Best selling author John Sandford has another winner with his recent book, Field Of Prey. It is an intense mystery thriller that explores the world of serial killers. The suspenseful plot moves along at a fast pace with the cat and mouse game between the BCA detective, Lucas Davenport, and the serial rapist-killer.
The story begins with a teenage couple losing their innocence, and then smelling something really bad. After the police come to investigate they find a body stuffed in a well, eventually discovering twenty-one skulls. The female victims had been killed over a great many years, one every summer, regular as clockwork. The story takes several unexpected turns with Lucas becoming more and more emotionally engaged. In this novel Lucas appears to know all of the facts he needs to solve the case; yet is unable to connect the dots. All the while, girls are going missing and dying at the hands of a serial killer. The only slight problem with the plot is the small scenes with Virgil Flowers, the main character of his other series, also a BCA detective. Because of the intense plot and great character portraits the few parts of the book that included Flowers was a distraction because he was working on a completely separate unrelated case.
The characters are very well developed, believable, and has the reader rooting for and against them depending on if they are good or bad. Lucas Davenport is part Hollywood part policeman. He drives around in a Porsche and Mercedes wearing fancy clothes but is also a very good father and husband who cares about his family. Davenport is a guy doing a job he loves while making sure the bad guys don’t win. There are also the familiar characters: Del Capstock, Rose Marie Roux, agent Virgil Flowers and Davenport’s family. A new face, Goodhue County Deputy Catrin Mattsson, is the female version of Davenport. She is tough, pretty, refuses to bow to authority, and has a take no prisoners attitude.
Because he made the serial killer so wicked and evil Sandford told blackfive.net that he tried very hard not to “go into great detail with the graphic scenes. I had to walk a thin line not to make it too graphic. I intentionally did not put in a description of the rapes themselves.”