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review 2019-06-24 16:20
Somehow Worse Than the First Davenport Novel
Dark Of The Moon - John Sandford

I still say that John Sandford was trolling his readers with the first book in his series. He took all of the complaints of the Lucas Davenport series and just went to level 10 with everything. Lucas was a man that no man can say no to, Virgil rolls into town and gets a woman interested in him in like 5 minutes. Lucas does things out of bounds, well Virgil just goes and works around local law enforcement until he needs them as well and oh in one case several people get shot up and I don't even know what was happening at this point. This first book was a waste of time. 

 

"Dark of the Moon" follows Virgil Flowers who was introduced in the Lucas Davenport series. We know that Virgil has been married three times and this book pretty much delves into how stupid Virgil is when it comes to women. Poor guy, he's unable to just be a professional without noting how hot or not hot some woman is. Blech.

 

Anyway, "Dark of the Moon" has Virgil called in on a case involving a man and woman who were murdered in the home in the town of Bluestem. Virgil is called in due to the way that the dead man was posed. On his way to the town, he stops when he sees a local rich man's house on fire. Virgil is quickly involved in both cases and wonders if something ties them together. This being a Sandford book of course something ties them together. Something stupid, but something does. We also have Virgil get involved with someone and lord that whole thing just made me tired. I already updated you all on how they watched her brother (the local sheriff) have sex and I just want to put that mess out of my mind. This book almost broke me. Almost. 

 

Virgil is not worth me talking about besides his whole thing when he's trying to write the case as a mystery novelist made me laugh and laugh. He's a terrible writer. His reasoning skills are up there with Lucas. They just seem to come to conclusions about things and they are always right. 

 

The other characters were barely developed. It was hard to keep everyone straight because the two cases tie back to something else and to the rich guy who was also a secret sex addict. Let's just say something happened way back when tied back to something and somehow the word moon got thrown in. 

 

The writing was early Sandford and the flow was awful. The book felt endless after a while.

 

The ending made me sigh because per early Sandford, we find out about a character (something unsavory) but Sandford via his character just let's it go. I was bored and annoyed the entire time while reading this. 

 

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text 2019-06-22 03:07
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Dark Of The Moon - John Sandford

The plot holes and terrible mystery were not helped by the ridiculous characters. I hated every single reference to sex. Sandford writes most of the women as sex crazed and Flowers as a blonde version of Lucas Davenport. Flowers attempting to write a novel was hilariously awful and made zero sense. This whole book made zero sense. 

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text 2019-06-21 21:28
Reading progress update: I've read 54%.
Dark Of The Moon - John Sandford

Virgil and the woman he's "dating" hear a noise, go to investigate, and see her brother having sex with someone else. They watch and then proceed to have sex.What is this book???

 

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text 2019-06-21 21:05
Reading progress update: I've read 46%.
Dark Of The Moon - John Sandford

Stares at Book gods.

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text 2019-06-21 20:10
Reading progress update: I've read 23%.
Dark Of The Moon - John Sandford

Need bleach.

 

“You’re divorced, Jimmy. I know you’re not hung up on your ex, because she’s in Chicago and you hate her. I mean, I hate her, and I only met her once. So here’s the woman with the fourth-best ass in the state of Minnesota, right in your hometown, and not a bad set of cupcakes, either, from what I could see…I mean, pardon me for asking, and not that it matters at all, but you’re not queer, or something?”

Stryker grinned. “Nope.”

 

You will be happy to know that the dialogue from the book is about the current sheriff (Stryker) who has a thing for the woman that is talking to Virgil. Apparently women like men who are not straight (i.e. good men) and get into fights. 

 

“Music’s the only thing that ever moved me, aside from sex,” she said. She whistled sharply, and Righteous heaved himself to his feet and started toward them. “I wish Jimmy Stryker liked that stuff. He wants me so bad that he gets little drops of blood on his forehead, every time we talk. But he’s…so straight. He listens to old funky country, Bocephus, Pre-Cephus and Re-Cephus, or whatever they call them.”

 

“He’s a good guy, Jim is. And I don’t think you’d be bored.” Virgil gave her a small smile. “You might be a little too busy for the first, oh, ten years or so, to think much about his music.”

 

“Two things,” Virgil said, not smiling. “Cops hate to get hit, especially in a crowd of drunks. You can get mobbed if you don’t move fast. You get punched, you take the guy down, put him on the floor, put your hand on your gun butt, look at faces in the crowd like you’re looking for somebody to shoot. Face them down, right then. Sober them up.”

 

“Maybe he was showing off for somebody in the crowd,” Virgil said. “Some guys think the tough stuff impresses women. Hope it does.” She nodded. “I’ve seen that. Just didn’t think about it with Jim.” Thought about it a second, then said, “It did make me a little hot.”

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