Shadow Prey

Shadow Prey

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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 635.03g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Grafton
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0246137460
  • 9780246137463

Review Text

A crackling sequel to Sandford's ingenious Rules of Prey (1989), in which Minneapolis homicide cop Lucas Davenport made his memorable debut tracking a serial killer. Here, Sandford (who last year under his real name of John Camp also published the fine seriocomic thriller The Fool's Run) pits Davenport against a murderous Indian cabal. The sly, convoluted plotting of Rules of Prey, predicated on Davenport's mastery at games (he's wealthy from inventing several computer games), takes back seat here to vigorous erotic and violent action, beginning with the opening flashback that sees racist young cop Lawrence Clay raping an Indian girl. Today, Clay is director of the FBI and is the ultimate target of vengeance by the aging, radical Crow brothers, who plan to draw him to Minneapolis by orchestrating a series of ritual killings by Indians of white enemies - a slumlord, a sadistic parole officer. Before Clay blusters on the scene, though, Davenport takes the case, partnered with gorgeous, married Lily Rothenberg - a cop from Manhattan (where one of the graphically detailed killings occurs) whose sexual tango with Davenport offers steamy relief from the icepick chills of their pursuit of the Crows. Davenport's dogged hunt through the shuttered alleys of Minneapolis' Indian slums eventually lands him, in an excruciatingly tense scene, as hostage at the wrong end of a shotgun; soon after Davenport escapes, Lily is gunned down by the Crows' psychotic young protege, Shadow Love. The final 50 pages fly by as the Crows at last trap and blast Clay, and Davenport faces down Shadow Love in a bloody stalk-and-shoot in a cellar. Less brainy but more muscular than Sandford's first two: a double-pumped roundhouse of a thriller. (Kirkus Reviews)show more