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Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort, where a woman has been shot while kayaking. ThVirgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort, where a woman has been shot while kayaking. The resort is for women only, a place to relax, get fit, recover from plastic surgery, commune with nature, and while it didn't start out to be a place mostly for those with Sapphic inclinations, that's pretty much what it is today.Which makes things all the more complicated for Virgil, because as he begins investigating, he finds a web of connections between the people at the resort, the victim, and some local women, notably a talented country singer, and the more he digs, the move he discovers the arrows of suspicion that point in many directions, encompassing a multitude of motivations: jealousy, blackmail, greed, anger, fear. And then he discovers that this is not the first murder, that there was a second, seemingly unrelated one, the year before. And that there's about to be a third, definitely related one, any time now. And as for the fourth... well, Virgil better hope he can catch the killer before that happens.Because it could be his own....

Title : Rough Country
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ISBN : 9780399155987
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Number of Pages : 388 Pages
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Rough Country Reviews

  • Kemper
    2019-03-07 02:31

    "That f------g Flowers."Virgil Flowers, the Minnesota state cop and spin-off character from Sandford's Lucas Davenport series, returns to solve another mystery and get a little fishing done. A lesbian is murdered while kayaking on a lake at an upscale Minnesota restort that caters exclusively to women. That's a political hot potato getting tossed from hand to hand until it's thrown at Virgil who gets his vacation at a nearby fishing tournament interrupted by Davenport to put him on the case. But there are plenty of suspects since the victim was getting ready to fire a large part of her work force, leave her long-time partner, and had hooked up with a local singer who already had plenty of jealous lovers. With so many directions to investigate Virgil is soon running all over Minnesota, and the killer isn't done yet.I wasn't sure about this series at first, but it grew on me over the course of it. This is due in large part to the character of Virgil. A Minnesota state cop who wears rock band tee-shirts, usually leaves his gun under the seat of his truck, writes wildlife articles for magazines, tows his boat while working a case, and who uses fishing as an almost zen meditation state to think about his investigation is offbeat and refreshing. I do have a story complaint about Virgil making a really stupid decision that leads to someone getting killed and not showing any guilt or self-recrimination about it at all. Sandford has always been willing to have his characters make mistakes, sometimes with tragic results, but this is the first time I remember them just shrugging it off.

  • Andrew Smith
    2019-03-12 03:34

    To start with, I didn't like the Virgil Flowers books. I've read all of the Lucas Davenport 'Prey' series and loved them. I'd appreciated the character of Flowers, as he appeared in the Davenport books, but I just couldn't see how any series not focused on Davenport could be as good. This was initially confirmed when I tried, and failed to finish, the first Flowers book. But then, in a weak moment and persuaded by another Sanford fan, I tried a later book from the series... it was good. I've now worked my way through most of the series and they're all good. I'm starting to believe I'd misjudged my first experience and will need to go back and sample the first book again.This book is typical of the series, in that Flowers is teams up with some local cops to solve a murder in a rural Minnesota setting. He looks and acts cool, gets involved with the local women, drinks some beer and quotes the bible... yes, quotes the bible. That's the thing about Flowers, he's a complex mix and a certainly a very different man to Davenport. The more I've now read of this series (completed in a random order) the more I've appreciated that, in his own way, he's as interesting as his boss. Actually, if I compare the series to the recent Prey books they're probably superior.What a great crime writer Sanford is. If you haven't tried any of his books I'd strongly urge you to do so.

  • John Culuris
    2019-03-11 07:37

    ★ ★ ★ 1/2Caught with a long-wait situation and no book at hand, I did something I hate doing. I started a series in the middle. This is the third Virgil Flowers book. I was glad to discover that Flowers is a different character than Lucas Davenport, Sandford’s more famous series protagonist. But the book was pure Sanford. The clues are openly and honestly presented, even if they are more of the foreshadowing variety than the fairplay kind. But if executed correctly, the journey is often as interesting as the destination. In this case, both were worth the time.

