Field of PreyField of Prey by John Sandford is the 24th book in the “Prey” thriller series. Publisher: Putnam Adult, May 2014

The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was . . . something smelled bad—like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another.

By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to fifteen bodies and counting. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, when Lucas began to investigate, he made some disturbing discoveries of his own. The victims had been killed over a great many years, one every summer, regular as clockwork. How could this have happened without anybody noticing?

Because one thing was for sure: the killer had to live close by. He was probably even someone they saw every day. . . .

This book was fast-paced and non-stop action from beginning to the end, and boy what a thrilling ride to be on as John takes us on another journey with Lucas Davenport. The suspense, the mystery is all woven into a well-executed drama that left nothing to the imagination as the clues were presented in a way that made this book hard to put down as I had to know the outcome. This series continues to get better and better and pull me in and retain the freshness of a long-running series and I can’t wait to see where we go next with Lucas and his team.

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