They call themselves The Five – a group of individuals who have decided on a list of persons who need to be killed. They describe themselves as doing a service for the American people and acknowledge the thrill in hunting – and being hunted themselves for the crimes. With the first murder comes a press release…” We are pleased to announce the death of…” along with their rationale for the selection, a donation made to a charitable organization, in Bitcoin, and a hint of who their Number 2 victim will be – a politician. A week later, another body, and press release, and shortly after that, The Five make their first mistake – they commit a murder in Minnesota…
Virgil Flowers, of the Minnesota BCA, is putting the finishing touches on his third novel – this one he hopes to sell – when the phone rings. His boss is ordering him to a homicide scene – but not just any scene – this is victim Number 3 – in nearby Minnetonka – and the ‘press release’ is already out. As Virgil arrives on scene, he sees none other than his old buddy Lucas Davenport, now a US Marshall, already on scene. As they investigate, they find little to work with, other than an incidental sighting of a Subaru in a neighborhood known for its upscale tastes.
With little else to go on, Lucas & Virgil dive headfirst into the investigation, as they assist the FBI who has now commandeered the case. As they follow a lead, however slim, they somehow manage to ID one of the killers, sending her on the run. With these two hot on her trail, it’s only a matter of time… From one end of the country to the other, they’ll stop at nothing to being this slick group of killers down.
I’ve been a long-time fan of John Sandford and both the Lucas Davenport & Virgil Flowers series, and I am never disappointed – they just keep getting better and better! It was a real treat to have both characters get equal billing in this novel! I never tire of the witty repartee between these characters and the overall laugh-out-load commentary courtesy of Lucas! A Prey book is like having a great friend stop by for a visit – but the visit doesn’t last nearly long enough!!
I received this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley & Penguin Group Putnam in exchange for an objective review. Do you love to read?? Visit netgalley.com and start reviewing books today!!