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Book Title: Dark of the Moon|
The author of the book: John Sandford
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.35 MB
Edition: Putnam Adult
Date of issue: October 16th 2007
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Read full description of the books Dark of the Moon:Even a super cop like Lucas Davenport can’t solve every murder in Minnesota so John Sandford helped him out by doing this spin-off to the Prey series.
Virgil Flowers is not your typical law enforcement officer with a thriving side career as an outdoor writer for hunting and fishing magazines. He frequently tows his boat around the state as he works his cases, and he usually forgets his gun under the seat of his truck. He also has a taste for rock band t-shirts and enough charm with the ladies to leave him with a string of ex-wives. Brought into the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension by Davenport with the promise that he’d only be given the most challenging cases, Virgil’s laid back manner masks a shrewdly perceptive detective.
Dispatched to the small town of Bluestem to investigate the murder of one elderly couple, Virgil arrives in time to witness a raging house fire that has claimed the life of the richest and most hated man in the area. Virgil suspects that someone with a very old grudge is settling up as he works through a maze of gossip and secrets. He’s also got to keep an eye on the sheriff who had enough reason to kill the rich guy to make him a valid suspect, but that doesn’t stop Virgil from romancing the guy’s sister. Hey, there’s a reason most everyone refers to him as ‘that fucking Flowers’…
If a writer with a successful series is going to spin it off then they have to hit the tricky balance of being similar enough to have the elements readers liked in the first place but also with something slightly different to offer. Here at the beginning of the Virgil Flowers books, Sandford mostly pulls this off with the kind of story that should appeal to most Prey fans, but making Virgil different enough from Davenport not to just feel like a clone.
Both characters are deft manipulators of people, but Virgil’s form is slyer than the Davenport’s. Flowers also tends to be more reflective about the whole good and evil thing than Lucas ever has been. While Virgil can be tough and cool under pressure he isn’t as comfortable with violence as Davenport is, and he doesn’t shake it off as easily. Davenport even tells Virgil at one point that he worries about him because he’s too sensitive at times.
Even though Sandford mainly succeeded at launching this new series, the first three Virgil books seemed a little lacking to me. There’s nothing I can put my finger on other than maybe that Sandford used various co-writers to help plot these books, and maybe that subtly threw him out of sync. And while I liked Virgil as a character immediately, there was a feeling that some of his character traits were bits tossed in just to differentiate him from Davenport. However, by the time he did Bad Blood, Sandford seemed to have worked out whatever kinks there were, and I’ve found the books after that the equal of most of the Prey series.
Overall this is an enjoyable crime thriller with an interesting lead character and some good action scenes, and eventually the series clicked up to the level I’ve come to expect from Sandford.
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John Sandford was born John Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962. He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966. In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa. He was in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, worked as a reporter for the Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian from 1968-1970, and went back to the University of Iowa from 1970-1971, where he received a master's degree in journalism. He was a reporter for The Miami Herald from 1971-78, and then a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press from 1978-1990; in 1980, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Pulitzer in 1986 for a series of stories about a midwestern farm crisis. From 1990 to the present he has written thriller novels. He's also the author of two non-fiction books, one on plastic surgery and one on art. He is the principal financial backer of a major archeological project in the Jordan Valley of Israel, with a website at www.rehov.org In addition to archaeology, he is deeply interested in art (painting) and photography. He both hunts and fishes. He has two children, Roswell and Emily, and one grandson, Benjamin. His wife, Susan, died of metastasized breast cancer in May, 2007, and is greatly missed.
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