[Summary Rough Country] E-pub Author John Sandford

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Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active er social life but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort where a woman has been shot while kayaking The resort is for women only a place to relax get fit recover. To start with I didn t like the Virgil Flowers books I ve read all of the Lucas Davenport Prey series and loved them I d appreciated the character of Flowers as he appeared in the Davenport books but I just couldn t see how any series not focused on Davenport could be as good This was initially confirmed when I tried and failed to finish the first Flowers book But then in a weak moment and persuaded by another Sanford fan I tried a later book from the series it was good I ve now worked my way through most of the series and they re all good I m starting to believe I d misjudged my first experience and will need to go back and sample the first book againThis book is typical of the series in that Flowers is teams up with some local cops to solve a murder in a rural Minnesota setting He looks and acts cool gets involved with the local women drinks some beer and uotes the bible yes uotes the bible That s the thing about Flowers he s a complex mix and a certainly a very different man to Davenport The I ve now read of this series completed in a random order the I ve appreciated that in his own way he s as interesting as his boss Actually if I compare the series to the recent Prey books they re probably superiorWhat a great crime writer Sanford is If you haven t tried any of his books I d strongly urge you to do so

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From plastic surgery commune with nature and while it didn't start out to be a place mostly for those with Sapphic inclinations that's pretty much what it is todayWhich makes things all the complicated for Virgil because as he begins investigating he finds a web of connections between the people at the resort the victim and some local women notably a talented country singer and the he digs the move he discovers the arrows. Third in the Virgil Flowers thriller subseries and revolving around a roving detective with a penchant for band T shirts and writing fishing and hunting articles This series is an off shoot from Sandford s Lucas Davenport and doesn t rely upon itMy TakeIt s an intriguing start as McDill thinks of her scientist dad s explanation on the difference between full moons on the horizon and overhead It s true enough that you can sell the image easier than you can sell the truthI m thinking that the epithet everyone assigns to Virgil refers to is his clearance rate Then again I ve been working downtown for ten years and I ve never been hit on by a college girl Sedlacek said looking after her What have you got that I don t Good looks personalitycowboy boots Fuck me Sedlacek said I ve been trying to get by on intelligence Wendy is such a drama ueen She likes stirring everyone up screwing anybody and fighting At least she comes by it naturally eye roll To be fair everyone does seem to roll with itWow I did not like the Sextons and then to hear what everyone else has to say about themwell now I know why I didn t like em I did have to laugh at Susan Boehm gettin all uppity on Virgil Then her kid deflates the heck out of her and Virgil stomps out any last bits of hot air lolVirgil sees himself as the genial observer a role which is shot to hell with his two stories being in The New York Times Magazine and I see him as a stirrer upper whispering in one ear after another stirring the pot to see what bubbles up next I did miss having Virgil writing this case up the way he did in Dark of the Moon 1 and Heat Lightning 2Windrow is right No artist thinks or wants to think they re in a business All they want to do is create And make enough money to create some I m still trying to get a handle on Sandford s Virgil even as I am enjoying these as I read them The cases are as unfathomable as Lucas Davenport s onlyVirgil is so much laidback And I m still not getting where all that success with the ladies comes fromThe StoryEagle s Nest is not likely to fulfill Virgil s usual active social life as it s mostly become known as a resort for those with Sapphic inclinationsWhich makes things all the complicated for Virgil because as he begins investigating he finds a web of connections between the people at the resort the victim and some local women notably a talented country singer and the he digs the move he discovers the arrows of suspicion that point in many directions encompassing a multitude of motivations jealousy blackmail greed anger fear Nor is this the first murder that there was a second seemingly unrelated one the year before And that there s about to be a third definitely related one any time now And as for the fourth well Virgil better hope he can catch the killer before that happensThe CharactersThe surfer lookin Detective Virgil Flowers with a preference for indie bands gets assigned the tough ones and in between he fishes and writes articles After events in Heat Lightning 2 Virgil is moving into the big time with that two story article in The New York Times Magazine Johnson Johnson is his fishin buddy who runs a sawmillBureau of Criminal Apprehension BCA isthe state cops Lucas Davenport runs one department within it and is Virgil s boss Ron Mapes leads the initial crime scene crew along with Lane Herb Huntington is Mapes assistant Stacey Lowe leads the crew in the Cities Jenkins and Shrake are the resident thugs Sandy is a part time researcher at BCA Doug Wayne is the highway patrol pilot Sebriski is a highway patrolman delivering a rifleStone Lake in Itasca County iswhere the Eagle Nest Lodge is located Margery Stanhope owns the lodge Iris Garner is Margery s daughter Earl is Iris husband George Rainy is a guide Dorothy Killian is the guest who s leaving Jared Boehm is a dock assistant and one of the many pretty boys supplementing his income Susan Boehm is his attorney mother about to find out why parents don t represent their kids Rusty Jones was the campus guide in DuluthZoe Tull is Margery s gay accountant and a potential buyer Mary may become a partner Mabel Knox works for Zoe Signy is Zoe s sister and owns a uilt store in Grand Rapids Joe is Sig s runaway husbandJanelle Washington works in a candy store Dan owns it and rides a bicycle to work her husband James is a greenskeeper Tom Morris is a friend of theirs and Janelle s luckiest chance Patsy is his wife Barbara Carson is an elderly widow with an interest in heirloom roses Jim Young is the local newspaper guy Earl is a river ratErica McDill runs an advertising agency Ruff Harcourt McDill in Minneapolis and has plans for the future Ruth Davies is her significant other who s on the way out Oren McDill is Erica s dad State Senator Marsha Williams is a friend of Oren s Barney Mann is the much loved creative director Lawrence Harcourt has retired and was planning to sell out to McDill Abby Sexton had an affair with McDill she and her husband Mark works at RHM have an open and easy relationship Sandra Oduchenko is the Sextons babysitter Ronald Owen and John Yao are ad agency employees with the potential to lose their jobs Jean Owen is Ron s wife and really hated EricaThe Wild Goose is the bar where the ladies like to hang and where the band plays Tom Mortensen is the owner Chuck and Kara Larsen are the bartendersSlibe Ashbach is Wendy s dad and he raises English Cr me Golden Retrievers on the side when he s not doing grading or septic Slibe II aka Deuce or Junior is Wendy s brother Maria Osterhus is the wife who ran away with Hector Avila a civil engineerWendy Ashbach is the band s country singer Berni Raven Kelly is the not so great drummer and Wendy s girlfriend the belligerent Cathy Cat Mathis is on keyboards Bertha Bert Carr is the violinist Cynthia Sin Sawyer is lead guitar and Gerry O Meara plays bass The Schoolhouse is a recording studio Corky Saarinen is the manager who had been looking forward to working with McDill Mark is a sound engineerItasca County LawBob Sanders is the sheriff his father Ken was the sheriff before him Don Roy Service Ben and Dan big beefy boys Frank Harris and Carl are deputies John Phillips is the county attorney District Court Judge Don Hope thinks Wendy is a buxom lass Hank Underwood is the Cessna pilot in Itasca Dick Raab is a defense attorneyLittle Linda Pelli is a lost fifteen year old who has all of Bemidji looking for her Ruffe Ignace is a reporter with the recently bankrupt Minneapolis Star Tribune Debbie is a witness really annoyed with the very noisy couple next doorIowa City iswhere Constance Lifry another regular gay guest at the Eagle Nest owned a restaurant Honey s She was good friends with Jud Windrow who owns the Spodee Odee in Iowa City O Hara is a freelance drummer Irma Windrow is the bookkeeper and Jud s ex wife Prudence Bauer is Connie s sisterWill Sedlacek is the chief deputy for Johnson County while Larry Rudolph is another deputy The sheriff Jerry was good friends with ConstanceRoy is the tournament chairman at Vermilion LakeThe Cover and TitleThe cover is dark with a hazy suggestion of a man uiet and alone in the woods The author s name is large and in yellow at the top of the cover while the title is about half that size and dim compared to the author s flashYep it s Rough Country for Virgil on several counts He s used to getting easy with the ladies but this case involves gay ladies and I don t mean happy

