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Hidden Prey

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Hidden Prey

Lucas Davenport Series, Book 15

Now a statewide troubleshooter, Detective Lucas Davenport is plunged into a murder investigation that involves a Russian corpse, 50-year-old bullets, and some high-level government connections. Haunting and suspenseful, each addition to John Sandford's Prey series shoots to the top of national best-seller lists.

Now a statewide troubleshooter, Detective Lucas Davenport is plunged into a murder investigation that involves a Russian corpse, 50-year-old bullets, and some high-level government connections. Haunting and suspenseful, each addition to John Sandford's Prey series shoots to the top of national best-seller lists.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 5, 2004
    Det. Lucas Davenport has battled some real demons over the past 15 Prey novels and drifted in and out of lust and love with a host of women. But now he's happily married to the lovely Weather; has a nine-month-old son, Sam; and takes care of his 12-year-old ward, Letty West. Sure, he's got a measure of the old angst, but he's growing accustomed to the good life, spending quality time alone on the couch drinking beer and watching TV golf. His new job is running the Office of Regional Research at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension where he looks into various crimes and "fixes shit" for the governor. So when a dead Russian shows up on the docks in Duluth, Lucas is assigned to shepherd the lady investigator, Nadya Kalin, being sent by the Russian government. From the very first pages, the reader knows it's teenager Carl Walther who has killed the Russian. What makes the book intriguing is the manner in which the sagacious Davenport goes about uncovering the rest of the co-conspirators—a gang of Minnesota-based Communist spies headed by Carl's grandpa, 92-year-old ex-KGB colonel Burt Walther. That Sandford makes this unlikely plot believable is a mark of his mastery of the technical aspects of the mystery form and a testament to his overall writing skills. Readers will be pleased with this relaxed version of the moody Minneapolis investigator. In past novels, the womanizing Davenport would have romanced the good-looking Russian lady, but the new Davenport is content to play the part of friend and protector and go back to his cozy family with an unstained and remarkably contented soul. (May 11)

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    Expect this to hit #1—Sandford's last Prey book,
    Naked Prey, opened at the top of the
    Times bestseller list and was only knocked to #2 by
    The Da Vinci Code. 500,000 first printing; main selection of the Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, Mystery Guild; 10-city author tour.

  • AudioFile Magazine Lucas Davenport, who is with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in Michigan, teams up with Nadya, a Russian policewoman and intelligence agent, to determine who killed the Russian Rodion Oleshev. But the clues don't add up, and more people end up dead, so Nadya and Lucas must determine who is shooting fifty-year-old bullets and what the KGB has to do with it all. Eric Conger manages to keep all the characters straight as he weaves between Russians and Michiganders and copes with the disjointed abridgment of Sandford's tightly woven plot. Sound effects highlight the murders and shoot-outs, adding tension to the taut story line. Conger's emotional distance during the narration adds tension when the clues point in contradictory directions. M.B.K. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine
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