When a gang carry out a daring drugs raid on a hospital pharmacy, during which several staff are injured and one medical orderly is brutally killed, the Minneapolis police department can only conclude that it must have been an inside job. For Lucas Davenport, this case is about to get personal. Weather Karkinnen, Lucas's surgeon wife, was due to ...
When a gang carry out a daring drugs raid on a hospital pharmacy, during which several staff are injured and one medical orderly is brutally killed, the Minneapolis police department can only conclude that it must have been an inside job. For Lucas Davenport, this case is about to get personal. Weather Karkinnen, Lucas's surgeon wife, was due to perform a high-profile operation on the day of the raid, and as an unwitting observer of the criminals' desperate getaway, she is now in grave danger. As the culprits embark on a series of vicious murders in an attempt to silence any witnesses, it becomes apparent that a city gangster ring known as 'The Seed' is behind the attacks. With the body-count rising, Davenport knows that time is running out to identify the inside plant in the hospital before the gang catches up with Weather once and for all.
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Sandford has been doing "product placement" in his writing for quite a while (how much does he get every time he says "Diet Coke" instead of diet soda?), and this book is the worst so far - the reader is stumbling over as many ads as his detectives are bodies and clues. Does the guy not make enough money that he has to constantly annoy the reader with brand names? Sandford's books are just thrillers, granted - they are well-written, but hardly literature for the ages. However, with the constant product callouts, they are reading more like marketing copy than fiction. Every day I feel like I am being assaulted by advertising - in the newspaper, on the radio, on TV, at the movies, in the mail, online, on the sides of buses, on billboards, in magazines. Everyone wants me to spend my money, buy something. Why can't I escape into a semi-pleasant read without being targeted as a consumer? I say "semi-pleasant" because even though Sandford's writing is good, the thinly veiled chauvinism gets tiresome after a while - seems like his male characterizations are just a way of taking cheap shots at women and minorities. I could tolerate the constant good old boy references to female body parts, etc., somewhat, for the fun of a decent read, but I don't see why I should continue to buy books by a guy who is already rich, and who apparently wants to be richer through shamelessly selling out to anyone and everyone - didn't we see enough of that with George Bush? Sandford seems to want to find out how much he can get away with - showing his contempt for whole groups of people and his readers. It's as if he wants to see if anyone will stand up and say, hey, John, enough with the sleazy attitudes towards anyone who isn't white and doesn't have male plumbing, and stop thinking we are so dumb we can't count the bucks for every product you place. Grow up - you and your characters are stuck in the lowest common denominator junior high school boy mentality (where the group IQ of junior high boys is considerably less than the sum of their individual IQs). And stop insulting us with blatant greed. Unless, of course, you are donating the proceeds of your ads to fight world hunger or cure breast cancer. That would be OK, sort of. Maybe you could just donate money of your own to good causes and get back to writing, or else join up with the good old boys for real and officially take up marketing for a living.
Oct 7, 2010
As a fan of Lucas, you will get what you expect, plus Virgil.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-03-15 At the start of bestseller Sandford's superb 20th Lucas Davenport thriller (after Wicked Prey), the getaway vehicle from a botched early morning robbery, which results in a pharmacy employee's death, almost collides with the car driven by Lucas's surgeon wife, Weather Karkinnen. Weather, who was on her way to work at the Minnesota Medical Research Center, becomes a key witness. Sandford masterfully handles both sides of the equation as the thieves-planner Lyle Mack, his brother, Joe, and their henchmen-work to cover their crime. The investigation belongs to Minneapolis deputy chief Marcy Sherrill, but Lucas of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension pulls out all the stops to protect his wife. Sandford creates additional drama throughout as Weather and a skilled team of doctors perform an operation to separate twins joined at the skull. Sharply drawn characters, intricate plotting, and smooth dialogue make this a sure-fire winner. 500,000 first printing; author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2010-08-30 When a robbery of a hospital pharmacy leads to the death of one the pharmacists, the sudden switch from theft to murder brings a whole new level of pressure onto the thieves. Adding to their woes is an eyewitness they need to silence permanently. Sandford has delivered a fast-paced thriller with great quirky characters worthy of an Elmore Leonard novel, and Richard Ferrone brings just the right tone and expertise to his reading. With smooth assurance he keeps the story moving at a fast clip, but never at the expense of the characters, to whom he gives solid interpretations (although his French accent could use a little work). A fun-filled listen with plenty of thrills and a perfect addition to the Davenport canon. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 15). (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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