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My Musing ~ Golden Prey by John Sandford

Golden Prey by John Sandford is the 27th book in the “Prey” suspense series. Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, April 25, 2017

The man was smart and he didn’t mind killing people. Welcome to the big leagues, Davenport. Lucas Davenport’s first case as a U.S. Marshal sends him into uncharted territory, in the thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series.

Thanks to some very influential people whose lives he saved, Lucas is no longer working for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but for the U.S. Marshals Service, and with unusual scope. He gets to pick his own cases, whatever they are, wherever they lead him.

And where they’ve led him this time is into real trouble. A Biloxi, Mississippi, drug-cartel counting house gets robbed, and suitcases full of cash disappear, leaving behind five bodies, including that of a six-year-old girl. Davenport takes the case, which quickly spirals out of control, as cartel assassins, including a torturer known as the “Queen of home-improvement tools” compete with Davenport to find the Dixie Hicks shooters who knocked over the counting house. Things get ugly real fast, and neither the cartel killers nor the holdup men give a damn about whose lives Davenport might have saved; to them, he’s just another large target.

John Sandford knows how to keep me occupied while reading the latest exploits of Lucas Davenport by taking him out of his usual situation and expanding his world in his new job as a U.S. Marshal. This story pulled me in immediately and I fell in love once again with Lucas as he took on this new role with doing what he does best and that is “hunt.” There’s a little give and take in his new assignment and the author does a great job of letting it percolate with narrative that had me sitting closely by the bodies and calamity rears its ugly head. The fast-paced, action-packed, and riveting drama kept me involved in all that was happening and the warning at the end. . .pure Lucas influenced. Love this book and look forward to more good times with Lucas and his associates.

FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

My Musing ~ Extreme Prey by John Sandford

Extreme Prey by John Sandford is the 26th book in the “Prey” thriller series. Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, April 2016

Extreme PreyShe was an Iowa woman in her fifties, busy skinning a rabbit for dinner. She wasn’t thinking about the rabbit, though. She was thinking about murder. If and when, and where and how, and with what.

She wasn’t thinking about who. She already knew who.

After a recent—and dangerous—adventure with his daughter, Lucas Davenport finds himself in a very unusual situation—no longer employed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. His friend the governor has been cranking up a presidential campaign, though, and he has a job for Lucas.

The governor’s been hearing strange things on the campaign trail in Iowa; nothing specific, just whispers that make him wonder if there are some crazies out there planning to do something. He’s passed it along to the appropriate people, but he’d feel much better if Lucas checked it out, too.

Lucas agrees—but he has no idea what he’s just gotten himself into. He’s seen crazies before in his career—all too many of them—but none quite like the ones he’s about to encounter now.

Filled with his trademark razor-sharp plotting and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, Extreme Prey is future proof that “John Sandford is at the top of his game” (The Washington Post).

This fast-paced and action filled drama begins like no other and ends with what’s next for Lucas. In between we are taken on a roller coaster ride as Lucas is once again on the hunt for vicious killers who’ll stop at nothing to get what they think other deserves and it will be up to Lucas to put that fire out. This was an intense read that had my heart pumping as each scene was fraught with danger the closer we got to the perpetrators as expertly written by the author. The narrative put me smack dab in the middle of all the action while the dialogue kept me engaged in all aspects in the telling of this story. This was another good story by the author and I look forward to the next chapter in the lives of Lucas and his friends.

My Musing ~ Gathering Prey by John Sandford

Gathering PreyGathering Prey by John Sandford is the 25th book in the “Prey” thriller series. Publisher: Putnam Adult, April 2015

They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes—they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them.

Lucas Davenport’s adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she’d befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody’s killing her friends, she’s afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. She’s hiding out in North Dakota, and she doesn’t know what to do.

Letty tells Lucas she’s going to get her, and, though he suspects Letty’s getting played, he volunteers to go with her. When he hears the woman’s story, though, he begins to think there’s something in it. Little does he know. In the days to come, he will embark upon an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever seen, a trip that will not only put the two of them in danger—but just may change the course of his life.

