- Tapa blanda: 400 páginas
- Editor: Simon; Edición: Export (25 de octubre de 2013)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1471111806
- ISBN-13: 978-1471111808
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Mad River (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 25 oct 2013
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Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down. But even he doesn't realize what's about to happen next.
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Pulitzer prize-winning journalist John Sandford is the author of the Prey series, four Kidd novels and the Virgil Flowers series. He lives in Minnesota. Visit www.johnsandford.org for more information.
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I’d read all Sandford’s “Prey” novels then decided to order the most recently released Virgil Flowers one. That lead to my ordering all the rest of this series. After they’d all arrived, I put them in publication order. Beginning with the first of the series,I began a John Sandford’s Virgil Flowers series reading marathon. If you’re a mystery/thriller fan you’ve probably read Sandford
and know what to expect. Excellent character development, good descriptions of people and places, interesting story lines, plots with twists and turns, real life, although not for the sensitive to vulgarity, conversations and page-turning, have to see what happens next stories. Rather than get into the storyline of each book in the series, since so many other reviews have already done that, I think that pretty much says it all. The one thought I had after completing each one was…”How does he come up with all these different story lines?” If you like reading mystery/thriller books, I highly recommend John Sandford.
This is a lucky murder for us, though, because it occurs far away from Minneapolis/St. Paul -- its in small-town Minnesota right down the road from where Virgil Flowers grew up. He comes onto the scene in time to discovery mayhem aplenty. He uses his "outside of the box" Virgil methods of detection to help him solve the case. I don't want to give too much away, but who but Virgil Flowers would travel to the state prison to quiz a group of inmates about what they'd do if they were hiding out?
I read this book over three days (that's fast for me), and I can attest that it is a solid Virgil Flowers effort. If you've read the last five Virgil Flowers novels (can you believe there have already been five?), then you, like me, probably can't wait until the next one comes out. We learn a little more about Virgil with every novel. We already knew that Virgil goes to sleep at night thinking about God. In this novel, we get to meet Virgil's parents (his father is a small-town pastor). We also get a better understanding of Virgil's ethics as a person and a cop. Here you'll learn that, in many respects, that Virgil is almost the opposite of Lucas Davenport -- which I suspect is exactly what Sandford had in mind.
I see from reading other reviews that some have criticized the writing style here, and I, too noticed that these books "feel" different from the Prey novels. I'm not really sure what it is, but I suspect it can be linked to the fact that Sandford has used various "collaborators" with each of the VF novels. As I understand things, however, the writing is 100% Sandford (none of that James Patterson book factory mess) and his fingerprints (meticulous plotting, the development of the recurring characters, and that quirky Minnesota sense of humor) are all over this one.
The suspense and the plot that you have come to love from Sandford -- they're here in spades. If you liked the last five, you'll love this one. Oh - and I think this could be the first VF novel without a reference to "That Effing Flowers." That was this novel's only disappointment.
Most of the action takes place over a few days as a massive manhunt tries to track down the killers. There is side action as Virgil tries to track down evidence on what started the crime spree. You encounter various low-lifes from the underbelly of society, but some evil is at a higher social level. Sometimes, when you look at a crime, you have to determine who benefits. The action alternates between the killers (the blsck hats), and Virgil and other law enforcement (the white hats most of the time). If you remember Bonnie and Clyde, you have some idea where this will end up.
The wrap-up with the killers is not the wrap-up of the case. The final chapters are an epilogue of sorts, extending over several months, as Virgil tries to tie down the beginning of the caee. There are different forms of justice, and nothing ends up quite like Virgil would want.
You can see a possible motion picture in this, but I'm not sure how they would handle the epilogue chapters.