"A compelling police investigation case with unusual twists and characters!"
Reviewed by Audrey Lawrence
Posted January 4, 2017
Suspense | Thriller Police Procedural
Minnesota zoo officials are shocked when they realize two
prized and rare Amur tigers have been stolen from their
zoo in ESCAPE CLAUSE by John Sandford. They quickly realize
that while there could be a
number of possibilities, their thoughts keep returning to
the illegal market of traditional Chinese medicines. If
that is the case, the tigers have to be found quickly or
they are dead.
Virgil Flowers, an unusual and laidback agent with the
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BAC), gets
called in on this high priority case, but with few back-
up resources as other events are going on that have a
high priority. It seems like a straight forward case,
what could possibly go wrong?
New York Times best-selling author John Sandford, famous
for his Prey novels featuring Lucas Davenport as well as
for his subsequent Virgil Flowers novels, will
add to his fame with ESCAPE CLAUSE! With its intriguing
insights and fast moving plotting, ESCAPE CLAUSE is a
truly absorbing read that will linger in your mind long
after your reach its surprising and shocking ending.
Flowers is a likeable but very different agent with an
interesting partner and differing from the norm type of
In ESCAPE CLAUSE, Sandford delves into two key areas
involving the horrible market in illegal traditional
medicines as well as the situation of illegal migrants in
the States. Both stories highlight difficulties involved
in law enforcement and capture of these greedy offenders
who care not who or what they harm in their dealings.
While this is the ninth adventure in the current series,
ESCAPE CLAUSE can still easily be read as a standalone
novel, so both new and seasoned fans should be happy with
If you like police investigation stories or interesting
stories lines, there is lots to like in ESCAPE CLAUSE by
John Sandford. Do check it out for yourself!
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 Vi
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, 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 k
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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