Mad River by John Sandford
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
From Goodreads.com: Bonnie and Clyde, they
thought. And what’s-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with
dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns.
first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman
during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime
spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the
killers’ cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of
Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army
of cops trying to run them down. But even he doesn’t realize what’s
about to happen next.
Audiobook. I enjoyed this despite my gripes. I thought the authors wry sense of humor came back in this edition, which had me and the Husband chuckling more than once. I also thought Sandford completely captured the essence of small town Minnesota. While I didn't grow up in rural MN, my Husband did and subsequent visits over the last 20 years to "small town" had me completely agreeing with Sandford's portrayal, right down to the turkey dinner with potatoes, gravy, stuffing and cranberry's as a dinner at the local diner.
As I noted, I had a few gripes - The time frame has Virgil visiting Letty, Davenport's ward from book #14 in the Davenport series, in the hospital after she had been shot in the arm. I listened to the passage twice - in the Davenport book she is 10 or 12. In the Flower book she is in high school.
I can understand the development of a side character into his/her full fledge series, but Virgil is not mentioned in #14 at all, nor is he mentioned as part of Davenports BCA team when he does take over as head coordinator. A bit nitpicky? Perhaps. But it's the details that can pull a reader out of the story(s).
The Jimmy/Becky/Tom characters - Jimmy shoots his Pa, who stumbles back and falls in the breezeway between kitchen and living room. Jimmy then demands they move the body into the living room. But in following scenes, the body is found where it fell.
The over all story was a bit long. We have Virgil, the Bear County Sheriff, mutual aid police departments, the National Guard all out hunting for our antagonists. After a while it became a tich tedious, the antagonists were not that interesting in their Bonnie and Clyde roles. Virgil's character was a bit to "Davenport-eske" in bedding a high school crush. The Sheriff was over the top as a rural, uncouth hick, and overall, the plot was just bogged down in the middle.
Still, loved the humor in this one, and it was the humor that carried me through the book.
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