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Book Title: Silent Prey|
The author of the book: John Sandford
Date of issue: October 28th 2008
ISBN 13: 9780425224465
Format files: PDF
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A bored Lucas Davenport is a dangerous Lucas Davenport, and now that he’s no longer a cop, Lucas is very bored. While his gaming and police simulation software company is making him oodles of money, Lucas misses the action of his old job and is trying to spice things up by picking bar fights and seeing if he can break the sound barrier in his Porsche.
Relief from the tedium comes when a serial killing psycho that Lucas had caught escapes from jail during his trial and heads to New York where he embarks on a splashy murder spree. Davenport’s old flame, NYPD detective Lily Rothenburg, recruits Lucas to consult with them on the manhunt, but that’s only part of the reason that she wants him to come to Manhattan. Lily has been investigating the possibility that a group of NYPD officers have been killing career criminals, and another cop was murdered when he started closing in on identifying some of them. Under the guise of hunting the serial killer, Lily wants to put Lucas with some of the cops suspected of being part of the group to see what he can shake loose. Davenport may have been craving some excitement but hunting a madman and a group of rogue cops may be a little more than he was hoping for.
So this one has two parallel stories, and Sandford used a fairly big coincidence to get them to intersect. Davenport trying to sniff out a group of vigilantes hiding in the NYPD is the more interesting of the two. There’s a lot of stuff about using these new fangled computers to identify patterns that should seem dated as hell, but Sandford has always had a knack for incorporating technology of the day without dwelling on it so that it doesn’t drag down the core story.
There’s also a point made that killing off some of New York’s worst repeat criminals to make a difference seems terrifyingly practical on some level. When one of the bad guy explains himself late in the book, he notes that by killing off a relative handful of scumbags, they can eliminate thousands of crimes that impact innocent people. Seeing Lucas, who has his own habit of sometimes taking the law into his own hands, dealing with the fall-out of this was particularly interesting.
Unfortunately it’s the serial killer stuff that takes up a larger part of the book. This villain is not one of my favorite bad guys in the Prey series, and spending so much time in his head isn’t a lot of fun. Sandford tried to make him completely insane and yet rational enough to evade a full-scale manhunt for him, and the two tones just don’t mix well. Plus, the better Davenport villains usually have some kind of self-interested motive rather than just being crazy town banana pants so I find a guy killing for the sake of killing lacking when compared to some of the other baddies in the series.
I’d recommend reading Eyes of Prey before this since it functions as a direct sequel to that one.
Next: Lucas has to bundle up in Winter Prey.
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John Sandford was born John Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962. He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966. In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa. He was in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, worked as a reporter for the Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian from 1968-1970, and went back to the University of Iowa from 1970-1971, where he received a master's degree in journalism. He was a reporter for The Miami Herald from 1971-78, and then a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press from 1978-1990; in 1980, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Pulitzer in 1986 for a series of stories about a midwestern farm crisis. From 1990 to the present he has written thriller novels. He's also the author of two non-fiction books, one on plastic surgery and one on art. He is the principal financial backer of a major archeological project in the Jordan Valley of Israel, with a website at www.rehov.org In addition to archaeology, he is deeply interested in art (painting) and photography. He both hunts and fishes. He has two children, Roswell and Emily, and one grandson, Benjamin. His wife, Susan, died of metastasized breast cancer in May, 2007, and is greatly missed.
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