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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mind Prey #7 and Sudden Prey #8 by John Sandford

I'm reviewing two at once here. 

Mind Prey #7
I lasted three chapters and quit. This one was just too squicky. I found nothing remotely interesting or appealing about a sexual predator kidnapping a woman and her kids.

From Goodreads:  Run for it... it was raining when psychiatrist Andi Manette left the parent-teacher conference with her two young daughters, and she was distracted. She barely noticed the red van parked beside her, barely noticed the van door slide open as they dashed up to the car. The last thing she did notice was the hand reaching out for her and the voice from out of the past -- and then the three of them were gone.

 Hours later, deputy chief Lucas Davenport stood in the parking lot, a blood-stained shoe in his hand, the ground stained pink around him, and knew that this would be one of the worst cases he'd ever been on. With an urgency born of dread, he presses the attack, while in an isolated farmhouse, Andi Manette does the same, summoning all her skills to battle an obsessed captor. She knows the man who has taken her and her daughters, knows there is a chink in his armor, if only she can find it. But for both her and Davenport, time is already running out.

Sudden Prey #8
Now, in defense of my review, this is colored by the fact that I accidentally read book #9 first so I knew what happened in very general terms.  With that being said, I'm not sure why I kept reading this one.  The criminals were dumb.  The cops were dumb. The spouses/girlfriends were dumb.  It was a plethora of collective dumbness.  The only smart character in the book was the drug dealer who took his girl friend and left town completely.    I also found it hard to swallow the almost 180* about face the main antagonist did at the end of the book.  I highly doubt someone with as multipule murders under his belt, hard jail time, on a mission of revenge, etc would suddenly be reminicing cordially about life in Northern Wisconsin with the person he spent the book determined to kill.  The whole set up just totally didn't work for me.  And I also question Davenports side of things and having the authority to just snuff out the antagonist.   Not one of the better Davenport books.

From Goodreads:  Revenge runs deep in this novel about a violent man who tracks down the police officers who were responsible for the death of his bank-robbing wife, then kills those nearest and closet to them. The revenge-crazed killer eludes detection until the pattern of rage and terror finally becomes clear to Lucas Davenport, the leader of the crime unit. Lucas presses the hunt for the killer before his family becomes the next victims. But it's too late. The killer is now within striking distance.

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