Buried Prey by John Sandford Book Review

Buried Prey – Book Review

Buried Prey is the 21st novel in the Prey series, written by popular  crime-thrillers’ author John Sandford.

It features super cop Lucas Davenport chasing a killer from the past. In fact, it is from one of his very first cases that he took up as a detective.

I was super thrilled with the plot which has so many surprises. Sandford is back to form ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

(Warning: *May contain spoilers*)

Buried Prey book review

Two young girls get kidnapped and Lucas Davenport works the case as a patrolman in the beginning. After a few key findings, he is asked to work as a plain clothes cop by Quentin Daniel, his supervisor at that time.

That’s when he meets with his best buddies and fellow cops, Sloan and Del Capslock. At that time, the evidence points to a street person and he is killed during a police chase. So, the cops pin the case to him and leave it at that.

But, Lucas is not satisfied with the case’s outcome. He feels that the dead man is not the kidnapper at all. But Lucas never gets a chance to pursue the case as Daniel pressurizes him with more and more work.

Twists all through

Now, back to the future. The Jones girls’ dead bodies turn up in an old basement and the case is reopened again, led by Marcy Sherill’s team.

Lucas wanders into the site of discovery as he is very interested in this case. He wants to solve it once and forever. He is convinced that the killer is still on the loose and worried that he might have taken more victims after slipping from Lucas’s net in the past.

Lucas Davenport chases every clue he could find and arrives with logical leads on the case. He works on it again with Del and they chase down the killer.

Marcy’s death

Meanwhile, the killer is freaked out after finding that he was being pursued. He plans to escape from the country. In the ensuing police drama, Marcy Sherill gets shot by the killer and she dies instantly. This is indeed a sad point in the story, but yes, life goes on.

Driven by revenge, Lucas gets extremely focused on the killer and finally nails him down. Weather Davenport, his wife, asks the help of Jenkins, Shrake and Del to look after Lucas as he is devastated after Marcy’s death.

Letty supports Lucas and encourages him on his revenge mission, while Weather discourages them both.  Given his past, Lucas’s friends make sure that he does not kill the murderer in cold blood and avoid further political complications.

Final word

The author superbly draws out even minute emotions of the characters extremely well. Letty, even though very young, has a very stark view of the world.

Weather thinks that the system will take care of everything. There is a point where Lucas explains self-defense moves to Letty and practical tips to evade human predators.

The killer’s obsession with young girls and his psychotic behavior is brilliantly depicted by the author. The flashback bringing out Lucas’s days in the beginning of his career makes this book more interesting.

This book has a lot to say on DNA as a crime analysis tool. A great thriller on the whole.

Buried Prey is one of the best yet by John Sandford. Pick it up on a free evening and I am sure you would not put it down until it is over.

For the review of the next book in the Prey series read Stolen Prey.

For the review of the previous book in the Prey series read Storm Prey.

For the complete list of Sandfordโ€™s Prey series books, check List Of Prey Series Books.

Buried Prey by John Sandford Book Review
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About Priyadarshini Rajendran 105 Articles
Priyadarshini Rajendran is a travel enthusiast, avid reader and a passionate writer. She has a few of her books published and is writing more books. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a software consultant taking breaks for her travels. Her blog is her passion and she writes about travel, books and food on the blog. She offers customized itineraries for South Indian destinations.

12 Comments Posted

  1. You definitely offered enough information about the plot to give us an idea of what the book is about, without giving away significant details. I’m not one to read murder mastery novels, but I find it interesting how the author brought a case from the past into the future. Seems like an interesting storyline, I might have to check it out!

  2. I have read one or two of John Sandford’s but I struggled to connect. But that was years ago. Now that I am reading too many of DI and thriller cases, I might give it a go. Thanks for the detailed review.

    Gayathri @ Musings Over Nothing

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