Gathering Prey (Davenport & Flowers) by John Sandford


KK Conley Review

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The first half of this recent addition to the Prey series is refreshing in that it opens with Letty, Davenport’s adopted daughter, befriending Skye and Henry, a couple of travelers in San Francisco.

When Harry goes missing, Skye contacts Letty in St. Paul, and Letty asks for Davenport’s help. Even though the tough orphan has developed in to a sophisticated and designer-dressed young woman with her own well used credit card, she’s strong enough to chase the suspects until she’s injured and sidelined by Davenport.

I like this story because of Letty’s involvement, and because Sandford defines travelers as wanderers who are not homeless by economic necessity, but by choice.

His writing is excellent and makes the story come alive. For example:

He thought it was her hair: short, tightly curled, her ears sticking out like semaphore signals.

Lucas Davenport knew he was stinking the place up, but he couldn’t help himself. He’d snarled at his wife, growled at his daughter, snapped at his son, and probably would have punted the baby had she crossed his path. Okay, he wouldn’t have kicked the baby.

Like a lot of Sandford’s Prey books, this one is graphic in places, It is not for the faint of heart. It’s a great read.

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Amazon Description

Lucas Davenport’s adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she’d befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody’s killing her friends, she’s afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. She’s hiding out in North Dakota, and she doesn’t know what to do.

Letty tells Lucas she’s going to get her, and, though he suspects Letty’s getting played, he volunteers to go with her. When he hears the woman’s story, though, he begins to think there’s something in it. Little does he know. In the days to come, he will embark upon an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever seen, a trip that will not only put the two of them in danger—but just may change the course of his life.

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John Sandford’s Description

They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes — they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them.
Lucas Davenport’s adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she’d befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody’s killing her friends, she’s afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. She’s hiding out in North Dakota, and she doesn’t know what to do.
Letty tells Lucas she’s going to get her, and, though he suspects Letty’s getting played, he volunteers to go with her. When he hears the woman’s story, though, he begins to think there’s something in it. Little does he know. In the days to come, he will embark upon an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever seen, a trip that will not only put the two of them in danger — but just may change the course of his life.