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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Bad Blood by John Sandford - a review

In the latest Virgil Flowers investigation, we follow the detective as he investigates the bludgeoning death of a soybean farmer by a local teen. When the teenager is then found hanging in his cell, a victim himself of a murderous prison guard who in turn is found dead under suspicious circumstances, Flowers has his hands full proving these where all murders not accidents or suicides.
The ensuing investigation brings to the fore a religious organization, World of Spirit, Teutonic in its nature and calling, that has been ongoing since its conception over a hundred years ago when German immigrants settled in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. At the core of its beliefs are home-schooling, segregation from the outside world and inter-family marriages. In modern times, this has led to incest, wife swapping, and with the introduction of pornography on the Internet, sexual perversion. Flowers is able to tie in the death of a teenage girl, a sect member, who was suspected of being a prostitute, into the other three murders and all hell breaks loose.
As more and more perversions are discovered as cult members scramble to cover their tracks, Flowers and the local sheriff, Lee Coakley, are carrying on their own tumble-in-the–bed affair behind the scenes, trying to keep that out of the view of the small town gossips.
A rough and tumble sexy page-turner of a thriller that will keep you involved and engaged with each turn of the page.

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