I always know when I read a John Sandford book that I will be taken on a fast-paced, adrenaline-rushed roller coaster ride filled with deep dives and twisty turns that continues until the drama pulls to a complete stop and then it’s like, let’s do it all over again. John has a way with the narrative that grabbed me instantly in the telling of this story with a well-written plot and some very intriguing characters that make you believe that you are standing there in the shadow next to Lucas. The action never stops and the dialogue keeps me entertained and I really enjoyed how it all ended with new directions for the gang. The author does a great job carving out a strong plot that kept me satisfied from beginning to end and I can’t wait to read what happens next with Lucas, Letty, Del and the rest of the gang.

Author Showcase ~ Gathering Prey by John Sandford

Gathering Prey
They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes—they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them.

Lucas Davenport’s adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she’d befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody’s killing her friends, she’s afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. She’s hiding out in North Dakota, and she doesn’t know what to do.

Letty tells Lucas she’s going to get her, and, though he suspects Letty’s getting played, he volunteers to go with her. When he hears the woman’s story, though, he begins to think there’s something in it. Little does he know. In the days to come, he will embark upon an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever seen, a trip that will not only put the two of them in danger—but just may change the course of his life.


Release: April 2015
Series: Prey #26
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

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Meet the author
John Sandford is the pseudonym for the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa. He has been a reporter at The Miami Herald and the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, where he won the Pulitzer Prize for a series of stories about a Midwestern farm family. He is the author of twenty-five Prey novels; four Kidd novels; The Night Crew; Dead Watch; eight Virgil Flowers novels, most recently Deadline; and a Young Adult novel, Uncaged, co-written with his wife, Michele Cook. They live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For more information go to www.johnsandford.org.

My Musing ~ Field of Prey by John Sandford

Field of PreyField of Prey by John Sandford is the 24th book in the “Prey” thriller series. Publisher: Putnam Adult, May 2014

The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was . . . something smelled bad—like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another.

By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to fifteen bodies and counting. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, when Lucas began to investigate, he made some disturbing discoveries of his own. The victims had been killed over a great many years, one every summer, regular as clockwork. How could this have happened without anybody noticing?

Because one thing was for sure: the killer had to live close by. He was probably even someone they saw every day. . . .

This book was fast-paced and non-stop action from beginning to the end, and boy what a thrilling ride to be on as John takes us on another journey with Lucas Davenport. The suspense, the mystery is all woven into a well-executed drama that left nothing to the imagination as the clues were presented in a way that made this book hard to put down as I had to know the outcome. This series continues to get better and better and pull me in and retain the freshness of a long-running series and I can’t wait to see where we go next with Lucas and his team.

Silken Prey by John Sandford

Silken PreySilken Prey by John Sandford is the 23rd book in the “Prey” thriller series. Publisher: Putnam Adult, May 2013

Murder, scandal, political espionage, and an extremely dangerous woman. Lucas Davenport’s going to be lucky to get out of this one alive.

Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, “Hey, I think he’s breathing,” and another voice says, “Yeah? Give me the bat.” And that’s the last thing he knows.

Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then—very troublingly—to the Minneapolis police department, then—most troublingly of all—to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons. She has very definite ideas about the way the world should work, and the money, ruthlessness, and sheer will to make it happen.

No matter who gets in the way.

Filled with John Sandford’s trademark razor-sharp plotting and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, Silken Prey is further evidence for why the Cleveland Plain Dealer called the Davenport novels “a perfect series,” and Suspense Magazine wrote, “If you haven’t read any of the Prey series, you need to jump on board right this second.”

I know that when I read any of the books in the Prey series, I’m going to be taken for a riveting ride and Silken Prey continues that journey as Lucas is handed a case where political aspirations, savory secrets and murder meet to cause a ripple in an upcoming local election. This book kept me turning the pages with anticipation of watching Lucas discover the people pulling the strings and systematically closing the door on their efforts. A great read and I can’t believe I have to wait another year for the next book in the “Prey” series.

