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Book Review – Silent Prey by John Sandford

Posted by mcm0704 on August 2, 2014 |

Silent Prey
John Sandford
File Size: 596 KB
Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (March 1, 1993)
Series: A Lucas Davenport Novel (Book 4)
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B000QFCFJS

A follow-up to Eyes of Prey, the book that featured a psychotic pathologist Dr. Michael Bekker, this book takes Lucas Davenport to New York where Bekker has started killing again after escaping at the end of the previous book. NYPD Lt. Lily Rothenberg, a former lover, asks Davenport to come to Manhattan and assist with the investigation.

In addition to tracking down Bekker, Davenport is asked to work undercover to find the group called “Robin Hoods,” a vigilante group believed to be comprised of cops. The rogue cops have been taking out criminals, so some people think it would be okay to just look the other way. Rothenberg and Davenport have a higher standard of ethics and don’t want to look the other way.

I read this book back when it first came out, not long after reading Eyes of Prey, and in some ways it was like reading one long book with a break in between, mainly because of the central characters facing off, Bekker and Davenport. However, there were enough fresh elements added to the story to help it stand alone.

Lucas Davenport is one of the best detectives in fiction today, and I especially like his sense of humor. That is such a nice counter-point to the hardass cop side of his character. Sandford’s stories always move at a rapid pace, and the plots are complicated enough to keep the reader guessing and turning pages.
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I’m doing a Kindle Countdown Deal for my mystery, Boxes For Beds. On July 31 the price dropped to just 99 cents, and later today – Sunday – the price will jump to $1.99, where it will stay until midnight, August 7th before going back to the regular price of $2.99. This is my first time to do the Countdown Deal, and if you have not already gotten a copy, this is a good time to snag one at a good price. The book currently has 98 reviews – most of them very positive – and I am thrilled that so many people have enjoyed the story. For those who subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, the book is available there for free any time.

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