Tuesday 5 December 2017


2 this week from John Sandford with his main man, Lucas Davenport.

I'm a big fan of Sandford's books, though it might be more accurate to say I'm more a fan of collecting them than reading them. I can't actually remember the last Lucas Davenport - Prey book I read, something to address next year.

So far there are 27 in the series with the next one due out in 2018. I've more recently read books in his Virgil Flowers series, though my approach to reading this series has been a bit scatter gun.

Maybe 2018, I'll set aside a month to read his books only, I've got about 20 to choose from!

Sandford is actually, John Camp - a Pulitzer prize winning journalist.
He has also published some enjoyable fiction under his real name.

Buried Prey (2011)

Some secrets just can't stay buried, in the brilliant new Lucas Davenport thriller from the number-one New York Times- bestselling author.

"One of the best," said Kirkus Reviews of Storm Prey. "Razor-sharp dialogue, a tautly controlled pace and enough homicides for a miniseries. What more could fans want?"

A house demolition provides an unpleasant surprise for Minneapolis-the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic. It looks like they've been there a long time. Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long.

In 1985, Davenport was a young cop with a reputation for recklessness, and the girls' disappearance was a big deal. His bosses ultimately declared the case closed, but he never agreed with that. Now that he has a chance to investigate it all over again, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: It wasn't just the bodies that were buried. It was the truth.

Silken Prey (2013)

Murder, scandal, political espionage, and an extremely dangerous woman . . . The extraordinary new Lucas Davenport thriller from the #1 New York Times - bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner.

At 1:15 a.m., a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he's waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he's breathing," and another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that's the last thing he ever knows.

Lucas Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man's disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department itself, and then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons. She has very definite ideas about the way the world should work, and the money, ruthlessness, and sheer will to make it happen.

No matter who gets in the way.


  1. These sound like well-paced thrillers, Col. And the Twin Cities setting is appealing. I give Sandford/Camp a lot of credit, too, for keeping the series going over so many entries. I hope you'll enjoy these.

    1. I think so too Margot. I think it might have been Ken Bruen, maybe another author who once said, if a killer wanted to prosper in the Twin Cities they might be advised to make Davenport their first victim and then they would have carte blanche.

  2. I think I read a couple of the Prey books way back when the series first started. Maybe I should try one again.

    1. I don't know that I read more than 3 or 4 myself. I'll have to start again!

  3. I will have to check my records to see if I've read any by him. I love the idea that you are better at collecting them than reading them...

    1. I think the collecting angle applies to a fair few authors in the tubs!