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 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 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.
©2016 John Sandford (P)2016 Penguin Audio
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 14-year-old daughter.
This wasn't a spectacular story but I was very impressed by narrator Conger's performance. It raised my overall rating from a four to a five. His phrasing when speaking for a Xanax-filled Peck presented a vivid accounting of just how whacked out this anti-hero was. His depiction of a female, Hispanic factory worker helped me envision the character. I appreciate good narration and Conger was nothing short of brilliant. It helped that he had good material and Sandford was on his game in the latest Flowers adventure. I'm actually starting to prefer the Flowers series to the Davenport series. A good story line, lots of humor and the aforementioned excellent narration make this a most worthwhile listen.
I love Virgil! This series is lighter than the Lucas Davenport series and there are usually a few laugh out loud moments courtesy of Virgil, Shrake and Jenkins, and slightly bumbling bad guys. I already knew Virgil from the Lucas Davenport series so I starting reading this series from book 1 and know about his relationships and quirks. Someone who picks up this book without knowing Virgil will miss out on some of that, but it will still be an enjoyable read.
Not really edge of seat, but interested. It wasn't as much what will happen next as how will these idiots get themselves caught.
I really like that he reads the book rather than performing it. He does some accents but I was thankful that he read the females in his own voice rather than trying to impersonate female voices.
No spoilers, but I loved the way things ended for Peck.
I thoroughly enjoy John Sandford's style of writing, and Virgil Flowers is one of my favorite colorful characters. As usual, there are several plot twists circling around Virgil, especially the stolen tigers,and Escape Clause doesn't disappoint. Sandford's gift of characterization draws the listener to attention. Eric Conger's narrative style also makes this a delight. I don't like sharing spoilers, so I will conclude by writing if you are a JS fan, you won't be disappointed by his latest contribution to the Virgil Flowers series: Escape Clause. And course: Way to go Katya!!!
Sandford delivers another enjoyable story with humor, drama, suspense. Eric Conger is a great voice and perfect for this material
Maybe not the best Virgil book, but still much better than the average book I listen to.
Sandford still favorite writer, Conger still favorite narrator, Virgil still favorite character.
Hope there are more adventures for Virgil.
Love books, listen to 3-4 books a week, thriller and true crimes favorite.
Not a book I haven't read by John Sandford, most good a few not so great but this book is the worst. Easy read, simple and predictable. low to none action. I'll be returning this disappointment
I hate it when, after waiting and waiting for the next book in a series to come out, it is as disappointing as this one.
After reading all of the Flowers books, I believe I have realistic expectations about the quality of writing and narration. Despite the fact that Conger could ruin most any book as far as I'm concerned, Flowers, as Lucas' more lightweight alter ego, has been a likable guy and the books have mostly been fun but...
Even a better narrator couldn't have saved this one. The plot was so-so. Much of the dialogue is flavorless, juvenile and served to do little more than increase the word count. One example: Sandford includes every unnecessary "oh, okay". or "uhm, okay" he possibly can. And in Eric Conger's badly paced monotone this kind of ineptness is impossible to ignore.
And again, once Sandford's main character gets his woman--Weather in Lucas' case, Frankie it looks like in Virgil's--then she is immediately relegated to the background and seldom makes a further appearance or merits a mention, except for small uninteresting exchanges. There isn't even any good sex to spice things up.
This series is not all that well-written, though I've enjoyed most of them. Buut, Sandford seems to be running out of things for Virgil to do and say...time to end the series, perhaps.
I love Sanford, but the last 2 Flowers books read like he mailed them in... so predictable. Flowers and Davenport seem to have the exact same personality traits. Just different lifestyles...
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