Mad River (Virgil Flowers Series #6)

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They were average kids looking for something to do.
 
Today they started killing people.

A modern-day Bonnie and Clyde are on the run through rural Minnesota—victim by victim they’re having the time of their lives. But when Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the hunt for the thrill-hungry kids, things take a shocking detour.

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Overview


They were average kids looking for something to do.
 
Today they started killing people.

A modern-day Bonnie and Clyde are on the run through rural Minnesota—victim by victim they’re having the time of their lives. But when Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the hunt for the thrill-hungry kids, things take a shocking detour.

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A trio of terrifying teens, including a 21st century Bonny and Clyde, are killing their way through the formerly peaceful state of Minnesota and Virgil Flowers (as always sans gun) is intent on bringing them to justice. A very readable thriller; now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
In this high-octane thrill ride, bestseller Sandford’s fifth novel featuring Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Virgil Flowers (after 2011’s Shock Wave), Lucas Davenport, Virgil’s boss (and star of his own series), dispatches Virgil to a remote corner of the state to deal with “a bad one.” Four people are dead: a married couple in Shinder, another two in nearby Bigham. The gang responsible—armed and dangerous teens Jimmy Sharp, Tom McCall, and Becky Welsh—have already murdered one woman during a robbery, and Virgil soon suspects them in these other crimes. Fearful that the killing spree hasn’t run its course, Virgil pulls out all the stops to get inside the minds of his quarry while he sorts through all the possible motives for the spate of deaths. Virgil’s penchant for wisecracking, which in less skilled hands could have been annoying, serves to deflate the tension, and his backstory is simple enough to allow new readers to easily keep up. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Three angry teenagers without prospects but with access to guns make like Bonnie and Clyde and a sidekick, often sending cell phone images of their crimes to a local Minnesota TV station. Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the crowd hunting down these nasties—just before things get really bad. Flowers seems about as popular as Sandford regular John Prey; buy up.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425261316
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Series: Virgil Flowers Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 26,771
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Sandford

John Sandford is the pseudonym of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of the Prey novels, the Kidd novels, the Virgil Flowers novels, The Night Crew, and Dead Watch. He lives in Minnesota. 

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 4, 2012

    Angela Shikany

    Disclaimer
    : I'm in love with Virgil Flowers. Ther goes any impartiality I might claim. Loved this book. I think the author gets better with each book he writes and am always anxious to read Flowers' latest thoughts on God. Its good as a stand alone but better to read the whole series in order so you can appreciate the wonder that is Flowers.

    10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Great Read

    This was a great read as are most of Sanfords books. His characters are well developed and his descriptive narrative is topnotch. He knows how to grab you from start to finish. Couldnt put it down,but then I love Virgil Flowers.
    A very good read.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    Mad River, soon to be published

    Sorry, I have not read this book yet. But after I do, I am sure it will be at least a 4 star. I have read 33 other Sanford books and they all were excellent.

    5 out of 52 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

    Another Pageturner from Sanford

    Loved it, you can always count on Virgil Flowers novels for a well written and great story!

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Great!

    The virgil flowers series is my favorite os sandford's work. This book does not disappoint.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2012

    Love Virgil!

    I just wish John Sandford would write more often. I look forward to his Virgil Flowers books and his other ones also. Mad River is a good read, I always buy the CD's so I can listen to them at bedtime or nap time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    Ddusty

    Im here

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    Typical f---ing Flowers!

    Another fun Virgil Flowers... if you like his stories, then you will like this one. Very good images of northern midwest.. my husband and I thought Stanford did a great job of describing the countryside as well as life there. Then throw in the intrigue of mass murders. Stanford does a good job of having you see the tragedy of these kid's lives that got them to where they were. And a twist or two. Kept both of us wanting to read..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    Vintage Virgil

    I enjoyed this one almost as much as the earlier Flowers series books. Virgil goes on a quest to locate a trio of killers before they can rub out any more innocent lives. His pursuit is driven more by change and waiting for the next killing than it is by intelligent anticipation of their next moves. I asked myself if there was anything really special or unique of Virgil's handling of the case and answered, "Not much, really."

    But the character continues to develop and mature and I do like the way he is going. I always look forward to a new Virgil Flowers installment.

    Recommended, but don't expect any unique or cutting-edge crime solving skill.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Hazlefur

    Noded ok very well your leader. She smiled. And disapered into starclan. Moonpool-Moon pool result one. Meeting at four trees result 6

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Riverstar

    She dipped her head.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    Good, taut thriller -

    I love Sandford's characters - Virgil Flowers definitely is one of those, and I liked this novel - Not as funny as some - way darker as a matter of fact, but a good read. You shake your head throughout at the - stupidity - of some people, but Sandford is careful to place the blame on poverty, lack of opportunity and education. It's a good statement with horrific consequences. a good book. Much to chew on, too...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Recommended

    Good interesting reading but not spell binding. Would read more of Flowers series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    I will be medicine cat!!!

    I will be you guys medicine cag my name is moonheart

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    RIVERCLANS BIOS

    Leapardfur

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    To Mapleshade

    Is Shybreeze even here right now?)))

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Storm

    She jumped at Mapleshade tackling her "Shybreeze go get your clan!" She yowled at her and clawed at Mapleshades throat

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Shadow

    He watched the cats.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2013

    Striking

    Nvm. Got a charger

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Kaeyos

    Night

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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