Stolen Prey by John Sandford

Stolen Prey by John Sandford is the 22nd book in the “Prey” thriller series. Publisher: Putnam, May 2012

Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Wayzata, an entire family has been killed—husband, wife, two kids, two dogs. On the wall in blood: “Were coming.” No apostrophe.

There’s something about the scene that tugs at Lucas’s cop instincts—it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen from Mexican drug gangs. But this is a seriously upscale town, the husband ran a modest software company, the wife dabbed in local politics. None of it seems to fit.

Until it does. And that’s when everybody starts coming to town: the DEA, the Mexican Federales, and some independent operators who are decidedly less welcome.

Where it all leads…will take Lucas into the darkest nightmare of his life.

Lucas is not having a good day…first he’s robbed and then he’s at a scene of a brutal murder that spreads from one nation to another. This drama is jammed packed with fast moving and non-stop action and took me on a tension-filled and suspenseful journey as Lucas and his team tracked killers that led to a showdown in an unexpected place by an unlikely person. This was another good read in the Prey series.

Buried Prey by John Sandford

Buried Prey by John Sandford is the 21st book in the “Prey” thriller series. Publisher: Putnam, May 2011

Some secrets can’t stay buried—the brilliant new Lucas Davenport thriller from the number-one New York Times-bestselling author.

An entire block on the edge of the Minneapolis loop is being torn down for development, when an unpleasant surprise is unearthed: the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic, underneath an old house. It looks like they’ve been down there a long time. Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long.

In 1985, Davenport was a young cop just about to be promoted out of uniform, despite a reputation for playing fast and loose with the regulations. A local hockey hero, a womanizer, a superb undercover guy, he was part of the massive police effort that followed the kidnapping of two girls who were never found again, dead or alive. Eventually, the case was closed.

But not for Davenport. Now, with the bodies discovered, he has the chance to investigate the kidnappings all over again, and the deeper he probes, the more one thing becomes clear: It wasn’t just the bodies that were buried. It was the truth.

Filled with his trademark razor-sharp plotting and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, Buried Prey is further proof that “John Sandford is at the top of his game” (The Washington Post).

Oh man, what a ride! Lucas is at the top of his game. One of his early cases comes back to haunt him with after 25 years, the bodies of two young girls are found. Lucas believe the killer was out there and when he starts to dig into the facts again, death occurs and the killer has invoke Lucas’ wrath. Stand back and watch the fireworks rise because Lucas is on the trail and nothing will stop him from winning this game. This was another great book in the Prey series. This fast-paced, action filled drama will keep you on our toes as Lucas searches out the truth and enact revenge. The old Lucas is back and I love it.

Storm Prey by John Sandford

Storm Prey by John Sandford is the 20th book in the “Prey” thriller series. Publisher: Putnam, May 2010

The brilliant new Lucas Davenport thriller from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.

“Sandford’s track record as a bestselling author is amazing, but it’s not an accident,” wrote Booklist of Wicked Prey. “His plotting is sharp, his villains are extraordinarily layered, and his good guys are always evolving.”

And this time, there’s a storm brewing. Very early, four forty-five on a bitterly cold Minnesota morning, three big men burst through the door of a hospital pharmacy, duct-tape the hands, feet, mouth and eyes of two pharmacy workers, and clean the place out. But then things swiftly go bad, one of the workers dies, and the robbers hustle out to their truck—and find themselves for just one second face to face with a blond woman who’s driven into the garage.

Weather Karkinnen, surgeon, wife of an investigator named Lucas Davenport.

Did she see enough? Can she identify them? Gnawing it over later, they conclude that there is only one thing they can do: Find out who she is, and eliminate the only possible witness.

Filled with his brilliant trademark suspense and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, Storm Prey—the twentieth novel in the Prey series—is further proof that “John Sandford is at the top of his game” (The Washington Post).

I can never get enough of John Sandford. I know when I read his book, he is going to take me on a thrilling roller coaster ride that I do not want to get off. Weather innocently sees a van pull out of the hospital, unknown that the occupants were involved in a crime. Lucas is immediately on the case protecting Weather and finding these guys before any harm comes to her. This is a great read in the continuing adventures of Lucas Davenport. My rating: 5 stars