Lucas Davenport investigates a vitriolic blog that seems to be targeting the children of U.S. politicians in the latest thriller by #1 New York Times-bestselling author John Sandford.
The daughter of a U.S. Senator is monitoring her social media presence when she finds a picture of herself on a strange blog. And there are other pictures . . . of the children of other influential Washington politicians, walking or standing outside their schools, each identified by name. Surrounding the photos are texts of vicious political rants from a motley variety of radical groups.
It's obviously alarming--is there an unstable extremist tracking the loved ones of powerful politicians with deadly intent? But when the FBI is called in, there isn't much the feds can do. The anonymous photographer can't be pinned down to one location or IP address, and more importantly, at least to the paper-processing bureaucrats, no crime has actually been committed. With nowhere else to turn, influential Senators decide to call in someone who can operate outside the FBI's constraints: Lucas Davenport.
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A deadly threat has been lobbed against the children of U.S. senators, but the FBI’s hands are tied. There’s only one solution: Call in maverick U.S. Marshal Lucas Davenport, the hero of John Sandford’s long-running hit series. In Masked Prey, the lawman is called to investigate an extremist blog and figure out which radical group is behind its ominous photos and manifestos. Is it a local militia? Neo-Nazis? A lone wolf? One thing’s for sure: None of these individuals would be pleased with Davenport’s snooping—and they’re all guaranteed to be armed to the teeth. Sandford is a master of the political thriller, crafting a suspenseful game of cat and mouse with weird, unforgettable characters and a streak of dry, sardonic humor. He throws in just enough bizarre twists to keep us on the edge of our seat, cheering on Davenport to find the right crazies before they find him.
Bestseller Sandford's 30th thriller featuring U.S. Marshal Lucas Davenport (after 2019's Neon Prey) offers more of the same a dramatic high-stakes premise and plenty of action, but not much character depth. Sen. Elmer Henderson of Minnesota, a political ally of Davenport, once again needs his help. Audrey Coil, the 17-year-old daughter of a colleague on the Senate Armed Forces Committee, has uncovered a website that could pose a danger to herself and other children of political families. When Audrey, who operates a fashion blog, looked into whether the blog's images of her were being used elsewhere on the web, she found them on a website with pictures of other children of elected officials. The site, named 1919, code for the SS, has a Nazi connection, and its discovery leads to fears that someone may threaten the children as a way of influencing public policy. Davenport doggedly investigates right-wing groups to figure out who's behind 1919 and to forestall any violence. The plot has some holes it takes law enforcement far too long to shut down sites that had copied 1919 and the big twist isn't likely to shock anyone. Series fans are most likely to enjoy this.
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Not the strongest entry
This isn’t the strongest entry in the Prey series, but even so, it’s a solid story.
Absolutely awesome as usual. Keeps you up for days.
Can we leave out politics?
OMG Sandford has joined the group of some of my favorite authors who feel it is important to express their political views. I made it as far as page 249 and had to stop reading. I’ve read all the Davenport and Flowers novels and this experience has been very disappointing. I wish I could get my money back. From now on I’m going to read the reviews to make sure I’m not reading a political statement.