Gathering Prey by John Sandford
Gathering Prey. Finished 12-8-15, rating 4/5, thriller, pub. 2015
Unabridged audio read by Richard Ferrone. 11 hours.
Lucas Davenport series #25
They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes—they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them.
Lucas Davenport’s adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she’d befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody’s killing her friends, she’s afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. She’s hiding out in North Dakota, and she doesn’t know what to do.
Letty tells Lucas she’s going to get her, and, though he suspects Letty’s getting played, he volunteers to go with her. When he hears the woman’s story, though, he begins to think there’s something in it. Little does he know. In the days to come, he will embark upon an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever seen, a trip that will not only put the two of them in danger—but just may change the course of his life. from Goodreads
Lucas is tracking some Charles Manson-like group around the Midwest as they torture and kill homeless for no reason but pleasure. When it gets personal Lucas is willing to leave his Minnesota jurisdiction and track crazies. It was fun to see him leave the state and spend some time in the Michigan Upper Peninsula
In this 25th book of the series, there is a shift of sorts that signals changes are afoot and it’s been this progression of Lucas that has made this a standout, must read series for me. As he turns 50 and the winds of local politics change direction it’s clear that Lucas has some decisions to make. This case involves his adopted daughter, Letty, and I love that she has had larger roles in the last few books.
I continue to love this series!