  • Michael
    2019-02-18 23:50

    Hurray for this satisfying detective tale set in northern Minnesota. Virgil Flowers, a charming investigator with the state’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, gets called away from a fishing trip to solve a sniping murder of a tourist woman staying at a rustic lodge on a lake near Grand Rapids. In chatting up women guests and staff at the lodge, he learns the setting is used largely as a lesbian retreat. The murdered woman worked in PR and promotions and showed some interest in helping a local female country band and maybe buying the resort. Flowers is challenged by too many plausible motivations and suspects in the areas of money, sexual jealousy, and redneck craziness. I love his humor and methods for drawing people out. Sandford outdoes himself with a colorful cast of characters in this one. His usual MO of wearing of T-shirts figuring obscure rock bands makes for a great way to break the ice with the music crowd. But his usual pattern of flirting and love conquests is a bit out of place in this set, and a promising link-up he finally succeeds at is continually frustrated from fulfillment by events. I dug how Flowers uses fishing, dreams, and reveries while on the road as a mental venue to piece together clues. When he finally homes in on the best candidate for the villain, he has to make that final leap of proving it, and an amazing leap it is.This is number 3 in a series of 7 and best for me of the 4 I’ve read. It is solidly in police procedural territory rather than a thriller.

  • Kathy Davie
    2019-03-10 05:44

    Third in the Virgil Flowers thriller subseries and revolving around a roving detective with a penchant for band T-shirts and writing fishing and hunting articles. (This series is an off-shoot from Sandford's Lucas Davenport and doesn't rely upon it.)My TakeIt's an intriguing start as McDill thinks of her scientist dad's explanation on the difference between full moons on the horizon and overhead. It's true enough that you can sell the image easier than you can sell the truth.I'm thinking that the epithet everyone assigns to Virgil refers to is his clearance rate. Then again…"'I've been working downtown for ten years and I've never been hit on by a college girl,' Sedlacek said, looking after her. 'What have you got that I don't?''Good looks, personality…cowboy boots.'"Fuck me,' Sedlacek said. 'I've been trying to get by on intelligence.'"Wendy is such a drama queen. She likes stirring everyone up, screwing anybody, and fighting. At least she comes by it naturally, *eye roll*. To be fair, everyone does seem to roll with it.Wow, I did not like the Sextons, and then to hear what everyone else has to say about them…well, now I know why I didn't like 'em. I did have to laugh at Susan Boehm gettin' all uppity on Virgil. Then her kid deflates the heck out of her, and Virgil stomps out any last bits of hot air, lol.Virgil sees himself as the "genial observer" — a role which is shot to hell with his two stories being in The New York Times Magazine — and I see him as a stirrer-upper, whispering in one ear after another, stirring the pot to see what bubbles up next. I did miss having Virgil writing this case up the way he did in Dark of the Moon, 1, and Heat Lightning, 2.Windrow is right. No artist thinks or wants to think they're in a business. All they want to do is create. And make enough money to create some more.I'm still trying to get a handle on Sandford's Virgil even as I am enjoying these more as I read them. The cases are as unfathomable as Lucas Davenport's, only…Virgil is so much more laidback. And I'm still not getting where all that success with the ladies comes from.The StoryEagle's Nest is not likely to fulfill Virgil's usual active social life, as it's mostly become known as a resort for those with Sapphic inclinations.Which makes things all the more complicated for Virgil, because as he begins investigating, he finds a web of connections between the people at the resort, the victim, and some local women, notably a talented country singer, and the more he digs, the move he discovers the arrows of suspicion that point in many directions, encompassing a multitude of motivations: jealousy, blackmail, greed, anger, fear. Nor is this the first murder., that there was a second, seemingly unrelated one, the year before. And that there's about to be a third, definitely related one, any time now. And as for the fourth... well, Virgil better hope he can catch the killer before that happens.The CharactersThe surfer-lookin' Detective Virgil Flowers with a preference for indie bands gets assigned the tough ones and in between he fishes and writes articles. After events in Heat Lightning, 2, Virgil is moving into the big time with that two-story article in The New York Times Magazine. Johnson Johnson is his fishin' buddy who runs a sawmill.Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is……the state cops. Lucas Davenport runs one department within it and is Virgil's boss. Ron Mapes leads the initial crime scene crew along with Lane; Herb Huntington is Mapes' assistant. Stacey Lowe leads the crew in the Cities. Jenkins and Shrake are the resident thugs. Sandy is a part-time researcher at BCA. Doug Wayne is the highway patrol pilot. Sebriski is a highway patrolman delivering a rifle.Stone Lake in Itasca County is……where the Eagle Nest Lodge is located. Margery Stanhope owns the lodge. Iris Garner is Margery's daughter; Earl is Iris' husband. George Rainy is a guide. Dorothy Killian is the guest who's leaving. Jared Boehm is a dock assistant, and one of the many "pretty boys" supplementing his income. Susan Boehm is his attorney mother about to find out why parents don't represent their kids. Rusty Jones was the campus guide in Duluth.Zoe Tull is Margery's gay accountant and a potential buyer; Mary may become a partner. Mabel Knox works for Zoe. Signy is Zoe's sister and owns a quilt store in Grand Rapids; Joe is Sig's runaway husband.Janelle Washington works in a candy store (Dan owns it) and rides a bicycle to work; her husband, James, is a greenskeeper. Tom Morris is a friend of theirs, and Janelle's luckiest chance; Patsy is his wife. Barbara Carson is an elderly widow with an interest in heirloom roses. Jim Young is the local newspaper guy. Earl is a river rat.Erica McDill runs an advertising agency, Ruff-Harcourt-McDill, in Minneapolis and has plans for the future. Ruth Davies is her significant other who's on the way out. Oren McDill is Erica's dad. State Senator Marsha Williams is a friend of Oren's. Barney Mann is the much-loved creative director. Lawrence Harcourt has retired and was planning to sell out to McDill. Abby Sexton had an affair with McDill; she and her husband, Mark (works at RHM), have an open and easy relationship. Sandra Oduchenko is the Sextons' babysitter. Ronald Owen and John Yao are ad agency employees with the potential to lose their jobs. Jean Owen is Ron's wife and really hated Erica.The Wild Goose is the bar where the ladies like to hang and where the band plays. Tom Mortensen is the owner; Chuck and Kara Larsen are the bartenders.Slibe Ashbach is Wendy's dad, and he raises English Crème Golden Retrievers on the side when he's not doing grading or septic. Slibe II, a.k.a., Deuce or Junior, is Wendy's brother. Maria Osterhus is the wife who ran away with Hector Avila, a civil engineer.Wendy Ashbach is the band's country singer; Berni "Raven" Kelly is the not-so-great drummer and Wendy's girlfriend; the belligerent Cathy "Cat" Mathis is on keyboards; Bertha "Bert" Carr is the violinist; Cynthia "Sin" Sawyer is lead guitar; and, Gerry O'Meara plays bass. The Schoolhouse is a recording studio. Corky Saarinen is the manager who had been looking forward to working with McDill. Mark is a sound engineer.Itasca County LawBob Sanders is the sheriff; his father, Ken, was the sheriff before him. Don, Roy Service, Ben and Dan (big beefy boys), Frank Harris, and Carl are deputies. John Phillips is the county attorney. District Court Judge Don Hope thinks "Wendy is a buxom lass". Hank Underwood is the Cessna pilot in Itasca. Dick Raab is a defense attorney.Little Linda Pelli is a lost fifteen-year-old who has all of Bemidji looking for her. Ruffe Ignace is a reporter with the recently bankrupt Minneapolis Star Tribune. Debbie is a witness really annoyed with the very noisy couple next door.Iowa City is……where Constance Lifry, another regular gay guest at the Eagle Nest owned a restaurant, Honey's. She was good friends with Jud Windrow who owns the Spodee-Odee in Iowa City. O'Hara is a freelance drummer. Irma Windrow is the bookkeeper and Jud's ex-wife. Prudence Bauer is Connie's sister.Will Sedlacek is the chief deputy for Johnson County while Larry Rudolph is another deputy. The sheriff, Jerry, was good friends with Constance.Roy is the tournament chairman at Vermilion Lake.The Cover and TitleThe cover is dark with a hazy suggestion of a man, quiet and alone in the woods. The author's name is large and in yellow at the top of the cover while the title is about half that size and dim compared to the author's flash.Yep, it's Rough Country for Virgil on several counts. He's used to getting easy with the ladies, but this case involves gay ladies, and I don't mean happy.

  • Jeanette
    2019-02-25 06:59

    Heh heh, Virgil is sent to solve a murder in what amounts to ZZ Top's Planet of Women. He's a guy who usually gets the girl pretty handily. But here all the women want each other, not him. Poor Virg!:D

  • Eric_W
    2019-03-19 04:33

    John Sandford writes several series. I think I enjoy the Flowers’ books the best. Davenport is too self-absorbed and the Kidd books, because of their reliance on technology, become dated rapidly. Virgil Flowers, one of Davenport’s BCA investigators, known for pulling his fishing boat all over Minnesota, has just the right mix of savoir-faire, investigative skill, sarcasm, dedication, and common sense.This is the 3rd in the series and involves a resort solely for women, a man who loves his daughter too much, a son with extraordinary woodsman skills, a band, some high-priced shoe tracks, and a series of murders that suddenly become connected in strange ways and a plethora of suspects. Good story and audiobook very well read by Eric Conger.

