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Stolen Prey by John Sandford
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Jun 26, 2012

it was amazing
Read from June 19 to 26, 2012

John Sandford consistently writes twisty, fascinating mysteries. His villains are human and well-defined, and his hero of the Prey novels, Lucas Davenport, is a tarnished knight who drives a black Porsche instead of riding on white horse. Each of the books is a page-turner, but Stolen Prey makes you want to turn those pages even faster.

It starts with an exceedingly brutal murder in an upper-class neighborhood. A hit team from a Mexican drug gang has come looking for 22 million in stolen profits. As the Feds try to backtrack the money to get more of the gang's money and the local police look for the killers, Davenport's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension team (Del, Virgil Flowers, Shrake, Jenkins, et al) focuses on the 22 million and the ones who stole it, a quartet of slackers and petty criminals who'd stumbled onto the laundered money and thought they could make a killing.

After over 20 Prey novels, the recurring cast has become old friends. Yet Sandford always constructs a strong plot to showcase those characters, as well as a fascinating supporting cast for each book. Stolen Prey is another triumph for Sandford.

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