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If you're considering getting into Sandford, and want to start with the best book rather than the first book... here's the best.
on May 28, 2015
One of the more action-packed prey books, with a lot of the stuff that Sandford does so well. We have an extremely interesting and scary antagonist, who takes Davenport's involvement very personally and has this aura of invincibility that creates suspense for the reader... it never feels like a foregone conclusion that the good guys will win, and the bad guy will be caught or killed. A lot of the people Lucas takes down in the Prey books are nuts, maybe not that tough, and never as smart as he is. Clara Rinker breaks the mold and has him on his back heels constantly.
We have a sort of secondary villain whose inner psychopath is brought out by her involvement with Clara, and their friendship and character development is what keeps the book fresh and real (despite some unrealistic plot conveniences). I almost hated to root against Clara, but found some deep satisfaction in how Sandford deals with her partner in crime.
I wish everyone could start the series with this book to see what Sandford is capable of when he nails it.