  • Mary
    2019-03-18 01:39

    You gotta love Virgil Flowers. He is trying to fish in a tournament of some kind and Davenport calls, he finds a gal in a boat who has been shot, and she was staying in a resort of sorts, that is all female guests. Difficult case? You bet, but not for Flowers.

  • GymGuy
    2019-02-24 03:44

    Enjoyable read, typical Flowers. I thought that it was a bit too long...just wandered a bit in the middle. Could have been 50 pages shorter and not have lost much.Perfect last couple of pages.

  • James Thane
    2019-02-20 05:44

    Virgil Flowers returns for the third time in John Sandford's Rough Country. As the book opens, Virgil is vacationing on a fishing trip in the woods of northern Minnesota, but unfortunately, he's not out of cell phone range. In the middle of a morning on the lake, Virgil gets a call from his boss, Lucas Davenport, who assigns him to investigate the murder of Erica McDill, an executive from the Twin Cities who's been shot to death while vacationing at a nearby lodge that takes only female guests.Virgil wades into the crime and soon discovers that a variety of people might have had a motive to kill Erica. The case becomes even more complex when a local rock band, also composed exclusively of females, enters the picture. The investigation takes Virgil back and forth across the state and beyond, and it's fun watching him work. As always, he's funny, irreverent, and mostly irresistible to those of the female persuasion. A surprising number of the women in this book are gay, and even if they (well, most of them) are immune to our hero's sex appeal, they are still inevitably charmed.The character is a younger, single, hipper version of Sandford's principal creation, Lucas Davenport, and readers who enjoy the Prey series that features Davenport will surely enjoy the Virgil Flowers books as well.

  • Mike
    2019-03-13 23:45

    Rough Country, 2 stars. I think Mr. Sandford found an off-market “Most Popular Baby Names” because his characters sport monikers like: Zoe, Signy, Virgil, Berni, Slibe. Not exactly common. This story revolves around a killing at an exclusive retreat for women in the Minnesota woods, a place where the women can indulge in AC or DC relationships (or AC/DC at the same time). Poor Virgil is called off his favorite pastime, fishing, to go solve the murder. The immediate murder (and another murder in the past) are connected to a girl’s band in the local area. It is a moderately interesting detective story but in the end, not all that exciting. Missing from the plot is the characteristic firefight with automatic weapons that Virgil seems to get involved in. In fact, no real action occurs in the entire book. Virgil seems unusually arrogant and uncaring in this one. He brings in a character from another state to listen to the women’s band that is at the heart of the story. What happens to that character is a direct result of Virgil’s actions, yet he doesn’t lose a wink of sleep or really care much. I didn’t like Virgil at the end of this book.

  • Larry Darter
    2019-02-24 00:55

    A third title I picked up last week. The introduction was interesting, the genre is a favorite, and the price is right. I had the smallest bit of trouble getting into the book at the beginning but the pace picked up noticeably after the first two chapters and then I couldn't put it down. I have been looking for a new author to replace one of my favorites who unfortunately has passed away and John Sandford may just fit the bill.Rough Country is the third novel in Sandford's Virgil Flower series. After finishing the book I immediately purchased the first and second installments to the series. I've read them both already although I have yet to review them. Perhaps because I had adjusted to and had begun to like Sandford's writing style by the time I finished this book, I read straight through the other two, spending less than a single day on both.Recommended without reservation to anyone who enjoys a good detective mystery read. I will certainly be reading more of John Sandford myself.

  • Daniel
    2019-03-18 07:44

    It is safe to say with this installment that I am into this series. I like Flowers' style of investigating and I really enjoy Sandford's depictions of locale and local personalities. I don't know how true to type the latter are, but they are consistent and they bring a spectrum of human emotions and motivations that resonates with me. You know what I like: how effortless the whole works comes across. I've never been to these places, nor have I ever met these people, but Sandford puts me there like I have. Much as I dig fantastic and weird fiction, sometimes it asks for more than it delivers. Sandford deals with warm-blooded people and their passions and families and homes, and he puts it all on the page with an ease that probably isn't that easy to pull off in prose. Reading this books was good fun. One more note: the diatribe on page 374 in the paperback, where Sanders Sr speaks about the dangers of equipping local police officers with military-grade weapons and material, chilled me in our own present.

