Mad River by John Sandford
(A Virgil Flowers Novel)

76%

9 Critic Reviews

Virgil’s penchant for wisecracking...serves to deflate the tension, and his backstory is simple enough to allow new readers to easily keep up.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

They were average kids looking for something to do.
 
Today they started killing people.

A modern-day Bonnie and Clyde are on the run through rural Minnesota—victim by victim they’re having the time of their lives. But when Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the hunt for the thrill-hungry kids, things take a shocking detour.
 

About John Sandford

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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.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 401 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, History. Fiction
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Peak Rank on Oct 21 2012
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Critic reviews for Mad River
All: 9 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Below average
on Aug 29 2012

...Sandford explores the unstable dynamics among the three fugitives and raises questions about how any of the easily identified culprits can ever be brought to justice. None of these minor complications, though, are enough to raise Virgil’s sixth...much above the level of a highly competent but routine manhunt.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Aug 27 2012

Virgil’s penchant for wisecracking...serves to deflate the tension, and his backstory is simple enough to allow new readers to easily keep up.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Carol Thomas on Oct 02 2012

Sandford's most impressive achievement in "Mad River" is his characterization of the killers...Sandford provides a disturbingly human view of his villains, particularly of young Becky Welsh.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Oct 05 2012

Sandford, who by this point has become an institution in the crime fiction genre, continues to raise his own bar regularly and repetitively.

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Huffington Post

Good
Reviewed by Jackie Cooper on Oct 26 2012

He writes with enthusiasm and never coasts on his merits or uses any tricks of the trade. Mad River is just as refreshing as the first novel he ever wrote.

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Blogger News Network

Good
Reviewed by Kevin Tipple on Dec 24 2012

What powers the read along is the action, fast pace, and whirlwind nature of events as things disintegrate in many different ways.

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Quick Book Reviews

Good
Dec 04 2012

...if you are looking for a breath of fresh air, to read a story that doesn’t follow a cookie-cutter template and explores dark themes with absolute brilliance, I definitely recommend you get Mad River.

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BlackFive

Good
Reviewed by Elise Cooper on Oct 10 2012

Sandford is able to play with the reader’s emotions, even allowing some sympathy for these murderers by showing how things are not always black and white, good and bad.

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Rabid Readers Reviews

Good
Oct 02 2012

...Sandford doesn’t pull any punches in his mystery storyline and the very nature of Virgil, both in this and the slightly darker Prey series, balances the grit in the storyline.

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