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Not bad for a 22 year led genre book
Reviewed in the United States on October 25, 2016
I haven't read all the Lucas Davenport books but I have read a lot of them. This one is about two American Indian men who approach life from a spiritual perspective. In their sixties, they want to avenge some heinous crimes against their people that they have witnessed over the years. In my opinion they have a righteous case, although I'm not sure that condones murdering the offenders. But that philosophical issue aside, they have a son who is functionally mentally ill - most likely a severe personality disorder and he steps into the picture and starts muddying the message that the Crow brothers are trying to convey.
Obviously on the side of the law, Lucas Davenport comes at them with all his brains and bravery and brawn. A female police officer, Lily Rothenburg, is sent from New York City to help the investigation and the book really heats up from there. It's not the crime action that heats up but Lily and Lucas. I guess that would be okay if you like to read about other peoples' sexual affairs in detail but I didn't like Lily. I thought she was obnoxious as a NY abrasive stereotype - she just rubbed me the wrong way. I would have preferred that the focus remain on the Indians - their culture and value system. Sandford could have channeled a bit more of Tony Hillerman and left about 80% of the sexual details out and I would have liked the book better. I always get the feeling that these guys who write about the lady killer detectives have some issues to resolve.
I do recommend "Shadow Prey".