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Mad River [Hardcover]

John Sandford
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Oct. 2 2012 A Virgil Flowers Novel (Book 6)
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 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 even he doesn’t realize what’s about to happen next.

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Praise for John Sandford's MAD RIVER:

“The best entry in a stellar series” – Booklist (starred review)
“A high-octane thrill ride. Virgil pulls out all the stops.” – Publishers Weekly
“Wonderfully entertaining” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“The greatest strength of Mad River lies in Flowers himself. It’s hard to think of a more balanced and genial investigative hero, yet he’s still able to keep cops and bad guys alike in line. The killers’ motivations and dynamic remain riveting until the final pages.” – Shelf Awareness
“There are few events more welcome in the literary world than the appearance of another John Sandford book. Mad River is shot through with dark humor from all sides [and] the violence that is the driving force of the book ratchets up the suspense to an almost excruciating degree.” –

About the Author

John Sandford is the author of twenty-two Prey novels, most recently Stolen Prey; the Virgil Flowers novels, most recently Shock Wave; and six other books. He lives in Minnesota.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Investment Oct. 14 2012
By Robin
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Well folks if you want an excellent yarn for a rainy day this is it. I bought it 2 weeks ago and nearly finished it in the same day I started to read it! Had to space it out. The plot is very familiar and we have seen it unfolding in the news, far too many times unfortunately, Virgil Flowers is his usual self, getting involved with yarious females. Davenport is there to support him along with a varied cast of characters, all in all a very good read which I highly recommend to everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Virgil Flowers... July 26 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback
is an investigator for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) in Minnesota, reporting to Lucas Davenport, the protagonist of Sandford's "Prey" books. The two series are therefore interrelated, sort of country cop, city cop.

In this, the sixth installment, Flowers is involved in tracking down a young couple who are on a killing spree in rural Minnesota. (Remember the movie Badlands?) The first two thirds of the book follows the killers attempts to get away and the police procedures to catch them. The plot then takes an interesting turn, leading to an unusual conclusion.

Sandford is a very good writer, there is some humor and snappy dialogue; overall entertaining and a good way to while away a summer weekend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love John Sandford's Books Jan. 17 2013
By Rose
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Always an exciting read.
I own most of his books and have enjoyed every one.
Difficult to put down. The only problem is I read his books in two days, then wish there was more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another solid outing by Sandford Jan. 10 2013
Another solid outing by Sandford and his hip detective, Virgil Flowers. Three young trailer trash go on a killing spree and Flowers chases them down. Sandford's cops succeed through clever police work, perseverance and a bit of luck, making his books entertaining and believable. Mad River continues the tradition.
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