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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Golden Prey by John Sandford (Davenport #27)

Golden Prey (Lucas Davenport, #27)Golden Prey by John Sandford

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jacket Blurb:  The man was smart and he didn’t mind killing people. Welcome to the big leagues, Davenport. Lucas Davenport’s first case as a U.S. Marshal sends him into uncharted territory, in the thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series.

Thanks to some very influential people whose lives he saved, Lucas is no longer working for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but for the U.S. Marshals Service, and with unusual scope. He gets to pick his own cases, whatever they are, wherever they lead him.

And where they’ve led him this time is into real trouble. A Biloxi, Mississippi, drug-cartel counting house gets robbed, and suitcases full of cash disappear, leaving behind five bodies, including that of a six-year-old girl. Davenport takes the case, which quickly spirals out of control, as cartel assassins, including a torturer known as the “Queen of home-improvement tools” compete with Davenport to find the Dixie Hicks shooters who knocked over the counting house. Things get ugly real fast, and neither the cartel killers nor the holdup men give a damn about whose lives Davenport might have saved; to them, he’s just another large target.

Read as an audio book.

Premise of the book is - a drug deal money heist that left five people dead, including one little girl, results in a cross-country man hunt for the perpetrators and culminates in a massive shoot out in Texas.

Seriously, that's it.

And I enjoyed it - hey! It's Davenport.

We are introduced to some new characters, Ray and Bob. They aren't Jenken's and Shrake, but I think they will do quite well. Their characters offered a nice counter-point to Davenport running solo, but yet avoided the whole permanent partner thing.

The antagonists were quite the varied bunch, from Darling and Poole, to Court and Soto, Dora Box, even Rosie and Annie. Killers, all of them, some nastier than the others. I kinda wonder if we won't be seeing three of the above in a future book? I won't say who, don't want to spoil the fun.

My only criticism was with the shoot-out - I kept wondering why nobody called in a helicopter? We had nearly every single law enforcement agency present, I KNOW the Border Patrol has helicopters, so...why didn't anyone call one in and just put a spotlight on the perps?

Recommended if you've read the first 26 in the series, because by this point, you are invested in wanting to know what Davenport is going to do next.

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