#1 New York Times bestselling author John Sandford continues his phenomenal Prey series—and “for those who think they know everything they need to know about Lucas Davenport, [Field of Prey] proves them wrong…” (Huffington Post)
On the night of the fifth of July, in Red Wing, Minnesota, a boy smelled death in a cornfield off an abandoned farm. When the county deputy took a look, he found a body stuffed in a cistern. Then another. And another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, it was fifteen and counting, the victims killed over just as many summers, regular as clockwork.
How could this happen in a town so small without anyone noticing? And with the latest victim only two weeks dead, Davenport knows the killer is still at work, still close by. Most likely someone the folks of Red Wing see every day. Won’t they be surprised.
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Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist John Roswell Camp—who writes fiction under the pen name John Sandford—channels his experiences interviewing convicted murderers into his chilling thrillers. In the 24th installment of the popular Prey series, sharp-tongued detective Lucas Davenport is called in to investigate a cistern that’s become a dumping ground for a terrifyingly prolific serial killer. Davenport enlists the aid of a cast of trustworthy and intelligent characters, showcasing Sandford’s talent for nuanced psychology and believable dialogue. Field of Prey manipulates in all the right ways—remaining a dark, dangerous, and nail-biting mystery until the very end.
In bestseller Sandford's suspenseful 24th Lucas Davenport novel (after 2013's Silken Prey), an amorous couple's chance discovery of a body in an abandoned cistern near Red Wing, Minn., becomes a major investigation when authorities begin excavating and the body count reaches 17 and threatens to go higher. With Bob Shaffer of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension heading the investigation, and Davenport and Goodhue County deputy Catrin Mattsson assisting, they begin looking for a serial killer/rapist who's been operating for at least 10 years in the cluster of small towns near the cistern. When a lead investigator is killed and another targeted, the pressure builds. Meanwhile, a pair of sadists plot deadly and taunting actions to confuse the investigators, and Davenport searches desperately for a clue that will help narrow the search to manageable numbers. As always, Sandford has tricks to play to confound readers before the tension rises and leads to a violent and surprising conclusion.
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Typical Sandford. By that I mean, great read, well developed story. As the prey series has evolved it's like getting a letter from home. Nice to see familiar characters develop.
Not the usual suspects
Sanford has not disappointed in 25 years with Davenport, (now) his adoptive daughter and/or Virgil Flowers (hippie Minnesota fisher-cop).
This one brings all the protagonists to bear with multiple story lines and crimes that tie together nicely with an all time twist while (at the same time) introducing a new detective to the lineup.
Makes sense as Davenport is getting on with kid in college etc. Really good stuff.