SHOCKWAVE by John Sanford

The story of a bomber from a small Minnesota town with a grudge, Shockwave is the superbly written latest offering by one of my favourites, John Sanford. We’re seeing less and less of Lucas Davenport these days, which is sad because I love the character so much, but I suspect Sanford figures he’s mostly been played out. We can always go back though and re-read the Prey novels. As a replacement, Virgil Flowers is growing on me with every new novel and Shockwave was no different.

A bomber tried to blow up Willard Pye, head of the fictional PyeMart company – yes it seems to be an exact mirror of Walmart – and succeeds in killing someone at the site of a PyeMart soon to be under construction. In response, the BCA sends investigator Virgil Flowers. You would think that in a small town it would be an easy task for the intrepid Flowers to identify and apprehend the bomber, but it turns out to be much more convoluted and therefore much more difficult…although he still solves the case in a week and therefore gets Pye to literally kiss his ass. (Now you have to read the book because you want to know the deal I’m talking about.)

Before Shockwave is done, some innocent people are dead, more are terrorized, Flowers gets dumped again and loses something of great value to him. All of that adds up to an interesting, although lacking some of the tension and drama of Sanford’s other novels, read. Still, I have no hesitation telling you to grab yourself a copy of Shockwave and open it up this weekend whether you’re swaying in a hammock at the cottage, reading by flashlight in a tent or comfortably ensconced in your air conditioned living room. When the smoke clears, I promised you’ll have enjoyed it.


And that’s my 2¢ for today.


~ by leslies2cents on July 3, 2012.

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