A Lucas Davenport Mystery by John Sandford
Review: Lucas Davenport, independently wealthy after selling a software company he had built, doesn't need to work and suddenly decides he won't, quitting his job as an agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. He keeps himself busy by remodeling his cabin in the woods in Wisconsin. Out of the blue, he receives a call from his friend, the Governor of Minnesota, who would like to be President but knows his chances are slim. But, if ultimately came to throw his support behind a female candidate, Michaela Bowden, who is far more likely to win the nomination, maybe she would consider asking him to be her running mate. Then, if she were to be elected and he was the Vice President, that would bring him that much closer to being able to someday actually reaching his goal. He has heard, however, there may be an assassination plot against Bowden, who is going to Iowa to campaign. The Governor asks Lucas to come and investigate this rumor, in Extreme Prey, the twenty-sixth mystery in this series by John Sandford.
Lucas agrees, of course, and heads for the Hawkeye State. As he no longer has a badge he has no authority and no gun, so he must work with some local law enforcement officers, some who are cooperative, others who resent what they perceive to be his interference. Lucas must first determine if this rumor is a real threat and to do so, he begins to check into the known groups of political extremists, secret societies against the government, veterans with PSDT, and others. A few people that Lucas questioned are subsequently found murdered. Even Lucas becomes a target and is shot at more than once. But still, Bowden insists upon attending the Iowa State Fair even knowing that the threat against her life is apparently credible. How can she be protected against a killer when she is blatantly marching in a parade openly in front of five thousand or more spectators? Lucas comes to learn there is more than one killer and he knows who they are. But they have cleverly changed their identities, and all he can say now is that one is short and one is tall. The short one is an elderly woman. The tall one is her son. Will Lucas and his band of police be able to stop a murder from happening?
Extreme Prey is a cleverly plotted, often humorous, and well-timed mystery considering this is an election year and there are several (superficial) similarities between the characters in the book and the slate of candidates running for office. The story moves along briskly, and while there isn't much suspense or tension for most of it — Lucas Davenport is in investigative mode, coming with a list of potential suspects and motives during this time — the ending is action-filled and quite exciting. For a series that has run as long as this one has, this latest entry feels fresh … and that's quite an accomplishment in and of itself.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Extreme Prey.
Acknowledgment: Penguin Group provided a copy of Extreme Prey for this review.
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Putnam (Hardcover), October 2014
ISBN-13: 9780399162374; ISBN-10: 0399162372
Location(s) referenced in Extreme Prey: Minnesota
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Extreme Prey by John Sandford — A Lucas Davenport Mystery
Publication Date: April 2016
List Price: $29.00
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