Holy Ghost

Holy Ghost

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Virgil Flowers investigates a miracle ... and a murder ... in the wickedly entertaining new thriller from the master of pulse-pounding thrillers. Wheatfield, Minnesota: a huge city of all of seven hundred folks who define the phrase "small town". Nothing has ever happened in Wheatfield and nothing ever will ... until the mayor (of sorts-- campaign promise: "I'll Do What I Can") comes up with a scheme to put Wheatfield on the map. He's heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of curious people and making the townsfolk rich overnight. Why not stage a prank in Wheatfield and do the same? No one gets hurt and everyone gets rich. What could go wrong? And then a dead body shows up. It turns out that lots can go wrong with a get-rich-quick scheme like this one ... and lots will. It'll take everything Virgil Flowers has to put things to right - before someone else dies.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780735217324
0735217327
Branch Call Number: F SANDFORD
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 24 cm.

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CoMoReader
Nov 05, 2018

If John Sandford wrote this book, I’ll eat my hat. The Virgil Flowers we know and love was notably absent from this book. While this was a decent police procedural, pseudo-Flowers lacks the irreverent flair that makes the real Virgil a sexy, successful detective who mostly avoids law enforcement bureaucracy unless it can work to his advantage. The story was far from compelling in spite of its viable plot concept. Holy Ghost did introduce Skinner, a young man who has the makings of a promising character in future books; sadly for us readers, Virgil Flowers appears to have wandered off into domesticated bliss.

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USAF1969
Nov 01, 2018

Many years ago a friend introduced me to John Sandford and his PREY series. Always loved his books, very well done and entertaining with great character development. In one of those he introduced Virgil Flowers, in sort of a cameo role. Then came the FLOWERS series. I still read everything Sandford puts out, but I have come to love the Flowers series best. A super combination of serious and silly. HOLY GHOST delivers again. He best combination of characters yet. And throughout it all, he gives Flowers the chance to mull over more cosmic things, like God, legality and morality. In this case, he lets us see how frustrated Flowers becomes with himself and repeatedly fails to figure out who the serial killer is in Wheatfield. I laughed out loud a lot in this one. Enjoy.

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peggy_15
Oct 25, 2018

As always, I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was a bit silly. Lots of dumb actions by participants, both cops and citizens. Can't say more without giving too much away. But it doesn't matter. Still a good entertaining read. And I'll probably listen to the audiobook when it becomes available. Love the narrator.

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hollysalen
Oct 24, 2018

William Kent Krueger is another great writer and he uses Minnesota as most of the books' settings - as does Chuck Logan; another great author.

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srkmeyer
Oct 19, 2018

You've got to admire John Sanford for his consistency in delivering very entertaining and readable stories. If other readers have similar favorite authors, please leave them in a comment here. Some of mine are: Michael Connelly, Daniel Silva, Peter Robinson, Don Winslow, Deon Meyer, Lawrence Block (his Matt Scudder books). Thanks.

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