Book Review - Silken Prey by John Sandford
In my current "revisit authors I've burned out on" phase, I picked up the latest Prey novel by John Sandford... Silken Prey. I used to love the Lucas Davenport series in the earlier installments, but the last few stories had left me with a "meh" feeling. I'm not sure if it's my time away or what, but Silken Prey worked well this time around. The plot had a "that could probably happen" aspect to it, and I burned through the pages quickly to see how it all played out.
Trying to analyze the "why" behind my enjoyment, I think it was the realization of how it's extremely easy to "convict" someone of a crime in the court of public opinion regardless of whether they did the crime or not. The story here revolves around a hotly contested political race between the incumbent and a challenger with nearly unlimited financial resources. With only a few days left before the voting, images involving children are "found" on the incumbent's computer. Regardless of whether they were his or planted, his small lead in the polls plummets, and he can do nothing to clear his name. Davenport is called on to find some answers *now*, but trying to find proof of who might have been responsible for a smear job isn't easy. It's even harder when the trail starts to lead back to the challenger, but her psychotic personality sees the investigation as an attempt to discredit her. Davenport has to balance a lot of high-powered personalities and pressures to not only find the truth, but prove it... all without having his team fall prey to what might be trained killers who would have no problem treating them all as "loose ends".
There are a couple of side threads in the story that don't seem to go anywhere, but they provide some minor tie-in towards the end. They involve minor characters from previous novels, so perhaps it pushes their individual stories a bit for some future story line. The end didn't finish up quite as cleanly as I would have expected, but then again, few things in life do.
Silken Prey is one of Sandford's better Davenport novels, and it's worth reading. I think I still like his series with Virgil Flowers more, but Silken Prey has me more interested in future installments with Davenport.
Obtained From: Library