John Sandford brings his tense ‘Prey’ thriller series to the Bee Book Club

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 0:47 AM

So many thrills and chills – and, sometimes, so much redundancy. For something unique, one of our go-to’s has long been the 26-title “Prey” series by NY Times bestselling author .

John Sandford brings his tense ‘Prey’ thriller series to the Bee Book Club

The “mystery” sections in bookstores are jammed with novels by hundreds of authors who specialize in taking readers down figurative shadowy corridors and along twisting paths. So many thrills and chills – and, sometimes, so much redundancy.

For something unique, one of our go-to’s has long been the twenty-six-title “Prey” series by NY Times bestselling author . Its “star” is streetwise loner Lucas Davenport, whose new adventure, is the choice for April (Putnam, $29, four hundred sixteen pages; on sale April 26).

Over the course of the series, beginning with “Rules of Prey” in one thousand nine hundred eighty-ninth, Davenport transitioned from a rogue Lt with the Minneapolis Police Dept to an iconoclastic deputy chief with his own on-the-edge police posse. He moved on to become a special investigator for Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension – with troubleshooting forays for the Gov of MN thrown into the mix.

Finally fed up with the bureaucracy and politics of police work, Davenport quit his work at the finish of “Gathering Prey,” book No. twenty-five. “A combination of personality conflict and paperwork had finally done what Str work hadn’t been able to do – thrust him out,” Sandford writes at the start of “Extreme Prey.”

In that new novel, we discover the independently wealthy (computer games) Davenport has spent the summer renovating his lakeside vacation home. He’s nearly finished when he gets a call from MN Gov Elmer Henderson, who he “somewhat trusts.” Seems Henderson is on the campaign trace for the Democratic national vice-presidential nomination, and wants Davenport to obtain to the bottom of a “troubling incident.” Three murders later – and a botched attempt on Davenport’s life – the action continues and the tension ratchets up.

In two thousand-eleventh, portrayed Davenport in the made-for-TV film “Certain Prey,” a smash hit. Asked at the time why he took the role, Harmon said, “(Davenport) is an fascinating guy. He’s a very successful businessman who dresses kind and drives kind cars, and yet what he likes more than any of it's just being a cop. Then there’s the other side of it, which is (the darkness). I mean, he’s as nasty as anybody he’s chasing.”

Sandford’s written world is expansive, and includes the nine-tittle crossover series (“Escape Clause” is due in October), in which Davenport interacts with investigator Flowers, bringing their fictional worlds together. Also, he's the four-title “Kidd and LuEllen” series, the “Singular Menace” trilogy, three stand-alone novels and two books of nonfiction.

John Sandford is the pseudonym of former journalist John Camp, seventy-two, who wrote for the Miami Harbinger and the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in one thousand nine hundred-eightieth and won it in one thousand nine hundred eighty-sixth for a series of articles dealing with the farm crisis in the Midwest. He left journalism in one thousand nine hundred-ninetieth for a career as a novelist. Sandford is passionate about archaeology, painting, photography, fishing and hunting.

Visit the author at .

John Sandford will show up for The Bee Book Club at sixth p. m. Thursday, April twenty-eight in The Hive at The Sacramento Bee, two thousand one hundred Q St., Sacramento. Parking is free.

We've changed admission for the event – it's number longer free. You necessity to purchase a ticket. Tickets are $15 for seven-day-a-week subscribers, $25 for common admission. Purchase tickets online at . Please bring your ticket to the event for entrance.

All proceeds benefit The Bee’s (NIE) program, bringing news and information to more than 20.000 students in the region.

“Extreme Prey” (Putnam, $29, four hundred six pages) will be offered for thirty % off the list price through April twenty-eight at these bookstores: In the Sacramento area at the four Barnes & Nobles, Avid Reader at the Tower, Underground Books, Time Certified Books and Sac State’s Hornet Bookstore. In Davis at Avid Reader and UC Davis Bookstore; in El Dorado Hills at Face in a Book; and in Grass Valley at The Bookseller.

Barnes & Noble will be at the Bee Book Club event, selling “Extreme Prey” at thirtieth % off, as well as some of John Sandford’s backlist and audiobooks at full price.

Information: 916-321-1128

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