April 1, 2006

Winter Prey

Winter Prey by John Sandford

Finished on 3/27/06
Rating: B+ (7/10 Good)

After reading the reviews at Amazon, I’ve decided I’m in the minority. Of the five books read, this has been my least favorite in John Sandford’s “Prey” series. I had a tough time keeping all the new characters straight and found the first half a bit slow. The pace picked up considerably toward the last third of the book and I was anxious to see if I had nailed the killer’s identity. In his previous mysteries, Sandford gives the reader this information early on, allowing one to watch the action of both the killer and Detective Lucas Davenport. However, this time the identity was withheld and I had fun working through the details and logic and actually figured out who the killer was!

I can’t say that I’ve enjoyed any of the particulars of the murders in these mysteries, but the premise for this particular book was even more disturbing than usual (it involved a child-porn ring) and left me with an overwhelming desire to take a long hot shower. Unfortunately, if you’re like me and have to read each and every book in a series (and in the proper order, of course), you probably shouldn’t skip Winter Prey as a very important new friend of Davenport’s is introduced.

It’s always a bonus when I pick up a bit of trivia or learn something from my current read and I have to say I’ve come to the realization that I never want to live where it gets down to negative 30 on a regular basis! Yet another reason I kept longing for that long, hot shower.

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