Search Results: "John Sandford"


BOOK REVIEW

DARK OF THE MOON by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"A high-fatality, low-octane procedural that has its points but lacks the wow factor. Bring back Lucas Davenport. "
Virgil Flowers, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator introduced as a sidekick to Lucas Davenport in Invisible Prey (2007), gets a death-enriched case of his own. Read full book review >

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NAKED PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 12, 2003

"Nonstop drive, dialogue that amuses and surprises, deft characterizations. But most notable of what Sandford continues to do—better, perhaps, than anyone in crime fiction—is humanize his monsters: that makes for a special kind of creepiness."
By the time a series gets appreciably past its salad days, the signs of writer fatigue are usually unmistakable. Which is what makes this 14th outing from Sandford so remarkable: the brilliant Prey series goes bopping along, taking steps two at a time, acting like your basic spring chicken. Read full book review >

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CERTAIN PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 10, 1999

"Top suspense."
After ten thrillers in his series about Minneapolis cop Lucas Davenport (Secret Prey, 1998, etc.), Pulitzer Prize—winning journalist John Camp, writing under his Sandford pen name, hits a home run over the curve of the earth as the brilliantly swift Certain Prey sinks a meat hook under the reader's jaw on page one and never lets up. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT CREW by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 1997

"A credibly gallant woman on the trail of a notably demented weirdo in a host of after-hours venues—a winning and suspense-filled combination for the ultraprofessional Sandford."
The pseudonymous Sandford takes a break from his popular series featuring top Minneapolis cop Lucas Davenport (Sudden Prey, 1996, etc.) to offer a thriller whose gutsy heroine pursues the psychopath who's stalking her around the Los Angeles Basin. Read full book review >

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JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

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EXTREME PREY by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"An efficient and unremarkable treatment of a story that keeps threatening to leap the gap from paranoid fantasies to tomorrow's headlines."
Forget the Iowa caucuses. The real way to effect political change in the nation's heartland, according to Lucas Davenport's latest antagonist, is a carefully calibrated assassination. Read full book review >

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BAD BLOOD by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 21, 2010

"Lurid and overscaled."
An open-and-shut case of murder leads Virgil Flowers, of Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (Rough Country, 2009, etc.), to a twisted, century-old conspiracy. Read full book review >

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WICKED PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2009

"The multiple plots are untidily stuck together, as if with mucilage, but Sandford keeps stepping up the pressure until it seems as if more than Randy Whitcomb is running on crank."
The 2008 Republican National Convention sweeps into the Twin Cities, bringing in its wake a world of trouble for Lucas Davenport's hometown. Read full book review >

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MORTAL PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Vivid cast, bristling action, neat surprises—and it's funny. Probably the cop novel of the year."
Professional hit-woman Clara Rinker returns for another shot at Lucas Davenport as the brilliant Prey series reaches 13 with nary a sign of dross on its gloss. Read full book review >

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EASY PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 8, 2000

"Beneath the slime, there's a decent whodunit, but it takes real digging to unearth it. 'I don't know,' muses Davenport during the Grand Guignol of a climax, 'we might be missing the Russians or the Chinese, but that's about it.' Amen."
This well-regarded series of police procedurals (Certain Prey, 1999, etc.) continues as Lucas Davenport, deputy chief of the Minneapolis PD, hunts a double murderer whose brutal crime sparks a series of deaths that may or may not be revenge killings. Read full book review >

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SUDDEN PREY by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Complete with gross cop humor and villains who, for all their vicious resolve, have credibly redemptive traits: another winner for the accomplished Sandford and his growing legion of fans."
The fine and chilling eighth in Sandford's series featuring top cop Lucas Davenport (Mind Prey, 1995, etc.), this pitting him against a trio of revenge-minded killers. Read full book review >

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MIND PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 11, 1995

"Nonstop action, an offbeat milieu (the wide, weird world of computer gamesters), and a host of three-dimensional characters — all make for one of the best Preys yet."
Sandford's talent for conveying the quotidian horrors, tedium, and heavy-handed humor of urban police procedure is as sure as ever in streetwise hero Lucas Davenport's seventh outing (Night Prey, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >