When John Sandford’s Buried Prey debuted at #2 on the New York Times Book Review list last year, the series proved as fresh as ever. The twenty-first tale in Sandford’s wildly popular Prey series is “edgy and taut, inventive and intense,” raved the Richmond Times-Dispatch, while the Chicago Sun-Times called it, “one of the best in the long-running series.” Sandford—aka Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp—delivered a sixth Virgil Flowers novel only months later and now returns to his signature series with STOLEN PREY, a riveting thriller that throws driven Minnesota detective Lucas Davenport headlong into his worst nightmare.
It begins with what appears to be a random mugging on a misty spring evening as Lucas, out for a run, jogs up to a local ATM booth to make a withdrawal. Seconds later, a meth-addled addict brandishes a gun in his face and grabs the cash. A female accomplice then shoves Lucas from behind, a practiced move that sends him sprawling, bruises his ego, and fractures his wrist. Though the criminals escape, they don’t know that their victim is a seasoned BCA (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension) detective with a long memory and an impressive record of tracking down bad guys. It would be the first of two puzzling crimes that would keep Lucas on edge all summer.
With brisk pacing and meticulous detail that brings each crime scene into vivid focus, STOLEN PREY seamlessly weaves two mysteries into one brilliant novel. This is the kind of writing that has earned Sandford accolades like “born storyteller” (San Diego Tribune), a legion of fans, and a string of awards. Like his previous Prey novels, this one is realistic, gripping, and brimming with plot twists that keep readers riveted until the final page. This is John Sandford at his very best.
“Once again, Sandford smoothly blends action and suspense with a soupçon of humor.”
– Publishers Weekly
– Publishers Weekly
About the Author
John Sandford is the pseudonym of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp. Camp was born in 1944 and was raised in CedarRapids, Iowa. He received his B.A. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, and received his first training as a journalist and reporter when he was in Korea for 15 months working for his base paper.After the army, Camp spent 10 months working for the Cape Girardeau Se Missourian newspaper before returning to the University of Iowa for his Masters in Journalism. From 1971 to 1978, he worked as a general assignment reporter for the Miami Herald, covering killings and drug cases, among other beats, with his colleague, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edna Buchanan.In 1978, Camp joined the St. Paul Pioneer Press as a features reporter. He became a daily columnist at the newspaper in 1980. In the same year, he was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for an article he wrote on the Native American communities in Minnesota and North Dakota and their modern day social problems. In 1986, Camp won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for a series of articles on the farm crisis in the Midwest.Camp has written fourteen books in the bestselling “Prey” series under the name John Sandford.