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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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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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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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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STOLEN PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 15, 2012

"Despite the high mortality rate, the procedural work is more grueling than fascinating, and the criminals are mostly as nondescript as their monikers. But the climactic gunfight is deeply satisfying, and the very last line of dialogue is perfect."
Lucas Davenport takes the scenic route toward a confrontation with the two practiced crooks who had the bad luck to rob him. 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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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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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Quiet but affecting."
Nonagenarian Sanford, who most recently memorialized his wife, Maggie (Maggie: A Love Story, 1993), recalls his childhood in Harlem in a memoir that is also a bittersweet apology to his father. 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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THE DEVIL’S CODE by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 2, 2000

"Tailor-made for the potentially huge X-Men audience that can't be bothered scanning all those comic-book pictures or hiking out to the bijou. "
Sandford reaches back to the dim past before his fabulously popular Lucas Davenport thrillers (Easy Prey, p. 327, etc.) to resurrect his even pulpier hero, artist/hacker/design-thief Kidd (The Empress File, 1992, not reviewed), for this tale of computer skullduggery on an epic scale. Read full book review >

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GATHERING PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 28, 2015

"Fast, proficient, and utterly forgettable. Lucas' wife, Weather, says it best when she tells her husband: 'Don't get shot; it'd be really inconvenient for everybody.'"
Lucas Davenport, of Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, celebrates his 25th appearance by crossing state and jurisdictional lines in pursuit of a killer who's made the pursuit personal. Read full book review >