Friday, April 27, 2018

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Twisted Prey

John Sandford was born John Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962. He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966. In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa. He was in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, worked as a reporter for the Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian from 1968-1970, and went back to the University of Iowa from 1970-1971, where he received a master's degree in journalism. He was a reporter for The Miami Herald from 1971-78, and then a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press from 1978-1990; in 1980, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Pulitzer in 1986 for a series of stories about a midwestern farm crisis. From 1990 to the present he has written thriller novels. He's also the author of two non-fiction books, one on plastic surgery and one on art. He is the principal financial backer of a major archeological project in the Jordan Valley of Israel, with a website at In addition to archaeology, he is deeply interested in art (painting) and photography. He both hunts and fishes. He has two children, Roswell and Emily, and one grandson, Benjamin. His wife, Susan, died of metastasized breast cancer in May, 2007, and is greatly missed.

Twisted Prey

Release Date 4/24/18
ISBN-13: 978-0525593782

Lucas Davenport confronts an old nemesis, now more powerful than ever as a U.S. senator, in the thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling Prey series

Lucas Davenport had crossed paths with her before.

A rich psychopath, Taryn Grant had run successfully for the U.S. Senate, where Lucas had predicted she’d fit right in. He was also convinced that she’d been responsible for three murders, though he’d never been able to prove it. Once a psychopath had gotten that kind of rush, though, he or she often needed another fix, so he figured he might be seeing her again.

He was right. A federal marshal now, with a very wide scope of investigation, he’s heard rumors that Grant has found her seat on the Senate intelligence committee, and the contacts she’s made from it, to be veryuseful. Pinning those rumors down was likely to be just as difficult as before, and considerably more dangerous.

But they had unfinished business, he and Grant. One way or the other, he was going to see it through to the end

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Scholastic Siren - Sara:
In Twisted Prey, Lucas Davenport is still working for the Marshall service when Senator Porter Smalls is run off the road and nearly dies. Smalls is sure it’s an assassination attempt and pulls some strings to get Lucas to investigate. 

This is a solid entry in the series. Most of the books are stand-alones with common history; this one is not. This is a more like a sequel to Silken Prey, book #13, that was released in 2013. If you already love the series, by all means, buy this book. If it’s new to you, I would suggest that you pick up an earlier installment--they are all fantastic. 

Some of my favorite newer characters come back in this book; we get to see Bob and Rae again. I hope they are becoming permanent fixtures... This book takes place in DC because Lucas is a Marshall now, and I think we might get a new city in every upcoming book. No matter where they take place, the books are both thought-provoking and full of action.