Deadline (Virgil Flowers Series #8)

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 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. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611761986
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: Virgil Flowers Series , #8
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 8
Sales rank: 484,070
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.


St. Paul, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

February 23, 1944

Place of Birth:

Cedar Rapids, Iowa


State University of Iowa, Iowa City: B.A., American History; M.A., Journalism

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Praise for Deadline

“Another brainy thriller from a prolific author, ‘Deadline’ fulfills readers’ expectations of Sandford’s fiction: tense, smart and character-driven.” — Richmond Times Dispatch

“Rich characters [and] the descriptions of small-town life, politics and corruption and the concurrent trails of action make for a fast and entertaining read.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Sandford's best Flowers book to date. . . . There is a lot of drama and mayhem in this story and readers of traditional Sandford books will be satisfied for sure. Still if you like a little humor in your plots, this book will more than sate that desire. This book is the most fun I have had reading in a long time.”—Huffington Post

“There’s a lot going on in Deadline . . . The biggest joys of this series are Flowers himself (his boss is Lucas Davenport from the Sandford's Prey novels), the cast of eccentric supporting characters and the humorous dialogue.”Shelf Awareness

“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.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Stellar . . . 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.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Sanford balances straight-talking Virgil Flowers’ often hilariously folksy tone and Trippton’s dark core of methamphetamine manufacturers and sociopaths; the result is pure reading pleasure for thriller fans.”—Booklist

Praise for Storm Front
“John Sandford has the Midas touch. [Storm Front is] exciting, complex and funny all the way through. Virgil is a unique character [and] the beauty of Sandford’s writing is that the narrative of the book is told in perfect harmony with Flowers’ personality . . . Entertaining reading all the way.” —The Huffington Post

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Deadline 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 124 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.
robcon41 More than 1 year ago
Virgil Flowers is a laid back investigator for the Minneapolis Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. His boss, Lucas Davenport, is the main character in the "Prey" series. This book is about dognappers, clean-cut midwestern murderers, romance, and other interesting things. Virgil Hardly ever carries a gun, and is more adept at charming women and fishing than threatening anyone, unlike his sometimes scary boss. Wacky plot, plenty of great dialogue, and action. A lighter take on the B.C.A.'s usual grim work. Always a pleasure reading a John Sandford book.