||Book Review - Shock Wave by John Sandford
Thomas 'Duffbert' Duff
While I've grown a little cold on the
John Sandford novels that feature Lucas Davenport, I'm finding I like the
Virgil Flowers novels a lot. Shock
Wave has Flowers tracking down
a serial bomber intent on stopping a large Walmart-like store from setting
up shop in a small town. Flowers is a nice mix of irreverence, vulnerability,
and persistence, all wrapped together in a mind that never stops running.
Sandford does a good job in capturing
the small town atmosphere where the action takes place. It's reasonably
clear that someone in the town is doing the bombing, but there's a number
of people who would make good suspects. Many people in town will
be negatively impacted by the new store, and most would be happy to see
the construction stopped. But which person would be motivated enough
to kill? On top of the bombing, there's also a question surrounding
why the city council approved a zoning change after initially opposing
the site. Is the bombing also tied to the possible corruption? These
are all questions Flowers has to figure out, and it doesn't help that the
bombings are accelerating at a frightening pace.
On top of the characters, Sandford does
a perfect job in making sure the killer isn't known until the very end.
I was guessing the entire time, and found out it wasn't the person
who I thought it was going to be. I was also impressed with the use
of "crowd-sourcing" to dig up a list of likely suspects. While
I don't think it's something that would be accepted very well in reality,
it did present some interesting possibilities of involving others in solving
I hope Sandford continues with the Flowers
character in future books. It would definitely put him back on my
"read right away" list.
Obtained From: Library
Apr 14, 2012
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