In celebration of the release of the 20th book in the Prey series by John Sandford, Penguin books, working with TLC Book Tours has set up a unique tour where 20 bloggers were each asked to read one book from the series and answer a set of questions concerning their particular book and the main character, Lucas Davenport.
I was thrilled to catch up with one of my favorite crime busters. I started listening to the Prey series on audio books but got off track when my library didn’t have each book in the series. Invisible Prey was a great reminder as to why I enjoy these books and I am now on a mission to read the entire series. The main character of Lucas Davenport is tough, a little bit of a ladies man, pushes the envelope and stops at nothing to solve cases. I adore this character. The stories and dialogue between him and other officers, criminals and those of the female persuasion are pure entertainment. One of the great things about Mr. Sandford’s books is that even though the reader may know who the criminal is the fun comes from following Lucas as he tries to solve the crimes. This may be a series but each book can stand on it’s own for a great read.
I must admit, I am late in my posting of this tour stop. I sincerely apologize to Penguin and TLC Book Tours for this delay and appreciate the fact that I was able to be part of this experience.
On with the questions:
Title and series number of the book:
Invisible Prey – number 17 in the series.
What is Lucas Davenport doing when he first appears in the book:
Lucas is drinking diet cokes at a bar which belongs to a good friend. They are talking about their families and the jobs. Lucas then turns the conversation to the case he is working on as the suspect is a politician that went to school with his pal. The accusations are crude and involve a minor and Lucas is trying to get a feel for the type of person the politician is and whether he could have committed the alleged crime. There is some thought that the mother of the minor may be attempting and extortion of some kind but the evidence is pretty damning.
Give a sense of time and place:
It is 2007 and most of the story takes place in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.
What is Lucas’s occupation or professional role?
He is Chief Investigator for the State’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).
Lucas’s personal status?
Lucas is now married. Quite a surprise. The last book I had read he was still single. He also now has a daughter from a previous relationship and a son with his current wife.
Lucas is a known clothes-horse. Were there any special fashion references:
Oh yes, Mr. Davenport has style.
Lucas went for Italian suits, French ties, and English shoes. He read men’s fashion magazines, of the serious kind, and spent some time every spring and fall looking at suits. When he and his wife traeled to Manhattan, she sent to the Museum of Modern Art, he went to Versace.
Avoiding spoilers, what was the crime/case being solved:
There were actually two cases that were being investigated. The first was the allegations against the politician. The second was the horrific beating death of an elderly woman and her housekeeper in one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the city. The crime first appears to be a possible burglary gone bad since only a few things were missing and the house was full of valuables. Lucas knows that not everything is as it first appears and when another murder takes place (seemingly unrelated), he begins to search for a common denominator.
Does the title of the book relate to the crime:
The title is perfect. The reader is introduced to the killers immediately but to Lucas and his team, they seem invisible. As they investigate deeper, commonalities appear but the identity of the killers truly remains invisible.
Who was your favorite character, good or evil:
Obviously, Lucas Davenport is a favorite. I was happy to find another detective from Mr. Sandford’s series – Virgil Flowers. He is a bit of a rogue, could care less about what he looks like, and hauls his fishing boat with him on many of his investigations.
What was your favorite scene or quote:
I loved those bits of the story that portray the personal side of Lucas: singing along to Emmylou Harris on the radio, spending time with his family, and admitting his bouts with depression. These small paragraphs create a character with more dimensions then “cop”.
How do you envision Lucas Davenport? If he were portrayed in a movie, what celebrity would play him:
This is difficult as I have my own image of Lucas but if I had to choose, I could definitely see Timothy Olyphant (currently on the great show “Justified”) as a contender.
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Thank you so much to Lydia from Penguin/Putnam for providing a copy of this book for this tour. You can catch up on all of the tour stops by visiting Penguin’s website.