Escape Clause - John Sandford

Escape Clause

By John Sandford

  • Release Date: 2016-10-18
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,276 Ratings)


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.


  • Double entendre in the title!

    By The Chairman 77
    One of Sanford’s best works- particularly if you are a fan of Virgil. Must read, and very satisfying. Thanks to the team who brought this story to us readers!
  • Starts slow...

    By hubie1987
    This story starts out very slow, but really picked up! I enjoyed the storyline and recommend the book!
  • High tension & belly laughs!

    By Mauri in Paradise Valley
    Everyone of these Virgil Flowers books is a page turner - and all will surprise you and make you laugh until tears run down your face! Brilliant in every way!
  • Slow

    By Dan Vermilion
    Did not finish. Slow book.
  • Escape the Clause

    By Knightsbane
    Fast paced with lots of action, making it an enjoyable read. End of the " bad guy " a bit predictable, but well deserved.
  • Virgil Flowers books

    By nancyg63
    Loved everyone of these Virgil Flowers sagas. He is my hero and nobody writes a nail biter like John Sanford.
  • Enough of Sandford's Politics

    By fh1992!
    Probably read about two dozen of the "Prey" and Flowers novels. This is the last. I'm finished with the liberal flavor of his writing. The liberties he takes with the Catholic faith in this book are the last straw.
  • Dragged

    By HarperValleyPTA
    The sample was not good enough for me to pay for the book. It dragged, and the dialogue was thin.
  • The magic continues!

    By Catchbigfish
    John Sandford has another great book. His books have been terrific ever since 'Rules of Prey'. I can't wait to read the next one.
  • Not Typical Sanders

    By Plays With Fire
    I love Virgil Flowers and Lucas Davenport. Two great characters created by the author. This book, however, left a taste behind like a spoiled peanut. Bitter! The storyline was so-so and I was totally turned off by the endangered species and how they were used in this book. Just. Not. Right.