Escape Clause

Escape Clause

Virgil Flowers Series, Book 9

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016 | Unabridged
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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 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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, 2016
Edition: Unabridged
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource (8 audio files) : digital
audio file
Additional Contributors: Conger, Eric
OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9780735288355


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Feb 02, 2018

I had troubles rating it. BCA detective, "cowboy" Virgil Flowers, gets all the animal cases and he's drawn the theft of two rare Amur tigers from the Minneapolis zoo. To be shot and turned into Chinese cultural medicine. The pace is relentless as he follows a few steps behind the perpetrators in his effort to save the endangered animals. Zoo officials are terrified they have already been killed, the public is outraged, and the media even have a huge stopwatch counting the time they have been missing. Much of the action is seen through the eyes of the main perp as he sees "that f...n Flowers" coming. Why my difficulty in rating? I really enjoy Sandford and want to rate him high - 5 stars is always possible. Yet one or two aspects of the ending were predictable and the subplot, that of his girlfriend Frankie and her sister Sparkle, didn't develop as far as I thought it could have. Plus, I am not sure a more domesticated Flowers is my favourite side of him.

Nov 26, 2016



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