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Crime and Punishment in Minneapolis
Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2020
This 2011 Lucas Davenport has the protagonist still employed by the state police agency and married to crack surgeon Weather Karkinnen. The latter plays a big role in the storyline as author John Sandford becomes fascinated enough with an operation to separate Siamese twins to devote many a page to it. Virgil Flowers is on hand in a supporting role with no mention of his marital adventures in the novel,
More the most part, this is standard Sanford at work--opening the novel with a splashy crime committed by some stereotypical down market criminals and then gradually getting them tracked down and killed off in various gruesome ways. The star villain of this show is a sadistic medic, who also happens to be a Middle-Easterner--two bad personae for the price of one! That piece of info, by the way, is not much of a spoiler, as the author unveils his black-hatted characters very early in the book. The surprises--if they come--are more in how punishment is meted out for the crimes.
If you are familiar with Sanford and like his work, you will feel right at home with "Storm Prey" as it is rather close to a template for Davenport novels. It's definitely entertaining--maybe more so for a first-time reader. Personally, I prefer the Virgil Flowers series just because it tends to be a bit more original in crimes, villains and supporting characters.