The Davenport books have changed over the years as Lucas has aged, and he certainly is not as active in them as he was when he was still a cop, but they are still page-turners and this one is no different. Randy Whitcomb, now a paraplegic, is out on parole and intends to get revenge on Lucas, whom he blames for his condition although Lucas did not shoot him. His plan is to kidnap Lucas' daughter Letty. Meanwhile, Lucas is working on the case of a gang of killer robbers who are hitting the Republican National Convention. Sandford expertly weaves the two storylines and then cleverly brings them together a thrilling climax. But what I enjoyed the most is the development of Letty's character - I can see her eventually growing into a series of her own!
Sandford's latest romp through murder and mayhem finds his BCA (Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension) detective Lucas Davenport on the outs with the department for doing his job too well. It's August 2008 in St. Paul and the Republicans are in town to nominate John McCain for president. Davenport had lobbied hard for extra manpower on the streets and as payback he's been sidelined.
Which leaves him free to deal with gate crashers like the neo-Nazi who's disappeared into the city with a .50 caliber sniper rifle. Or the cop-killing hold-up gang looking for one more big score to retire on. Or his ward - soon to be adopted daughter - Letty, who is 14 and growing up to be just like her adopted Dad, smart and devious.
Letty has gotten wind of a paraplegic, meth-addicted, psychopathic pimp's plot to revenge himself on Davenport through her. He blames Davenport for all the ills in his misbegotten life. Rather than bother her busy Dad with it, Letty decides to take on Randy Whitcomb herself, befriending Whitcomb's stable of prostitutes - consisting of one sad-sack teenage runaway.
Sandford switches viewpoints among this motley crew, keeping the reader a couple steps ahead of Davenport. The main focus is on the Brutus Cohn gang's robbery plans. Master planner Rosie Cruz, a secretive, detail oriented, careful soul, has targeted lobbyists, flush with illegal cash to hand out to campaign workers. Four or five of those then a big, complex finale and they go their separate ways. They get rich; no one gets hurt.
Sandford puts Davenport and his men through their paces and nobody gets it quite right. As the body count rises and Davenport gets closer and the gang grows more brutal and desperate, Letty flits in and out of the downtown crowds, getting herself in a little deeper than she planned.
A fast-paced story, big setting, witty dialogue and engaging characters make this another of the satisfying thrillers that Sandford fans have come to expect after 26 books, including 18 previous "Prey" novels.
Again, a very interesting story from John Sandford. Easy read that will be hard to put down. Letty is much smarter and more interesting than many teenagers. She will surprise you. The interaction between Letty and Lucas is funny and much more enjoyable than real life (if you already have teenage daughters you will know what I mean; if you don't have teenage daughters, this can help prepare you -good luck).
He's back, was a bit worried with the last couple, this one's back to the Lucas I love. Outstanding!!!!
Enjoyed this book, more like Sandford's early Prey books.