My Review of Silken Prey by John Sanford @J_Sandford
I’m a Prey fan. I’m a fan of the Prey series. I have been a Prey reader since Eyes of Prey back in 1991. Once I got hooked on the life of Lucas Davenport, the lead character of the series, I purchased the two prior Prey books and every one since 1991 to the present, Silken Prey.
Lucas has aged, he’s changed jobs a couple of times, he’s had two children and married, and yet still remains an interesting character with more compelling stories to tell. I admire John Sanford for his ability to build upon such an iconic figure as Lucas Davenport and even add other characters to the mix such as Virgil Flowers or Kidd (both of whom have their own series of books).
In Silken Prey the story turns to politics and Lucas is asked to clear the name of an incumbent running for another term in the Senate who has been accused of possessing child pornography on a computer assigned to him and located in one of his campaign offices. Porter Smalls continues to claim innocence and the Governor is interested in Lucas finding out whether or not he is, and whether or not it was his political rivals that were responsible.
The investigation turns up more than just the child pornography, there is murder, blackmail, and theft, and Lucas must pull in both Flowers and Kidd to get to the bottom of it.
The story moves along at a fast pace, with believable investigation, interrogations, and arrests. The action was moderate to heavy throughout most of the story and follows Davenport as he maneuvers through the twists and turns of deceit. The end is satisfying (mostly, you’ll see why) but leaves room for another antagonist in the Prey future.
I highly recommend this story for those interested in police procedurals, with an edge, and for those fans of Sanford and Davenport.