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Mad River

Sandford, John (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Mad River
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The next novel in the Virgil Flowers series. Jimmy Sharp, Becky Welsh, TomMcCall. They were Bonnie and Clyde, they thought, and what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it is captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station. Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down. But something doesn't feel quite right to him about the whole thing. He just hopes he can figure out what before too many people die. But even he can't realize what is about to happen next.
Authors: Sandford, John, 1944 February 23-
Title: Mad River
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2012
Characteristics: 387 p. ;,24 cm
Summary: The next novel in the Virgil Flowers series.
Jimmy Sharp, Becky Welsh, TomMcCall. They were Bonnie and Clyde, they thought, and what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it is captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station. Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down. But something doesn't feel quite right to him about the whole thing. He just hopes he can figure out what before too many people die. But even he can't realize what is about to happen next.
ISBN: 0399157700
9780399157707
Statement of Responsibility: John Sandford
Subject Headings: Spree murderers Fiction Teenagers Fiction Government investigators Minnesota Fiction Flowers, Virgil (Fictitious character) Fiction
Genre/Form: Suspense fiction
Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Spree murderers
Teenagers
Government investigators
Flowers, Virgil (Fictitious character)
LCCN: 2012025454
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Apr 08, 2013
  • MBSL500 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Partner or no, Sanford and Virgil are at their prime. Ah, poop! How do I add 6 stars?!

Feb 17, 2013
  • StephenB rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Perhaps not the strongest of the series, but the sympathetic portrayal of the loser killers was nicely done. I'm a little curious about the nature of the collaborative writing process mentioned in a note at the beginning of the book. "Sandford" evidently has a partner of some kind in producing these books.

Dec 21, 2012
  • deRougemont rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The amazing thing about John Sandford is that after more than 30 titles he still retains his edge and almost every book he releases is well-crafted and engrossing. “Mad River” is a perfect example of this. A highly entertaining read.

Because this was a John Sandford book, it was a fast, easy read. But it is not as good as some of his past efforts. With regard to the police and the bad guys and who wins and who loses, Sandford is very cynical. You are reading fiction, you think,and it's like the author is saying "this is what it's really like, this is the reality". Yes, we all know that reality is different from fiction, but if a book is supposed to be fiction then it should stay that way.

Nov 23, 2012
  • nannerl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very entertaining, as usual from this author. The Virgil Flowers character has definitely grown on me, I wasn't too keen on him at first.

Nov 11, 2012
  • emerge rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not the strongest in this series but it's always fun to spend some time with Virgil & his buddies.

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