  • Luan
    2019-03-10 04:44

    I love it when the author is in love with his new character. It shows in the way he writes Virgil Flowers and frankly, I love Flowers too. Love the way he thinks about God, love the way he interacts with people, love the way he thinks about writing and life and has band tee shirts.Couple that with the way Sandford writes, the way he makes people interesting right off the bat even if we only see them for two pages, the way he can make describing how someone gets up in the morning and gets ready for the day or how people go out to a restaurant and I'm shake-my-head amazed.Who knew I would like that #ing Flowers so much.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-08 23:45

    This is the book that I feel Sandford really hit his stride with the Flowers books. The other books were too Prey-ish, but in this book Flowers is really able to show off his different detecting style. His womanizing ways are thwarted on this job, as the ladies at the resort aren't the type to succumb to his charms. But he got some fishing in around solving the crime, so he was happy.

  • Jim
    2019-03-17 23:42

    After reading the first two of author John Sandford's iconic Virgil Flowers novels, his third, "Rough Country" is not nearly as captivating. I found, "Rough Country" somewhat difficult to get through. It took me several days of short reads to really get into the flow of the story. The plot seemed to slide all over the place without that tease of finding out who killer was going to be. By the end I knew who it was and was glad book wrapped up. In this outing Virgil Flowers of Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has been tasked by boss Lucas Davenport to solve the murder of a big time CEO of the advertising world. The "Eagles's Nest" is a women only retreat located in the deep deep woods of northern Minnesota. Catering to mostly but not all gay women, the Eagle's Nest is as pricey as it is secluded. Big shot CEO Erica McDill out one early morning in a canoe is shot in the head dead by a person or persons unknown. Virgil arrives on the scene with the mission of sorting out a vast number of women who had motive and opportunity. Accountant Zoe Tull is certainly in the mix. Also the all women house band provided several suspects. Maddening for Virgil, Margery Stanhope the owner of the Eagle's Nest surely isn't giving Virgil all the information he needs in solving this crime. Virgil seems to hone in on the Ashbach family. Daughter Wendy plays in the band while her father Slibe a man of many specialties may be a possibility as well. Wendy's younger Brother Deuce seems to be a credible suspect too. Deuce is not all there in his head and can live out in those woods like no other. With a huge cast of suspects the plot does get bogged down allowing so many interactions. The supporting characters really don't support much of the plot either. At times this one was a pretty good read. However at over 410 pages was far too long. I'm sure the fourth Virgil Flowers novel will come back a be a much stronger effort. "Rough Country", gets three stars out of a possible five stars. Actual rating should be about a 2.75 star book. This may be one Sandford novel to just skip over.

  • Samantha
    2019-02-25 01:57

    Didn't like this one as much as the first two, but the same as the two later ones in the series that I listened to before the first three. Plot is thinner - I knew where it was going early on - and resolves some major plot points in a cursory fashion. I still enjoyed it, but will be looking for library copies of the rest in the series.

