Just when the reader is thinking that "Secret Prey,' is going to be a somewhat predictable story, the author provides his magic touch and the novel soars to a most dramatic and memorable thriller.
Bank president, Daniel Kresge, is murdered while on a hunting trip. He had been in the process of leading his bank into a merger that would have made him rich but cost many of his employees their jobs. He was also in the process of a costly divorce so there were endless possibilities as to who the killer might be.
The two employees in line to take over the band begin maneuvering for control while placing a third executive in charge during the transition.
It was almost as if the story was becoming an afternoon soap opera when it was revealed that one of the execs was having an affair with the bank president's wife.
Deputy Police Chief Lucas Davenport is leading the investigation. Just as he and his team feel that they are closing in on the killer, another bank executive is murdered and the police must go back to the chalk board. The hunt for the killer intensifies as Davenport makes certain steps and the killer counters. It's almost a dance of the dead.
Sandford does a masterful job with the story. He makes the reader wonder who the killer could be, then, when Davenport narrows it down to one person, he has to get the evidence to stop the killing and put away the killer.
The characters are excellent, their conversations about their jobs and troubles with certain cases, such as a number of senior women who are taking drugs as a group, are fun. The author also portrays the Minnesota countryside nicely so that the reader can visualize what the setting must look like.
The theme seems to be about greed and what it can do to a person when money is the one motivating point in their life.
In a series of books all based around the same police officer I would've thought that by now the books would've become extremely repetitive and similar. I would think that every book would follow the same format, with different names and methods of killing. However, thus far I have not been disappointed (outside of a very small number of instances). This book takes a totally different approach to Lucas Davenport's case files. This book starts out with the investigation of … more