- Series: A Prey Novel (Book 25)
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition edition (April 28, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399168796
- ISBN-13: 978-0399168796
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4,087 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Sandford has always been at the top of any list of great mystery writers, and this book shows why. His writing and the appeal of his lead character are as fresh as ever.”—The Huffington Post
“There is no limit to John Sandford’s ability to keep new breath and blood flowing into his Lucas Davenport novels. This is a series you must be reading if you are not already.”—Bookreporter.com
"Sandford handles [the action] with his usual artful combination of suspense and humor."— Publishers Weekly
About the Author
John Sandford is the author of twenty-five Prey novels; eight Virgil Flowers novels, most recently Deadline; and seven other books. He lives in New Mexico.
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The novel has violence ranging from gun fights to physical attacks. Expect some people to die. There are some unlikely heroes and heroines. In the Upper Peninsula, everyone has access to at least a rifle, and many have military training. You will get a lot of details about tracking and containing dangerous criminals. There is sexual content, mainly by discussion. I would give the novel an R rating, with motion picture potential. It has a surprise ending. I am not sure where the author intends to take the characters. Virgil Flowers makes a brief cameo appearance, but Lucas takes the lead on the law inforcement side, aided by various other people.
In this variation of his recent theme, Davenport’s adopted daughter (Letty) befriends a nomadic homeless young woman who has run afoul of a lethal cult who has killed one of her companions. Her smartest move would be to disappear into the vastness of the continent, but she pursues the killers across the country. Letty allows herself to be drawn into this folly and she, in turn, entrains Lucas.
The rest of the book is his pursuit of the gang. That is short on surprises, cleverness, revelations or anything else that would hook your interest. It might pass muster for someone who hasn’t read the richer, earlier “Prey” books, but falls well short of the mark for the rest of us. It doesn’t ring like a true Sandford book.