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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Blood Prey by John Sandford (Davenport #22)

Stolen Prey (Lucas Davenport, #22)Stolen Prey by John Sandford

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jacket Blurb:  Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Wayzata, an entire family has been killed—husband, wife, two daughters, dogs.

There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’s cop instincts—it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit.

Until it does. And where it leads Lucas will take him into the darkest nightmare of his life.

Davenport is robbed while jogging.  A family is brutally murdered.  Suspicious activity at a bank.  Davenport pulls in the usual suspects and solves all.

I'm not really sure what I want to say about Davenport #22.  It was refreshing not to have to listen to a psychotic killer and his thoughts.  Instead, we have a link to a Mexican drug cartel that was rather predictable, the computer hackers didn't really seem believable, and the most interesting plot was Virgil Flowers going after horse shit thieves.

One negative to the book was - and this could have been a result of me zoning out a few times while listening  - the bank/money theft and the drug cartel link seemed fragmented and tenuous to me. I never really could put my finger down on something and say "Yes, this is why the drug cartel was going after all these people."  That connection seemed rather ambiguous when all was said and done.

Another detraction was the big shoot out.  Is Davenports house that easy to find that everyone who has a grudge against him can just walk up to his door, knock, and start firing away?  It rather seems like it. 

Ultimately, an engaging read on my daily commute, but overall seemed to lack substance and cohesion with the multiple plots.

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