Monday 12 November 2012

Book: Buried Prey by John Sandford

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.     


  1. Perhaps they will become movies as well?

  2. Excellent review. I've always enjoyed these novels and really liked this one a lot (took me a moment to remember which one it was given that the titles can all blend together). It's been fun watching Davenport grow as a character throughout this series. I actually just finished the latest Flower's one as well. That's another character I really enjoy. Sandford always seems to do such a fantastic job. Heis one of those authors whose books I grab the day they are released because I just can't wait to dive into them.

  3. There has been 2 tv movies Alex. Mind Prey and Certain Prey, neither of which were very good.
    Thanks William, yep Davenport has changed over the years as we all do. I haven't tried the Flowers books but plan to soon.


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