Holy Ghost

Holy Ghost

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Virgil Flowers investigates a miracle--and a murder--in the wickedly entertaining new thriller from the master of "pure reading pleasure" ( Booklist )

Pinion, Minnesota: a metropolis of all of seven hundred souls, for which the word "moribund" might have been invented. Nothing ever happened there and nothing ever would--until the mayor of sorts (campaign slogan: "I'll Do What I Can") and a buddy come up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. They'd heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary had turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of pilgrims. And all those pilgrims needed food, shelter, all kinds of crazy things, right? They'd all get rich! What could go wrong?

When the dead body shows up, they find out, and that's only the beginning of their troubles--and Virgil Flowers'--as they are all about to discover all too soon.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
ISBN: 9780735217324
0735217327
Characteristics: 373 page ; 24 cm.

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StarGladiator
Dec 12, 2018

Sandford jumped the shark on crime novels awhile back, sad to say this is no exception. Sandford has been devolving into a pure neoliberal establishment faux crat, who probably really believes that the only reason HRC lost the presidential election was due to Russian influence and meddling. [Not because American voters remembered that the Clintons killed the New Deal, and supported military coups like the last one in Honduras, and kidnapped and transported pro-democracy activists back to Egypt and Libya for torture - - and yes, that began under Eisenhower, was halted by John Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy in the Kennedy Administration, but resurrected under Reagan, Clinton and Geo. W. Bush!].
Sandford was mediocre as a reporter, but used to be a halfway decent crime fiction novelist - - until lately!

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McCReader
Nov 29, 2018

Good book - but a little slow... not up to John Sandford's standard. Still worth the read!

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CoMoReader
Nov 05, 2018

If John Sandford wrote this book, I’ll eat my hat. The Virgil Flowers we know and love was notably absent from this book. While this was a decent police procedural, pseudo-Flowers lacks the irreverent flair that makes the real Virgil a sexy, successful detective who mostly avoids law enforcement bureaucracy unless it can work to his advantage. The story was far from compelling in spite of its viable plot concept. Holy Ghost did introduce Skinner, a young man who has the makings of a promising character in future books; sadly for us readers, Virgil Flowers appears to have wandered off into domesticated bliss.

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USAF1969
Nov 01, 2018

Many years ago a friend introduced me to John Sandford and his PREY series. Always loved his books, very well done and entertaining with great character development. In one of those he introduced Virgil Flowers, in sort of a cameo role. Then came the FLOWERS series. I still read everything Sandford puts out, but I have come to love the Flowers series best. A super combination of serious and silly. HOLY GHOST delivers again. He best combination of characters yet. And throughout it all, he gives Flowers the chance to mull over more cosmic things, like God, legality and morality. In this case, he lets us see how frustrated Flowers becomes with himself and repeatedly fails to figure out who the serial killer is in Wheatfield. I laughed out loud a lot in this one. Enjoy.

peggy_15 Oct 25, 2018

As always, I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was a bit silly. Lots of dumb actions by participants, both cops and citizens. Can't say more without giving too much away. But it doesn't matter. Still a good entertaining read. And I'll probably listen to the audiobook when it becomes available. Love the narrator.

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hollysalen
Oct 24, 2018

William Kent Krueger is another great writer and he uses Minnesota as most of the books' settings - as does Chuck Logan; another great author.

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srkmeyer
Oct 19, 2018

You've got to admire John Sanford for his consistency in delivering very entertaining and readable stories. If other readers have similar favorite authors, please leave them in a comment here. Some of mine are: Michael Connelly, Daniel Silva, Peter Robinson, Don Winslow, Deon Meyer, Lawrence Block (his Matt Scudder books). Thanks.

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