Silken Prey is the 23rd novel in the Prey series written by popular crime-fiction author John Sandford.
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Silken Prey Book Review
This Prey story has the super detective Lucas Davenport delve deep down into the dirty underworld of politics.
Silken Prey is also one of the few Prey novels where everything is not neatly tied up at the end. That is, the story has a hard reality feel to it.
Lucas Davenport is assigned by the Governor to secretly look into a case involving a politician tangled up in a quagmire.
That politician, Porter Smalls, is running for election which would close in less than 10 days. So, Lucas has to work very fast and discreetly.
As usual Lucas works to solve the case super efficiently and returns to the Governor with much needed results.
Weather Davenport is back to working full time at the hospital as the housekeeper takes care of the new Davenport baby girl. Sam Davenport is in preschool now and Letty in school.
The research Lucas has done leads him on to bigger fish to catch and he looks up professional killers tied to the case indirectly.
This plot is woven superbly like a silk thread. This book has the author throwing light on how individuals who think that they are too important to the world act.
Also, the people around them falling for such person’s antics forms a highlight in this story. Some people are thick enough not to understand when they are being used. And the villain being a very pretty and super rich woman doesn’t help them.
Kidd, another Sandford hero from the Kidd series, is a major character in this book. His wife, Lauren, has a good part too. Even her background is explored by Lucas to tie up some loose ends. Kidd is shown as a great computer expert and ICE, another computer genius, points out that fact to Lucas.
As Lucas Davenport needs to know the contents of a computer and pen drives related to the case, he takes help from both ICE and Kidd unofficially. This becomes a major bureaucratic issue later on.
The author shows the problems faced by even police when they try to solve a case fast.
This Prey novel also has a minor offender in the police department itself, lending even more complexity to the case.
Small time spies for politicians, jilted lovers, blind one side lovers, clever robbers, genius computer hackers, things like these make this book quite interesting.
Silken Prey is an interesting read and gives a reality grip on politics. A good time pass for a lazy night and a must read for crime-fiction lovers.
Buy it now on Amazon available as Silken Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel (A Prey Novel)
For the review of the next book in the Prey series read Field of Prey.
For the review of the previous book in the Prey series read Stolen Prey.
Silken Prey’s villain is back in Twisted Prey, the 28th novel in the Prey series, and even more powerful!
For the review of the Twisted Prey series read Twisted Prey-Book Review.
For the complete list of Sandford’s Prey series books, check List Of Prey Series Books.
I still love the first book in the series the most. Rules of Prey