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- Print Length: 399 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (October 18, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 18, 2016
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BD1SSA8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There are some disconnects in the story - at one point Honus is with the girlfriend and then is magically transported from Frankie's place to Virgil's Mankato home. Sanford novels are usually more carefully crafted than that. For my money - part of Virgil's character is the ease with which he charms all women (okay, I am envious). Virgil is a one woman guy in this book - nothing wrong with that, but it takes something off of his character.
I’d read all Sandford’s “Prey” novels then decided to order the most recently released Virgil Flowers one. That lead to my ordering all the rest of this series. After they’d all arrived, I put them in publication order. Beginning with the first of the series,I began a John Sandford’s Virgil Flowers series reading marathon. If you’re a mystery/thriller fan you’ve probably read Sandford
and know what to expect. Excellent character development, good descriptions of people and places, interesting story lines, plots with twists and turns, real life, although not for the sensitive to vulgarity, conversations and page-turning, have to see what happens next stories. Rather than get into the storyline of each book in the series, since so many other reviews have already done that, I think that pretty much says it all. The one thought I had after completing each one was…”How does he come up with all these different story lines?” If you like reading mystery/thriller books, I highly recommend John Sandford.
They have flaws, everything doesn't go as planned, and they can be wrong.
The language is often conversational, raw, and manly, if silly at times, and makes me think of my friends and me at the bar or watching the game on TV. We kid good naturedly, though sometimes a bit vulgar! Flowers has problems with women and his cases often lead him into complex and sometimes funny situations.
Plot seems staightforward at first-- Virgil has been tasked with recovering two Tigers (very valuable in terms of Chinese Medicine) which were stolen from the zoo. He's not thrilled with the job, but once he gets into it , he realizes the stakes are very high and there is a lot to deal with-- some of which overlaps into other cases and territories. It helps if you are aware of previous cases that involved Flowers and Davenport!!
I would encourage anyone who hasn't read Sandford to go back to book one and READ THEM ALL!! Outstanding stuff!
It was interminably long in getting to the point where we could feel that there was a conclusion to be had. It seemed like we went over and over the same ground time and time again. The only thing that kept me going was it was a Sandford book and something unexpected was going to happen to Virgil Flowers. It didn't happen and it was a lack lustre finish. Terribly disappointing as the previews seemed to offer so much.
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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 insistence on investigating the local employment of illegal immigrants until it all comes together in a glorious finale.
I look forward to every Virgil novel and have thoroughly enjoyed Escape Clause. Most of it is down to his character. He is laid back and wisecracks his way through the novel, giving off a slightly incompetent air but don't be fooled he is a smart, sharp investigator who always wins through. I'm not so sure about his relationship getting serious with Frankie - will I love him so much if he is taken? Just kidding.
The novel is all about the humour, which seems very natural and you feel as if you could chip in at any point, and it is a fun way to pass a few hours. There were points when it had me laughing out loud. It does have a serious side, however, about animal abuse and immigrant labour. There is no preaching just examples of them which occur as a natural part of the story.
Escape Clause is a great read which I have no hesitation in recommending.
Naturally, Virgil is soon on the case and it doesn’t take him long to get the Simonian brothers on his radar. They are part of a bigger clan and their brothers have some wonderful cameo appearances throughout this book. From the Simonians, it is not much of a leap to our discredited and strung out doctor, or MD. Following Virgil whilst he tightens the net on Peck is a delight and there are echos here of Hiaasen at the top of his game.
As has been the case with other Flowers novels, there is a side story running parallel to the main action and this involves Virgil’s girlfriend and her younger sister, Sparkle, getting involved in investigating a sweatshop factory. This isn’t as strong as the subplots in some of Sandford’s other Flowers novels, but the scrapes that Peck gets himself into here more than make up for that.
The subject matter means that the story gets grizzly at times but Sandford always entertains you throughout. If you want some escapism, snap this up.
Virgil Flowers, the main male lead, is in pursuit of a gang of crims who have kidnapped two rare tigers from a local zoo with the aim of converting them into traditional Asian remedies. The gang starts targeting Virgil’s nearest and dearest...no further comments for fear of spoilers.
The pace is fast, the tone is light, and joy of joys, it is very well proofread. Try a Virgil Flowers novel out, if you’ve not done so already.
Cant wait for the next one
If you haven't read Virgil or Lucas Davenport you should get started.