Winter Prey by John Sandford is the 5th book in the “Prey” thriller series. Publisher: Putnam, March 1993

It is winter in the remote, dark Wisconsin woods. But the chill in the local sheriff’s bones has nothing to do with the weather. The extravagance of the crime is new to him: the murdered man, woman and child; the machete-like knife through the man’s head; the ashes of the fire-consumed house spread over the ice and snow. In desperation, the sheriff turns for help to the reclusive lawman he’d heard had a cabin up here, and with reluctance Davenport agrees, but it is a decision he will soon have reason to regret. For this is a kind of criminal new to him, too. As he sifts through the ashes of the case itself, other crimes, shocking to his carefully hardened shell, emerge, and it becomes clear that there is an evil in these woods, an evil at once alien to him and closer than he can imagine . . . and against which even his skills may not prevail.

I’ve read most of the Prey series and this one I somehow missed this one since this is the book where he met his future wife, Weather Karkinnen. Oh man, I could not stop reading and turning the pages. The killer’s identity didn’t come to me until we were near the end of the book. An excellent book and I’m glad I got a chance to read it. My rating: 4.5 stars #Dec 2009

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