Review: Stolen Prey
When Lucas Davenport is called to the scene of a brutal murder, something seems off. The torture and killing of an entire family and their pets seems like a Mexican drug gang killing, but that doesn’t make sense. This is an upper middle class family in a fairly swanky suburb. And what does the “were coming” written on the wall in blood mean? Before he knows what happened, not only is Lucas and the BCA involved, but the DEA and the Mexican police are in on the investigation as well.
Things get pretty complicated and Lucas has to call in an expert from his video game days. She starts to unravel things but not before Lucas, and his family, are in danger.
I’ve been a big fan of John Sandford‘s Lucas Davenport series for years, but Stolen Prey was not my favorite installment in the series. The plot was so far-fetched and complicated at times, I had trouble following it and, frankly, it seemed Lucas did too. The pace was quick and the action was non-stop, but I found it confusing at times.
I love Lucas and his bravado but he seemed to be off his game in this book. He let some things get by him that he generally wouldn’t. It seemed to me that Lucas’s family and co-workers played a lesser role in this installment and I missed their presence.
I listened to the audio version which is narrated by Richard Ferrone, and his narration didn’t really work for me. I found his voice to be gruff and lacking in expression and many of the character voices to be nasal and whiny. I found it frustrating that Lucas and the third person narrator sounded the same – it was hard to tell them apart. I think Ferrone’s narration took away from my enjoyment of the book. My friend Sandy felt otherwise, so be sure to check out her review of this audiobook.
Even though Stolen Prey wasn’t my favorite installment, I will continue with the Lucas Davenport series because it’s one I enjoy.