Dark Of The Moon

Dark Of The Moon

Large Print - 2007
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Tall, lean, thirty-something and three times divorced Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. He did a stint in the Army as an MP, and then on the police force in St. Paul when Lucas Davenport brought him into BCA with a promise that they'd only give him the hard stuff. He'd been doing the hard stuff now for three years - but he'd never had a case quite like this one. In the small, congenial town of Bluestem, a house way up on a ridge explodes into flames. Judd, the owner of the house, was trapped inside. As Flowers digs, he learns that, years ago, Judd had perpetrated a scam that had driven a lot of local farmers out of business. And rumors abound about his involvement in a number of unsavory activities. As Flowers is learning, it's hard to find someone who didn't hate Judd. But the reason Flowers had come to Bluestem was the murder of a doctor and his wife 3 weeks ago. There hadn't been a murder in Bluestem for years and now there were three! There was a vicious killer on the loose in Bluestem, and Flowers would have to use all his expertise to keep from becoming another victim.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2007.
ISBN: 9781602850606
Characteristics: 431 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.


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IndyPL_ToddG Apr 22, 2019

Fans of Sandford's Prey series starring Lucas Davenport have already met Virgil Flowers, who has a very different personality and style from that of his boss - but who shares Davenport's ability to trace and track dangerous killers and unravel mysterious cases. In Dark of the Moon Sandford gives Flowers his own series, recommended for fans of the Prey novels. Tightly plotted with interesting supporting characters and a couple of minor appearances by Davenport himself, who passes on some occasional advice to the younger detective by telephone.

Dec 10, 2018

ok...VF likeable and easy to read story. relief following terrible E George book.

Jan 13, 2018

A well paced mystery with plenty of red herrings. A couple of small plot holes and okay characterizations are made up by the narrative. Worth it as an airplane or beach read.

Aug 15, 2017

Lots of twists. I enjoy how Sandford has us follow the logic of his main character Virgil Flowers, with Virgil being amazingly transparent with everyone -- on purpose as a strategy. This one I rated a little lower because I thought the hints about who was the killer were too obvious. Good read nevertheless.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jan 18, 2017

Although Virgil Flowers has been introduced in the Davenport series, this is the first in the series dedicated to Flowers on his own. If you enjoyed Flowers as a sidekick, this should be right up your alley. Funnier and quirkier than Davenport, Flowers is still an able investigator. In Dark of the Moon, Flowers is sent to the small town of Bluestem to investigate a double homicide. Like most Sandford books, the bodies start piling up before the end when Flowers discovers that the recent murders may be tied to something in the far past.

Aug 16, 2016

My first John Sandford read and I liked it. It was exciting enough to keep me interested and I liked the humor mixed in. nice touch! I will definitely try another John Sandford in the near future.

Oct 25, 2015

Finally got around to reading this Virgil Flowers blockbuster - - I want to be Virgil [and I've always hated fishing]!

Nov 26, 2014

Good book! Good author!

Jun 10, 2012

My reading secret is that I love John Sanford books, and I'm usually not a genre reader.
My faves are his "prey" series but I liked this book too - the first of his "Virgil Flowers" series.
A multiple murder mystery with twists and turns and interesting characters.

Feb 13, 2012

I like all of Sandford's books that I have read, and this was no exception. I always want to get to the next chapter and then the next book ! Flowers is a different type of character to Lucas Davenport, who is his boss and stars in the other Sandford 'Prey" novels. The characters are linked and I like that.

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Jun 19, 2014

Virgil Flowers — tall, lean, late thirties, three times divorced, hair way too long for a cop's — had kicked around a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport had brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff."
He'd been doing the hard stuff for three years now — but never anything like this.
In the small town of Bluestem, where everybody knows everybody, a house way up on a ridge explodes into flames, its owner, a man named Judd, trapped inside. There is a lot of reason to hate him, Flowers discovers. Years ago, Judd had perpetrated a scam that'd driven a lot of local farmers out of business, even to suicide. There are also rumors swirling around: of some very dicey activities with other men's wives; of involvement with some nutcase religious guy; of an out-of-wedlock daughter. In fact, Flowers concludes, you'd probably have to dig around to find a person who didn't despise him.
And that wasn't even the reason Flowers had come to Bluestem. Three weeks before, there'd been another murder — two, in fact — a doctor and his wife, the doctor found propped up in his backyard, both eyes shot out. There hadn't been a murder in Bluestem in years — and now, suddenly, three? Flowers knows two things: This wasn't a coincidence, and this had to be personal.
But just how personal is something even he doesn't realize, and may not find out until too late. Because the next victim... may be himself.

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