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Of suspicion that point in many directions encompassing a multitude of motivations jealousy blackmail greed anger fear And then he discovers that this is not the first murder that there was a second seemingly unrelated one the year before And that there's about to be a third definitely related one any time now And as for the fourth well Virgil better hope he can catch the killer before that happensBecause it could be his ow. This novel features Virgil Flowers Detective Found I Liked this character He is on vacation when a murder occurs at a nearby resort The characters are countryfied Is that a word Was a good story but a bit long So many twists I got a stiff neck


10 thoughts on “Rough Country

  1. says:

    The endorsement by THE Stephen King on the cover page of the novel had attracted my attention By the way it is a murder mystery not a horror storyThis was my first Virgil Flower novel I had read a few Lucas Davenport novels earlier by the same author and liked the fact that Davenport made a brief appearance in this bookAnyway this is not the first book in the Virgil Flower series but you can read it as a standaloneThe story opens

  2. says:

    That f g FlowersVirgil Flowers the Minnesota state cop and spin off character from Sandford's Lucas Davenport series returns to solve another mystery and get a little fishing done A lesbian is murdered while kayaking on a lake at an upscale Minnesota restort that caters exclusively to women That's a political hot potato getting tossed from hand to hand until it's thrown at Virgil who gets his vacation at a nearby fishing tournam

  3. says:

    To start with I didn't like the Virgil Flowers books I've read all of the Lucas Davenport 'Prey' series and loved

  4. says:

    ★ ★ ★ 12Caught with a long wait situation and no book at hand I did something I hate doing I started a series in the middle This is the third Virgil Flowers book I was glad to discover that Flowers is a different character than Lucas Dav

  5. says:

    Hurray for this satisfying detective tale set in northern Minnesota Virgil Flowers a charming investigator with the state’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension gets called away from a fishing trip to solve a sniping murder of a tourist woman staying at a rustic lodge on a lake near Grand Rapids In chatting up wom

  6. says:

    Third in the Virgil Flowers thriller subseries and revolving around a roving detective with a penchant for band T shirts and

  7. says:

    Another really good mystery Really enjoy reading about Virgil Flowers and his ways of solving a crime He always solves it too and it's never what you think while reading the story but wraps it up at the end LOts of interesting characters This one was about a group of people who were connected to a resort and him figuring out how a

  8. says:

    This novel features Virgil Flowers Detective Found I Liked this character He is on vacation when a murder occurs at a nearby resort The characters are countryfied Is that a word? Was a good story but a bit long So many twists I got a

  9. says:

    Short reviews of wonderful Virgil sorryThis was excellent complex interesting characters Great action

  10. says:

    5 Stars Poor Virgil it seems that until he actually signs off on this case he can't get together with the woman of his latest dreams To a similar extent the same for his other pastime fishing First for him and me the matter at hand Erica McDill a high powered advertising executive has been shot while kayaking in rural Minnesota There are numerous clues including a shell casing but it starts to complicate She had been