cover image Heat Lightning

Heat Lightning

John Sandford, , read by Eric Conger. . Penguin Audio, $39.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-14-314362-8

Sandford follows up Virgil Flowers’s first time in the center spotlight (2007’s Dark of the Moon ) with this captivating mystery. While investigating a brutal murder in suburban Minnesota, Flowers discovers the killing is part of a series of murders of Vietnam veterans who all served together. Eric Conger’s gritty reading is perfectly suited to Sandford’s literary world. His voice is at once serious and invigorating, drawing listeners into the story and setting loose the all-out anarchy that Sandford meticulously crafts throughout. Conger refreshingly underplays Flowers, opting to steer clear of stereotypes and offers a character so real and flawed that he creates an instant connection with listeners. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 25). (Sept.)