IN A NUTSHELL
Title: Escape Clause: A Virgil Flowers Novel
Author: John Sandford
Publisher: Penguin Group Putnam
Date of Release: October 18, 2016
Source: The publisher provided a digital galley in exchange for a fair and honest review
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I love John Sandford books and this is one of the better ones. I ran across the Virgil Flowers series a few years ago now and discovered I enjoyed the Flowers series even more than the Davenport series and that’s saying something. What initially intrigued me about these two series is that they’re set in Minnesota where I grew up.
Most of Sandford’s books are fast-paced, well-researched and have great characters with some snappy lines. Escape Clause has all of the above, plus some. The main plot has Virgil looking for nearly extinct Amur tigers stolen from the Minnesota Zoo. The clock is running because everyone fears the pair will be killed for their body parts to be used for traditional Chinese medicine. Just as Virgil seems to be closing in, his girlfriend is mistaken for her sister who is interviewing illegal alien workers at a canning factory in southern Minnesota.
I don’t want to spoil the ending, but trust me, this one will have you turning pages faster than Virgil Flowers can make it from Mankato, Minnesota to BCA headquarters in St. Paul.
Have a great week!