===About this Book=== '''Fresh from his “spectacular” (''Cleveland Plain Dealer'') debut in ''Dark of the Moon'', investigator Virgil Flowers takes on a puzzling—and most alarming—case, in the new book from the #1 bestselling author'''. The introduction of Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers by author John Sandford was an immediate critical and popular success: “laser-sharp characters and a plot that’s fast and surprising” (''Cleveland Plain Dealer''); “an idiosyncratic, thoroughly ingratiating hero” (''Booklist''). Despite being in his late thirties, Flowers has been around the block a few times and doesn't think that there's a lot that can surprise him anymore. Think again. On a hot and humid summer night in Minnesota, Flowers is in his bed with one of his ex-wives (the second one if you're keeping track) when the phone rings. It's Lucas Davenport, reporting that there's a dead body in Stillwater. The victim had two gunshot wounds to the head, found near a veteran's memorial, and had a lemon in his mouth. Exactly like the dead body they found last week. The more Flowers works this string of homicides, the more convinced he is that someone's got a list. A list that could have a lot more names on it. He could potentially crack the case if he could find out what connects them all...but will he regret finding the connection? If he's right, then a hornet's nest has been stirred up because the whole thing leads down a lot more trails than he originally thought, and each and every one of them is booby-trapped. This is vintage Sandford, as ''Heat Lightning'' is filled with hte audactious plotting, rich characters, and brilliant suspense that has always made his books "compulsively readable" (''Los Angeles Times'').