Deadline (Virgil Flowers #8) by John Sandford


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KK Conley Review

I love Virgil Flowers. If he were real, I’d want to have a beer with him, and I don’t even drink beer.

Only Virgil could agree to help his friend Johnson Johnson find his dog and a rotten dognapper and stumble onto a murder plot and a nest of nasty town leaders. This book is Virgil Flowers at his best, with even more humor than usual.

No surprise that a dog adopts Virgil.

Booklist Online Review:

Clancy Conley’s journalism career has fallen victim to his methamphetamine addiction, and he’s bounced to the bottom of the career ladder, writing part-time for a weekly paper in rural Trippton, Missouri (Minnesota.) And that’s where his story ends. Clancy is inexplicably gunned down while jogging, and state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Virgil Flowers (Storm Front, 2013), already in town helping his friend Johnson Johnson track down a serial dognapper, is just curious enough to pull rank and investigate. Clancy told his friend Wendy, Trippton’s lady of the evening, that he was working on an explosive story that would revive his career. But his editor denies knowing about any such story, and Clancy’s computer is suspiciously missing. Undeterred, Virgil hits the jackpot when he finds Clancy’s photo card. It seems Clancy had been looking into some sort of budgetary shenanigans and the dark deeds of some of Trippton’s most upstanding citizens. 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.

— Christine Tran

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Amazon Description

In southeast Minnesota, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed to only a few—for personal issues. The remaining members vote on the fate of a local reporter.  And it’s unanimous…

Kill him.

Meanwhile, Virgil Flowers is investigating a dognapping crime wave in a Mississippi River town when he gets a call from Lucas Davenport. A corpse has been found, and the victim is local reporter Clancy Conley. Virgil has no idea where this is all headed. All he knows for sure is that things are getting nasty in Buchanan County.

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John Sandford’s Description

Barns, the Chairman, looked around the room and said, “Okay. We can do this. Let’s see a show of hands. In unanimous, or it’s prison. Do we kill Clancy Conley?”

They all looked around at each other, each of them reluctant to go first. Then the fat man raised his hand, and then Kerns, and then the rest of them.
“It’s unanimous,” Barns said.

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, for personal issues. “Issues” is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. There are no votes against.

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…
Over the course of seven previous books, John Sandford’s novels featuring Virgil Flowers have achieved an enormous popularity, both among fans and reviewers. “Virgil Flowers is a truly captivating character,” writes the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “John Sandford writes entertainment that is not to be missed,” says the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
And you don’t want to miss this one.