Holy Ghost

Holy Ghost

Book - 2018
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Virgil Flowers investigates a miracle...and a murder...in the wickedly entertaining new thriller from the master of pulse-pounding thrillers. Pinion, Minnesota: a huge city of all of seven hundred folks who define the phrase 'small town'. Nothing has ever happened in Pinion and nothing ever will...until the mayor of sorts (campaign promise: `I'll Do What I Can') comes up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. He's heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of curious people and making the townsfolk rich overnight. Why not stage a prank in Pinion and do the same? No one gets hurt and everyone gets rich. What could go wrong? And then a dead body shows up. It turns out that lots can go wrong with a get-rich-quick scheme like this one...and lots will. It'll take everything Virgil Flowers has to put things to right - before someone else dies.
Publisher: New York, New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780735217324
Characteristics: 373 pages ;,24 cm.

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DW_kcls
Mar 17, 2019

Virgil Flowers does it again. What's not to love about this .... unconventional Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent? His cases are always a bit odd, but I think the apparition set up of Holy Ghost was odder than most. You can't help but like most everyone in the town of Wheatfield, as John Sanford certainly makes Minnesotans the people you want as neighbors.

Virgil does things his way. I believe he subscribes to adage that "It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.". Virgil goes his own way but in Holy Ghost he neither went fishing nor womanizing, not even mentally! Perhaps that's why he's a bit discombobulated solving the twists and turns of this mystery. Also, while he did a bit of private philosophizing, he didn't give us his typical insights, memories and version of religion and God.

I miss Lucas Davenport (especially the young Lucas) but I await the next outing with Virgil ... and I wish Sanford would bring back Kidd!

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Midas
Mar 09, 2019

Too slow moving for me as a mystery novel and way too much detail about different types of guns. Disappointed overall since the culprit was not even in the story until basically the end.

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msarich
Feb 21, 2019

VF 11

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jaypandrews
Feb 03, 2019

John Sandford actually CAN write a crappy book - this is it.
Story went nowhere and the chicken pot pie callback gets worn out early. The culprit isn't in the story for 95% of the book.

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EGStratton
Jan 16, 2019

Unfortunate but limpid at best. Don't waste your time. This story cheats and introduces facts very late in the game so the reader has absolutely no chance of figuring out the ending. The reviews say that this town was moribund before the Marian sightings ... I think the writing is moribund and the author needs to move on to something else.

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Betz50
Jan 15, 2019

This book started off very exciting. Then it got stuck talking about guns and all different types of guns. It was very slow reading. Seemed to go around in circles like the author didn’t know how to end it. Not my favorite read.

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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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7626dee
Dec 01, 2018

Another tale of murder and violence in the farm country staring Virgil f------ Flowers, the cop who can't remember to carry his gun. He doesn't get beat up by old ladies this time but does stir up a hornets nest of very casual killers who are a nasty team. Money is the root of all evil even out in the corn patch of frosty Minnesota. Good stuff from the current master of understated rural mayhem. Those long winter nights stir up the primeval violence of the Cro-Magnon soul.

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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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