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Mystery Writer John Sandford Shows How ‘Real Cops Operate’

John Sandford's 25th novel about Minnesota cop Lucas Davenport is entitled ''Gathering Prey.''
John Sandford's 25th novel about Minnesota cop Lucas Davenport is entitled ''Gathering Prey.''
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Michele Ross says John Sandford's “Prey” novels are “guaranteed good reading,” including his latest.

Since 1989, mystery writer John Sanford – the pen name of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp – has turned out an average of nearly one novel in his “Prey” series a year.

The continuing saga revolves around Minnesota cop Lucas Davenport. “City Lights” crime fiction reviewer Michele Ross says that “Sandford shows the reader the way real cops operate – or at least how this reader assumes they would – with all the attendant vivid dialogue.” 

“Gathering Prey” is the 25th installment of the series and was published in April.

Davenport and his teenaged daughter Letty get involved in a group called the Travelers, who move from state to state. They’re usually non-violent, but a murder casts suspicion on a wide group of characters.

Ross says the ending will leave long-time readers speculating about a lot of things – but not, one hopes, about the appearance of “Prey” novel number 26.

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