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Stolen Prey by John Sandford

In a small Minnesota town, an entirely family has been tortured and murdered (right down to the family pets). Lucas Davenport is called to what is the most brutal scene he has ever witnessed. After investigating the family’s business for clues, they can’t find any sign of involvement in drugs or money laundering, but something is tugging at Lucas’ instincts. The scene feels like there is more going on. And there is. And finding out may cost Lucas more than he bargained for.

John Sandford has to be one of the most (if not the most) reliable crime fiction writer out there. Stolen Prey is his 22nd entry into the series. I have read all of his novels and enjoyed all 22 of them. I am particularly fond of the Prey series, though I’ve enjoyed the Virgil Flowers series. He just gets it right. The dialogue is sharp and funny, the pacing is excellent, and, at this point, reading a Prey novel is like visiting old friends. I look forward to every new installment into the series and I haven’t been let down yet. If you’re looking for a good crime fiction series, this is a great one to get started on (and, in my opinion, far superior to the last several entries into the Alex Cross series).

For those of you who have been reading the series for a while, can you picture Timothy Olyphant as a young Lucas Davenport? He is generally who I picture…

As for a recipe, embarrassingly enough, reading these books tend to make me crave junk food (I swear, that’s what Lucas and company really eat!). So, in honor of burger cravings, here is my favorite veggie burger recipe (I’m not a fan of the meat kind). It tastes as amazing as it looks!

Photos: goodreads.com and Angela Liddon/Oh She Glows

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  • Josh

    This is what I want to know: is there a list anywhere of all the bands whose t-shirts were worn by Virgil Flowers? I think there must be, but I can’t find it — I might have to make it, but I hate to think about the trouble!

    • http://taftandco.wordpress.com Rory O’Connor

      I couldn’t find one either. If you ever feel like making one, I’ll split making the list with you!

      • Bob Power

        If i had hardcopy I’d go in thirdsies. But I do all books on Cd. Came home tonight after listening to ShockWave and the last scene has someone poking Virgil in the chest about his t-shirt and I couldn’t even remember it betw. the driveway and the couch. So was hoping for a list…. bummer. That fuckin’ Flowers.

  • Bob Power

    So, you’re probably not going to believe this, because I don’t. I went from posting on your site to looking at JohnSandford.org where there’s a posting of the top 100 songs from _____ Prey. The really creepy one where the guys in the prison stage a jail break. And I thought…. well…. maybe there’s a list. And e-mailed the webmaster. Which may or may not be John Sandford. And, 30 minutes later…. solid gold: “Dark of the Moon”
    Sheryl Crow (carp)
    Modest Mouse
    Flaming Lips
    Decemberists
    Arcade Fire
    AC/DC
    Franz Ferdinand

    “Heat Lightning”
    Bif Naked
    WWTDD
    Hole
    KMFDM (Money)
    Pogues
    Interpol
    Death Cab for Cutie

    “Rough Country”
    Sebadoh
    Nine Inch Nails
    Breeders
    Rolling Stones (Paris, 1975, tongue)
    Gourds
    Blood Red Shoes
    Appleseed Cast

    “Bad Blood”
    Virgins

    “Shock Wave”
    Freelance Whales
    My Chemical Romance
    Slobberbone

    “Stolen Prey”
    Radiohead

    “Mad River”
    Wolfmother

    “Dark of the Moon”
    Sheryl Crow (carp)
    Modest Mouse
    Flaming Lips
    Decemberists
    Arcade Fire
    AC/DC
    Franz Ferdinand

    “Heat Lightning”
    Bif Naked
    WWTDD
    Hole
    KMFDM (Money)
    Pogues
    Interpol
    Death Cab for Cutie

    “Rough Country”
    Sebadoh
    Nine Inch Nails
    Breeders
    Rolling Stones (Paris, 1975, tongue)
    Gourds
    Blood Red Shoes
    Appleseed Cast

    “Bad Blood”
    Virgins

    “Shock Wave”
    Freelance Whales
    My Chemical Romance
    Slobberbone

    “Stolen Prey”
    Radiohead

    “Mad River”
    Wolfmother

    • http://taftandco.wordpress.com Rory O’Connor

      Ha! That’s awesome, I guess sometimes all you need to do is ask. I believe the site is primarily maintained by his son Ros (maybe…?). Flowers has pretty good taste in music, saving a few (but I enjoyed Lucas’ list too).

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