Golden Prey

Author: John Sandford

Book From Penguin Group and NetGalley

Type: Mystery/suspense, book from series

Release Date April 25, 2017

Available at Amazon

Reviewed by 2shay

Rating: 5 Stars


The man was smart and he didn’t mind killing people. Welcome to the big leagues, Davenport. 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.

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.
Filled with his trademark razor-sharp plotting and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, Golden Prey is further reason why “Sandford has always been at the top of any list of great mystery writers” (The Huffington Post).


I missed Davenport. This is the first Davenport book I’ve read in a while. For years, I read them all. The beauty of John Sandford’s Prey series is being able to pick up any book in the series and enjoy…doesn’t really matter if you’ve read earlier books or not. I think I started on book 4 or 5, then found the earlier books and kept up with new releases through Amazon. And then…I bought my first kindle. I gave away all my paperback books and had a long love affair with paranormal, forgetting how much I love mystery, suspense and cop dramas. But I never forgot Lucas Davenport…the hottest, best dressed, most ruthless cop in fiction. You know what they say about friends…even if you don’t see each other for years, you can pick up right where you left off. Well, Lucas and I have always been friends. We were friends before he married Weather. Now Weather and I are friends, too. I remember everything. I remember when he was shot in the throat. OMG! I thought for a moment that Sandford was going to let Davenport die. It’s been an intense friendship.

So here we are again, Lucas and me, and his life and job are just as wild and reckless as ever. His wife and I are the only ones who really understand that he’s a hunter. He hunts. Period. He wants to find the criminals who hurt, kill and terrify the innocent. He wants them. It’s a burning passion. He’s no different in his new job as a US Marshall that he was as the top cop in Michigan. He just has a bigger hunting ground, and it’s great!

Texas is one of the places that Davenport travels to while searching for this group of completely ruthless killers. I know the area where Davenport is searching very well. Desolate and sparsely populated, it makes you wonder if the apocalypse has really happened and you’re the last human on earth. It can be a little freaky at night. John Sandford nailed it.

John Sandford nailed everything, which is no less than I expected from one of my all time favorite authors. This book is an exceptionally good example of his skill. There is not a slow moment. Every word and phrase leads deeper into a damn exciting and dangerous chase. There are two great new characters, Bob and Rae. Rae is a very tall black woman who played basketball, as a starter, for UCONN. She’s a great character, and I hope we see more of her in future books.

If you like mystery, suspense or great cop dramas, don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous books in this series. Lucas Davenport will rock your world! Pick up a copy and…



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