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Stolen Prey Hardcover – May 15, 2012
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“If you haven’t read Sandford, you have been missing one of the great summer-read novelists of all time. Lucas Davenport, the policeman hero of the Prey novels, is a hard dude . . . but not without a sense of humor, and that makes him special. Sandford writes real-guy novels, but—judging by my wife and her sisters—real girls like him too.”
“Sandford’s ability to sustain this perfect series [. . .] must be a cause of envy to other writers, but grateful readers greet the annual appearance of Minnesota cop Lucas Davenport with joy, then plan for a sleepless, page-turning night.”
“Sandford’s talent is such that this series never grows stale, or boring, or forgettable. As author and hero age, readers can hope that the best is yet to be.”
About the Author
John Sandford is a Pulitzer Prize winner and the author of twenty-two Prey novels and eleven other works of fiction, most recently the Virgil Flowers novel Shock Wave. He lives in Minnesota.
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I noticed two things in this novel that were different from John Sandford's previous works. One is that he no longer fleshes out the characters he continues to use in his series. New readers are advised to read his previous efforts to learn what the history of these characters are and what they bring to the story. The other aspect is the great detail that Mr. Sandford went into to describe the atrocities committed by his Mexican criminals against a husband, his wife, and their two children. While this may be timely based on the horrors we have read about currently used south of the border, it is hard to read when you take the place of the father watching his wife and children being abused and tortured--and then being dismembered himself. All of this occuring without any gain by the criminals.
With all the news reports we now receive about beheading, limbs removed, mass graves and other atrocities, this might be natural for a writer to stay current with the times we are in. I just hope that we don't become so exposed to this that it appears to be "normal".
Sandford is a confident and clear writer. I love Davenport, I felt he lost his voice a little for a few books there but after Buried Prey he got it back with a vengeance. I also like Letty, his adoptive daughter.
This has the usual intricate plot. My only complaint was that these hapless thieves seemed oddly familiar - like we had met them in some other book before. I love the way he writes but I've read so many, the element of surprise is gone for me, I can see the twists and turns coming. I still enjoy his books and feel confident to buy they for planes, but when I think about his first 3 or 4 books, they were more exciting.
Still, I read it on the plane and it passed the time very well indeed!
I have been reading Mr. Sanddord's prey novels since they first came out and they are all very good and reading the next novel is like visiting an old friend. You just slip right back in the groove and familiarity of the characters, Lucas, Weather, Letty, Virgil, Del, Rosemarie, Shrake and Jenkins. Just like visiting family. Great stuff!
If you havent' read all of Mr. Sandford's Prey novels, begin from the very first one. You just can't put them down and Stolen Prey in not an exception.