Mad River (Virgil Flowers Series #6)

Mad River (Virgil Flowers Series #6)

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by John Sandford
     
 

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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,

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.)
From the Publisher
“A master of the thriller.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Flowers is a welcome addition to [Sandford’s] body of work.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Mr. Sandford…knows all there is to know about detonating the gut-level shocks of a good thriller.”—The New York Times Book Review

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101602102
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Series:
Virgil Flowers Series , #6
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
6,909
File size:
696 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“A master of the thriller.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Flowers is a welcome addition to [Sandford’s] body of work.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Mr. Sandford…knows all there is to know about detonating the gut-level shocks of a good thriller.”—The New York Times Book Review

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
February 23, 1944
Place of Birth:
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Education:
State University of Iowa, Iowa City: B.A., American History; M.A., Journalism
Website:
http://www.johnsandford.org

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Mad River 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 204 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The virgil flowers series is my favorite os sandford's work. This book does not disappoint.
lynninoregon More than 1 year ago
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..
Doc_Writer_101 More than 1 year ago
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.
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I love John Sandford's writing. He knows how to pull you in and keep you interested. I usually finish them within 48-hours and then mad that I have to wait a year for the next one!!
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Good, 270 pages, Word of warning, contains homosexuals, homosexual porn and sexual activities. There is a pretty violent heterosexual rape. Well edited. A surprizing conclusion. Number six in the Virgil Flowers series. For adults. Not chick lit. AD
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Birdiemom More than 1 year ago
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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LandofEnchantment More than 1 year ago
A glimpse into the background psychology of a trio on a murderous rampage, and the lawmen on their trail.
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GWFrog More than 1 year ago
Just another typical John Sandford novel, and just another typical Virgil Flowers tale... Which is to say just another great, fun read...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun book, I enjoyed the characters as well as the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the true John Sandford fashion the reader is kept in suspense until the last possible moment. His character, Virgil Flowers, comes alive as yet another killing and mystery is assigned to him by the ever present Lucas Davenport. Sandford makes you want to apprehend and punish the villian(s) while at the same time playing upon your sympathies for what lead them to a life of crime. The book is everything you have come to expect from a Sandford novel.