The Prey series never disappoints. It is edge of your seat action with a gritty detective at its heart. This is the 17th installment and Lucas is as entertaining as ever. You don’t need to read the series in order, but if you are like me you prefer it. John Sandford’s website, www.johnsandford.org, lists all the books in order.
A rich widow and her maid are bludgeoned to death in one of the most impressive mansions in Minneapolis and a politician is caught with his pants down with a 16 year old girl. Lucas started as a detective and now he works for the state on special cases such as these. There is an art heist, fraud, murder, a dog named Screw, and a curious threesome thrown in to keep you turning pages long into the night.
Lucas is now a family man. His wife Weather, his son Sam, and ward Letty, all make a limited appearance. I also enjoyed seeing old friend Sloan living his retirement dream. Sandford never replaces action with relationships no matter how intriguing they are. It is for this reason that I rarely put a Prey novel down before I’ve finished.