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Escape Clause

Book 9, A Virgil Flowers Novel

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Description

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.

     “You mess around with Sparkle,” Frankie told Virgil, “you could get yourself stabbed.”
     “She carries a knife?”
     “No, but I do.”

Forget a storm—this one’s a tornado.

From the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 01, 2016 – The kidnapping of a pair of rare Amur tigers from the Minnesota Zoo, located in a suburb of Minneapolis and St. Paul, propels Thriller Award winner Sandford's outstanding ninth Virgil Flowers novel (after 2014's Deadline). Winston Peck VI, the pill-popping brain behind the operation, is relying on hired thugs Hamlet Simonian and Ham's older brother, Hayk, to act fast and process the tigers for ingredients used in traditional Chinese medicine which means Virgil, an agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and his team have little time to waste if they're to recover the tigers alive. Meanwhile, Virgil's girlfriend, Frankie Nobles, has a guest, her younger sister, Sparkle. Sparkle's research for her dissertation into migrant workers at a local canning factory leads to a beating for Frankie when factory thugs mistake Frankie for Sparkle. The rule-bending Virgil must use his wits to resolve the kidnapping and avenge Frankie's beating in an entry notable for its twisted, inept, and drug-addled bad guys. Plenty of humor leavens the action.

Customer Reviews

LITERAL ADDICTION’s Review of Escape Clause

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Scholastic Siren - Sara:
*Actual rating 4.5 skulls

Book 9 in the Virgil Flowers series can be read as a stand-alone, the mystery is inclusive, but I think you would miss getting to know all the characters.

Virgil works for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) which is basically the state version of the FBI. They deal with some very strange cases, none stranger than this.

Virgil gets a call in the middle of the night about a kidnapping, the victims, two rare tigers missing from the zoo. Personally, Virgil’s life is a little wonky, too, Frankie’s sister moves in with her for the summer causing all manner of upset.

As always, the story is cohesive and the mystery wraps up in one book, rather violently.

This series is not for the faint of heart. If you are an animal lover, like I am, this book has a serious rough spot rather early on, once you get past it, it is worth continuing.

Number Nine

Virgil Flowers is back and ready to solve another case.

Two rare, endangered tigers have been stolen from the Minnesota Zoo. Since the zoo is owned by the state, the BCA is called in to find the tigers before they are harmed or killed. Virgil isn't thrilled to be assigned this case since he thinks he'll be known as the guy who rescues animals. When Frankie is injured because of her sister's investigation of a local farm that is trafficking people, Virgil splits his time between looking for the tigers and helping Catrin find who assaulted Frankie.

I was more interested in the case involving Frankie than I was the case of rescuing the tigers. As usual, Flowers is hilarious. I love Shrake and Jenkins. This was a quick read with some suspense and some gunfire. Can't wait for the next one!

*This is a voluntary review of an Advance Reader Copy.*

Disappointed

Waited a long time to get from my library. Not the best. Sanford writes very interesting dialog. Could it be possible there isn't enough of that in this latest.

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Escape Clause
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Oct 18, 2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 496 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 9, A Virgil Flowers Novel
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