  • Ilsa Bick
    2019-02-17 01:38

    I want to make one thing clear: This review is not an extended moan about how I wish Mr. Sandford would write more Lucas Davenport books. He hasn't abandoned Lucas--for which I'm grateful--but in his push to establish another series, I think Mr. Sandford would do well to take a step back and re-read one of the interviews he did early on about his PREY series: how he wrote the book in a kind of trance and really was at pains to make Lucas a real, fleshed-out character.Regardless of reading trends and attention spans, I honestly believe that readers CRAVE a world into which they can disappear. As Mr. Sandford's career has evolved--and more specifically over the last six, seven years--his writing style has become sparer and sparser and this does not serve him or his books well.Now, I've not finished this book and I'll likely post another review, but my initial thoughts dovetail with my reservations about all the Flowers books. I've been reading Sandford books from the beginning--in fact, I've read them all and several more than once--and what I've noticed is that he's sacrificed strong characterization and description for name-dropping. This has started to creep into his Lucas books as well, but if you go back and compare the early Lucas Davenport novels to Mr. Sandford's later work, you see a disturbing trend. There is no one better at setting mood and atmosphere; take a peek at the beginning of most any PREY book and you know where you are, what the weather's like, how things feel and smell, what they look like. Furthermore, Lucas Davenport is a complex, compelling character with contradictory impulses. Even the minor characters get their due.Here and with all the Flowers books, we get names--lots and lots of names. A dizzying PLETHORA of names. But they are merely monikers without faces. Mr. Sandford has continued to cut back on his exposition and focused primarily on dialogue and short takes to propel his chapters. Sometimes this works; most times, it doesn't, and the reading experience becomes choppy and confusing and--most importantly--distancing. (Try getting into a reading rhythm with any of Koontz's latest and you'll see what I mean.) Virgil Flowers remains pretty uninteresting and not at all complex or subtle, and I have NO IDEA--even after several books--of what his "thinking about God" schtick is REALLY about. Yeah, yeah, there's an "explanation" of sorts in the first book, but without more meat to this character, this means as much to me as the name-dropping of bands does: I don't know who the bands are, I don't know what they sound like, and --worse-- I DON'T CARE!!WICKED PREY was, I think, Mr. Sandford's best Lucas book since BROKEN PREY, and his works that have focused on the weave of Lucas's life are still among his best. Pick up something like WINTER PREY--a hands-down fabulous book because it's all about relationships, man--and then compare that to ROUGH COUNTRY and you'll see exactly what I mean.Will I buy the next Sandford? Of course, I will because I'm an optimist and Mr. Sandford is a superior writer when he remembers that it's people we care about. And, considering that people don't necessarily retire all that early any more, there's not a reason in the world why Lucas has to go away any time soon. For that matter, giving Virgil Flowers a real life and face would kick this series up another notch and make Virgil someone we can care about.10/18/09--Okay, so I've finished the book now and my initial impression hasn't changed much. I will echo those reviewers who mentioned that they were way ahead of Virgil by the end (moi, aussi), though I DID not see a final plot twist coming, and that was nicely done. But my points about the dearth of characterization still stand. Lucas Davenport was/is, in part, defined by the people around him. Virgil Flowers, being the lone wolf, simply drifts from situation to situation. T-shirt schtick and surfer hair aside, there's nothing substantive to the guy, and I still don't care about him one iota. The fact that he was unfulfilled at the end? Huge yawn. In every single one of the PREY books, you really CARE about the people--girlfriends, colleagues, etc.--in Lucas's orbit. Here, it's hard to care about anyone. These people read like cardboard cutouts, easily interchangeable, and I'm sure we'll see them again, with different names, in the next Flowers book.I also noticed that Sandford seemed to have trouble deciding exactly how to handle the killer's POV. That is, we'd get small snippets, a chapter here or there (two or three, I think), but nothing consistent. Now, that's not BAD, but it's not very engaging either. One of the things Sandford does better than any other writer is giving us parallel stories with multiple POVs. In BROKEN PREY, where the thing was a true mystery even though we kept getting the killer's POV, he pulled this off brilliantly. In those PREY books where we know the killer's identity but Lucas doesn't, he does it again--brilliantly. In this book, I see flashes of that technique, but it's not sustained and so fitful in execution that I can't figure exactly why he bothered doing it in the first place, other than for us to understand the why (of a shooting, for example) and then watch/wait for Virgil to catch up. Again, in the PREY books, this works very well. Here, it doesn't.

  • Wayne Wilson
    2019-02-26 07:48

    This was a fun book, a little lighter than the Prey series and Lucas Davenport only shows up in phone conversations with our main protagonist Virgil Flowers. Virgil is a fun somewhat new main character for Sandford and I like the direction the author is going with him. Virgil is described as looking like a surfer, which seems to make him appealing to the fairer sex and he is the sort of guy that just the right woman would tame.The book opens with a business woman sitting in a canoe on a lake in Minnesota who is shot and killed while watching Eagles in their nest. Virgil is on vacation on another lake in a fishing competition when Lucas Davenport orders him to the scene of the murder. It turns out Virgil loves to fish and is known to tow his boat to places throughout "The Land of a Thousand Lakes" where as basically a state policeman he is sent to solve hard to solve crimes. He is really good at solving crimes to Davenport turns a blind eye to the boat towing and fishing on the job. We get to learn a little about fishing in this book, and Flowers is also an avid Indie Music fan and wears a different band's tee shirt every day.The woman killed is a successful business woman who is just about to take over ownership of an add agency, so the immediate suspects are the employees who might lose their jobs when she takes over. The main motivation for killing is money or sex according to Virgil and both begin to come into play. The woman killed was on vacation at a resort called the Eagles Nest that was a women only resort. Many of the patrons are gay and if not gay there are beautiful young boys who work at the resort who for a price would entertain these successful women.All the women who Flowers interviews tend to like him, even the gay ones, and his conversation skills are remarkable. (I need Sanford to write my lines) Anyway, the charming Detective Flowers begins to narrow in on the suspect and it is looking like the suspect is a serial killer. I didn't figure out the killer until just a little bit before Detective Flowers figured it out and in the end it sort of seemed obvious so maybe others might figure it out quicker than I did.The pace is fast, and I couldn't put the MP3s down. I enjoyed this latest Sanford novel.

