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Rules of Prey by John Sandford
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Apr 22, 2010

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Read in April, 2010

Is it bad that I liked the villain more than I liked the hero? Maybe.

And don't get me wrong. I like Lucas Davenport just fine, but the villain in this book is so delightfully horrifying that its his story that keeps the pages turning. I would argue, however, that, in real life, a person as fucked up as the villain in this novel is would not be able to hide it so well. That is the first of several "believability flaws."

Others include: the fact that I can't figure out when Davenport has the time to write and create award-winning games if he's such a good and devoted cop and the villain's uncanny ability to luck out at every turn. Some of the latter, admittedly, are kinda fun (I especially love the sequence where the cops are overcome by vicious dogs). Sandford keeps this plot moving along like a runaway subway train, but there's only so much good luck and coincidence that one villain can have.

I'll check out one or two more in this series before I make a final judgement.
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