Holy Ghost (Virgil Flowers Series #11)

Holy Ghost (Virgil Flowers Series #11)

by John Sandford

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735217324
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Series: Virgil Flowers Series , #11
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 2,089
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

JOHN SANDFORD is the pseudonym for the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of twenty-eight Prey novels, most recently Twisted Prey; four Kidd novels, eleven Virgil Flowers novels, and six other books, including three YA novels co-authored with his wife Michele Cook.

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

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Holy Ghost 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Don’t plan on anything serious while reading this latest Flowers novel. You won’t want to take the time away from Virgil and his crew of lawmen.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great read. Never would've guessed...Extremely engaging...LOVE these characters...
Anonymous 5 months ago
A murder mystery that I couldnt put down; which at the same time made me laugh. A great plot with very entertaining characters.
Anonymous 3 months ago
That Effin Flowers does it again. Can't stop reading. Awesome. Highly entertaining.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Gotta love Virgil.... and I’m always looking forward to the next book.
cloggiedownunder 4 months ago
Holy Ghost is the eleventh book in the Virgil Flowers series by prize-winning American journalist and author, John Sandford. It’s a late May Sunday morning when Minnesota BCA agent Virgil Flowers leaves Frankie Noble coping with morning sickness to investigate two shootings in the nearby town of Wheatfield (there may be some confusion as the blurb refers to the town as Pinion). What was a dying town that has recently seen a change in fortunes with sightings of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Mayor, Wardell Holland, is concerned for the adverse publicity. Virgil’s not there long before another shooting occurs, this one fatal. In each case, the location and time of day are identical, but despite eye-witnesses, confusion reigns about the shooter’s location. Each tiny clue sends Virgil in a different direction, frustrating his attempts to make sense of it all. The townsfolk are a quirky bunch and include a hairdresser who gives shoulder massages, a petty criminal who enjoys porn and has a taste, if not a talent, for blackmail, and a mayor who shoots flies. This dose of Virgil Flowers has quite a few twists and a whole school of red herrings that have Virgil chasing his tale and keep the reader guessing to the action-filled climax. Virgil does come up with some stupidly dangerous ideas that indicate he’s not yet quite used to the idea of being a prospective father. To keep things interesting, there’s a disgusting diner, a stolen semi-trailer-load of Lego, and chicken potpies are consumed to excess. There’s plenty of sitcom humour, some of it bordering on slapstick, and the dialogue, especially the banter between Virgil and his BCA colleagues, is a highlight. According to some reviews, this is not Sandford’s best Virgil Flowers novel, from which the reader might conclude that the first ten must indeed be rather good. Very entertaining. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Simon & Schuster Australia
Anonymous 5 months ago
Funniest Virgil F. Flowers book yet!
Anonymous 10 days ago
Kept me reading today
Anonymous 11 days ago
Love the read
Anonymous 25 days ago
Just an okay book.
ABookAWeekES 26 days ago
Each year, I eagerly await the release of John Sandford's latest Virgil Flowers novels. The series has become one of the few that I routinely keep track of. There's just something about Flower's off-kilter approach to crime fighting that makes the books must-read events. When I was offered an advanced copy of the eleventh and latest novel in the series, I eagerly accepted. It sat on my "to be read" list a bit longer than I anticipated, but the pages flew by as soon as I began reading it. Typical to the Flower's series, Holy Ghost begins with a bit of an absurd set up. The local mayor of a small Minnesota town is shooting at the pervasive flies in his trailer. He and a couple other citizens are complaining about the downfall of the town. People just don't come here anymore, and the local businesses are beginning to crumble. Then they have a bright idea that is sure to change their fortunes. Weeks later an apparition of the Virgin Mary conveniently appears at the local Catholic church. Just like that, the town's fortunes are improved. People from all over begin flocking from all over for the chance to witness another miracle. The mayor and his friends happened to open a general store of sorts directly across from the church a few weeks before the blessed appearance. Now the entire town is facing a revitalizing windfall. But a lone shooter seems to have it out for the town. A few weeks into the new found prosperity, two people have been shot. Enter Virgil Flowers, the rough and tumble detective for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. His harder edges have been softened by his girlfriend Frankie. The couple is expecting their first child together, so Virgil is truly starting to settle down. Still, his unconventional methods and everyman personality still help him to solve the "hard ones". As the Virgil arrives in town, the shooter claims his first fatality, and the urgency of the case intensifies. The livelihood of an entire town depends on him. With Holy Ghost, author John Sandford continues to fire on all cylinders with this series. He perfectly mixes engaging characters with a gripping mystery. Unlike many of the previous novels, the identity of the villain in this one is kept secret throughout. There was a heightened thrill in discovering the bad guy with Virgil. I've been a bit worried about the development of Virgil's personal life in the past few books, but I think his relationship with Frankie has grounded him in a way that has only made him more relatable. Holy Ghost is a novel in a fantastic series by an author who is at the top of his game. I can't wait to read the next one!
Anonymous 30 days ago
Great read!!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Complex plot twists and turns. Kept me up until dawn!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Awesome! Love these books!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I found this book long winded. It had ALOT of nonsense filler that meant nothing and added absolutely nothing fufilling to the story. I feel if this book had been 50 to 75 pages it would have rocked but unfortunately it was over 250 pages of long boring filler. I happen to love the Davenport and Flowers books and have devoured every word. I really love them but this one had me skipping thru the pages and I still couldn't get to the end fast enough. Just to help you, the rest of the books in the series were exceptional as were all the davenport books if it interests you.
marymaca 3 months ago
Love the characters many smirks, a Holy_______, didn't see that coming and OMG I can't believe that happened
Anonymous 4 months ago
I love Virgil flowers and the whole mid West language that goes with it. I am addicted and can’t wait for the next one.
Dawnh44 4 months ago
Holy Ghost, a Virgil Flowers book by John Sandford, is another excellent read! Virgil is really coming into his own and has become a beloved character separate from Sandford's Davenport. This book starts with a holy apparition in the dying town of Pinion, Minnesota and evolves into a serial sniper attack. As news of the apparition spreads, and more pilgrims travel to visit, its essential that Virgil quickly finds the murderer. Virgil is more of a contemplative detective then the usual and as the series continues, the reader really gets a sense of who he is. The series provides intrigue and mystery, coupled with humor. The Pinion towns people, while all suspect, are also an endearing group of people. I actually hope Sandford visits this group again.
Dawnh44 4 months ago
Holy Ghost, a Virgil Flowers book by John Sandford, is another excellent read! Virgil is really coming into his own and has become a beloved character separate from Sandford's Davenport. This book starts with a holy apparition in the dying town of Pinion, Minnesota and evolves into a serial sniper attack. As news of the apparition spreads, and more pilgrims travel to visit, its essential that Virgil quickly finds the murderer. Virgil is more of a contemplative detective then the usual and as the series continues, the reader really gets a sense of who he is. The series provides intrigue and mystery, coupled with humor. The Pinion towns people, while all suspect, are also an endearing group of people. I actually hope Sandford visits this group again.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Love John Sanford always a good and riveting story
Anonymous 4 months ago
Very fast and suspenseful
Anonymous 4 months ago
Anonymous 5 months ago
I totally enjoyed this book. Virgil is always good & love the characters in town. Usually I am pretty good at guessing the bad guys but I was completely wrong on this one. A good read.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Thanks for another great romp. Twists, turns, interesting characters. Really fun and always funny. Loved it!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Squeaks into a 5 rating but not the strongest book in the series. Classic Virgil and it was great to "see" Shrake & Jenkins for a lot of the book.