BLOODY GENIUS: See the Cover for John Sandford’s Next Virgil Flowers Novel

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Following last year’s Holy Ghost, New York Times bestselling author John Sandford is set to bring back his fan-favorite character Virgil Flowers for his 12th adventure on October 8th, 2019. 

While readers may remember that Flowers was summoned to investigate a murder shortly after witnesses claimed the Virgin Mary appeared in a small Minnesota town in Holy Ghost, Sandford’s next (still untitled) book featured another murder case, this time on the campus of a local university. See the plot details below. 


Bloody Genius.jpgVirgil Flowers will have to watch his back–and his mouth–as he investigates a college culture war turned deadly in the latest thriller from #1 New York Times-bestseller John Sandford.

At the local state university, two feuding departments have faced off on the battleground of PC culture. Each carries their views to extremes that may seem absurd, but highly educated people of sound mind and good intentions can reasonably disagree, right?

Then someone winds up dead, and Virgil Flowers is brought in to investigate . . . and he soon comes to realize he’s dealing with people who, on this one particular issue, are functionally crazy. Among this group of wildly impassioned, diametrically opposed zealots lurks a killer, and it will be up to Virgil to sort the murderer from the mere maniacs.



John Sandford is the pseudonym for the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of twenty-eight Prey novels, most recently Twisted Prey; four Kidd novels, eleven Virgil Flowers novels, and six other books, including three YA novels coauthored with his wife, Michele Cook.

Continuing his two-books-a-year publishing schedule, Sandford is also set to release his 29th Lucas Davenport novel, Neon Prey, on April 23. And while Davenport may be his most popular character, the Flowers series has come on especially strong the last few years, as Sandford kicked it up a notch beginning in 2017 with Deep Freeze, before delivering another winner last year as well.

With expectations for the next Flowers book high, we’ll have plenty of coverage — including a title announcement and cover reveal — in the coming months, so make sure to check back for more updates soon. In the meantime, Sandford’s next novel is available for pre-order here.



Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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