Holy Ghost (Virgil Flowers Series #11)

Holy Ghost (Virgil Flowers Series #11)

by John Sandford


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Virgil Flowers investigates a miracle—and a murder—in the wickedly entertaining new thriller from the master of "pure reading pleasure" (Booklist)

Pinion, Minnesota: a metropolis of all of seven hundred souls, for which the word "moribund" might have been invented. Nothing ever happened there and nothing ever would—until the mayor of sorts (campaign slogan: "I'll Do What I Can") and a buddy come up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. They'd heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary had turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of pilgrims. And all those pilgrims needed food, shelter, all kinds of crazy things, right? They'd all get rich! What could go wrong?

When the dead body shows up, they find out, and that's only the beginning of their troubles—and Virgil Flowers'—as they are all about to discover all too soon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735217324
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Series: Virgil Flowers Series , #11
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 46,128
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

John Sandford is the pseudonym for the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of twenty-eight Prey novels, most recently Twisted Prey; four Kidd novels, eleven Virgil Flowers novels, and six other books, including three YA novels coauthored with his wife, Michele Cook.


St. Paul, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

February 23, 1944

Place of Birth:

Cedar Rapids, Iowa


State University of Iowa, Iowa City: B.A., American History; M.A., Journalism

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Holy Ghost 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don’t plan on anything serious while reading this latest Flowers novel. You won’t want to take the time away from Virgil and his crew of lawmen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Never would've guessed...Extremely engaging...LOVE these characters...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A murder mystery that I couldnt put down; which at the same time made me laugh. A great plot with very entertaining characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lucas Davenport novels are always a fun read for me. Even though they are fairly predictable as they move along, I still enjoy reading them as an escape from reality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That Effin Flowers does it again. Can't stop reading. Awesome. Highly entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gotta love Virgil.... and I’m always looking forward to the next book.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Holy Ghost is the eleventh book in the Virgil Flowers series by prize-winning American journalist and author, John Sandford. It’s a late May Sunday morning when Minnesota BCA agent Virgil Flowers leaves Frankie Noble coping with morning sickness to investigate two shootings in the nearby town of Wheatfield (there may be some confusion as the blurb refers to the town as Pinion). What was a dying town that has recently seen a change in fortunes with sightings of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Mayor, Wardell Holland, is concerned for the adverse publicity. Virgil’s not there long before another shooting occurs, this one fatal. In each case, the location and time of day are identical, but despite eye-witnesses, confusion reigns about the shooter’s location. Each tiny clue sends Virgil in a different direction, frustrating his attempts to make sense of it all. The townsfolk are a quirky bunch and include a hairdresser who gives shoulder massages, a petty criminal who enjoys porn and has a taste, if not a talent, for blackmail, and a mayor who shoots flies. This dose of Virgil Flowers has quite a few twists and a whole school of red herrings that have Virgil chasing his tale and keep the reader guessing to the action-filled climax. Virgil does come up with some stupidly dangerous ideas that indicate he’s not yet quite used to the idea of being a prospective father. To keep things interesting, there’s a disgusting diner, a stolen semi-trailer-load of Lego, and chicken potpies are consumed to excess. There’s plenty of sitcom humour, some of it bordering on slapstick, and the dialogue, especially the banter between Virgil and his BCA colleagues, is a highlight. According to some reviews, this is not Sandford’s best Virgil Flowers novel, from which the reader might conclude that the first ten must indeed be rather good. Very entertaining. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Simon & Schuster Australia
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funniest Virgil F. Flowers book yet!
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Another great read by the master!
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The thread that holds the tale together ?
Anonymous 12 months ago
Who knew there could be so much intrigue in a small town!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great Virgil Flowers chase. The characters are not the typical in this genre and the plot's path was always a challenge. Along the way I found perfect pitch dialogue and laugh - out - loud encounters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good read. Pure small town Minnesota. The main characters are well developed quickly and all the matters of a community and the lives in it ring true. The mystery of the crime and it’s solving are revealed at an appropriate pace.
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Good read
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Another awesome read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story line was a bit weak and predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these characters