Thursday, October 6, 2022

Righteous Prey - John Sandford

What's better than a Lucas Davenport book? Or a Virgil Flowers book? The answer of course is - a new book with both of John Sandford's fantastic protagonists. Righteous Prey has just released. This is #32 and the series hasn't lost any ground over the years. Instead it's has just better and better. 

Sandford opens the book with a heinous crime. Five wealthy billionaires have decided to pass judgement on those they deem as a blight on society. But they're not being quiet about the murders. Instead they send missives to the media, celebrating their actions and encouraging others to take a stand. (Sounds frighteningly familiar doesn't it?) "We’re going to murder people who need to be murdered."

Lucas is now a US Marshall and Virgil is with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). They've worked together before and both singly and together they have high solve rates. And they both despise the FBI, who also have been called in. This pair have their own way of investigating and sometimes a few corners are cut...

The banter and dialogue in Sandford's books is razor sharp and so much fun to read. The tension never lets up in this latest. The plotting is absolutely fantastic. Lucas and Virgil are on the right track, but keep missing the perpetrators by a sliver. The clues, the intuition and sometimes just luck all play a part on the way to the final pages. There's a nice surprise in the final pages. 

Fans of this series will appreciated a cameo from Kidd. And Virgil now has a side gig - and I'm very curious to see if there's more to it in future books. 

An easy five stars. See for yourself - read an excerpt of Righteous Prey. 

I'm always looking forward to the next book from John Sandford. Keep your eyes out for Dark Angel - the second Letty Davenport book coming out in  April 2023.


Ethan said...

I skipped the Letty novel in favor of this one. I just can't get enough of Virgil Flowers! Sandford seems to be only getting better with age. I'll have to circle back to the Letty novel when I get a chance.

Luanne said...

I would choose this one first as well Ethan. And like you - I really enjoy that f*****g Flowers.

I was surprised by the Letty book. I didn't overly like her when she was added to the series. She's a bit cocksure, but is growing on me.

James Lawther said...

Interesting premise, particularly the angle that by killing those who "deserve" to be killed and donating to charities, the group start to win public support.

It isn't unlike the behaviour of the mafia in Mario Puzzo's The Godfather.

I'll give it a look; thank you for the review.

Luanne said...

I hope you enjoy it James!