  • Shawn
    2019-02-23 05:41

    I'm on a roll this week, having read books by some of my favorite leisure-time authors. I think Rough Country is a perfect book to knock out on the beach or on spring break, although I did neither, rather read it at home. I like all of Sandford's "Prey" books, and there are a lot of them, maybe twenty. But he's really a good author; I think his characters are likable and much more human than other authors' made-up shit, hence remarkably MORE entertaining than most. And Rough Country is the perfect entre into Sandford. It's not a Prey book, so not so gory in the serial killer sense, and instead of Davenport, the cop is one they call "that fuckin' Flowers", Virgil Flowers. Come on, how can you resist someone with that name? Plus his characters always have a useful insight into modern music and they like sex, although it's not graphic in any way, maybe just an offhand thought like he doesn't agree that anticipation of sex is better than sex, maybe sex is better than catching a 40 pound musky, but a 50 pounder he'd have to think on that. Oh, and then he solves a murder, too.

  • Sandi
    2019-02-16 07:49

    Ok, i quit. I tried to finish this book, just on principle, but i cant it's SO [email protected] STUPID! The dialogue is idiotic, the plot is sort of passable as far as i can tell (cant stand to finish it, remember?) but the sexist, bullshit cliche, inaccurate portrayal of gay women makes me want to stab the author in the face. Ok, I'm done ranting. I've got to go throw this shit in the fire-pit.

  • Alondra
    2019-02-16 02:33

    Originally read this Summer 2011. I love that damn flowers and the series is pretty good. Nothing life changing, but no stick in the mud either. I really like this series and will keep reading these, just like the Prey series. Note: 9/25/12..Received/Won this paperback on GoodReads giveaways!! Woot-Woot! ISBN: 978-0-425-23734-2

  • Tim
    2019-03-14 04:58

    I thoroughly enjoy the Virgil Flowers character, as well as his stories. Rough Country is no exception. My only minor complaint are the numerous innocent victims. I wish there were fewer and I wish there was payback. 9 of 10 stars

  • Ann
    2019-03-01 06:45

    A Virgil Flowers book is part humor, part police procedural, part outdoorsy or off the beaten path settings and part quirky characters; this is book three and the combination works well.

  • Marc-Antoine
    2019-03-07 07:38

    Great little who done it, fun to readd and has you guessing. Main character is a hoot, great sense of humor.

  • Marilyn
    2019-03-06 06:39

    John Sandford is a great story teller. This book is told by Virgil Flowers ( number 3 ) in a series with Flowers as the investigator. It takes place in a Minnesota resort town. Flowers thinks while fishing to solve the crimes. Rough language and a lot of mechanical names but a great story.

  • Diana
    2019-02-24 05:45

    My fave of the series (so far). I cannot remember ever laughing so much while reading a murder mystery! Virgil is so funny & a little out of his element in this book & it makes every page just great to read. A really fun read.

  • Julien Bradley
    2019-03-18 07:40

    One of my favorite things about the Virgil Flowers series is that it is set in Minnesota. I know these character! Another enjoyable read by John Sanford.

  • Becky Lantz Pettit
    2019-02-18 01:29

    Intense Was held in suspense the whole way through the book until the last chapter. Another hard to put down book

  • Carolyn (in SC) C234D
    2019-03-10 07:43

    I finished this back on 4/30/13. According to my notebook I had rated it on Goodreads, but it wasn’t listed, and I can’t seem to correct the date. Anyhow, I think this was my first Virgil Flowers novel. He’s an interesting character—wears music groups’ tee shirts, seems a long-haired “surfer” type, but smart. Apparently works by himself outside of the cities for the most part. In this one, people who want to help a country singer advance in her field wind up dead. Lesbian lovers, mountain lake lodge, old killing. Good story. 8.5/10