Wednesday, April 13, 2022

✱✱Book Review✱✱ The Investigator by John Sandford


Letty Davenport, the brilliant and tenacious adopted daughter of Lucas Davenport, takes the investigative reins in the newest thriller from #1 bestselling author John Sandford.
“Sandford fans rejoice! Davenport next generation has arrived and Letty is exactly the kind of cool-eyed, smart-mouthed, lethally dangerous heroine we’ve been waiting for.”--Lisa Gardner, author of One Step Too Far

By age twenty-four, Letty Davenport has seen more action and uncovered more secrets than many law enforcement professionals. Now a recent Stanford grad with a master’s in economics, she’s restless and bored in a desk job for U.S. Senator Colles. Letty’s ready to quit, but her skills have impressed Colles, and he offers her a carrot: feet-on-the-ground investigative work, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security. 
Several oil companies in Texas have reported thefts of crude, Colles tells her.  He isn’t so much concerned with the oil as he is with the money: who is selling the oil, and what are they doing with the profits? Rumor has it that a fairly ugly militia group—led by a woman known only as Lorelai—might be involved. Colles wants to know if the money is going to them, and if so, what they’re planning. 
Letty is partnered with a DHS investigator, John Kaiser, and they head to Texas.  When the case quickly turns deadly, they know they’re on the track of something bigger.  Lorelai and her group have set in motion an explosive plan . . . and the clock is ticking down.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lettie's all grown up and gets her own series. This young lady is very much Lucas Davenport's daughter - adopted or not, she's definitely following in his footsteps. She's also very much her own woman with a sharp wit, take no guff attitude, and a determination to take care of business. At first, I thought it would've been nice to see Lettie work her way up the ranks - earn her place, so to speak - but with Lucas's connections, it makes sense that she'd have a leg up. That's not to say she doesn't deserve it because she's every bit the strong woman she grew up to be in Sandford's Prey series. This is a spin-off series, but you won't be lost if you're new to this author or the characters. We get Lettie's background little by little throughout the book, so her actions, some that would seem rash or out of character, make more sense. I'll stop there so I don't give away the book's secrets. Suffice it to say this is everything I expect from John Sandford. It's sharp and engaging, and I'm already invested in Lettie and dying to know what's next.

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