"They were the rumors that might follow any rich man who stayed to himself, Virgil thought, and who at the same time was thoroughly hated." WHAT I'M READING: DARK OF THE MOON BY JOHN SANDFORD
Introduced in Sandford's Prey series (with protagonist Lucas Davenport), Virgil Flowers transfers to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension with a promise of being given difficult cases. After three years, he gets a case that is crazy even for him.
Venturing into the small town of Bluestem to investigate the murders of a doctor and his wife, Virgil happens across a massive burning house. Once the flames get settled, the find that another man -- old and hated by virtually everybody for bankrupting them with a massive scam years before -- was bound in the basement and left to burn alive.
When everyone is a suspect, leads can be hard to follow. And when the bodies continue to pile up, pressure piles up, too. But if three-times-divorced Virgil loves anything more than women, it's the hunt for a killer.
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