Shock Wave (Virgil Flowers series #5)

Shock Wave (Virgil Flowers series #5) by John Sandford

Rating:  * *

A mega-chain store is planning to build a supermart in a small town, threatening the livelihoods of existing businesses and sparking heated environmental protests.  All to no avail:  building plans advance despite the controversy.  Until bombs start exploding.  The first claims a life at the corporate headquarters of the mega-corp.  The second kills a construction supervisor on the job site.  More follow.  The story starts with a bang (no pun intended) and progresses quickly through a series of events.  Wisecracking Investigator Flowers has his hands full trying to narrow the list.

Flowers has an inflated sense of studliness which gets in the way of this story.  Despite his trademark wry humor and cheeky dialogue, his self-importance takes over this novel.

Almost all the characters in this book utter quirky and off-beat phrases. While it’s not unusual for one person in a crowd to do that, it is unusual for all of them to speak that way. This, too, gets in the way of the story.

Flowers is an engaging and often enjoyable character.  While this novel is not my favorite, it has sufficient action and excitement and witticisms that fans of the series will almost certainly enjoy it.

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