Bloody Genius

Bloody GeniusVirgil Flowers Will Have To Watch His Back And His Mouth As He Investigates A College Culture War Turned Deadly In The Latest Thriller From New York Times Bestseller John SandfordAt The Local State University, Two Feuding Departments Have Faced Off On The Battleground Of PC Culture Each Carries Their Views To Extremes That May Seem Absurd, But Highly Educated People Of Sound Mind And Good Intentions Can Reasonably Disagree, Right Then Someone Winds Up Dead, And Virgil Flowers Is Brought In To Investigate And He Soon Comes To Realize He S Dealing With People Who, On This One Particular Issue, Are Functionally Crazy Among This Group Of Wildly Impassioned, Diametrically Opposed Zealots Lurks A Killer, And It Will Be Up To Virgil To Sort The Murderer From The Mere Maniacs

See also John CampJohn Sandford was born John Roswell Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962 He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor s degree in American Studies in 1966 In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa He was in the U.S Army from 1966 68, worked as a reporter for the Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian from 1968 1970, and went back to the University of Iowa from 1970 1971, where he received a master s degree in journalism He was a reporter for The Miami Herald from 1971 78, and then a reporter for the St Paul Pioneer Press from 1978 1990 in 1980, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Pulitzer in 1986 for a series of stories about a midwestern farm crisis From 1990 to the present he has written thriller novels He s also the author of two non fiction books, one on plastic surgery and one on art He is the principal financial backer of a major archeological project in the Jordan Valley of Israel, with a website at www.rehov.org In addition to archaeology, he is deeply interested in art painting and photography He both hunts and fishes He has two children, Roswell and Emily, and one grandson, Benjamin His wife, Susan, died of metastasized breast cancer in May, 2007, and is greatly missed.

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  • 384 pages
  • Bloody Genius
  • John Sandford
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  • 03 March 2018

10 thoughts on “Bloody Genius

  1. says:

    The Lothario, hunter, fisher, writer, photographer and ace investigator of the upper Midwest returns in Bloody GeniusThe advent of girlfriend Frankie soon to be delivered of twins has kept him closer to home and has put paid to Virgil Flowers roaming Unfortunately, the position of being one of the governor s golden haired boys one sided as Virgil does not return the affection still exists and results in the governor sending him to Minneapolis to solve a particularly vicious murder Virgil The Lothario, hunter, fisher, writer, photographer and ace investigator of the upper Midwest returns in Bloody GeniusThe advent of girlfriend Frankie soon to be delivered of twins has kept him closer to home and has put paid to Virgil Flowers roaming Unfortunately, the position of being one of the governor s golden haired boys one sided as Virgil does not return the affection still exists and results in the governor sending him to Minneapolis to solve a particularly vicious murder Virgil, an investigator for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, once inadvertently did the governor a great favor No good deed goes unpunished and so Virgil has to put his boat up, avoid serious farm chores, and head to the Twin Cities.The victim is a wealthy, well respected professor and brilliant researcher at the University of Minnesota Virgil suspects it is the wealthy part that has attracted the Governor s attention In two weeks, the well regarded MPD s homicide unit has had no luck in solving the crime even though suspects abound ex wives, fellow researchers, students, a whole other university department and of course, the famous some other guy Of course Virgil is warmly welcomed by MPD s homicide unit, especially the lead detective, Margaret Trane whom the media has characterized as being baffled No really, would I lie Eventually Trane and Virgil come to an accommodation when she realizes Virgil does not want any credit for solving the case whereas Trane and her unit need the solve after the drumming they have received from the press They quickly established an easy work relationship which is a change from the usual competitive partnership until the last moment trope found in so many books.As Virgil pokes around he quickly makes a few discoveries that put the stalled investigation back into gear.I have always thought books with the easiest readability might be the hardest to write.Sandford excels as making his books rewarding with well thought out stories, some quirky characters and uncommon settings Who ever thought the U of Minn would be a great setting for a murder, except maybe for the students of the University of St Thomas Virgil Flowers nope not gonna say it has long been known for his charm, his womanizing formerly , his band tees and his astute insight into the men and women he meets, but his defining characteristic is his innate decency Virgil must have demanded his own series from author John Sandford after being a part of the Lucas Davenport series I don t want to forget Virgil s toughness As easy going as he can be, he is nobody s fool and won t be played for one.Now I m going to spoil the gushing a bit by saying there was one distasteful moment when Virgil visualized a suspect s hair spread out on a pillow and her legs wrapped around his neck Just too jarring with Virgil in love with the mother of his twins the woman he is planning to marry Not to mention a very unprofessional view of a woman who might have committed a very brutal murder I like that Virgil has no problem talking about his cases to people he meets His smart view is that it is surprising the information or insights he gains Toward the end of the book we are treated to Flowers trying to waffle out of admitting to an acquaintance that he was wrong about an important aspect of the investigation Too funny Bloody Geniusis a terrific continuation of the Virgil Flowers series It is hinted Virgil might take some time off to write his own novel Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review

