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Stolen Prey by John Sandford
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bookshelves: 2012, 5-0, crime-mystery, thriller, lucas-davenport
Read from May 20 to 23, 2012

John Sandford’s Prey series has had no shortage of brutal crimes in its long history, but this one hits an new level of That-Is-Messed-Up! by starting off with an entire family including young children being extensively tortured and then killed. Hell, even their dogs get whacked! You know it’s going to be a rough ride when not even the pets are safe.

Lucas Davenport may be a tough ass cop, but apparently even he isn’t immune to street crime when he is mugged while out jogging. (The muggers aren’t aware of how lucky they are that Lucas doesn’t carry his gun while running because he’s killed more criminals than the electric chair at Sing Sing.) Left with a broken arm and wounded pride, Lucas makes tracking his assailants down his new hobby until the aforementioned massacre of an upscale family occurs and puts him on the trail of the killers and a group of clever thieves running a complicated scheme.

The last couple in this series and the Virgil Flowers spin-offs had been some of the best stuff I’ve read by Sandford yet, and this one was on pace to join it’s ranks. There’s an interesting and complex crime behind the killings to unravel and as well as a suspenseful manhunt angle with plenty of twists and turns. Davenport is at his best while juggling all the elements of the case as well as pulling one of his most devious moves yet late in the novel. As a bonus, we also get a fair amount of interactions between Davenport and Flowers when Lucas asks him to track down the muggers who broke his arm.

Unfortunately, Sandford fumbles the ball a bit at the end of this one. (view spoiler) Still, this yet another highly entertaining crime thriller from one of the masters of the genre.

Next: Lucas vs. the Democrat in Silken Prey.
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message 1: by Stephen (new)

Stephen You are now officially 22 Lucas Davenport stories ahead of me.


Kemper Stephen wrote: "You are now officially 22 Lucas Davenport stories ahead of me."

I will also assume the following Sandford advantages:

5 Virgil Flowers
4 Kidd
2 stand alones

I kinda feel like he should be paying me at this point...


message 3: by Stephen (new)

Stephen If you throw in an audiobook or two (which I assume you've sampled), you've probably sent one of his children to college.


Kemper Stephen wrote: "If you throw in an audiobook or two (which I assume you've sampled), you've probably sent one of his children to college."

He should at least name the boat I'm sure he bought after me.


message 5: by Stephen (new)

Stephen I'd say inviting you out for a ride and few beers wouldn't be too much to ask either. And where the hell are your free ARC of each of his books. Somebody better clue this guy in on where his bread is buttered.


Kemper Stephen wrote: "I'd say inviting you out for a ride and few beers wouldn't be too much to ask either. And where the hell are your free ARC of each of his books. Somebody better clue this guy in on where his bread ..."

I know! I didn't even get one at Bouchercon. Dan had to give me his.


message 7: by Shovelmonkey1 (new)

Shovelmonkey1 starting off with an entire family including young children being extensively tortured and then killed. Hell, even their dogs get whacked!

Would you think badly of me if i said I would probably only be upset at the dog death scenes?


Kemper Shovelmonkey1 wrote: "starting off with an entire family including young children being extensively tortured and then killed. Hell, even their dogs get whacked!

Would you think badly of me if i said I would probably on..."


No, because the part about the dogs getting shot bothered me more than the kids being tortured and murdered. Poor little dogs...


message 9: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie The dogs being shot would bother me more as well.


message 10: by Shovelmonkey1 (new)

Shovelmonkey1 Ah the normalising effect of goodreads.


Kemper Shovelmonkey1 wrote: "Ah the normalising effect of goodreads."

We're not weird. It's the rest of the world!


message 12: by Mike (new) - rated it 4 stars

Mike I raced through this one and enjoyed it but your review really resonated with me....Sandford definitely dropped the ball at the end. A shame really because it was very tight otherwise. I did like the Virgil Flowers involvement and couldn't help laughing at the phone conversation between him and Lucas during the bust at the farm.


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