Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers are up against a powerful vigilante group with an eye on vengeance in this stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.
“We’re going to murder people who need to be murdered.”
So begins a press release from a mysterious group known only as “The Five,” shortly after a vicious predator is murdered in San Francisco. The Five is made up of vigilante killers who are very bored…and very rich. They target the worst of society—rapists, murderers, and thieves—and then use their unlimited resources to offset the damage done by those who they’ve killed, donating untraceable Bitcoin to charities and victims via the dark net. The Five soon become popular figures in the media …though their motives may not be entirely pure.
After The Five strike again in the Twin Cities, Virgil Flowers and Lucas Davenport are sent in to investigate. And they soon have their hands full--the killings are smart and carefully choreographed, and with no apparent direct connection to the victims, the killers are virtually untraceable. But if anyone can destroy this group, it will be the dynamic team of Davenport and Flowers.
Bestseller Sandford's enjoyable second novel to unite his two main series leads (after 2021's Ocean Prey) pits U.S. Marshal Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers, an agent of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, against a highly organized group of mega-wealthy, thrill-seeking vigilantes, who meet on the dark web. The vigilantes keep their identities secret, issue a press release and donate to a charity after each kill, and urge others to follow their example. Their stated objective is "to murder people who need to be murdered." Each of the five core members has their own idea of what that statement means. The first victim is a homeless man who prowls the alleys of San Francisco, the second a U.S. representative from Texas, the third a Minnesota real estate developer. With the real estate developer's murder, Davenport and Flowers are drawn in to help with the FBI's investigation. The book's strength rests firmly on the rapport between Davenport and Flowers: their pithy dialogue is spiced with the kind of humor that enduring friendships engender. Sandford fans will hope they have a long run as a team. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM Partners.
This was a great book like all Prey novels. However, this was a Lucas Davenport novel & the main focus should be on Lucas. I like Virgil Flowers novels but Prey novels should be about Lucas & his skills. I’m biased & prefer Prey novels because Lucas is my all-time favorite character.
Not fast paced, not suspenseful, and not clever.
Too politically inclined
I read to escape, not to rehash real world craziness in fiction. Unfortunately the plot centered on the extreme left and extreme right of politics. The incessant mention of political views was aggravating. Didn’t read past the first 16 pages. To bad because I usually like the author.