Friday, February 27, 2015

Review: Deadline by John Sandford

Mysterious Reviews: Reviews of New Mysteries, Novels of Suspense, and Thrillers

A Mysterious Review of Deadline by John Sandford. A Virgil Flowers Mystery.

Review summary: On balance, this is an enjoyable entry in this series, but editing out one of the subplots, which is completely superfluous, and smoothing out the pacing over the other two, would have made this already good book a far better one. (Click here for text of full review.)

Our rating: 4 of 5 stars

Deadline John Sandford

John Sandford
A Virgil Flowers Mystery
Putnam (October 2014)

Publisher synopsis: 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, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

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 …

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