John Sandford (the pseudonym of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp)
is author of the immensely popular "Prey" series of novels featuring Minneapolis
homicide detective Lucas Davenport. He's also written three novels about
computer whiz Kidd. All his books are fun to read, suspenseful to the end,
and will leave you eagerly anticipating the next book.
Broken Prey -
The first victim is a young woman, probably flayed alive and raped. Lucas Davenport, head of Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension,
is assigned to the case by his boss, the governor, who fears political fallout if a serial killer is on the loose. A tip puts Davenport
and his team on the trail of a recently paroled sexual offender. Charley Pope never killed anyone, but conventional wisdom indicates his
rage may escalate. But the planning that went into the crimes seems to exceed Charley's capabilities. Lucas also entertains the possibility
that Charley was a "robot" for three Hannibal Lecter types in the asylum's high-security section for the criminally insane.
For those who thought Davenport (and Sandford) were slowing down and showing signs of age and prosperity, this superlative entry will dispel
all such notions. This is tough, unstoppable, white-knuckle fiction.
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