Saturday, November 19, 2016

Review: Escape Clause (Virgil Flowers #9) by John Sandford

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1587 KB
  • Print Length: 399 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399168915
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (Oct. 18 2016)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BD1SSA8

Book 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 wi th 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.

About the Author

John Sandrford was born John Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962. He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966. In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa. He was in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, worked as a reporter for the Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian from 1968-1970, and went back to the University of Iowa from 1970-1971, where he received a master's degree in journalism. He was a reporter for The Miami Herald from 1971-78, and then a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press from 1978-1990; in 1980, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Pulitzer in 1986 for a series of stories about a midwestern farm crisis. From 1990 to the present he has written thriller novels. He's also the author of two non-fiction books, one on plastic surgery and one on art. He is the principal financial backer of a major archeological project in the Jordan Valley of Israel, with a website at In addition to archaeology, he is deeply interested in art (painting) and photography. He both hunts and fishes. He has two children, Roswell and Emily, and one grandson, Benjamin. His wife, Susan, died of metastasized breast cancer in May, 2007, and is greatly missed.

My Review

 Escape Clause is the ninth book in the Virgil Flowers series by John Sandford. Great series. I am a big fan of John Sandford's Virgil Flowers. My library has ebooks available to take out which is how I was able to read this book.

Two tigers have been stolen from the zoo and Virgil is on the case. I wasn't sure if I would like the story line but as it turned out I should not have been worried. It is an excellent story and a great addition to the series.

Virgil Flowers and the people around him all are interesting. Sandford is a great storyteller and the Escape Clause is well written. I was hoping that something would happen involving Katya the female lion and it did! Great story.

Highly recommend.

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