • Posted November 7, 2014

    Virgil is always a surprise !

    Makes you wonder how and one could keep all the different plots going but for John Stanford it seems easy for his character Virgil Flowers keeps you guessing till the end when it comes together! Another in the series of great reads.

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