“Heat Lightning” by John Sandford


Heat Lighting by John Sandford

This author is new to me.

I was tempted to put it down after the first few pages, the descriptions seemed too florid. Describing the first known victim:

He’d been a smooth white egg of a man, whose insides, when he cracked, flowed out like a yellow yolk.

But I persevered and I’m glad I did, the plot gathered pace and there is lots of snappy dialogue and an interesting protagonist, the cop Virgil Flowers “Virgil Flowers. I like that. Classical and corny at the same time.” remarks Mai, who he will later take out dancing.

The action is set in Minnesota, two old guys have been found murdered with lemons left in their mouths, their bodies left on Veterans’ Memorials. Virgil Flowers is the cop assigned to work out what is happening as the body count starts to grow. The connection between the victims would seem to be Vietnam and something which happened there many years ago, when the war was nearly over.

This is a modern cop story, with Google being used along with some sophisticated heat seeking devices and bugs in laptops. There are also some humorous interludes.

You’re gonna bug my house and my office and my car …” (Lutz said)

“We don’t have to,” Virgil said. “We already replaced your fillings with microphones.”

Lutz laughed and said, “Maybe that’s why old ABBA songs keep running through my head.”

“We’re not that cruel,” Virgil said.

My rating 4 out of 5




About jimholroyd365

Hi, my name is Jim, I am an Englishman living in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. I started this blog to share my interests, my photos and to make sense of my world. I take a lot of photographs of various subjects, some of which I intend to share here. I collect diecast cars and get the same thrill at 50 as I did when I was 8, when I find a car I'm searching for, Don't worry, I have a separate blog for this hobby. Please feel free to comment and ask questions on what I blog. I am quite new to this blogging, I was inspired by reading a book, which began as a blog of a London Ambulance Driver: "Blood, Sweat and Tea". I hope my blog will be entertaining and amusing, I did try stand up comedy in the UK and had seven gigs before I left to teach English in Georgia. I love reading and so the blog will include book reviews of books as I finish them.I don't know about which direction this blog will go, I am a great believer in serendipity...let the journey begin...
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