Virgil Flowers, the Minnesota state cop and spin-off character from Sandford's Lucas Davenport series, returns to solve another mystery and get a little fishing done.
A lesbian is murdered while kayaking on a lake at an upscale Minnesota restort that caters exclusively to women.With that political hot potato getting tossed from hand to hand, Virgil gets his vacation at a nearby fishing tournament interrupted by Davenport who puts him on the case.But there are plenty of suspects since the victim was getting ready to fire a large part of her work force, leave her long-time partner, and had hooked up with a local singer who already had plenty of jealous lovers. With so many directions to investigate, Virgil is soon running all over Minnesota, and the killer isn't done yet.
I wasn't sure about this series at first, but it grew on me over the course of it.This is due in large part to the character of Virgil.A Minnesota state cop who wears rock band tee-shirts, usually leaves his gun under the seat of his truck, writes wildlife articles for magazines, tows his boat while working a case, and who uses fishing as an almost zen meditation state to think about his investigation is offbeat and refreshing.
I do have a story complaint about Virgil making a really stupid decision that leads to someone getting killed and not showing any guilt or self-recrimination about it at all.Sandford has always been willing to have his characters make mistakes, sometimes with tragic results, but this is the first time I remember them just shrugging it off.