Escape Clause

Escape Clause

eBook - 2016
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"Whenever you hear the sky rumble, that usually means a storm. In Virgil Flowers' case, make that two. The exceptional new thriller from the writer whose books are 'pure reading pleasure'"--(Booklist) The first storm comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large, and very rare, Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried sick that they've been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others--as Virgil is about to find out. Then there's the homefront. Virgil's relationship with his girlfriend Frankie has been getting kind of serious, but when Frankie's sister Sparkle moves in for the summer, the situation gets a lot more complicated. For one thing, her research into migrant workers is about to bring her up against some very violent people who emphatically do not want to be researched. For another ... she thinks Virgil's kind of cute.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2016
ISBN: 9780698152670
0698152670
0399168915
9780399168918
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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billhorton1
Sep 06, 2017

I have been following John Sandfords "Prey" series for years and have enjoyed his main character, Lucas Davenport. While so engaged, the reader meets several other "cops" including Flowers, Jenkins and Shrake. I decided to try Escape Clause because it was entitled "A Virgil Flowers Novel." Glad I tried it! I laughed my behind off at the ongoing commentary and antics of Flowers and company. Great police humor and I learned a few things about how the bad guys are still looking for new ways to make a buck.

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altybiz
Aug 15, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed this Virgil Flowers novel. I like John Sandford overall even though some of his characters' language can darn near make me topple over in my chair. But what I really enjoyed was the humor, which was inserted everywhere. Thanks, John -- that's always a relief in a novel that has malice, blood and gore. Sparkle was the most unbelievable character, but everyone else was mostly in line. I'll probably read this one again some day just for the fun of it.

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mlhartx
Jul 18, 2017

REALLY didn't appreciate the anti Catholic crap spewed out by this flunkie, closed the book at page 15.

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NGYSOBKNRIWFHBLMSH
Jun 03, 2017

usually enjoy the prey series books more than the virgils, but the reverse was true with this novel. his hemingway- like descriptions of the female tiger, katya, are quite enjoyable. read (red)fthis after a nelson demille: try that , sometime. which won, this time? Sandford, but I'm not sure a latter day lucas davenport novel could best mr. demille.

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Zoelexi777
Feb 08, 2017

This was my first introduction to John Sandford and I really enjoyed the read. I like the Virgil Flowers character and his girlfriend Frankie. There were two story lines threaded through the book and it held my interest throughout. Sandford is now on my list of authors to read.

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wilbertjack
Jan 20, 2017

I did not finish this one. I usually really enjoy the Virgil Flowers series. Perhaps I will try it again.

AL_ELLEN Dec 28, 2016

Virgil Flowers is back in a fast-paced mystery. A breeding pair of rare Amur tigers kidnapped from the local zoo for their parts. Frankie, Virgil's lady friend's sister, Sparkle, visits for the summer to interview migrant workers with violent bosses. Virgil is busy searhcing for the tigers while trying to keep Frankie and Sparkle safe. Fast-paced, Virgil's humor and the hunt for the tigers keeps the story moving.

athompson10 Dec 04, 2016

An improbable plot but an interesting, fast-paced book nonetheless.

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StarGladiator
Oct 29, 2016

There was something about this Sandford novel which was annoying, I'm not quite sure but the patness, the glib political slant without really being believable, too contrived even in the fictional sense. A decent Virgil Flowers read, but not a top notch one. [Reminded me of that NPR/radio show host, Garrison Keillor - - got married to a Danish woman, relocated to Denmark, then returned to NPR - - cloying fellow.]

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