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    I received a free advance copy of this from NetGalley for review.If a dead body was found in a library I d assume that he must have had some serious overdue fees Those librarians don t play around A professor who does high end medical research is found murdered in a college library so Minnesota state investigator Virgil Flower is assigned to help out when the local Minneapolis cops hit a dead end As Virgil digs into the case his problem isn t that there aren t any clues, it s that there are f I received a free advance copy of this from NetGalley for review.If a dead body was found in a library I d assume that he must have had some serious overdue fees Those librarians don t play around A professor who does high end medical research is found murdered in a college library so Minnesota state investigator Virgil Flower is assigned to help out when the local Minneapolis cops hit a dead end As Virgil digs into the case his problem isn t that there aren t any clues, it s that there are far too many Sex, drugs, blackmail, lawsuits, ex wives, an estranged daughter, and a bitter academic rivalry are all angles that come up Sifting through the noise and finding the killer s motive is the key to cracking the case, but theVirgil digs into it, the less sense the entire thing makes.This is a crackerjack of a whodunit Sandford s usual MO is to let the reader know the villain is from the jump, or at least give us their point of view His books are generally a cat and mouse game between the cop and the bad guy so his stuff is oftenthriller than traditional mystery although detective work always plays a major role He has done a few where the reader is completely in the dark as to the killer and their motives, and this is one of his best pure head scratchers We ve got an intriguing scenario with plenty of viable red herrings so that I was as stumped as Virgil for the entire time When the killer s identity is revealed it s a very satisfying answer because Sandford plays fair, and the clues were all there the entire time There s also a good tense situation built up at the end that plays into Sandford s strength of building momentum in action scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat Virgil continues to be a strong lead character with his laid back persona making for a nice change of pace from your typical thriller heroes There s a little less humor in this one than the last couple of Flowers books, but still some good chuckles that make this a touch lighter than the Prey series.Overall, it s a very nice piece of crime writing with a solid mystery and a great ending

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    It s no secret that I love Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Virgil Flowers he long ago earned a forever spot on my Top 10 list of favorite book heroes But it s also no secret that I m not thrilled that he s in a serious relationship with a woman Frankie who in fact is close to delivering a set of twins she and Virgil concocted seven months or so ago Somehow, he d turned into a kinder and mellower Virgil and in the process lost a bit of the edge that endeared him to me.Well, after It s no secret that I love Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Virgil Flowers he long ago earned a forever spot on my Top 10 list of favorite book heroes But it s also no secret that I m not thrilled that he s in a serious relationship with a woman Frankie who in fact is close to delivering a set of twins she and Virgil concocted seven months or so ago Somehow, he d turned into a kinder and mellower Virgil and in the process lost a bit of the edge that endeared him to me.Well, after reading this, the 12th book in the series, I d say he s still a little mellow and his language is, for the most part,like a tricycle salesman than a truck driver But overall, he s got that edge back and for sure he s kept that irreverent sense of humor alive and well, as evidenced by my chuckles throughout, to wit You know how to kill any earworm You hum that Walt Disney thing, It s a Small World It ll kill anything, but it s such a miserable songit won t stay in your head on its own Couldn t have said it better myself.But I digress This story begins as Virgil is called in when a big shot medical doctor and University of Minnesota professor is murdered in an upper level, usually locked library room on the campus a place he s really not supposed to be Especially since he s for the most part an unlikable jerk, there s no shortage of suspects, from his research team colleagues to members of a rival research team to his own daughter Most of the characters are quirky, to say the least well, this is a university campus, after all And early on, it appears the good doctor just might be living a secret life that involves illicit drugs and blackmail.As is customary in these books, Virgil touches base with his former boss, Lucas Davenport the subject of another popular series by this author and another of my love to read about characters, BTW A couple of his old friends get to help out, as does a scrappy female officer from the local police who gives Virgil a good run for his money in the sarcasm department.Problem is, all of those above mentioned suspects have what appear to be iron clad alibis Clearly, it will take a goodly amount of sleuthing to uncover the motive and catch the killer All that is accomplished in fine Virgil style, making this another must read book for fans like me Thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy Bloody good

