Escape Clause 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

  • Title: Escape Clause
  • Author: John Sandford
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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 bWhenever 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 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 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.

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    1. John Sandford

      See also John CampJohn Sandford 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 rehov 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.

    524 thoughts on “Escape Clause”

    1. I received a free advance copy of this from NetGalley for review.I ve heard of having a tiger by the tail, but this is ridiculous.Two rare tigers have been stolen from a Minnesota zoo, and everyone fears that they have been taken to have their organs and bones harvested for medicines that will fetch a fortune on the black market Quirky cop Virgil Flowers is on the case, but can he find the tigers before they re killed and turned into expensive placebos for assholes As usual in a John Sandford no [...]


    2. It wasn t so long ago that Virgil Flowers was just a cameo player in Sandford s long running Prey series, supporting the main character Minnesota crime stopper Lucas Davenport But Flowers was always destined for bigger things Like Clete Purcell, James Lee Burke s crowd pleasing buddy to Dave Robicheaux, the Davenport books lose something when Flowers isn t there He s a great counterpoint to the dapper and somewhat manic frontman whereas Lucas is all sharp suits and flash cars, Virgil is cowboy b [...]


    3. Minnesota BCI agent Virgil Flowers returns in another entertaining novel from John Sandford Flowers is a laid back guy who dresses in jeans and the tee shirts of obscure rock bands and who spends the bulk of his time investigating rural crime He loves fishing and women, though not necessarily in that order, and is currently in a relationship with a woman named Frankie.When two rare tigers are stolen from the Minnesota Zoo, Virgil is assigned to lead the investigation Time is of the essence here, [...]


    4. I m a long time fan of John Sandford s books and have read all of them except the YA series The Virgil Flowers books are particular favorites because Virgil is just so lovable.Virgil gets some pretty weird cases that at first seem simple, but they always go awry His case in this book is to find two rare, endangered Amur tigers that were stolen from a zoo and then murders happen Another case begins when Virgil s girlfriend, Frankie, is beaten by thugs mistaking her for her sister, who is intervie [...]


    5. Another winner from John Sandford Usually in a series there are some good books and then there are some that just aren t So far I have enjoyed all of the books in this series Virgil is just a good ol boy Part of what makes this series so good is the wit and dialog For example readers are probably aware that things have been getting serious between Virgil and his girlfriend, Frankie In this story Frankie s sister, Sparkle, comes to visit and Virgil naturally observes that Sparkle is kind of attra [...]


    6. Same as his other books but with practical advice on how to steal a tiger I stole three so far and totally got away with it 3.5 stars.


    7. Tyger Tyger burning bright, In the forests of the night What immortal hand or eye,Dare frame thy fearful symmetry From The Tyger by William Blake When two rare endangered Amur tigers are stolen from the Minnesota zoo, experts fear that the catnappers are tied to the illegal traditional Chinese medicine trade Zoo officials are desperate knowing that their beloved tigers may soon be killed I was prepared to dislike Escape Clause Animal abuse is repulsive to me Later, when pythons are mentioned tho [...]


    8. I have read John Sandford s books over the years and have always enjoyed them, especially when Virgil Flowers is front and centre Two rare and very large tigers have been stolen from Minnesota zoo and the belief is that they have been taken for their body parts which are extremely lucrative in the Chinese medicine market The action starts right away and it isn t long before we know who we are dealing with In some books this may spoil the storyline but Sandford has a way of making the chase so ex [...]


    9. Ah, man I finished it Now I ll have to wait for who knows how long well, maybe the author has an inkling for Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Virgil Flowers to make his next appearance in print.Sigh You see, over many years of reading the previous books in the series this, I believe, is the ninth as well as the author s Prey series featuring Lucas Davenport, the two have made and stayed on my Top 10 list of all time favorite leading men But the free wheeling, often irreverent Virg [...]



    10. Virgil is cavorting nude with Frankie in a swimming hole when he is called to help solve the case of a stolen pair of rare Amur tigers from the Minneapolis zoo The possible culprits are animal rights activists or those seeking rare animal parts for cult medicines The mastermind is eating Xanax like Halloween candy, while bumping off his partners, drawing the attention of their crazy brothers, who come seeking vengeance The sideshow, involving Frankie s sister Sparkle, was a detraction, but was o [...]


    11. I decided to kick off my 2017 reading with my old friend John Sandford I figured that would allow me to start the year with a positive review, and I was right Sandford never lets me down Virgil is a very different character from Davenport, not as hard edged or ruthless, but his adventures are tense nail biters, all the same In this case, the fate of two rare tigers is hanging in the balance, so the ticking clock is a priority in solving the mystery and foiling the bad guys I saw that some people [...]


    12. Ok, all of John Sandford books are good, but the Virgil Flowers series are always the most fun This one is no exception How many times could I go between chuckling and ewwww Not for the squeamish.


    13. This is just what the doctor ordered for an entertaining read to clear the mental palate from too much ostensibly gourmet fare of serious literature Minnesota detective Virgil Flowers gets assigned to the case of theft of a couple of rare tigers from the Minneapolis Zoo This is not his typical case, but all the regular police are busy with security of presidential aspirants campaigning at the Minnesota State Fair, as justified by the recent assassination attempt on the liberal candidate at the I [...]


    14. There are two things you can pretty much count on author John Sandford to do 1 write gripping engaging thrillers, and 2 give them absolutely horrible and misleading titles.And once again with Escape Clause, his newest entry in the Virgil Flowers detective series, Sandford has delivered on both counts As everyone knows, an escape clause is a clause in a contract that specifies the conditions under which one party can be freed from an obligation That does not happen here In fact, that would be hor [...]


