Bloody Genius - John Sandford

Bloody Genius

By John Sandford

  • Release Date: 2019-10-01
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 2,840 Ratings)


Virgil Flowers will have to watch his back--and his mouth--as he investigates a college culture war turned deadly in another one of Sandford's "madly entertaining Virgil Flowers mysteries" (New York Times Book Review).

At the local state university, two feuding departments have faced off on the battleground of science and medicine. 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 a renowned and confrontational scholar winds up dead, and Virgil Flowers is brought in to investigate . . . and as he probes the recent ideological unrest, 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.


  • AI

    By Next Lives Here
    A bit slow in places, but overall good read. It could have concluded more quickly as it wasn’t hard to figure out after introducing the computer geek.
  • Virgil Flowers series

    By babs0459
    I am so sad, that I just read the last book in the series, called bloody genius. Thoroughly enjoyable.
  • Bloody Genius

    By grannycha
  • Bloody Genius

    By Djpayerle
    I have read all the prior Virgil Flowers novels and thought they were 5 stars excellent. This one was confusing and the exchanges between characters were written like an amateur writer. If John Sandford wrote this, he was distracted or half asleep. Frankly I lost interest by page 205.
  • Definitely not the old Virgil

    By Bill1369
    Most of the 1st half of book is a boring waste of time. (Another reviewer suggested Sandford had not even written this book. I wonder too.) The 2nd half gets Virgil back doing police work. However, the manner in which crime is ‘solved’ stretches credulity. Good apprehension of bad guy. But then are closing couple pages foretelling Virgil’s demise?
  • Bloody Genius

    By GKSoCal
    Flowers like the Davenport series is great. Unfortunately every once in awhile a writer loses it. This is one of them.
  • Love Virgil & Frankie

    By CoffeePheand
    I have loved and enjoyed every single book from The Virgil Flowers series and continue to read each one again and again! I love his adventures and especially now with Frankie expecting, I was hoping you’d include the birth at least in this book!! I would have given this book a 5 Star Review, however since you didn’t include what happened I guess I’ll have to wait 2 more years? Disappointed, tsk, tsk, tsk😕
  • Virgil F. Flowers!!

    By Ingoamriiiiiiiiiingoamri
    Another great Virgil story. Fast paced, great characters and well written as usual.
  • Bloody Genius

    By Queen 1001!
    Love the Virgil Flowers character with his wit and humor. So many clues but still couldn’t solve it on my own yet author didn’t throw a curveball at the end to wrap up the story. Thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and storytelling.
  • Page turner

    By 83ashtodd
    Another hit from Sanford. Can’t wait to see what Virgil is up to next!