Storm Prey, by John Sandford

Storm Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #20) by John Sandford: Book CoverFinished 7-10-10, rating 4/5, thriller, pub. 2010

Book #20 in the Lucas Davenport Prey series

Lucas and the gang are all back and ready to find the bad guys.  Weather is involved in a very high profile operation to separate conjoined twins and she unwittingly sees the inside guy of the pharmacy hold up at the hospital.  When one of the four men kills the pharmacist mere robbery turns to murder and the police are even more motivated to find the culprit.  The bikers who were responsible decide to bring in a hired gun to take out each other but they also decide that Weather must go too and this brings Lucas front and center.  Lucas trusts his friends Virgil Flowers, Jenkins, and Shrake to protect Weather and he is free to do what he does best, track down killers.

I’ve read every book of the series and the past few have only been okay for me, so I was happy to find myself completely engaged with Lucas again.  Maybe it was because this was as much about Weather as Lucas and the contrast worked.  And the bad guys were really bad.  The inside guy at the hospital was a real piece of work, even more so than the scary hired gun, Cappy. 

There was no mystery, only a compulsion to turn the pages to see how it would all play out, not only with the bad guys, but with the conjoined twins too.  The separation operation took up a lot of the storyline and it wa a nice change of pace.  Lucas and Weather seem to have a healthy home life with teen Letty and baby Sam, although they seem to have little interaction with the kids.  So, the one thing that struck me as odd was when Weather said she wanted another baby.  She never held the baby, even when she was housebound and under police protection fearing for her life.  But other than that this was a spot on thriller.

Another great addition to the series.

I checked this book out of the library.

13 thoughts on “Storm Prey, by John Sandford

  1. Staci says:

    Yay!! I’m thrilled to read that you enjoyed this one. I was really disappointed in his last few but hey…this is #20 so I should cut him some slack right? 😀

    • stacybuckeye says:

      Yeah, I was relieved to like this one after being a little disappointed at the last few Lucas books. Hope you like it 🙂

  2. Jenners says:

    I won this in a giveaway so I’ll have to check it out soon. This would be my first read of the series though … which kind of seems wrong, doesn’t it?

    • stacybuckeye says:

      Starting at #20 takes guts. I liked the beginning of the series best, so it’ll be interesting to see what you think of starting so late. I’m guessing you might be disappointed in character development.

  3. Margot says:

    Your loyalty amazes me. If I were I series writer, I’d want all my readers to be just like you.

    Except for Agatha Christie and Nora Roberts, I can’t think of any author I’ve read 20 of their books. I’ll have to think about this. Meanwhile, I’m glad you get so much enjoyment from John Sanford.

    • stacybuckeye says:

      I am nothing if not loyal 🙂 Although this last Evanovich book is the first one since I gave up on the series. So, I can get bored it it’s the same book over and over.

      I am picky about series books I read because I know I might get sucked in!

  4. Literary Feline says:

    I’ve only read one book in the series so far, but I’m looking forward to reading more. I am glad you enjoyed this one, Stacy!

    What an interesting observation about Weather and the baby! I wonder if I will pick up on it when I read this one.

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