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Golden Prey by John Sandford
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Golden Prey

by John Sandford

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Funny, exciting and surprising. Thank you, John Sandford. ( )
  Omegawega | Apr 1, 2018 |
This was a keep-you-reading thriller. ( )
  jnechiporenio | Feb 23, 2018 |
3 1/2 stars. I liked it. ( )
  chasidar | Dec 27, 2017 |
Good news for John Sandford/Lucas Davenport fans: Lucas has a new job and it looks like he's going to be pretty good at it!

I continue to marvel at Sandford's ability to keep his series fresh. The introduction of the Virgil Flowers character and his subsequent sort of slow-motion takeover of much of the detecting was a stroke of genius and perfectly executed. Davenport's move into a US Marshal role has a little bit of risk but his initial foray into the role is a total success.

The plot is a pretty familiar one, but on a much larger scale since the Marshals are federal and aren't limited by state lines. In this story, a really bad guy who'd been on the Fed's radar for years and his girl pull off a heist of some drug money belonging to a South American cartel. During the robbery, several people, including a child, are killed. Meanwhile, the cartel is pissed and dispatches a couple real psychos to find their cash. Davenport, who functions as a sort of unsupervised free-agent Marshal due to his political connections, becomes interested and begins to make progress. He gets a little help from a couple of other Marshals assigned to the case. Tracking, chasing, torture, and violence takes up the remainder of the story. I won't go into any more plot details, but suffice to say that Davenport's transition into his role is a success.

Sandford's writing is top-notch as usual, the story flows beautifully, his trademark dialogue work is excellent, and at nearly 400 pages I knocked it out in a day. It's that good. ( )
  gmmartz | Aug 14, 2017 |
Still good interesting stories. He is not boring and the books are different. Like the new people and the new job. ( )
  shazjhb | Aug 13, 2017 |
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Lucas is no longer with the MNCA but is in the U.S. Marshals Service so he gets to pick his own cases. A Biloxi drug-cartel stash is robbed, and suitcases full of cash disappear, leaving five bodies, including that of a six-year-old girl. Lucas, with help from all local law enforcement is hot on the trail of killer savages.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399184570, Hardcover)

Lucas Davenport’s first case as a U.S. marshal takes him into unexplored territory, in the thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times–bestselling Prey series.
 
Thanks to some very influential people whose lives he’s saved, Lucas Davenport has a new job. He is a U.S. marshal, but not just any marshal—one with unusual scope. He gets to investigate whomever he wants, wherever he wants, across the country, and once in a while, he might be called upon for “special cases.” How special? They couldn’t come from anyone higher.
            But his first case is something different. A rash of audacious robberies reminds Davenport of a criminal he once chased several years ago, the leader of a gang focused only on large cash crimes, and who didn’t mind leaving bodies behind. The last time he was heard from, a shootout left two FBI men dead, and now Davenport thinks the leader might be back.
            Davenport knows this is the kind of investigation he’s been hired to pursue, and he knows something else as well: This could get ugly fast . . . so he’d better be up to it.

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"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. Filled with his trademark razor-sharp plotting and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, Golden Prey is further reason why "Sandford has always been at the top of any list of great mystery writers" (The Huffington Post)"--… (more)

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