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How Does Sandford Do It?
on August 12, 2009
This is Sandford's 19th Lucas Davenport novel. I have not read them all, but I have read a fair many. They never disappoint, and this may well be his best for fast-paced action and intrigue.
Taking a page form current events, this one takes place during last year's Republican convention in St. Paul when, much to Lucas' chagrine, all the cops are on street and riot duty. He gets word from an old flame cop in NYC that there is a murderous robbery gang headed to St. Paul. At the same time, there is convincing evidence that an assassin with long range rifle prowess is also in the Twin Cities. Then, add to those threads that an old enemy is out to get him, which he does not know, but his precocious soon-to-be adopted daughter does know, and all the ingredients are there for a fine mystery thriller.
Sandford is the master of the inverted mystery where the reader knows who the bad guy(s) is and can watch the ballet as the criminal steps and then Davenport steps, seemingly behind or not even on the same dance floor. The reader shares the character's frustration and waits to see how Lucas will catch up. It is pure mastery of the form.
Lucas Davenport is, of course, after 19 books fully fleshed out. But since he, his family and co-workers evolve constantly, they remain. This is not to say, however, that you needed to have read the prior books. They all stand alone.
This is a terrific book and has inspired me to go and look for some 'Prey' books I have yet to read.