Holy Ghost

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Simon & Schuster, Limited, Oct 17, 2019 - 384 pages
The eleventh Virgil Flowers novel by internationally bestselling author John Sandford

Virgil Flowers investigates a miracle... and a murder... in the wickedly entertaining thriller from the master of pulse-pounding thrillers. Discover why Stephen King calls John Sandford 'one of the great novelists of all time!'

Pinion, Minnesota: a huge city of all of seven hundred folks who define the phrase 'small town'. Nothing has ever happened in Pinion and nothing ever will... until the mayor of sorts (campaign promise: 'I'll Do What I Can') comes up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map.

He's heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of curious people and making the townsfolk rich overnight. Why not stage a prank in Pinion and do the same? No one gets hurt and everyone gets rich. What could go wrong?

And then a dead body shows up. It turns out that lots can go wrong with a get-rich-quick scheme like this one... and lots will.

It'll take everything Virgil Flowers has to put things to right - before someone else dies.

* * * Praise for John Sandford and the Virgil Flower novels * * *

'Along the way to the satisfying ending, Virgil displays the rough humor and rough justice that make him such an appealing character' Publishers Weekly on Deep Freeze

'A knowing portrait of small-town life layered into a very well plotted mystery. Virgil understands that, in small towns, no one ever outgrows high school... One of the very best novels in a superior series'Booklist (starred review) on Deep Freeze

'Add a gripping storyline, a generous helping of exquisitely conceived characters and laugh-out-loud humor that produce explosive guffaws, not muted chuckles, and you're in for the usual late-night, don't-even-think-of-stopping treat when Flowers hits town' Richmond Times-Dispatch on Deep Freeze

'An outstanding novel' Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Escape Clause

'Perfect entertainment' Kirkus Reviews on Escape Clause

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A wacky, complicated set of murders takes place in a small midwest town and Flowers gets involved. Horrible language - but what can I say - it seems to work. A bit overly-complicated but seems to solve itself in the end. Wonderful characters and small snippets of copy make for a fun read. Read full review

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The Virgin Mary appears in a small Catholic Church in rural southern Minnesota and the dying town is suddenly rejuvenated. Along with the influx of tourists and dollars, however, comes a crime spree ... Read full review

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About the author (2019)

John Sandford was born John Roswell Camp on February 23, 1944 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Before entering the U.S. Army and serving in Korea, he received a bachelor's degree in American history from the University of Iowa in 1966. After leaving the service, he received a master's degree in journalism from the University of Iowa. During the 1970s, he worked at The Miami Herald, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. In 1985, he began researching the lives of a farm family caught in the midst of the crisis of American farming. The article, Life on the Land: An American Farm Family, won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing and the American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for Non-Deadline Feature Writing. After winning the Pulitzer Prize, he began writing fiction. His works include the Prey series, the Virgil Flowers series, and The Singular Menace series. He has also written nonfiction works on plastic surgery and art. Sandford's Young Adult novels, Uncaged and Outrage, Books 1 and 2 of The Singular Menace Series co-written with Michelle Cook, made the New York Times Bestseller list in July 2016.

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