Thursday, August 30, 2012

buried prey

When a house demolition unearths the bodies of two dead little girls the past comes back to haunt Lucas.  This time he's determined to find the killer and he has the ability and the experience to do it his way.

Buried Prey is being touted as Sandford's best Lucas novel and they may be right.  He shows us what Lucas was like back in 1985 when he was still in uniform and itching to get out of the patrol car and into investigation.  Back then two sisters go missing and everyone is scrambling to find them before it's too late.  But it's always too late and though the public and most of the police force thinks they got their man Lucas isn't so sure.  When the bodies are ultimately discovered in the present time all of his doubts are verified.  So now he's going to find out who really took those girls.

Sandford does something that I don't think he's ever done in all of the previous 20 books in the series.  You'll know it when it happens and while it was slightly shocking you'll realize he foreshadowed the whole thing pretty obviously.  Lucas is still one of the greatest characters in suspense novels in my opinion, but I don't know how much longer he can keep going.  He's edging closer to 50 so I'm wondering if at some point he'll just pass the torch onto Virgil.  I hope not.  I hope he keeps writing for Lucas.

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