Dark of the Moon is the first of a series of books featuring the investigator Virgil Flowers. Flowers works for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and is known for cracking hard cases. Flowers is sent to Bluestem, MN to help the sheriff (an old buddy) solve two homicides. Before he has even hit the city limits there is an arson and another murder. The bodies stack up as Flowers tries to figure out what’s going on. It might be quicker if he wasn’t staring an affair with the sheriff’s sister. In addition to the usual tools: Forensics, research, and accounting, Flowers likes to seed the investigation with gossip.
Sandford has done a good job of fleshing out Virgil Flowers by giving him some unique characteristics, but if I’m going to read another in the series the plot needs to be stronger and Flowers needs to be more sympathetic.