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The ninth Virgil Flowers novel by internationally bestselling author John Sandford
Whenever you hear the sky rumble, that usually means a storm. In Virgil Flowers’ case, make that two.
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 moves in for the summer, the situation gets a lot more complicated.
Forget a storm – this one’s a tornado.
* * * Praise for John Sandford and the Virgil Flower novels * * *
‘An outstanding novel’ Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Escape Clause
‘Perfect entertainment’ Kirkus Reviews on Escape Clause
'Along the way to the satisfying ending, Virgil displays the rough humor and rough justice that make him such an appealing character’ Publishers Weekly on Deep Freeze
‘A knowing portrait of small-town life layered into a very well plotted mystery. Virgil understands that, in small towns, no one ever outgrows high school... One of the very best novels in a superior series’ Booklist (starred review) on Deep Freeze
‘Add a gripping storyline, a generous helping of exquisitely conceived characters and laugh-out-loud humor that produce explosive guffaws, not muted chuckles, and you’re in for the usual late-night, don’t-even-think-of-stopping treat when Flowers hits town’ Richmond Times-Dispatch on Deep Freeze
The kidnapping of a pair of rare Amur tigers from the Minnesota Zoo, located in a suburb of Minneapolis and St. Paul, propels Thriller Award winner Sandford's outstanding ninth Virgil Flowers novel (after 2014's Deadline). Winston Peck VI, the pill-popping brain behind the operation, is relying on hired thugs Hamlet Simonian and Ham's older brother, Hayk, to act fast and process the tigers for ingredients used in traditional Chinese medicine which means Virgil, an agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and his team have little time to waste if they're to recover the tigers alive. Meanwhile, Virgil's girlfriend, Frankie Nobles, has a guest, her younger sister, Sparkle. Sparkle's research for her dissertation into migrant workers at a local canning factory leads to a beating for Frankie when factory thugs mistake Frankie for Sparkle. The rule-bending Virgil must use his wits to resolve the kidnapping and avenge Frankie's beating in an entry notable for its twisted, inept, and drug-addled bad guys. Plenty of humor leavens the action.