- File Size: 2626 KB
- Print Length: 399 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (October 17, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 17, 2017
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NBU65Z1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,776 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Along the way to the satisfying ending, Virgil displays the rough humor and rough justice that make him such an appealing character.”—Publishers Weekly
“The tenth Flowers novel is a knowing portrait of small-town life layered into a very well plotted mystery. Virgil understands that, in small towns, no one ever outgrows high school, and he uses that knowledge to unravel both mysteries by dissecting the relationships and economic realities in the town. One of the very best novels in a superior series.”—Booklist (starred review)
“The reader’s quest to discover the whole truth will propel them forward, where [Sandford] has plenty of twists (and more than a few laughs) planted along the way. Deep Freeze is easily one of Sandford’s best Virgil Flowers novels yet.”—The Real Book Spy
“Add a gripping storyline, a generous helping of exquisitely conceived characters and laugh-out-loud humor that produce explosive guffaws, not muted chuckles, and you’re in for the usual late-night, don’t-even-think-of-stopping treat when Flowers hits town.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
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“You can't make this stuff up, but, thankfully, Sandford can. Imaginative, funny, and thoroughly engaging.”—Booklist (starred review)
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“Perfect entertainment for readers whose hearts skip a beat when they worry that the hero won't be in time.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The funny, smart, and always entertaining Virgil Flower is back....Some writers get better with age while others get worse. Sandford is like fine wine. The more he ages, the better he is. Escape Clause proves it.”—The Huffington Post
“One of the keys to John Sandford's success as an author is his ability to take us inside the twisted psyches of his villains.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
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The Sandford formula is not complex. Someone in rural Minnesota commits a murder; the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (Is there really such a thing?) dispatches veteran investigator Virgil Flowers, and through his knowledge accumulated through experience, he solves the crime. The stories always unfold in a smooth, water-streaming-downhill flow.
In Deep Freeze, readers know who the killer is before knowing there's been a crime. Flowers arrives in Trippton, Minnesota--a town he's visited before-- to look into matters. En route, he is directed by a Federal colleague to aid an investigation into the illegal manufacture and distribution of talking Barbie dolls that have been altered to say some naughty things. Thus the exasperated Virgil rattled the entire population of Trippton by looking into two vastly different crimes at the same time. Does he solve them both? Well, my friends, books are out there to be read. I can promise that reading Deep Freeze is like sitting down in a comfortable chair with a party sized bag of chips, vowing to eat only a few, and then the next thing you know, the bag is empty. An enormously fun and easy read, and a worthy entry in the Sandford canon.
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Gina Hemming is a local woman made good. Wealthy,pretty and far out of Dave Birkmann’s league. That doesn’t damper Dave’s spirits though and when a high school reunion puts him within smooching distance of Gina,he boldly makes his move. Unsurprisingly,Dave’s advances are rebuffed and it at this point that Dave finds out the true cost of rejection. Although the killer is revealed to us at the start of the book,this does not in any way detract from the story. The entertainment here is provided by the locals and the interaction they have with each other and with Virgil,the detective trying to solve Gina’s murder.
A parallel storyline involving doctored Barbie dolls is a stroke of genius and I found myself laughing out loud when Vergil has the dubious pleasure of listening to one of the corrupted dolls. Even Ken isn’t safe.Barbie’s significant other has been anatomically altered. It is all very naughty and unsurprisingly,Mattel want a stop put to it and quickly. An LA detective is sent with a stack of cease and desist orders to be served to the miscreant making the highly excitable dolls but finding her proves to be far from straight forward. She enlists Virgil’s help but Virgil already has his hands full trying to work out who bashed Gina Hemming. He does lend a hand of course but has he bitten off more than he can chew?
Perfectly paced and packed with stand out characters. This book is well worth your time.
I thoroughly enjoyed Deep Freeze which is the usual Virgil stumbling around asking questions until the solution occurs to him with the exception that the reader knows who the killer is from the start although there is a twist in that. I'm not going to reveal "the other matter" but suffice to say it is silly, fun and soon becomes a running gag although you have to wonder about Mr Sandford's proclivities when he dream it up!
The plot isn't particularly profound but it's enough to engage the reader's attention as it's not the main point of the novel. The fun of the read comes from Virgil and his interactions with his interviewees, colleagues and friends. I feel he is a bit subdued in this novel - there is less of the wisecracking with the guys and flirting with the ladies we have become accustomed to but enough to still bring a smile to the face. I love his natural reactions to events.
Deep Freeze is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.