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Minnesota Irony Moves to DC
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2020
I’m a big fan of John Sanford for two main reasons—the characters and the snappy dialogue. Jacob Winter is Sandford’s new character and if you like Lucas Davenport from the Prey series, you’ll probably like Jake. Similar to the way that Davenport did special favors for the Governor of Minnesota, Jake works for the President and his Chief of Staff. He does the jobs they want to be able to deny they had anything to do with. In this case, sorting out the political and criminal ramifications of an ex-Senator gone missing in a presidential election year. It’s a nice niche in the genre, a step more nuanced than the well-developed theme of the private eye who can get away with stuff that the cops aren’t supposed to do, like breaking into someone’s house without a warrant or withholding evidence from government investigators. Jake does all that, but also has the clout of being able to say that the President wants results when he runs into a witness who doesn’t want to cooperate, plus the White House travel office to fly him around the country.
Of course, you can’t get to know Jake nearly as well in one book as you can Davenport in over two dozen, and Jake doesn’t yet have a Virgil Flowers for all the fun he provides, but I’m looking forward to seeing more books in this series.