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Deep freeze

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2017
"Class reunions: a time for memories--good, bad, and, as Virgil Flowers is about to find out, deadly--in the thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series . Virgil knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well. A few years back, he investigated the corrupt - and as it turned out, homicidal - local school board, and now the town's back in view with more alarming news: A woman's been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. There's a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of twenty years ago that has a mid-winter reunion coming up, and so, wrapping his coat a little tighter, Virgil begins to dig into twenty years' worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood. In the process, one thing becomes increasingly clear to him. It's true what they say: High school is murder"-- Provided by publisher.

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Connelly, Michael, 1956- — Michael Connelly rivals Sandford for grim tone and depressing circumstances. Any of Connelly's Suspense and Mystery novels should appeal to Sandford fans for their grit, violence, and fast pace. -- Krista Biggs
Burke, James Lee, 1936- — John Sandford and James Lee Burke both write gritty, fast-paced mysteries featuring characters of ill-repute and hidden backgrounds. Readers of dark mysteries may enjoy the works of both authors. -- Rebecca Sigmon
Laukkanen, Owen — Owen Laukkanen and John Sandford write riveting suspense novels featuring cops, FBI agents, and private investigators often operating in Minnesota. Their frequently violent work is fast-paced and plot-driven and, although both Laukkanen and Sandford are gritty and compelling, Sandford's work is more richly detailed. -- Mike Nilsson
Deaver, Jeffery — Sandford's readers will appreciate the myriad details and graphic violence of Deaver's nerve-wracking, fast-paced psychological thrillers. -- Krista Biggs
Holton, Hugh — Hugh Holton and John Sandford both write dark mysteries, and readers may like both authors' focus on law enforcement officers as protagonists. -- Rebecca Sigmon
Dunning, John, 1942- — John Dunning is an excellent choice for readers who love the details in Sandford's books. His books are filled with trivia and arcane lore, and yet they move quickly through complex, action-packed storylines. -- Krista Biggs
Katzenbach, John — While Katzenbach tends to write stand-alone novels and Sandford writes mostly books in series, both authors write darkly suspenseful and gritty mysteries. -- Rebecca Sigmon
Lindsey, David L. — Suspense and Mystery writer David L. Lindsey should appeal to Sandford fans who like their protagonists troubled and solitary. Lindsey tends to be even more gruesome than Sandford. His painstaking research is evident in the details both in his series and in his stand-alones, and the taut suspense and bleak tone will resonate with Sandford's readers. -- Krista Biggs
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Pearson, Ridley — Both Pearson and Sandford write Mysteries that feature detail-rich investigations, a moody detective, serial murderers, explicitly described violence, building suspense, and fast pacing. -- Krista Biggs
Costantini, Roberto, 1952- — These authors' works are Suspenseful, Violent, and Compelling, and they share: the genres 'Police procedurals' and 'Thrillers and suspense' and the subjects 'Murder investigation' and 'Police'.

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★★★★★ Oh, that Flowers....

By ~~Luanne~~ on Thu, 09 Nov 2017 18:32:04

I really enjoy John Sandford's Lucas Davenport series. Virgil Flowers was a supporting character in that series, but is now the lead in his own set of books. I really like Lucas, but have to say that 'that f****** Flowers' is my fave! The 10th (and latest) Flowers book is Deep Freeze. Virgil is happily enjoying some time off when he's called back in and sent to Trippton, Minnesota - remember that murderous school board? Well, there's another dead body in town - this one's frozen. And the suspects are many - everything points to one of the Trippton graduating class of twenty years ago. Turns out they've got a reunion planned....Now, we the reader know who the culprit is. But the body isn't where he left it. So the killer is just as confused. Knowing what we believe to be the whodunit in no way detracts from being on the case with Virgil. My interest was held right through to the end. And there's one more thing his superiors want him to look into while he's in Trippton. Some locals are adding some, well, 'inappropriate' sound chips to Barbie dolls. Mattel would like them to 'cease and desist.' Oh, Sandford's plotting is always great. In Virgil's cases, nothing is straight forward or 'normal'. And that's a huge part of the appeal of this series. But the real draw is of course Virgil. With his blond surfer boy looks, his laconic, down homey charm, his sense of humour and ability to fit right in with the locals, Virgil is not what you would expect of an Minnesota BCA Agent. The situations and dialogue assigns to Virgil are laugh out loud funny. One of the best supporting characters takes a larger role this time out. Johnson Johnson (nope, that's not a typo, that's his name) lives in the Trippton area, so he adds himself to the investigation. The banter between these two is great fun. Virgil's personal life is also a step left of center. Sandford has moved things along in each new entry in the series. There's a fairly large development in Deep Freeze - I will be curious to see what the next book brings. Deep Freeze is another great entry in this entertaining series. ~~Luanne~~

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