Sometimes I just want a frivolous read. So I just downed this one in no time: Heat Lightning by John Sanford.
The Goodreads summary: “John Sandford’s introduction of Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers was an immediate critical and popular success: laser-sharp characters and a plot that’s fast and surprising (Cleveland Plain Dealer); an idiosyncratic, thoroughly ingratiating hero (Booklist). Flowers is only in his late thirties, but hes been around the block a few times, and he doesnt think much can surprise him anymore. He’s wrong.
It’s a hot, humid summer night in Minnesota, and Flowers is in bed with one of his ex-wives (the second one, if you’re keeping count), when the phone rings. Its Lucas Davenport. Theres a body in Stillwater, two shots to the head, found near a veterans memorial. And the victim has a lemon in his mouth.
Exactly like the body they found last week.
The more Flowers works the murders, the more convinced he is that someone’s keeping a list, and that the list could have a lot more names on it. If he could only find out what connects them all . . . and then he does, and he’s almost sorry he did.
Because if it’s true, then this whole thing leads down a lot more trails than he thought, and every one of them is booby-trapped.
Filled with the audacious plotting, rich characters, and brilliant suspense that have always made his books compulsively readable (Los Angeles Times), this is vintage Sandford.”
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I always enjoy books by John Sandford. This one is a Virgil Flowers mystery. Virgil attempts to solve the murders of several men whose bodies are left with lemons in their mouths at Veterans Memorials around Minnesota. The book moves quickly, and Virgil is an appealing protagonist.