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    Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam for this arc.Gotta love that f cking Flowers Virgil is back And he doesn t have his boat He s come in from the backcountry and into the city for this story without his boat He s sent to Minneapolis to the university by the governor to help out on a two week old murder the city s investigation has stalled on Naturally, the city detective resents his presence and well, Virgil wasn t wild about the assignment either He does however manage to cha Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam for this arc.Gotta love that f cking Flowers Virgil is back And he doesn t have his boat He s come in from the backcountry and into the city for this story without his boat He s sent to Minneapolis to the university by the governor to help out on a two week old murder the city s investigation has stalled on Naturally, the city detective resents his presence and well, Virgil wasn t wild about the assignment either He does however manage to charm his way into the job There is a plethora of possible suspects and Virgil in his usual meandering way talks to all of them slowly picking apart the murder with the help of some of his old pals, Capslock, Jenkins, and Shrake The story moved along at a fair pace, slowed down only by Virgil s return home to check in on Frankie and hay baling.4.5 stars rounded up

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    A good read that had the potential of being a great read until it lost its way and got a little sloppy towards the end Virgil is investigating a murder in a Minneapolis suburb dominated by a college campus and its environs armed with nothing but some odd, random clues This was a refreshing break from the last few books, which had revolved around small town politics, gossip, and some friendly backstabbing.The story was a solid murder investigation, pretty straightforward and interesting Aro A good read that had the potential of being a great read until it lost its way and got a little sloppy towards the end Virgil is investigating a murder in a Minneapolis suburb dominated by a college campus and its environs armed with nothing but some odd, random clues This was a refreshing break from the last few books, which had revolved around small town politics, gossip, and some friendly backstabbing.The story was a solid murder investigation, pretty straightforward and interesting Around the 70% mark, though, a number of new characters and subplots were brought into play which muddied the main storyline They eventually threaded together, of course but it was all a little strange, and marked departure from the linear investigation and writing style of the earlier part of the book Overall, though, I m still happy with Virgil and his world, whereas I ve pretty much lost interested in Lucas Davenport

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    John Sandford is a bloody genius I wish I could tell you how he messed up my book review for Bloody Genius, the twelfth Virgil Flowers novel, but it would spoil the book In fact, that s what happened I had an opening sentence all set after I read the first five pages, and then the conclusion preempted my opening How would I know my opening sentence would have been a spoiler for the end of the book After Professor Quill s body is found in his library carrel at the University of Minnesota, the John Sandford is a bloody genius I wish I could tell you how he messed up my book review for Bloody Genius, the twelfth Virgil Flowers novel, but it would spoil the book In fact, that s what happened I had an opening sentence all set after I read the first five pages, and then the conclusion preempted my opening How would I know my opening sentence would have been a spoiler for the end of the book After Professor Quill s body is found in his library carrel at the University of Minnesota, the police are stumped They can t find a murder weapon There is no evidence of another person with Dr Quill, so no witness What was the man doing in the library over the weekend When nothing happens in the case for two weeks, Quill s wealthy, well connected sister calls a friend, the governor Eventually, the chain of command produces Virgil Flowers from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension BCA.Virgil teams up with Sergeant Maggie Trane of the Minneapolis Homicide Dept as they question possible witnesses, suspects, and people who seem to have a peripheral involvement However no one is actually peripheral in this riveting page turner In fact, there are humorous side meetings with a man in a bar, Harry, and the bartender, Alice Harry has his own theories about the case, theories developed from years of watching Gibbs on NCIS.As always with a Virgil Flowers case, it seems to be an intricate mess that finally comes together in a fast paced conclusion Bloody Genius contains the family connections and insight to Flowers character that add interest to the man Sandford s readers will not be disappointed in the most recent darkly humorous investigation Only those of us who are impatient and think we re clever will be disappointed in our own wit.As I said, Sandford is a bloody genius

  7. says:

