Twisted Prey

Twisted Prey

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Federal marshal Lucas Davenport confronts an old nemesis in U.S. senator Taryn Grant, a rich psychopath who he has resolved to bring to justice for her role in three murders that he cannot prove, a situation that is further complicated by her new position on the Senate intelligence committee.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
ISBN: 9780735217355
0735217351
Branch Call Number: F SANDFORD
Characteristics: 387 pages ; 24 cm.

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USAF1969
May 20, 2018

I like all of John Sandford's books. TWISTED PREY is his latest in the "Prey" series starring Lucas Davenport, and one of his best among so many great ones. Davenport, now a US Marshall (in case you have gotten lost among his many job shifts), finds himself embroiled in the rivalry between both US Senators from Minnesota with far reaching implications. Most of this story takes place centered in the Washington DC area, except for a brief interlude when the bad guys make a run at Davenport's wife, Weather. The plot line is awesome and well developed. The bad guys are easily identified from the beginning, which is skillfully done and doesn't distract from the story line at all. The book is a great crime read, but also surfaces the underlying national issue of power grabbing in DC, and a corresponding lack of ethical standards among those in office who seek even great power and wealth at the expense of solving the real problems our country faces. Great read. Enjoy it!

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emerge
May 11, 2018

This is one of those series that is kind of a sure thing. You may have favourites among the 28 books but if you like one, you'll enjoy them all.

In this outing Lucas Davenport runs up against an old foe while investigating the politically charged assassination attempt of a senator. Politics, secret military contracts & backroom deals...you guessed it. We're in Washington D.C. & the swamp is alive & well.

Luca again gets assistance from Bob & Rae, 2 characters I really enjoyed in the previous book & even that freakin' Flowers does a walk on. Sandford is a master storyteller & keeps you turning the pages with a tightly spun plot & expert pacing. As usual, a quick & entertaining read.

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maucarden
Apr 25, 2018

The psychopathic Minnesota Senator Taryn Grant and U.S. Marshall Lucas Davenport have faced off before in a murderous duel in the book Silken Prey. The best one can say is that is was a draw between the two.
But now Grant is becoming more powerful and is eyeing the White House. Holding on to her coattails, I mean skirts, are members of a private and lethal military contracting company. Fortunately, they aren’t completely successful in their assignment to eliminate another senator but they draw the attention of Davenport. Always a big mistake.
With whip smart dialogue, returning characters and a logical but a twisting plot, the fast moving Twisted Prey is a pleasure to read. A pleasure, but I have a few problems.
I’m not sure I understand why Davenport would need to use a computer maven to do research on the deep web. Davenport built his fortune on designing web games; you would think he would keep up with the computer world. I’m confused also; if he was trying to hide where the information was coming from, as to why he wasn’t allowed to do this kind of research.
I also found it annoying that Flowers and Kidd would show up for very minor appearances. A couple of paragraphs? Really? Why bother?
I’m also confused about all of the Marshals in this book. U.S.Marshals are politically appointed by the President and approved by the Senate. There are very few of them. Most people who work for the Marshal’s service are Deputy U.S. Marshals. In theory Davenport could be a Marshall, but I doubt the rest of the Marshals that show up are actually Marshals, more like Deputy Marshals. Stuff like this really bothers me in a book.
I’m also confused by why if the first person they plan to arrest is killed that they wouldn’t go eyes on with their next subjects. Oh come on, that’s not a spoiler, its obvious early on that he is a red shirt.
If y’all think I am being a bit bitchy about minor plot holes, think about this being book 28. This is a hugely popular series for very good reasons. Carelessness makes no sense.
Set mostly in the Washington DC area, Sandford amusingly portrays the disdain that most hold for the area. He managed to get in some terrific shots at the current political climate too.
Everyone is fair game in this book. Big mistake, because Davenport is nothing if not Machiavellian.

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