Escape Clause

Escape Clause

Large Print - 2016
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"Whenever you hear the sky rumble, that usually means a storm. In Virgil Flowers's case, make that two. The first comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large Siberian tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are very concerned that they've been stolen for their organs. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes their parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get - and keep - what they need. As Virgil is about to find out. Then there's the home front. Virgil's relationship with his girlfriend, Frankie, has been getting kind of serious, but when Frankie's sister, Sparkle, moves in for the summer, things get 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. Forget a storm - this one's a tornado."--
Publisher: New York, New York :, Random House Large Print,, 2016
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781524708726
Characteristics: 500 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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3826discalculia
Jul 10, 2018

John Sandford has been on my list of favourite authors for ages now and my latest Virgil Flowers read (Escape Clause) does not disappoint. I love Flowers' earthiness, his talent for creating chaos out of any situation and his ability to always come out smelling of roses in the end. His bad guys are always despicable and usually proven to be as dim-witted as rocks. I found myself laughing out loud a lot as I read through Flowers' latest crime fighting adventure.

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ALB126
Dec 07, 2017

I Thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced mystery. The plot was interesting, some really good humor and the ending was spot on.

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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.

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.

ArapahoeEllen 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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