Mad River

Mad River

Large Print - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Publishing, 2012.
Edition: Center Point Large Print ed.
ISBN: 9781611735512
Branch Call Number: L.P. Fic Sand
Characteristics: 439 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Mar 10, 2021

It was a good read. The tale is chronicled from two perspectives - Virgil Flowers on the hunt to stop three young people on a senseless killing spree and the actions of the three killers. It is pretty fast paced as are most of Sandford's novels involving the BCA. It contained a gratuitous amount of sexual activity that didn't really add to the story. I was a bit disappointed in the ending, which didn't wrap things up as neatly as previous tales.

Sep 14, 2019

I doubt the author could make up these plots. I greatly fear they are suggested by actual events then made "colorful" and plot twists added. I know that is what authors are supposed to do-keep those readers interested and on the edge of their seats. If I had a cop working for me that kept getting beat up because he doesn't like to carry a gun I would find him another line of work-behind a desk.

Aug 28, 2019

Always a pleasure to spend a day with Virgil Flowers. I had a hard time getting started on this, then I looked at the dedication. Sanford let a friend "co-write" this installment. Once I understood that, I just got on with the story and it turned out to be not bad at all. Just not what I have come to expect.

Jun 05, 2019


Apr 21, 2017

This won't be for everyone, mad dog killers are not a fun group. How old Virgil goes after them is somewhat original. I am getting the feeling the author doesn't particularly like the Sheriffs/deputies of rural Minnesota.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jan 18, 2017

Virgil Flowers #6

Dec 11, 2016

enjoyed it. pretty thrilling read.

Dec 28, 2015

Excellent plot and questions asked that keep one turning the pages. Worth reading for sure.

Jun 05, 2014

Not bad at all, pretty entertaining and fast-paced

MBSL500 Apr 08, 2013

Partner or no, Sanford and Virgil are at their prime. Ah, poop! How do I add 6 stars?!

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