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.
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5 stars for Virgil lovers. 4.5 for newbies
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.
- D. West