Lucas Davenport investigates a vitriolic blog that seems to be targeting the children of U.S. politicians in the latest thriller by #1 New York Times-bestselling author John Sandford.
The daughter of a U.S. Senator is monitoring her social media presence when she finds a picture of herself on a strange blog. And there are other pictures . . . of the children of other influential Washington politicians, walking or standing outside their schools, each identified by name. Surrounding the photos are texts of vicious political rants from a motley variety of radical groups.
It's obviously alarming--is there an unstable extremist tracking the loved ones of powerful politicians with deadly intent? But when the FBI is called in, there isn't much the feds can do. The anonymous photographer can't be pinned down to one location or IP address, and more importantly, at least to the paper-processing bureaucrats, no crime has actually been committed. With nowhere else to turn, influential Senators decide to call in someone who can operate outside the FBI's constraints: Lucas Davenport.
I still remember the very first Prey novel I read. Can it really have been 30 books ago? My, how the time does fly, and so many things have changed. Of course, some things remain the same. Lucas is still one of my favorite detectives with his love of the hunt and determination. He has mellowed a bit over the years, or I thought he had, but Masked Prey gives a new look at the Lucas Davenport who doesn't always follow the rules and who's willing to sometimes do the wrong thing for the right reasons. I won't go into all the details so I don't spoil anything, but I really enjoyed seeing the darker side of Davenport again, and it was interesting to see the contrast between that guy and the family man he's become. And no, that doesn't mean I would be okay with some things in reality, but this is fiction, so I could just enjoy the ride. We do get some page time with Bob and Rae, which is perfect for some witty banter as the investigation moved along. To sum it up, this newest Prey novel is everything I expect from Sandford, and I'll be looking forward to whatever's next for Lucas and company. I've been recommending this series since the beginning, and this 30th book is just one more reason to continue with that recommendation.
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