Tuesday, March 27, 2018

✱✱ AudioBook Review ✱✱ Golden Prey by John Sandford

Golden Prey 
A Prey Novel
Lucas Davenport #27
by John Sandford
Narrated by: Richard Ferrone

Lucas Davenport’s first case as a U.S. Marshal sends him into uncharted territory in the thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series.
The man was smart and he didn’t mind killing people. Welcome to the big leagues, Davenport. 
Thanks to some very influential people whose lives he saved, Lucas is no longer working for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but for the U.S. Marshals Service, and with unusual scope. He gets to pick his own cases, whatever they are, wherever they lead him.

And where they’ve led him this time is into real trouble. A Biloxi, Mississippi, drug-cartel counting house gets robbed, and suitcases full of cash disappear, leaving behind five bodies, including that of a six-year-old girl. Davenport takes the case, which quickly spirals out of control, as cartel assassins, including a torturer known as the “Queen of home-improvement tools” compete with Davenport to find the Dixie Hicks shooters who knocked over the counting house. Things get ugly real fast, and neither the cartel killers nor the holdup men give a damn about whose lives Davenport might have saved; to them, he’s just another large target.

Momma Says: 4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lucas Davenport is back and this time as a US Marshall. I've followed this series since the beginning, and Lucas has made a number of changes over the years with the one constant being his quick wit and love of the hunt. Those things haven't changed, but this time he doesn't have his usual group to depend on and he has to figure out how to navigate away from his home turf. While I certainly missed the usual crowd - Del, Jenkins, Shrake, etc - we get a couple of new additions to help with the hunt. Bob and Rae are a good fit for Lucas and it looks like we'll be seeing more of them in the series. Sandford has taken us inside the minds of his bad guys before, but we get a bit more of that here and this one does get violent and even gruesome as our bad guy has some even worse guys looking for him. In the end, this wasn't my favorite Davenport book, but it is good and Richard Ferrone narrated it wonderfully. I'll be interested to see what's next for this series and where this new direction leads. 

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