    Once again Virgil is on a case I find it interesting that he ends up in the Twin Cities since he usually roams the state, it sort of makes him out of his depth, having to call Lucas for advice and Shrake and Jenkins, heck even good old Dell makes a couple of appearances to help out Virgil Virgil worked well with the Minneapolis cop, something I wasn t sure about at the start, but with Virgil being Virgil and not really caring who gets credit in solving the credit went a long way it helping.The Once again Virgil is on a case I find it interesting that he ends up in the Twin Cities since he usually roams the state, it sort of makes him out of his depth, having to call Lucas for advice and Shrake and Jenkins, heck even good old Dell makes a couple of appearances to help out Virgil Virgil worked well with the Minneapolis cop, something I wasn t sure about at the start, but with Virgil being Virgil and not really caring who gets credit in solving the credit went a long way it helping.The case was an interesting one and took Virgil to odd places finding other crimes in the meantime By the end I was stunned at who the bad guy was and way,stunned with how that person tried to help and how Virgil figured things out Turns out you should listen to your beer drinking buddy in Applebee s, sometimes they are on the right track

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    College culture turned deadly It s up to Virgil to figure out who on this college campus is nuts v who is pure psychotic as a killer.Normally intellectual individuals can agree to disagree in proving their points but in this case it turns deadly and there s no turning back.For me there was too many subplots with too many characters and it made me lose interest which became muddied with the main story line around the midway point.Thank you to the publisher and John Sandford for this ARC in exch College culture turned deadly It s up to Virgil to figure out who on this college campus is nuts v who is pure psychotic as a killer.Normally intellectual individuals can agree to disagree in proving their points but in this case it turns deadly and there s no turning back.For me there was too many subplots with too many characters and it made me lose interest which became muddied with the main story line around the midway point.Thank you to the publisher and John Sandford for this ARC in exchange for this honest review

  9. says:

    An exciting and thtillingly paced police procedural with an amazingly convoluted mystery, BLOODY GENIUS is 12 in John Sandford s enthralling Virgil Flowers series Virgil is the long haired, band T shirt wearing agent of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, who lives on a farm with pregnant girlfriend Frankie, expecting twins Virgil is called in to assist in a Minneapolis case, involving the murder of a University professor, which has stumped local homicide The case has farram An exciting and thtillingly paced police procedural with an amazingly convoluted mystery, BLOODY GENIUS is 12 in John Sandford s enthralling Virgil Flowers series Virgil is the long haired, band T shirt wearing agent of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, who lives on a farm with pregnant girlfriend Frankie, expecting twins Virgil is called in to assist in a Minneapolis case, involving the murder of a University professor, which has stumped local homicide The case has farramifications than expected and the suspense level remains constantly high

  10. says:

    Another great addition to what I affectionately like to call the That Fuckin Flowers Series In the days prior to this book being released I read a review that compared this series to the Lucas Davenport Prey Series and came to the conclusion that while the Prey Series leanedin the direction of Thriller, the Flowers Series leaned a bitin the direction of Mystery and that is definitely in evidence in this installment I don t want to spoil anything, so I won t, but if you keep your e Another great addition to what I affectionately like to call the That Fuckin Flowers Series In the days prior to this book being released I read a review that compared this series to the Lucas Davenport Prey Series and came to the conclusion that while the Prey Series leanedin the direction of Thriller, the Flowers Series leaned a bitin the direction of Mystery and that is definitely in evidence in this installment I don t want to spoil anything, so I won t, but if you keep your eyes open and pay really close attention to every clue, you might even solve this one before Virgil does As always, Sandford does an excellent job of giving readers a chance at solving the case, but balancing that with some very solid and convincing red herrings and reader baiting I m happy to say that my gut told me whodunit even if I didn t connect the clues and figure out the motive even though Sandford splashed them all over like colors on a painter s pallet.Best Line Award goes to Shrake who, at one point, quips I m sweatingthan a blind lesbian at a Sushi Bar And I d be remiss if I failed to throw some kudos out to Sandford for some really solid band references like Larkin Poe and Cage The Elephant He also turned me on to a new poet, Robert W Service whose poem The Cremation of Sam McGee was part of the story Clearly, some people learned his works in high school I don t remember him being a part of my education though But I wound up looking up the full poem and really enjoying it I m looking forward to readingof his stuff.It s another great installment in this series and an easy one to recommend It goes off at the usual Sandford downhill pace There s some great dialogue and the plot is solid and strong throughout This is a book and a writer who respects the reader I devoured it primarily in two sittings It sucks you in and takes you for a fast paced, fun ride to a satisfying end And easy 4 star book for me I highly recommend this book, this series and everything else that Sandford s written

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