In this episode, Lucas Davenport, is more or less nagged into looking into the disappearance of the daughter of a friend of his wife, Weather. The mother, Alyssa Austin, is a bit of an eccentric but a competent business woman. He gets hooked more deeply when three of the daughter, Frances', "Gothic" acquaintances are brutally murdered. Evidently Frances was dabbling in the Goth scene in the Twin Cities and Davenport spends a lot of time looking for a connection. Spiced up with a sub-plot involving a murderous Lithuanian, the story is basically a fairly straight-forward police procedural.
The solution of the initial crime has a surprising twist and the eventual loose ends tie-up takes several pages.
Sandford's characters are always interesting and there's no change from that here. As is often the case in the "Prey" series there is a strong psychological component that helps provide suspense. While not a strong thread, there is a bit of "cop" humor to lighten the atmosphere.
Jabbo, October 24, 2008 (view all comments by Jabbo)
I am a big fan of John Sandford - and I can truthfully say this is the first of his books that has been a disappointment. The suspense was minimal, and the big surprise was contrived and not particularly interesting.
Of course, spending time with Lucas Davenport is always enjoyable. But if you haven't read the Prey Series - don't start with this one.
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Clark, June 8, 2008 (view all comments by Clark)
John Sandford has delivered once again. Phantom Prey is an excellent book that features page-turning suspense. Lucas Davenport is a great character to root for. John Sandford's novels far surpass James Patterson and the works that other writers create for him. Phantom Prey is one of the best novels in the entire Prey series. This book is a must read. Two thumbs up from me.
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Dan Holt, May 10, 2008 (view all comments by Dan Holt)
Not as good as the previous Prey novel. Good action, decent mystery. Lucas Davenport is the main focus and Virgil Flowers is not in the story although he is mentioned. I think that Sanford is too good of an author to resort to a somewhat pedestrian and cliched conclusion for one of the two storylines. He does include a few good laughs and it was nice to have Del Klapsok back.
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