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Shock Wave (A Virgil Flowers Novel) by John Sandford

Shock WaveReviewed by Allen Hott

Virgil Flowers, one of Sandford’s oft used characters, is an agent for the Minnesota Bureau of Apprehension which works with the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Department out of Washington D.C. Flowers is somewhat of a floater but mainly covers southern Minnesota and is based in Mankato. As is not too unusual he gets a call on his day off and is told to head up to Butternut Falls where a bomb has gone off on the site of a new megastore.

Part of the reason for the calling out of Flowers so quickly is that just a week or so before a bomb had been set off in the Pye Pinnacle in Michigan. The megastore in Butternut Falls was to be a Pye Megastore!

Shortly after his arrival at the bomb scene Pye meets up with some of the local sheriff’s crew who are not overly happy to have the outside intrusion. And to make matters even worse about the same time Willard T. Pye, the owner of the megastores all over the country makes his appearance via private jet. This causes even more consternation among the local officers because they are sure that Pye will now be bringing in even more “help” to solve the crime. Read the rest of this entry »