Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Virgil
Flowers gets a call from his boss, Lucas Davenport, with a
most unusual assignment concerning a rare and precious
artifact that's been stolen from Israel. The artifact has
been taken from an archeological dig site by Elijah Jones,
a Lutheran minister and university professor, who is
believed to have smuggled the piece of stone to the US.
Since Jones lives near Virgil in Minnesota, it's Virgil's
job to handle the case. Virgil is to meet the investigator
sent by the Israelis and assist her in retrieving the stone
from Jones. But more people become involved in acquiring
the sacred stone when Jones offers it for sale to the
Why can't anything ever be easy for Virgil Flowers? He's
currently involved in investigating a local case of fraud
and doesn't need the complicated mess this holy relic is
becoming. Every time he turns around, more nefarious people
become involved. It's also apparent that some loyalties, as
well as identities, are suspicious. Just who can Virgil
trust? And why, when he thinks everything is settled, is he
told the case isn't over yet?
John Sandford provides Virgil Flowers another
unusual situation in STORM FRONT, the seventh book in this
most intriguing series. Virgil has some cunning
investigative attributes that make him an engaging
protagonist, especially in this idiosyncratic storyline. As
a highly talented writer, Sandford never fails to entertain
readers, whether it be his long-running Prey series,
starring Lucas Davenport, or his Virgil Flowers series.
In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately
for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message
from Lucas Davenport: You’re about to get a visitor. It’s
an Israeli cop, and she’s tailing a man who’s smuggled out
an extraordinary relic revealing startling details about
the man known as King Solomon.
Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci
Code deals? The secret icon, the blockbuster revelation,
the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on
my Bible verses?
He looks at the cop. She’s not laughing. As it turns out,
there are very bad men chasing the relic, and they don’t
care who’s in the way or what they have to do to get it.
Maybe Virgil should start praying.