Search Results: "John Sandford"


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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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BURIED PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 10, 2011

"Most interesting for its long look at the young Lucas, who's considerably more humorous, profane and loosely wrapped than the peerless agent of Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension he becomes."
A macabre discovery at a demolition site sends Lucas Davenport back to 1985, and his very first homicide. Read full book review >

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SHOCK WAVE by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"The tale drags at times, but the mystification and detection are authentic and the solution surprisingly clever. Virgil fully deserves to have Willard Pye kiss his ass."
A methodical bomber gives Virgil Flowers a welcome chance to recover from his atypically bombastic last outing (Bad Blood, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

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MAD RIVER by John Sandford
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"None of these minor complications, though, are enough to raise Virgil's sixth (Shock Wave, 2011, etc.) much above the level of a highly competent but routine manhunt."
Virgil Flowers and the forces of Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension battle trigger-happy Bare County Sheriff Lewis Duke in pursuit of a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. Read full book review >

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HEAT LIGHTNING by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Although the prose sounds like Sandford, the plotting is a letdown: The trail to the last act is rich in incident, but not original, urgent or compelling. On the other hand, the very last surprise, climaxing a turf war between the BCA and the Department of Homeland Security, is a honey."
Sandford, who seems determined to keep Lucas Davenport's latest cases secret, allows him to be upstaged once more by his junior colleague Virgil Flowers, though this time there's no great honor in star billing. Read full book review >

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DEADLINE by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Exhilaratingly professional work by both Virgil and his creator that breaks no new ground but will keep the fans happy and add to their number."
Virgil Flowers, agreeing to check out the most minor crime imaginable in sleepy Trippton, Minnesota, finds himself in a steadily deepening pool of felonies. Read full book review >

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SHADOW PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 28, 1990

"Less brainy but more muscular than Sandford's first two: a double-pumped roundhouse of a thriller."
A crackling sequel to Sandford's ingenious Rules of Prey (1989), in which Minneapolis homicide cop Lucas Davenport made his memorable debut tracking a serial killer. Read full book review >

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ROUGH COUNTRY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Readers may at first share the verdict of Virgil's fishing buddy—'I thought it would be interesting, but it's just nasty'—but following the trail to McDill's killer proves as interesting as hooking and landing a 40-pound musky."
Virgil Flowers (Heat Lightning, 2008, etc.) emerges from the long shadow of mentor Lucas Davenport to solve the murder of an advertising executive that features some long shadows of its own. Read full book review >

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HIDDEN PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 11, 2004

"Deft, action-packed, and slyly funny. Just when you thought the silky smooth Sandford couldn't possibly get better, he does."
As the brilliant Prey series (Naked Prey, 2003, etc.) moves adroitly to number 15, Lucas Davenport discovers and exposes your basic family Soviet spy ring. 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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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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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 >