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Golden Prey (A Prey Novel) Hardcover – 9 Aug 2017
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Praise for Golden Prey
“The best Lucas Davenport story so far. The man has a fine touch for outlaws.”—Stephen King
“Sandford’s trademark blend of rough humor and deadly action keeps the pages turning until the smile-inducing wrap-up, which reveals the fates of a number of his quirky, memorable characters.”—Publishers Weekly
“The twenty-ninth Prey novel is a very good, straightforward chase thriller, laced with gallows humor throughout.”—Booklist
“Buckle up, grab a cold drink & settle in for another splendid entry in a stellar series.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
Praise for the Prey novels of John Sandford
“It appears there is no limit to John Sandford’s ability to keep new breath and blood flowing into his Lucas Davenport series. This is a series you must be reading if you are not already.”—Bookreporter.com
“If you haven’t read Sandford yet, you have been missing one of the great summer-read novelists of all time.”—Stephen King
“Sandford has always been at the top of any list of great mystery writers. His writing and the appeal of his lead character are as fresh as ever.”—The Huffington Post
“Sandford is consistently brilliant.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer
About the Author
John Sandford is the pseudonym for the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of twenty-seven Prey novels; four Kidd novels; nine Virgil Flowers novels; three YA novels coauthored with his wife, Michele Cook; and three other books, most recently Saturn Run.See all Product description
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"Golden Prey" is genuine Sandford, clever, complex, suspenseful, and funny! In the first big case as a Marshall, Lucas is hunting for the men who robbed a drug cartel of millions of dollars and coldly murdered 5 people, including a 6 year-old girl. Of course the cartel boss wants his money back so he sends 2 hired killers to also hunt for the men. They torture and kill their way across the U.S., so now Lucas is looking for them, also. "His most direct contact was with a service bureaucrat in Washington named Russell Forte." Forte just seems to be like a coach of a really good player; he encourages Lucas and gives him whatever he needs to do the job.
Lucas is helped along the way by lots of other cops and specialists. As usual, the Author's use of dialog and interactions with other characters is exceptional. This makes for a colossally enjoyable read!
Has not happened with Sandford. This might be his best yet. Partway through, realized it felt like an Elmore Leonard book. Writing was that strong, lean, elegant. Found myself going back to re-read the final gunfight. I rarely do that.
If you haven't read Sandford's recent foray into sci-fi, Saturn Run, pick it up. Excellent.
He gets his wish when a “shooter” robs a drug cartel counting house, killing five people, including a six-year-old girl, whose grandfather was one of the counters. The shooter gets away with seven or eight million dollars.
Those readers who loved Lucas's crew back at the Minnesota BCA have a treat in store. Lucas can't handle this case on his own, as the people who pulled this robbery have machine guns. The federal marshal service sends him two deputy marshals, Bob and Rae. Lucas pictures the old comedy team by that name. He doesn't realize that Rae is a tall black woman who started two years for the Connecticut basketball team. There's a lot of ribbing going on among the three. During a lull in the case, they stop to look at magazines. Bob, a stocky little fellow who's smarter than he looks, buys a photography magazine; Rae is into South American art. The snazzily dressed Lucas picks a men's fashion mag. He says, “I guess I'm the dumb one.” But the biggest clue comes from a neighbor of the gunman whom they track mainly through technology, such as phone records. He knows there was a graduation party next door to the shooter's former digs, and they'd hired a videographer. Sure enough the killer truck's tags show up on the video.
The other impressive thing about Sandford's new direction is Garvin Poole's legitimate affection for his girlfriend. One would think that Garvin Poole would be a sociopath, but he really loves her and risks getting caught to save her when she's apprehended, even tough she's capable of stabbing another woman in the frontal lobe with an eight-inch screwdriver when they get into a tussle.
The cartel is also after the man who stole their money; they send two hit men after him, using the some of the same methods the marshals are using to find him. One of them is also a woman. Sandford likes to do that once in a while. He's wants to show that women are just as good at detection and malice as men. There just seem to be more of the maclious type in Davenport's world.
This is more of a thriller than we're used to in the other Prey books. Weather and Lucas's family are barely mentioned, although his home office is still Minneapolis. Sandford indicates that Bob and Rae will be back, as Lucas tells them he'll ask for them if he finds another interesting case.
Why four? Because there no detecting going on. There is no figuring out who the bad guy/s is/are, There isn't even the odd little side case that helps push along the typical Prey novel (my long time favorite: the old lady who was killed because she wouldn't move out of an apartment building that was going condo. Method? The bad guys pointed all the A/C in the building into her apartment one night and effectively froze her to death).
This is pure hunt. Pure chase. No detecting, no parsing of clues, and it happens on a wider stage than Lucas typically operates on...and that diffuses the story somewhat, making it less focused.
Wonderful read, excellent story, well worth your while-just not Sandford at the top of this game.