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Description - Holy Ghost by John Sandford

Virgil Flowers investigates a miracle... and a murder... in the wickedly entertaining new thriller from the master of pulse-pounding thrillers.

Pinion, Minnesota: a huge city of all of seven hundred folks who define the phrase `small town'. Nothing has ever happened in Pinion and nothing ever will... until the mayor of sorts (campaign promise: `I'll Do What I Can') comes up with a scheme to put Pinion 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 Pinion 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.

* * * Praise for John Sandford and the Virgil Flower novels * * *

`Along the way to the satisfying ending, Virgil displays the rough humor and rough justice that make him such an appealing character' Publishers Weekly on Deep Freeze

`A knowing portrait of small-town life layered into a very well plotted mystery. Virgil understands that, in small towns, no one ever outgrows high school... One of the very best novels in a superior series'Booklist (starred review) on Deep Freeze

`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 on Deep Freeze

`An outstanding novel' Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Escape Clause

`Perfect entertainment' Kirkus Reviews on Escape Clause

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781471174889
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 153mm x 27mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Oct-2018
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Holy Ghost by John Sandford - Reviewed by (29 Oct 2018)

4 stars

Holy Ghost is the eleventh book in the Virgil Flowers series by prize-winning American journalist and author, John Sandford. It’s a late May Sunday morning when Minnesota BCA agent Virgil Flowers leaves Frankie Noble coping with morning sickness to investigate two shootings in the nearby town of Wheatfield (there may be some confusion as the blurb refers to the town as Pinion). What was a dying town that has recently seen a change in fortunes with sightings of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Mayor, Wardell Holland, is concerned for the adverse publicity.

Virgil’s not there long before another shooting occurs, this one fatal. In each case, the location and time of day are identical, but despite eye-witnesses, confusion reigns about the shooter’s location. Each tiny clue sends Virgil in a different direction, frustrating his attempts to make sense of it all. The townsfolk are a quirky bunch and include a hairdresser who gives shoulder massages, a petty criminal who enjoys porn and has a taste, if not a talent, for blackmail, and a mayor who shoots flies.

This dose of Virgil Flowers has quite a few twists and a whole school of red herrings that have Virgil chasing his tale and keep the reader guessing to the action-filled climax. Virgil does come up with some stupidly dangerous ideas that indicate he’s not yet quite used to the idea of being a prospective father. To keep things interesting, there’s a disgusting diner, a stolen semi-trailer-load of Lego, and chicken potpies are consumed to excess.

There’s plenty of sitcom humour, some of it bordering on slapstick, and the dialogue, especially the banter between Virgil and his BCA colleagues, is a highlight. According to some reviews, this is not Sandford’s best Virgil Flowers novel, from which the reader might conclude that the first ten must indeed be rather good. Very entertaining. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Simon & Schuster Australia


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