Escape Clause by John Sandford
(A Virgil Flowers Novel)

71%

8 Critic Reviews

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.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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.
 

About John Sandford

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Pulitzer prize-winning journalist John Sandford is the author of the Prey series, four Kidd novels and the Virgil Flowers series. He lives in Minnesota. Visit www.johnsandford.org for more information.
 
Published October 18, 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 399 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Escape Clause
All: 8 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
on Jul 19 2016

Perfect entertainment for readers whose hearts skip a beat when they worry that the hero won’t be in time to rescue that remaining tiger from certain death.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jul 29 2016

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.

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Star Tribune

Below average
Reviewed by Jeff Strickler on Oct 14 2016

Adding to the sense of distance is a subplot that doesn't add much except 50 pages. Flowers' girlfriend gets recruited to help with research for a doctoral thesis...

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Arthur Kerns on Nov 15 2016

The humor makes this novel a pleasure to read. Some of it is earthy and ribald, but on the whole, is in good taste. Not all will appreciate the uncomfortable details of the trade in animal parts, but the author uses comic interludes in lieu of didacticism to introduce us to this weird world.

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Above average
Reviewed by Allen Hott on Jan 17 2017

Overall a good read with quite a bit of shoot-em-up and still quite a bit of comical things happening all the while. Escape Clause is a good escape from reality while giving the reader something to keep his interests in crime, laughter, and loving up! And without a lot of profanity or detailed sex. Just good reading.

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Good
Reviewed by Susan Hoover on Oct 16 2016

ESCAPE CLAUSE is an accomplished crime novel: detailed investigation, great gunfights, entertaining characters and a punishment that certainly fits the crime.

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Above average
Reviewed by Roger Hainsworth on Jan 11 2017

John Sandford has often introduced his readers to social evils of one kind or another although the lesson is always concealed within the beguiling trappings of a thrilling police procedural.

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Good
Reviewed by Mystery Tribune on Nov 07 2016

This book delivers exactly what a fan would expect from Sandford: An intriguing police procedural plot seasoned with humor, quirky criminals, and an abundance of local (Minnesota and Wisconsin) flavor.

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