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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SECRET PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 11, 1998

"Not a bad idea."
Deputy chief of Minneapolis PD Lucas Davenport returns for Sandford's ninth outing in the well-received Prey procedurals (Sudden Prey, 1996, etc.). 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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PHANTOM PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 6, 2008

"As usual, there are lots of moves by both good guys and bad, but this time the moves seem old and forced."
Lucas Davenport goes after a clever, ruthless killer hiding in plain sight. 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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STORM PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2010

"Razor-sharp dialogue, a tautly controlled pace and enough homicides for a miniseries. What more could fans want?"
Despite its inaccurate, generic and dumb title—what's next, Murder Prey?—Lucas Davenport's 20th case is one of his best. Read full book review >

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STORM FRONT by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Quite a departure for Virgil and Lucas, but this is not a case that plays to their considerable strengths."
Virgil Flowers (Mad River, 2012, etc.) chases after a biblical relic that turns every person whose path it crosses into a criminal. Read full book review >

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DEAD WATCH by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 9, 2006

"Not as tightly woven as Sandford's best, but reliable thrills with some unexpected political overtones from a pro's pro."
The disappearance of a high-profile politician lights the fuse in Sandford's latest high-octane, low-logic thriller. 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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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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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 >