The discovery of the bodies of two young girls at a construction site takes top cop Lucas Davenport back to his very first homicide case.
We travel back to the mid-eighties and join a much younger Lucas and rookie Detective Sloane (another recurring character from the Prey series) as they attempt to get to the bottom of the abduction of the Jones sisters.
When a suspect emerges Lucas can’t help thinking that something just isn’t right and despite force veterans being satisfied he continues his attempts to track down another elusive person of interest.
In this gripping police procedural the author shows how a flashback story should be done. A large chunk of the action takes place in the eighties but Sandford doesn’t dwell there too long and returns the tale to the present day at exactly the right point in the story.
The Prey series always takes the reader right into the heart of the investigation as leads are pursued and suspects eliminated and in this, the 21st novel, there are even a few surprises as well as a shocking farewell to a well liked character.
Forget Cross and Reacher, for the best long-running series you have to check out Lucas Davenport in John Sandford’s brilliant Prey novels.
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Ric’s Rating: Essential.