Virgil Flowers investigates a miracle–and a murder–in the wickedly entertaining new thriller from the master of “pure reading pleasure” (Booklist)
Pinion, Minnesota: a metropolis of all of seven hundred souls, for which the word “moribund” might have been invented. Nothing ever happened there and nothing ever would–until the mayor of sorts (campaign slogan: “I’ll Do What I Can”) and a buddy come up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. They’d heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary had turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of pilgrims. And all those pilgrims needed food, shelter, all kinds of crazy things, right? They’d all get rich! What could go wrong?
When the dead body shows up, they find out, and that’s only the beginning of their troubles–and Virgil Flowers’–as they are all about to discover all too soon.
Praise for Holy Ghost
“Holy smoke, Holy Ghost is a hot one! . . . The dialogue is sometimes biting and always witty, and the entire book is at once wicked and sublime.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Wickedly enjoyable . . . Sandford’s trademark sly humor shines throughout.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for Deep Freeze
“Along the way to the satisfying ending, Virgil displays the rough humor and rough justice that make him such an appealing character.”— Publishers Weekly
“The ride, as always in a Sandford novel, surprises and delights….Add a gripping storyline, a generous helping of exquisitely conceived characters and laugh-out-loud humor that produce explosive guffaws, not muted chuckles, and you’re in for the usual late-night, don’t-even-think-of-stopping treat when Flowers hits town.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch
About the Author
John Sandford is the pseudonym for the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of twenty-eight Prey novels, most recently Twisted Prey; four Kidd novels, eleven Virgil Flowers novels, and six other books, including three YA novels coauthored with his wife, Michele Cook.
Holy Ghost is the eleventh book in John Sandford’s Virgil Flowers series, but my first foray into this series.
A small town in Minnesota is dying–not an unusual plight for small towns anywhere that are off the main highways. Wardell Holland and teenager John Jacob Skinner come up with an idea to put Pinion, MN back on the map, a sketchy ruse to attract tourists. They are going to use the Catholic Church, a faked Marian appearance, and turn the town into draw for religious tourists.
Unfortunately, a series of shootings, followed by several murders take place. Virgil Flowers, an investigator for the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is called in. What began as two serious injuries turns into a series of murders, and Virgil is at a loss to determine motive. A number of interesting characters and some humorous conversations, and a long struggle to figure out what was really going on kept me involved.
I’ve never read anything by John Sandford before, but I’ll certainly be interested in his other series now–and of course, I will be checking the library for more Virgil Flowers. Thanks to James Thane whose review of a Virgil Flowers book made me try this one!