Wicked Prey (Lucas Davenport, Book 19)

By John Sandford

Danger stalks Lucas Davenport at paintings and all too as regards to domestic, within the superlative new mystery through the number one New York Times' bestselling author.

For two decades, John Sandford's novels were cherished for his or her "ingenious plots, vibrant characters, crisp discussion and unending surprises" (The Washington Post), and nowhere are these extra in facts than within the surprising twists and shocks of Wicked Prey. The Republicans are coming to St. Paul for his or her conference. Throwing a tremendous get together is meant to be enjoyable, yet crashing the occasion are a number of not easy instances the police could fairly stayed away. leader between them is a group stickup males who've noticed a number of profitable possibilities, starting from political moneymen with briefcases jam-packed with money to that armored-car warehouse with the weak point in its defense procedure. All that's headache adequate for Lucas Davenport - yet what's approximately to hit him is even worse. your time again, a stray bullet placed a pimp and petty thief named Randy Whitcomb in a wheelchair, and, ever in view that, the guy has been nursing his grudge right into a complete head of psychotic steam. He blames Davenport for the bullet, yet it's no enjoyable simply taking pictures him. That wouldn't be painful adequate. no longer whilst Davenport has an exquisite fourteen-year-old followed daughter that Whitcomb can objective in its place. . . .And then there's the younger guy with the .50 quality sniper rifle and the right-wing-crazy historical past, roaming via a urban packed with the main robust politicians in the world. . . . wealthy along with his tremendous trademark suspense and a few of the simplest characters in suspense fiction, depraved Prey is extra facts that "Sandford is without doubt one of the such a lot continuously interesting crime writers operating today." (Booklist).

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If we had, you’d have known as me immediately. ” “Right. ” “So locate Sams. ” because it grew to become out, Sams was once operating nights, and used to be as a result of come on at eleven P. M. Lucas known as the quantity Carol bought, and left a word with Sams’s manager that he’d be calling correct at eleven o’clock. the remainder of the night was once rather stressful, with Letty trudging up and down the steps among her room and the fridge, preventing just once to assert, “All my acquaintances say it’s unfair. ” “All your folks are teenagers,” Lucas acknowledged. Letty stated, “You instructed me one time that you just had a lager in a hockey bar in the event you have been fourteen. ” “That used to be different,” Lucas stated. “How used to be that diverse? ” “There have been adults around,” Lucas acknowledged. “Huh, nice. Adults giving a fourteen-year-old a beer,” Letty stated. climate acknowledged, “Shut up, close up, close up, either one of you, close up. ” On her final journey down, she went to the fridge, bought a bottle of water, and at the long ago throughout the relations room, the place climate and Lucas have been observing the inside track, stopped and gave Lucas a kiss at the brow, and went on her approach. “I imagine you’re okay,” climate stated. * * * AT TEN O’CLOCK, 11 jap, Lucas known as Sams, bought him, gave him the historical past, and informed him in regards to the interview with the ladies on the hospitality committee. “Well, they may be correct, yet we couldn’t turn out it,” Sams stated. “No signal of violence, the child was once mendacity on his again on his mattress, his sneakers off, his palms crossed on his chest. Bottle of rum within the kitchen, glass by means of the mattress. ” “But no notice. ” “Nothing,” Sams acknowledged. “We by no means did locate the girl. We didn’t comprehend the place to begin, simply because not anyone knew her identify. ” “Find any DNA within the condo? ” “There could have been a few semen stains, yet we didn’t run it—I suggest, it didn’t come from the woman,” Sams acknowledged. “We didn’t do an entire procedure, simply because . . . there didn’t appear to be any cause to. every little thing within the condominium was once beautiful neat and fresh. ” “No references to the girl . . . cellular phone, date booklet . . . ? ” “Okay, here’s something. The kid’s cellphone had loads of calls on it to at least one quantity, and the quantity used to be within the three-two-three region code. That’s los angeles. pretty well downtown l. a.. We ran the telephone down, and it was once a lifeless end—one of these over the counter pay-as-you-go telephones. We known as it, however it used to be out of provider. It by no means got here again, so long as we known as it. ” “So you don’t even comprehend that it’s the woman’s phone,” Lucas acknowledged. “Nope. We don’t. yet: I talked to his uncle, from Spain, simply because his fogeys don’t converse English, and we found out among us that he’d by no means been to California, and so far as anyone knew, he didn’t comprehend anyone from there. yet he used to be calling the quantity six occasions an afternoon for 2 months. ” “So it’s gotta be her,” Lucas stated. “He used to be in love. ” “I imagine so. Now that you’re asking, I’d need to say it was once all a bit odder than we concept on the time. She used to be simply flat long past, and she or he shouldn’t were that long gone. ” “These committee girls I talked to, they acknowledged you've got an image of her,” Lucas acknowledged. “We do have that,” Sams stated.

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