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Bloody Genius (Virgil Flowers, #12) explained Bloody Genius (Virgil Flowers, #12) , review Bloody Genius (Virgil Flowers, #12) , trailer Bloody Genius (Virgil Flowers, #12) , box office Bloody Genius (Virgil Flowers, #12) , analysis Bloody Genius (Virgil Flowers, #12) , Bloody Genius (Virgil Flowers, #12) 8159 Virgil 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

  • Kindle Edition
  • 384 pages
  • Bloody Genius (Virgil Flowers, #12)
  • John Sandford
  • English
  • 11 November 2017

About the Author: John Sandford

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



10 thoughts on “Bloody Genius (Virgil Flowers, #12)

  1. says:

    The Lothario, hunter, fisher, writer, photographer and ace investigator of the upper Midwest returns in Bloody Genius The 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 Genius is 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.

  2. says:

    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 the Virgil 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 often thriller 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.

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    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.

  5. says:

    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.

  6. 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 far ramifications than expected and the suspense level remains constantly high.

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    Bloody Genius is John Sandford s latest novel in his Virgil Flowers series When the investigation into the murder of wealthy, well connected university professor Barthelemy Quill made no progress, the governor became involved Calls were made, and Virgil Flowers, of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, was assigned to the case So, Virgil teamed up with Maggie Trane, a sergeant with Minneapolis Homicide who was leading the Quill investigation With two ex wives and an estranged wife number three , a feud with another academic department, disgruntled patients, colleagues and employees at his university lab and at the hospital, and an angry surviving daughter, there were no shortages of suspects That is, until Flowers was assigned and did his thing Virgil Flowers is a tall, thin man with longish blond hair who routinely wears jeans, t shirts depicting various indie bands, and cowboy boots His style both in manner of dress and in method of operation are very different than that of his good friend Lucas Davenport who does make a cameo appearance in Bloody Genius I have been a long time fan of Sandford s Lucas Davenport series and Virgil Flowers series While reading Bloody Genius, however, I realized that I am no longer such a Flowers fan I do not know if my tastes have changed or if I do not care for the direction Sandford has taken his character Although the introduction of a spouse and children can be difficult for an author to pull off, I think Sandford was successful with regard to Davenport However, I do not like Frankie and am not looking forward to the birth of their twins Nonetheless, Bloody Genius presents a pretty good mystery The plot is complex and convoluted, and Sandford takes us step by step through the process Flowers used to solve the case This is vintage Sandford, with typical Sandford humor, and Flowers does discover Quill s killer.

  9. says:

    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.

  10. says:

    5 starsThat effing Flowers is on the trail of a killer once This time he must go to the city reluctantly of Minneapolis to investigate the murder of a brilliant college professor and doctor who specializes in neurosurgery and microsurgery for those who are disabled With a host of suspects, including two ex wives and one about to be ex, an estranged daughter, her two weird friends and an ongoing feud with another department at the college he and his Minneapolis detective partner have their hands full The investigation has stalled for two weeks and the governor has put pressure on Flowers BCA Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension , squad to get it solved Virgil is not very thrilled to be back in the city He prefers his farm where his pregnant girlfriend Frankie her son Sam live and let s don t forget his dog Honus Virgil carefully re examines the crime scene, the victim s home and his partner s notes He comes up with some observations and he and his partner follows the leads Very slowly, they get somewhere This is another great story in the Virgil Flowers series of novels by John Sanford I don t know how he keeps coming up with these ideas And he manages to turn them into gems His characters are infused with color and personality The dialogue is fantastic Each character has his or her own voice The story is fast paced and suspenseful I really like Virgil with his jeans, t shirts and rather hippie looking appearance His appearance makes him easy to overlook or underestimate He is a charmer for sure.I want to thank NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam G.P Putnam s Sons for forwarding to me a copy of this absolutely great book for me to read, enjoy and review.

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