    15. Another hit for John Sanford and Virgil Flowers I have read all of his Virgil Flower s stories and there is no better good ol boy than Virgil He has an innate sense of what is right and wrong that he brings to each case he is trying to solve and those he winds up a part of because he s Virgil Flowers In this 9th story Virgil has been tasked with finding 2 rare Amur tigers that have gone missing from the Minnesota zoo It is feared they have been stolen for their use in traditional Chinese medicin [...]


    16. This Virgil Flowers, aka F ing Flowers books begins days after Extreme Prey book show 2 and if you haven t read all 26 Prey books and the previous 8 Virgil Flowers books you will be just fine You really don t need any background Someone has stolen two endangered tigers from a local zoo and since everyone else is busy with Presidential Protection, Flowers has to solve it And once he gets involved he is quickly swept up in hysteria since everyone pretty much the Tigers have been taken by someone f [...]


    17. Audio I love Virgil and this narrator don t know why this one was a little boring for me It almost felt like someone else was continuing to write the series in Sandford s name Know I am in minority here but for me it was just OK I will, however, continue to read what Sandford writes I usually really enjoy his work esp when Virgil is involved.


    18. John Sandford has the ability to draw a reader in, make them laugh, worry and cheer for the good guy while booing the bad guy The Virgil Flowers series is one of my favorites, simply because Virgil can get himself into some wild situations without even trying and manages by the skin of his teeth to get out of them without being killed, through no assistance from the killers This story involves Liars and Tigers and Bears, Oh MY Along with several side stories that end up tying in strategically ne [...]


    19. In the haylofts of life, there are always a few wasps After taking a break from the character to pen sci fi thriller Saturn Run, John Sandford returns to his Virgil Flowers series with Escape Clause Virgil Flowers is the eccentric lead investigator for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension BCA Over the years his investigative prowess has garnered him as much recognition has his unconventional methods and personality.The ninth novel in the series opens with Flowers, unsurprisingly, skinny [...]


    20. Escape Clause by John SandfordVirgil Flowers series book 92 sFrom The Book 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 extreme than others as Virgil is about to find out.Then there [...]


    21. VFF is an awesome character created by John Sanford This fictional guy should be the envy of law enforcement in that he goes hard after bad guys by all means with guile and despite being poor with a gun His bravery and doggedness endeared him the support of people of Minnesota 8 of 10 stars


    22. Ninth in the Virgil Flowers thriller series and 26.5 in the Lucas Davenport series and revolving around a laidback, determined detective who works out of Mankato, Minnesota It takes place just after Lucas adventures in Extreme Prey, 26.My TakeYa know I m wondering whatever happened to Virgil s passion for writing It was one of the characteristics I liked about Virgil, that detecting was something he did to pay the bills, but writing articles on hunting and fishing was his true passion What happe [...]


    23. Two Amur tigers are stolen from a zoo Virgil Flowers is tasked with tracking them down and returning them before the are reduced to component parts for Chinese medicine To add to the confusion, Virgil s girlfriend Frankie s sister has turned up and getting herself into all sorts of trouble interviewing illegal immigrant workers at a canning factory Then when Frankie is beaten up by thugs, all hell breaks loose for Virgil and the BCA.Barring one or two little niggles, I loved this book The plot w [...]


    24. 3.5 Stars Much as I usually enjoy Virgil Flowers, this was a sloooow read, and quite frankly kind of boring The premise was great two rare Asian tigers are abducted from the zoo, as their organs and various parts make organic medicines that are highly prized by many Chinese and would make the thieves quite a bit of money Problem is, the story didn t stay interesting very long The investigation was lackluster at best and all the clues just magically dropped into Flowers lap as needed Even the fac [...]


    25. Escape ClauseI always look forward to reading John Sandford as he is my all time favorite author And as much as I hate to admit it this was not his best As I say that it does not mean that this was a bad novel it just wasn t as good as the story normally is As soon as the story started it grabbed me and I couldn t put my finger on it but something was missing It was fast paced and I didn t want to put it down but as I said I just can t figure out what it was but something was definitely missing [...]


    26. Escape Clause is another great adventure for the hapless Minnesota BCA in vestige tor Virgil Flowers or as he is commonly called That f Flowers Virgil s cases are never straightforward so he is the logical choice when 2 rare Amur tigers are stolen from the zoo With no clues or suspects and a variety of possible motives it will be an uphill battle Slowly but surely he makes progress but with many obstacles in the way, like murder, Armenian gangsters and his girlfriend Frankie s sister, Sparkle s [...]


    27. Minnesota BCA agent Virgil Flowers gets tasked with finding and returning two abducted Amur tigers from a Twin Cities Zoo Law enforcement fears for the safe return of the tigers since their valuable body parts are used in traditional Chinese medicine and together, they re worth a half million dollars How Virgil and his wise cracking associates track the tiger snatchers is really secondary to Virgil s laconic, Mid Western country wit Pleasantly sidetracked skinny dipping with his girlfriend Frank [...]


    28. Any book that begins with Virgil Flowers naked in a swimming hole works for me Add in two catnapped Amur tigers, immigrant workers being exploited in a pickle factory, a homicidal animal rights activist, Frankie the farmer girlfriend who is, reluctantly I say it, worthy of Virgil s undivided attention, Sparkle her idiot sister, Bill the sort of priest, and a hilarious group of vengeful Armenian or was it Iranian brothers who all talk like Damon Runyon characters anyway, and you ve got a book tha [...]


    29. Virgil Flowers is called in to help find a couple of rare tigers kidnapped from the local zoo He is trying to beat the clock to find them before they are killed The kidnapper will do anything to not be caught arson, assault, even murder I enjoy the Virgil Flowers series He so reminds me of a young Lucas Davenport.


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