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Title:Stolen Prey
Authors:John Sandford
Info:Putnam Adult (2012), Hardcover, 416 pages
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Solid book. Nothing great, but entertaining. ( )
  Djupstrom | Jul 21, 2014 |


Excellent, as always. Lots of suspense and action. ( )
  darcy36 | Jul 8, 2014 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
In the beginning of the novel Lucas is robbed of $500 at an ATM machine by drug addicts. After the altercation Lucas suffers a bad wrist sprain. Lucas is determined to discover who the muggers are and make them pay for stealing his money and injuring him. It was just their bad luck to mug an agent for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Stolen prey has the major plot of an entire family being tortured and killed and the reason for the heinous crime. The father, mother, two daughters, and both dogs are brutally cut to pieces. It’s a very gruesome murder scene. On the wall, in blood they wrote, “Were coming.” The scene reminds Lucas of the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen from Mexican drug gangs. The investigators cannot understand how a father who ran a small software company and a wife who deals with small time politics can be involved with Mexican drug gangs.

Lucas and his team tie the murders to a money-laundering operation that crosses the border from Mexico. The Mexican government sends Inspector David Rivera and Sgt. Ana Martínez north as observers. They become anything but observers behind the scenes. Read the book and discover how deep one of these observers is connected with the Mexican drug cartel.
I really enjoyed reading the book. I was surprised to discover who the real culprits were. ( )
  ldbell500 | Jan 24, 2014 |
One of Sandford's better Lucas Davenport novels. I sometimes wonder though if the reader makes the book. Richard Ferrone has always been one of favorite readers and perhaps his subtle emotional tone shifts add to my enjoyment. Who knows (and who cares?)

No point in a retelling of the plot, what I especially liked about this one was the total lack of drivel with external characters like Weather and Lucas's friend the nun psychologist whose name escapes me. (Robert Parker's books also have ambivalent relationships with women.) They always seemed so unnecessary and a distraction from the basic storyline. I liked the elements of humor and especially the insertion of comments about current detective stories, etc. It keeps things light.

Virgil Flowers, one of Sandford's spinoffs (and a good series) plays a minor role in Davenport's search for two guys who mugged him at an ATM.

The only puzzling aspect of the book was the three Mexican characters, or should I say caricatures, Unos, Dos, and Tres. They seemed to be a mixture of ridicule and cartoon and seemed slightly off-kilter from the rest of the book. I did enjoy the hints of humor that seemed more prevalent in this book than some of the others in the series.

I like all of the Sandford series although the Kidd books, with their emphasis on computer technology, are horribly dated. But take all the Sandford works for what they are worth, just fun reads and a good way to pass the time while mowing the lawn or getting teeth drilled.
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  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
The best thing about Sanford's books are his strong characters and the humor. Good story, violent and engaging. Hearing it stories told by Richard Ferrone brings it to another level of entertainment. ( )
  Chancelet | Aug 24, 2013 |
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Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the Minnesota town of Wayzata, an entire family has been killed — husband, wife, two kids, dogs. On the wall, in blood: "Were coming." No apostrophe.

There's something about the scene that tugs at Lucas's cop instincts — it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he's seen from Mexican drug gangs. But this is a seriously upscale town, the husband ran a modest software company, the wife dabbled in local politics. None of it seems to fit.

Until it does. And that's when everybody starts coming to town: the DEA, the Mexican Federales, and some independent operators who are decidedly less welcome.

Where it all leads... will take Lucas into the darkest nightmare of his life.
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"Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, 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"--… (more)

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