Crime, mystery and international intrigue are my favorite fiction genres. Chris almost never reads them. He's into sci-fi and fantasy. So when he recommended a few years ago that I read some John Sandford I was doubtful. We almost never like the same books.
I was wrong. I love these books. I wasn't going to write about them because they are so popular that I figure most of you have read them. Silken Prey is #23 in the series and, in my opinion, one of the best.
I find that series books usually get tired as the series develops but John Sandford seems to have found some formula for keeping his stories fresh.
Here's the publisher's summary:
Very early one morning, 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 knows.
Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, 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.
I almost stopped listening to this book because of heavy political overtones early in the story but Sandford put a nice twist on it and it turned into one of my favorite Sandford books. Besides it's nearly impossible to turn off Lucas Davenport. The narrator for the Prey books is usually Richard Ferrone and I think he brings jsut the right tone to these books.
John Sandford broke off one of my favorite characters, Virgil Flowers, into a new series. I love these books too. Virgil and Lucas appear in both series. These are fun reads and you don't have to read them in series order.