Golden Prey

31 May

I really wasn’t sure how I was going to like “Golden Prey”, the latest Lucas Davenport novel by John Sandford.  Lucas is now a US Marshal, removed from his support network of Del Capslock, Jenkins, Shrake, and Virgil.

I need not have worried.  Lucas has two excellent new foils in the form of the Marshal services Special Operations Group marshals Bob and Rae.  They give Lucas a run for his money and the three characters gel well together.

Members of a drug cartel are murdered, and one of them’s granddaughter is also killed.  Evidence suggests that one of the Marshal’s most wanted, a guy named Garvin Poole is the killer.  Lucas sents out to hunt him down.

So far, so Sandford.

However, the plot goes spinning almost out of control with cartel killers also on the hunt, including a female torturer known for her creative use of power tools, a lesbian couple who also work for the cartel, and a shoot out at an art gallery.  Way, way, way over the top.  Not just over the top but galloping down the other side!

But, being John Sandford, it all works.  It all comes together in a fast paced, at times outright hilarious, riot of a novel.

This is John Sandford at his very best.  This is the pick of the John Sandford novels over the last five years.

Highly recommended.

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4 Responses to “Golden Prey”

  1. Nancy June 1, 2017 at 3:38 am #

    Usually a long running series loses steam, and the main character gets old, but I have been impressed with how Sandford has kept Davenport fresh. I like how Davenport and his family have aged in real time, so it doesn’t feel static. I’ve read every book of Sandford’s, plus the Virgil Flowers series.

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    • margysmusings June 1, 2017 at 9:24 pm #

      A few books ago I thought he’d lost his way, but, happily, Sandford got his mojo back.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Nancy June 2, 2017 at 1:54 am #

    There were a few times I was SO close to quitting the series (esp books that were ultra violent and had rapes) but he always seemed to reel me back in for the next book.

    Liked by 1 person

    • margysmusings June 6, 2017 at 9:05 pm #

      Oh yes. I’ve said for a while that if I’d read those books first, I would never have read any more.

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