Escape Clause by John Sandford
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The second Sandford mystery of 2016 proves a little less topical and a little more out-there than Extreme Prey and its take on an attempted assassination of a Hillary Clinton analogue. It sounds interesting at first - the story begins with the theft of two endangered Amur tigers, whose body parts are prized in traditional Chinese medicine - and soon morphs into a page-turning, but very crowded, story jam-packed with crime families (one Chinese, one Armenian) fighting with each other, and in the middle, a disgraced, patient-molesting, Xanax-abusing unlicensed doctor with a serious case of One-Time One-Percenter Syndrome. It gets to the point where the tigers, without which the story wouldn't have gotten off the ground, feel more like an afterthought than anything else.
Overall, as addictive as ever for Sandford, but also not one of his better works, being fairly forgettable and only memorable for the wrong reasons.
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