The Resource Holy ghost, John Sandford

Holy ghost, John Sandford

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Holy ghost
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Holy ghost
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John Sandford
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  • eng
  • eng
  • eng
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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
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  • /* Starred Review */ In bestseller Sandford’s wickedly enjoyable 11th outing for Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Virgil Flowers (after 2017’s Deep Freeze), Wardell Holland, the maverick mayor of Wheatfield (pop. 650), and his 17-year-old sidekick, John Jacob Skinner, decide the town needs an economic boost, so they contrive for the Virgin Mary to appear at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with one of Skinner’s many sexual conquests, Jennie Fischer, in the Mary role. The Marian Apparition succeeds in bringing flocks of tourists to Wheatfield. Then sniper-like shootings that wound two citizens threaten the bonanza. Flowers’s subsequent investigation turns up suspects ranging from a few would-be Nazis to a farmer/gun range owner and Jennie’s porn-loving boyfriend. When the shootings turn deadly, Flowers gets help, which he badly needs as he comes to realize that he must outwit a clever killer who proves one of his maxims: “If it’s criminal, it’s either stupid or crazy.” Sandford’s trademark sly humor shines throughout. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed 07/30/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 31, p)
  • Wendall Holland, the mayor of Wheatfield, MN, a dying small town of about 650, and his street-smart 17-year-old friend Skinner have a brilliant idea. If the Virgin Mary appears at the local Catholic Church, it will draw crowds and money to the area. The scheme works exquisitely until a tourist is shot by a sniper. After the second shooting, the mayor calls the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Virgil Flowers is assigned the case. Virgil assumes he can easily apprehend the sniper, but that's not the case in a small community where everyone has a gun. Then a local resident is targeted and Virgil finds a body. This fast-paced novel never lets up, in violence, police investigation, or wisecracks from Virgil and his fellow officers. The suspense will draw in readers initially, but the well-developed characters, especially Holland and Skinner, along with the irreverent agents and officers, will keep readers hanging on for the dark humor and banter. VERDICT Sandford follows the nonstop action of Deep Freeze with another satisfying case for the likable Flowers. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/18.] --Lesa Holstine (Reviewed 10/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 16, p47)
  • A drolly fraudulent plan to reverse the fortunes of a declining Minnesota town hits a snag in the form of a much more serious spate of felonies. Wheatfield mayor Wardell Holland, who lost a foot in Afghanistan, sees no reason why he shouldn't take intellectually and sexually precocious teenager John Jacob Skinner's advice about having Janet Fischer, Skinner's frequent bedmate, masquerade as the Blessed Virgin at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The apparently miraculous sightings of the faithful will put Wheatfield back on the map, increase tourism, and juice the local economy, all without hurting a soul. But then a series of shootings outside the church indicate that although souls may be getting saved, bodies are having a tougher time. Iowa visitor Harvey Coates isn't seriously injured, but Betty Rice, a second visitor, is wounded seriously enough to warrant a call to Virgil Flowers, of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (Deep Freeze, 2017, etc.). Leaving his pregnant girlfriend, Frankie Nobles, back in Mankato, Virgil drives the hour to Wheatfield and finds—nothing: no obvious suspects, no motive, no forensic evidence, not even a good place to get lunch. Looking for clues about the likely weapon, he stumbles on the rotting corpse of Glen Andorra, a farmer whose shooting range drew many local marksmen, and the mystery darkens. Andorra was almost certainly killed by someone who wanted the use of his .223 rifle for some long-distance target practice, but who and why? When the shooter scores a fatal shot on retired health care aide Marge Osborne, Virgil, immediately assuming she's been the real target from the beginning, narrows his focus, still to no avail. Why would anyone kill such an inoffensive old lady? It must be all about money—but where's the money? It would be nice if the payoff were more closely linked to the amusing setup, but the detection, though often tediously routine, carries all the authenticity you'd expect from a pro like Sandford. (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2018)
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10732663
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1944 February 23-
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Sandford, John
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
A Virgil Flowers novel
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bk. 11
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  • Flowers, Virgil
  • Flowers, Virgil (Fictitious character)
  • Flowers, Virgil (Fictitious character)
  • Hoaxes
  • Murder
  • Minnesota
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Holy ghost, John Sandford
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rdacontent
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000063586840
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
373 pages
Isbn
9781471174889
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(paperback, UK edition)
Lccn
bl2018180090
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)1030415866
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Holy ghost, John Sandford
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000063586840
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
373 pages
Isbn
9781471174889
Isbn Type
(paperback, UK edition)
Lccn
bl2018180090
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1030415866

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