Thanks to some very influential people whose lives he saved, Lucas is no longer working for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but for the U.S. Marshals Service, and with unusual scope. He gets to pick his own cases, whatever they are, wherever they lead him.
And where they’ve led him this time is into real trouble. A Biloxi, Mississippi, drug-cartel counting house gets robbed, and suitcases full of cash disappear, leaving behind five bodies, including that of a six-year-old girl. Davenport takes the case, which quickly spirals out of control, as cartel assassins, including a torturer known as the “Queen of home-improvement tools” compete with Davenport to find the Dixie Hicks shooters who knocked over the counting house. Things get ugly real fast, and neither the cartel killers nor the holdup men give a damn about whose lives Davenport might have saved; to them, he’s just another large target.
What I liked: At the end of the last Lucas Davenport book, Extreme Prey, he received the cream of the cream of job offers. He would be a U. S. Marshall but not be subject to anyone’s orders but a service bureaucrat in Washington D. C. AND he can pick and choose which cases he wants to work. Needless to say, the local Federal Marshall’s office isn’t too happy that Lucas doesn’t have to participate in all the mundane chores they do like bad assignments and crappy hours. He doesn't have to serve warrants or transfer prisoners. In essence, the other Marshalls aren’t about to be his best friends. It also just chaps the butt of Hal Oder, the local Marshall in charge. If you’ve read any of Mr. Sandford’s books, you know Lucas absolutely hates dealing with politics. In this case the political clout is all on his side and he’s not afraid to use it!
Finally, Lucas gets a lead on an interesting case starring killer, Garvin Poole. A big-time robber who had fallen out of sight years before but it looks like he’s come out of retirement to make a big score by robbing a drug cartel’s money counting house. In the process of the robbery, Poole shoots a complete innocent and thus Lucas latches on like a tick! The investigation takes Lucas on a tour of some of the South. Here’s another area where Mr. Sandford excels. Not only do his descriptions paint a picture for the reader, his research on the areas shine through.
I absolutely loved the ending. A bit of humor and an unexpected turn for Davenport.
Since you, as the reader, know the who, the what, and the where, you’d think Golden Prey would lose your attention but you’d be wrong. The characters, their actions, along with a bit of humor kept me engrossed the whole time. My favorite kind of book, character driven with such well written characters.
What I didn’t like: I enjoyed Golden Prey completely. Since I received an ARC of the book, I don’t necessarily have to buy it but this is one of those series I DO collect. The price of the e-book again gets my dander rising. It’s a hefty $14.99 at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. So, if you collect the series, buy whatever edition you collect, but if you just want the enjoyment of the read, borrow from a friend or the library. I know the e-book prices when the paperback comes out it will still be priced pretty high.
I was a bit nervous a few books ago when Mr. Sandford changed Davenport’s direction but I can now see it opens the series to infinite more possibilities!