Lucas Davenport returns -- in the most harrowing Prey of all.Everybody has his secrets. But some of them will get you killed. John Sandford has long been praised as one of the most gifted thriller writers at work in this country or any other (Richmond-Times Dispatch) -- but this time he surpasses himself.The company chairman lay on the cold ground of the woods, his eyes unseeing, his orange hunting jacket punctured by a rifle bullet at close range. Around him stood the four executives with whom he had been hunting, each with his or her own complicated agenda, each with a reason not to be sorrowful about the man's death. If he read it in a book, Lucas Davenport thought, it would seem like one of those classic murder mysteries, the kind where the detective gathers everyone together at the end and solves the case with a little speech.But it wasn't going to be that easy, he knew. There were currents running through this group, hints and whispers of something much greater than the murder of a single man. He had felt this way not long before, sensed the curling of an indefinable evil, and not only had it nearly gotten him killed, it had lost him his fiancee, who'd never been able to recover from the violence of the encounter. Sometime soon, unless he could stop it, there would be another death, and then still another, and Davenport couldn't help but wonder if maybe this time, the final death might not be his own....John Sandford has written extraordinary thrillers before, but nothing to top the startling twists and unrelenting suspense of Secret Prey.
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Just when the reader is thinking that John Sandford's "Secret Prey" is going to be a somewhat predictable mystery, the author provides his magic touch and the novel soars to a most dramatic and memorable event.
Bank president Daniel Kresge is murdered while on a hunting trip. He had been in the process of leading his bank into a merger that would have made him rich but cost many employees their jobs. He was also undergoing a costly divorce so there were countless possibilities as to who the killer might be.
The two employees in line to take over the bank are Susan O'Dell and James Bone. They begin maneuvering for control while placing Wilson McDonald in charge during the transition.
Deputy Police Chief Lucas Davenport is investigating. Just as he and his team feel that they are closing in on the killer, another bank executive is murdered and the police must go back to their chalk board. The investigation intensifies as Davenport takes certain steps and the killer counters.
Sandford does a masterful job with the novel. He makes the reader wonder who the killer could be and then when Davenport narrows the killer down to one person, the reader is kept in suspense about how the killer can be caught and can the killer be stopped before murdering again.
The characters are excellent and well described. The author portrays the Minnesota countryside nicely so that the reader can visualize what the setting must look like.
Review: Secret Prey (Lucas Davenport #9)User Review - Harry Lane - Goodreads
At one level, one could argue Sandford's Lucas Davenport series is standard police procedural. This installment certainly fits the mold. But like others in the series, it is different in that it's almost impossible to put it down. Read full review