Deadline (Virgil Flowers Series #8)

Deadline (Virgil Flowers Series #8)

by John Sandford
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Deadline 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 125 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
JCD2 More than 1 year ago
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!"
JSchwei More than 1 year ago
Suspense all the way to the end. Great character. Good humor mixed with thriller reading.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
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
Mikeeman More than 1 year ago
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.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, my only complaint is to use a thesaurus to find substitute words for the "first word" - way over used it. There's gotta be some words that'd be funnier if the vocabulary was expanded.
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tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Just having finished his last assignment, Virgil Flowers of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was looking forward to some quiet time. And then he gets a telephone call from his friend, Johnson Johnson, requesting him to come solve what amounts to a dog-napping problem in the small town of Trippton. It seems someone has been stealing dogs from the town’s residents, presumably for sale to medical laboratories and other uses. Instead, when Virgil gets there he gets more than he can chew on: First the murder of a reporter on the local weekly newspaper, which leads Virgil to uncover a massive fraud by members of the school board, followed by additional murders. Some quiet time! From that point, Virgil just plods on to the inevitable conclusion. The reader is never in any doubt about the identity of the culprits. It only remains to find out how it all comes together. The Virgil Flowers series is now eight novels (and counting). He is an entertaining protagonist, and the stories are well written and enjoyable. “Deadline” seems a little long, but the pages turn quickly, and the novel is recommended.
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Would highly recommend this thriller.
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LeeNV More than 1 year ago
Sanford is normally one of my favorite authors, but this one disappointed. Couldn't get past the first 4 or 5 chapters. I had heard he started using ghost writers...this was probably one...definitely not up to his usual high standard.
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johnwillie More than 1 year ago
Great reading
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Sandford continues to entertain with the latest Virgil Flowers' effort. Own them all, and looking forward to the next installment.