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John Sandford is the pseudonym for the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of the Prey novels, the Kidd novels, the Virgil Flowers novels, and six other books, including three YA novels co-authored with his wife Michele Cook.


A terrorist conspiracy, masterminded by a small group of Native Americans, embarks on a series of ritualistic murders, offing public officials known for their record of prejudice against Indians, in Sandford's ( Rules of Prey ) second Lucas Davenport thriller. Dakota medicine men Sam and Aaron Crow recruit killers whom they arm with obsidian knives on leather thongs and send out to cut the throats of victims in Minnesota, Oklahoma and New York--for starters. Both Sam and Aaron act as fathers to young Shadow Love (since each has been his mother's lover); Shadow Love is, in fact, a psychopath who will use the Indian murder mission to fulfill his own agenda. When Minneapolis police lieutenant Davenport gets on the case, assisted by statuesque, tough-talking policewoman Lily Rothenburg, the ``sulky, dark-haired madonna'' dispatched from New York to observe the investigation, the story crackles with romance and suspense, especially when Lucas and Lily become the killers' prey. Lucas's personality is the novel's most nuanced: he is a rugged lover of women--including his old friend Elle, psychologist and Sister of Mercy--he fathers his live-in girlfriend's baby and spends nights inventing board games. Other characters, like Sandford's dialogue, are only serviceable, but plenty of gore and action drives the plot forward. 75,000 first printing; major ad/promo. (June)

Praise for John Sandford's Prey Novels

"Relentlessly swift...genuinely suspenseful...excellent."-Los Angeles Times

"Sandford is a writer in control of his craft."-Chicago Sun-Times

"Excellent...compelling...everything works."-USA Today

"Grip-you-by-the-throat thrills...a hell of a ride."-Houston Chronicle

"Crackling, page-turning tension...great scary fun."-The New York Daily News

"Enough pulse-pounding, page-turning excitement to keep you up way past bedtime."-Minneapolis Star Tribune

"One of the most engaging characters in contemporary fiction."-Detroit News

"Positively chilling."-St. Petersburg Times

"Just right for fans of The Silence of the Lambs."-Booklist

"One of the most horrible villains this side of Hannibal."-Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Ice-pick chills...excruciatingly tense...a double-pumped roundhouse of a thriller."-Kirkus Reviews

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