Book Review - Field of Prey by John Sandford
I burned out a bit (a lot?) on the John Sandford Prey series a while back. The stories started to lack that "something" that kept me looking forward to the next one. I recently picked up Field of Prey to see if Lucas Davenport and company had regained their mojo, and I was pleasantly surprised. Field of Prey started off strong and kept up the pace right up to the finish.
Davenport's back to a more hands-on crime-solving approach in this novel. He's called into a serial killer case that is rather gruesome. Two kids fooling around in a field ran across a buried cistern, but it wasn't used for water any longer. Over twenty female bodies were dumped there over a period of many years, and the Minnesota police forces go into high gear to try and determine who the bodies belong to and who put them there. Of course, the media is having a field day with the story, and the pressure is high to solve the crimes quickly before someone loses their job. The killer decides to toy around with the police, and it becomes clear that the murders are not yet over. He might even be targeting people very close to Davenport if Lucas can't figure things out before he strikes again.
Sandford reveals the killer early on in the story, so the plot weaves between the attempts to solve the case and the killer's fixation on certain people who are involved. Part of the mystery that drives the story is that certain investigators apparently had leads to who the killer was, but they met an untimely demise before reporting in to Davenport and others. I enjoyed how Davenport kept getting shut down in all his attempts to narrow down the killer's identity, as it maintained a "how is he going to figure this out in time" feeling running throughout the story. There are also a couple of wicked plot twists at the end that I didn't see coming, and they change the whole tone of everything that happened prior...
I hope Field of Prey signals the return of Lucas Davenport of old. If so, the Prey series will head back to the "must read immediately" list.
Obtained From: Library