Review – Audiobook: Stolen Prey by John Sanford
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publish Date: May 15, 2012
Format: Audio, 11 hours | 30minutes
Audio Listening Level: Easy – Intermediate
Rating: 4 of 5
Lucas Davenport, investigator for the Minnesota State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, is called to examine a crime scene where an entire family has been brutally murdered. It appears to be a retaliation killing in the drug trafficking trade, but Lucas isn’t so sure that’s what happened. The murder of a bank vice-president and his family doesn’t fit the profile; something else is going on here.
Meanwhile several bank employees, with the assistance of one of the computer programmers, are moving large sums of cash out of the bank and purchasing gold, effectively shutting down the money trail. They are oblivious to the fact that they are stealing from money-laundering Mexican narcotics dealers. These are the type of people that will do whatever is necessary to locate their missing funds, and that includes torturing and murdering whoever they think has any information.
This is the 22nd novel in John Sanford’s Prey series featuring Lucas Davenport, independently wealthy software entrepreneur turned crime investigator. Although there is a long history and back story from the previous volumes, this novel does well as a standalone. The author fills us in with any necessary details on Davenport and the supporting cast to help the reader better understand the characters.
The eleven hours of listening went by quickly in this fast-paced action-packed adventure. The narrator, Richard Ferrone, kept the story moving at a good pace. He has the perfect gravelly detective voice for Lucas Davenport (and also for Virgil Flowers, who makes an appearance in the book), but also has a wide enough range to do well with the female characters and the Mexican assassins.
I’ve read several of Sanford’s books and always enjoy his easy to follow style of writing. As the murders continued and the body count rose, he kept the dialog snappy and broke the tension with some humorous lines and exchanges between Davenport and his investigators.
Fans of the Prey series will enjoy this latest volume and those who like mysteries or thrillers and haven’t read one of these books yet should give this one a listen.
Source: Review copy.
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