I'm a fan of John Sanford and am always entertained with his stories. "Wicked Prey," continues the enjoyment I've had from his books.
The 2008 Republican National Convention arrives in Minneapolis Minnesota. It brings a group of robbers who have already murdered two armored car guards in New York. To complicate matters, a crazed man in a wheelchair arrives in the city with plans to kill Lucas Davenport. Davenport had arrested this man once and after his arrest, his life when steadily downhill. In a later crime, the man was shot by a police officer and paralyzed from the waist down. He blames Davenport for all of his misfortunes and this is payback time.
We also see Lucas as a father and husband. He and Winter have a small child and are in the final steps of adoption of their ward Letty who is now age fourteen.
The story is in three segments. First we have Lucas and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension attempting to find the robbers. Then we have the man in a wheelchair planning to harm Lucas and finally, the authorities get word of a sniper who might be in town to kill a national figure at the convention.
I think Letty is a fine character, vividly described and look forward to her as the main protagonist in a story. In this story, she works part time for a TV station and learns that the man in the wheelchair has a teenager who helps in with transportation but the man beats her and forces her into prostitution as a means of support. Letty learns of the plan to do something to Lucas and tries to stop it.
Sanford always leaves me wanting more and I can't wait for Lucas Davenport's next adventure.
Wicked Prey by author John Sandford, brings back Lucas Davenport with another entertaining mystery/thriller. The story begins in Minnesota during the republicans presidential convention in 2008. These conventions threaten to bring along with them the unwanted attention by the media and the criminal element alike. The great Lucas Davenport and his team - along with the local police - are blanketing the area in hopes of curbing the criminal element that promises … more
In his nineteenth edition to the Lucas Davenport Prey series, John Sandford proves beyond a reasonable doubt that somethings will never grow old or tired. The hero, Lucas Davenport, is up to his neck in problems in WICKED PREY. WICKED PREY has three different crimes running at the same time that seem to weave in and out of each other, all the while the Republican Nomination Convention sets the stage for limited resources and manpower in the background. On the forefront there … more
Danger stalks Lucas Davenport at work and all too close to home, in the superlative new thriller by the #1 New York Timesbestselling author.
For twenty years, John Sandfords novels have been beloved for their ingenious plots, vivid characters, crisp dialogue and endless surprises (The Washington Post), and nowhere are those more in evidence than in the sudden twists and shocks of Wicked Prey.
The Republicans are coming to St. Paul for their convention. Throwing a big party is supposed to be fun, but crashing the party are a few hard cases the police would rather stayed away. Chief among them is a crew of professional stickup men whove spotted several lucrative opportunities, ranging from political moneymen with briefcases full of cash to that armored-car warehouse with the weakness in its security system. All thats headache enough for Lucas Davenportbut whats about to hit him is even worse.
A while back, a stray bullet put a pimp and petty thief named Randy Whitcomb in a wheelchair, and, ever since, the man has been nursing his grudge into a full head of psychotic steam. He blames Davenport for the bullet, but its no fun just shooting him. That wouldnt be painful enough. Not when Davenport has a pretty fourteen-year-old adopted daughter that Whitcomb can target instead. . . .
And then theres the young man with the .50 caliber sniper rifle and the right- wing-crazy background, roaming through a city filled with ...