Posts Tagged ‘John Sandford’

Good Sunday morning, I hope this finds you well!

This week’s read was John Sandford’s most recent, Gathering Prey. It’s number 25 in the Lucas Davenport series, and I’ve read every single book. As usual, I’m already looking forward to the next one. I wish he could write a book a month!

Anyway, in this story, Davenport’s adopted daughter, Letty, meets a couple of kids out on the west coast called Travelers. In a word, they’re homeless. They’re basically nomads who travel light, do odd jobs for a few bucks here and there, sleep wherever they can find a safe spot, yet they have a pretty amazing network of other Travelers in various cities. Letty is intrigued by them, and also concerned, so she gives the girl Traveler her phone number. When the girl’s companion gets murdered in an extremely gruesome fashion, she calls upon Letty for help, so Letty turns to Lucas. At first he doesn’t take it too seriously, but after agreeing to look into it, a very disturbing pattern emerges, with a trail of bodies in its wake.

While this wasn’t my favorite Davenport story, it was a good, suspenseful read. It seemed like the entire book was Lucas being one step behind the killer and that every chapter involved him being just a little bit too late. So I found myself getting impatient. But, if he caught the killer in the first chapter, it wouldn’t be much of a book, would it? I also liked that Sandford involved Letty in the story to some degree. She’s now of college age, and I suspect we’ll be seeing a whole new series with her at some point in the future. So give Gathering Prey a try, and let me know what you think. ‘Til next time, happy reading! 🙂


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Good Sunday morning, I hope the air is crisp and clean wherever you are. The foliage in New England right now is gorgeous, and I need to enjoy it now because I know what’s to come…

This week’s read was Deadline, by John Sandford, the eighth in the Virgil Flowers series. Sandford has always been one of my faves, and this book didn’t disappoint.

In this story, Virgil gets called to a sleepy town in Minnesota, where there’s been a series of dognappings, leaving the locals in need of some help. What Virgil doesn’t know initially is the town has another ugly situation as well: the school board has been quietly embezzling millions for years, and when a local reporter gets murdered, Virgil finds himself neck-deep in not one, but two, ugly cases in rural, middle America.

The dog-angle in this story really tugged my heart strings because I lost the four-legged love of my life earlier this year. The ending had me in happy tears, but I don’t know if that’s because of the writing or because of my own emotional ties. Either way, this is another great book by Sandford; the banter between the characters and the smooth way Virgil puts the pieces together makes for an easy, enjoyable read. Now I’ve got to wait patiently for Book #9 in this series. Ugh! ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Happy first day of June! I hope this finds you well. May was a really tough month for me, so due to my absence from the blog, I’ve got two great suggestions for you this week. They’re both by John Sandford—his Lucas Davenport series—and are real page-turners.

The first book is Field of Prey, and the title is pretty telling. Yeesh. In this mystery, a couple of teenagers are out in a field in rural Minnesota (doing what teenagers do) and come across a very grisly discovery that puts Lucas and his team on a manhunt before another victim can be added to the killer’s list. What I admire so much about Sandford’s writing is that there never seems to be a lull; there’s never a boring spot where you think “C’mon, c’mon, get to the point.” This book is a super-fast read that’s got some great twists and turns. *Just a side note: there’s a pretty tough few scenes with a female officer toward the end of the book. It’s not overly graphic, but it’s bothersome, so I just wanted to give you a heads-up on that.*

The second book is Silken Prey, and while I really liked both books, I enjoyed this one a little more. This story involves politicians up to dirty tricks in the lovely state of Minnesota, ranging from planting child pornography on a competitor’s computer to murder. In this book, Lucas is personally asked by the governor to get to the bottom of the mayhem, and it’s great to follow the thread as Lucas unwinds all the chaos to determine who was behind what, when they knew what, how they knew what, why they did what they did, etc. This story had some playful aspects to it that were fun, and there’s one character who should have had-it-coming that apparently got away with murder, or at least accessory to murder. Argh! Maybe we’ll see that character in a future book; I sure hope so because we readers need to see justice served, ya’ know?

I hope you give both of these Sandford books a try; they’ll be great reads on a back deck or at the beach/pool during this nice weather. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂


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Good Sunday morning! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted, and I hope this finds you doing well.

This week’s read was Heat Lightning by John Sandford, part of his Virgil Flowers series. In the sequence, it’s the second book, and as usual, I’m not reading this series in order. I’ve read several others with Virgil as the main character, and they’re all very good.

In this story, Virgil, who works for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, is called to Stillwater because a body has been found with two shots to the head. The victim was left near a veterans’ memorial and also had a lemon in his mouth…just like a body that was discovered the prior week. Clearly a madman is loose, and Virgil has to find the connection to the victims before the killer strikes again. With ties going back to Vietnam, Virgil runs into a wide cast of characters and doesn’t realize until the end who is friend and foe.

I really like the pace to the Sandford books, because they aren’t overwhelmingly action-packed, but the plot keeps moving on every single page. So if you’re up for a good who-dun-it, I’d say that you’ll enjoy Heat Lightning quite a bit. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Good Saturday afternoon! I hope everyone is doing well.

This week’s read was Mad River, by John Sandford, and I loved it. It’s part of Sandford’s Virgil Flowers series, and they just keep getting better.

In this caper, Flowers, who works for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in Minnesota is called in to investigate what initially appears to be some broke, bored, midwestern kids committing a random act of violence. But once Virgil starts sifting through the evidence and dead bodies continue piling up, he realizes that he’s on the trail of a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, along with their oddball sidekick. When the local yokels get involved, Virgil ends up in the middle of the killers he’s pursuing and the authorities who want to handle things via vigilante justice.

This is a super-fast-paced cat and mouse book, and it was great. There’s suspense, mystery, and humor all mixed in, and I’d highly recommend getting on the Flowers bandwagon. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Happy Sunday morning! I hope this finds you doing well and enjoying these first few days of summer.

This week’s read was Stolen Prey by John Sandford, starring his main character Lucas Davenport, a detective-slash-very-rich-guy-due-to-the-computer-gaming-business he sold back in the day. I’ve read a ton of Sandford’s books, and this one didn’t disappoint. Based in the city of Minneapolis, it begins with Lucas getting mugged, followed up by a horrible discovery—a family who’s been slaughtered—and that trail leads all over the place…criminals from Mexico, bank computer hackers, 22 million in stolen gold, Lucas’s teenage daughter who’s forced to defend the family with lethal force, and people who steal horse manure, which leads us back to the mugging that started the entire book. Yeah, you read that correctly—horse manure. Don’t ask.

This book has tons of twists, turns, quite a bit of backstabbing and betrayal, and it’s really fast paced. I always enjoy Sandford’s sarcastic wit and the banter he creates between his characters. And the last line of the book is GREAT; it’s one final surprise that blows your mind. So give Stolen Prey a go, and enjoy. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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