"Deadline" by John Sandford is another plot winner involving Lucas Davenport
and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
"Storm Prey" by John Sanford is another really excellent story starring his main man Lucas Davenport, investigator for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
This time out Lucas
is even more personally involved in the case than usual, since his
wife, Weather, is the target of some truly dangerous murderers.
, once again, heads up the investigation.
As with his
other "Prey" books, the main character, Lucas Davenport
is faced with "murder most foul".
is no Agatha Christie murder scenario, this is a story of horrific butchery and terrible torture.
Not for the weak of heart.
We start out on a milder note when Lucas
is assaulted at an ATM machine and ends up with a broken wrist.
This is the eighteenth novel in the "Prey" series, and once again we are treated to the talents of detective Lucas Davenport.
has been convinced by his
wife, Weather, to investigate the disappearance of a widowed friend's daughter.
The girl has been running with a questionable group who have an unhealthy attraction to death.
One after another, several members of this group are murdered in a horrible manner.
After the second murder, Lucas
sets aside his
early reluctance and gets the investigation going in earnest.
Apparently this active interest frightens someone, for Lucas
is shot in an alley and is seriously wounded.
As Lucas Davenport's
also has plenty of potential power to back him up.
As if this is not enough, Lucas Davenport
finds that something much more personal will demand his
A psychotic pimp in a wheelchair, who feels Lucas
is the source of all his
misery, wants revenge.
But, just killing Lucas
is not enough, he
wants him to suffer first.
has targeted Lucas'
fourteen year old adopted daughter, Letty.
Lucas Davenport, head of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has pulled Virgil away from a long-awaited fishing tournament in Northern Minnesota to investigate the murder of a woman at a nearby resort.
The resort has, over time, become known as a place for women with "alternate" lifestyles.
This may complicate things fro Virgil, but it certainly doesn't stop him from discovering the connections between the resort, its clients, and the victim.
discovers that a murder in Iowa two years earlier may actually be tied to the current one...and other murders may well soon follow.
But this story gives us further insight into the main character, Lucas Davenport
We've known Davenport
quite well from numerous other "Prey" books, but his
inner struggles in this tale further define the Davenport we thought we knew.
The story opens with a horrible discovery in a construction site in downtown Minneapolis.
The bodies of two small girls are unearthed and Davenport, head investigator for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, knows with certainty, upon seeing the bodies, who they are.
With this introduction we move to the back-story.
Twenty five years earlier, Davenport
was a young, ambitious cop hoping to move out of patrol and work into the more challenging and glamorous duties of a detective.
Two young girls were kidnapped and never found, despite massive efforts to find them.
was immersed in the search and was not convinced that the schizophrenic vagrant who was accused of the crime was actually guilty.
was following other leads, with another suspect, when the vagrant was killed.
guilt was officially accepted and the case was closed.
Now with the discovery of the girl's bodies, Davenport
breathes new life into a case that he
should have followed further twenty five years before.
A fascinating combination of careful planning, inspiration and perspiration, as well as just plain luck, leads Lucas closer to the killer.
But, the murder of a close friend of Lucas'
turns the investigation into what his
family and friends fear could be a career ending vendetta.