Murder, scandal, political espionage and an extremely dangerous woman. Lucas Davenport's going to be lucky to get out of this one alive. A Minnesota political fixer has hit the jackpot - or so he thinks. Hired to take down the incumbent U.S. senator with a vicious smear, to open the way for an ambitious, take-no-prisoners heiress who sees the ...
Murder, scandal, political espionage and an extremely dangerous woman. Lucas Davenport's going to be lucky to get out of this one alive. A Minnesota political fixer has hit the jackpot - or so he thinks. Hired to take down the incumbent U.S. senator with a vicious smear, to open the way for an ambitious, take-no-prisoners heiress who sees the Senate as merely a stepping-stone, he decides his payoff should be larger. The blackmail demand should yield some pretty large numbers, he thinks. Instead, he gets only a small one - 9 millimeters, to be exact. In the heart. Davenport is investigating the smear when the trail leads to the man's disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons. She has very definite ideas about the way the world should work, and the money, ruthlessness and sheer will to make it happen. No matter who gets in the way.
Publishers Weekly, 2013-06-24 Sandford's intrepid detective, Lucas Davenport, of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, is drawn into a political mystery filled with intrigue, corruption, and murder. With only a few days until the next election, incumbent Republican Senator Porter Smalls faces a potentially career ending scandal when child pornography is discovered on his personal computer. With Smalls professing his innocence, stating that the incriminating photos were planted to kill his reelection bid, Davenport is brought in to investigate. What follows is an intricate, multilayered story that pits Davenport against one of the most callous villains he has ever encountered. Richard Ferrone is undoubtedly the voice of this popular audio series, having provided the narration for all 23 of Sandford's Prey books. From the opening scene-a truly chilling kidnapping and murder-to the last paragraph, it is clear that Ferrone knows this material and these characters inside and out. His gruff, confident reading keeps the story moving at a smooth, steady pace, and he delivers dialogue with a clear, natural style. Fans will not be disappointed with this latest collaboration between writer and reader. A Putnam hardcover. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2013-03-25 Governor Elmer Henderson hands Lucas Davenport a political hot potato in bestseller Sandford's intriguing 23rd thriller featuring the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent (after 2012's Stolen Prey). Incumbent Republican Sen. Porter Smalls had a slight lead for reelection, until a campaign volunteer accidentally discovered child porn on Smalls's computer. Now Taryn Grant-a wealthy, ambitious, ruthless Democratic newcomer-might pull off an upset. Though Henderson is a Democrat, he believes Smalls has been framed, and tasks Davenport with quietly and quickly investigating. Up against two of Grant's "security" men, both tough ex-military operatives, and the election deadline, Davenport needs all his smarts plus help from fellow BCA agent Virgil Flowers (the star of his own series) and computer genius Kidd. Sandford expertly ratchets up the suspense and delivers some nifty surprises as Davenport deals with political nastiness and paybacks regardless of party affiliations. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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