This is the best book by John Sandford that I’ve read in a long time because it’s the first one I’ve read in a long time. Lucas Davenport is the continuing character in Sandford’s books, most of which have “Prey” in the title. He is an interesting man, a successful police officer and a game developer, as in computer gaming, which has made him very rich. I stopped reading the series because I got tired of the really twisted violence and the sexist tone.
This book is different from the earlier ones that I have read. Sandford has matured, is now married and a father. He is Director of Regional Studies in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and also reports to the governor. Two bodies, a white woman and a black man, are discovered hanging from a tree in rural Broderick, Minn. by a precocious twelve year old named Letty West. The word lynching is already being used and the governor wants murder to be the descriptive word. I visualized the movie “Fargo” as I read the descriptions of the countryside in winter. The characters are interesting, and the story keeps coming up with surprises.
As Kirkus Reviews says, Sandford manages to humanize his monsters, and monsters they are, in the disguise of ordinary people. If you like a good murder mystery, you’ll like this one.
3 out of 4 Stars
Reviewed By: Sallie Jenkins, Library Services