Saturday, June 6, 2015

Gathering Prey by John Sandford

Gathering Prey: A Novel by John Sandford --- 407 pages

This is the 25th book in the Lucas Davenport thriller series by John Sandford, and I would say it is one of his best ever.  There have been indications from the author that he is wanting to "wrap up" the Prey series, and this is that wrap up but also --- good news for Davenport fans --- hints of a new direction to come.

Davenport's adopted daughter Letty, now attending Stanford University in California, is the catalyst for his involvement in this case.  Letty befriends a young woman and her boyfriend who she meets in San Francisco. Skye and Henry are Travellers, people who choose an itinerent lifestyle, supporting themselves by panhandling, odd jobs, occasionally by petty theft; an essentially invisible group of perpetual wanderers existing on the fringes and living by their wits. On impulse she gives them her phone number and tells them to call her if they ever get to Minnesota.

Skye considers herself to be street-smart, but even she is not wary enough to avoid becoming the target of a gang of thrill seekers under the spell of a Charles Manson-like killer who calls himself Pilate. When Henry disappears in South Dakota, Skye panics and calls Letty for help. Letty arranges for Skye to get to Minneapolis, and persuades her father to listen to Skye's story.  Lucas believes Skye and gets involved. From there the story becomes a blood-soaked juggernaut careening across three states to the final showdown. I started this book at 6 o'clock in the evening and finished it at 1 a.m. after a fast, furious and viscerally satisfying read.

Click HERE to read a review from Publishers Weekly.

Click HERE to read a review from Kirkus.

Click HERE to read a review from the Huffington Post,

Click HERE (SPOILER ALERT) to read a review and Sandford talking about Davenport's future.

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