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Buried Prey by John Sandford
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May 21, 11

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Read from May 19 to 21, 2011

This latest entry in John Sandford's Prey series finds BCA detective Lucas Davenport revisiting the first case that took him from uniform to detective in 1985. The mummified bodies of the two missing girls show up under a demolished house 25 years later, and the easy solution to their disappearance, which only Lucas seemed to distrust at the time, is shown to be false. The hunt for the real killer begins.
Half of the book is a flashback to the early days of the case. It is a fascinating look at a younger Lucas Davenport, less self-assured and experienced, less wealthy and connected, but still brilliant, brash, ambitious, intuitive and definitely not a team player. The second half of the book takes the case through the new developments as it unfolds. This book would be a fairly good entry to the series, if you have not had the pleasure of Davenport's acquaintance yet. It is a tightly-plotted mystery with interesting characters whose past history deepens but is not critical to enjoyment of the book. As a native Minnesotan, the local color is an added bonus in my eyes. Sandford is one of my favorite mystery writers (although be prepared for a certain amount of mayhem, sometimes unsanctioned and borderline illegal, on the part of the hero in various books throughout the series). A highly recommended mystery, which will make you want to read the rest of the Prey books in order.
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