I was stunned to see that the Lucas Davenport series still ploughs on steadily with this, the 27th offering, and, no, it shows no signs of being dead in the water.
There is a change of flag in that Lucas is now a deputy US Marshal, due to his friends in high places. So much so that he can select his cases; but that is no excuse for lowering his sights when it comes to hunting the most evil of prey.
Garvin Poole is one such. He’s a bank robber of the worst kind; the leave-no-witnesses kind, and although he had been out of sight for a long time, he recently executed a huge pay-off caper, along with a six-year-old witness. The drug gang whose cash he stole is not about to forgive and forget, either. They send a pair of vicious contractors who don’t mind torturing anyone who might know Poole to find him.
Davenport is one shrewd tracker, but soon finds himself in a race with the gang’s killers who might just find it easier to follow him while they are at it to achieve the same ends. The danger is constant, the flip from pursuers to pursued is cliff-hanging and Sandford is a master at that.
If you are a first-time Sandford reader, what joy to discover he is not only terrific but prolific?
My thanks to Jonathan Ball Publishers for this review copy. ISBN 978-1-4711-7203-8.