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Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers join forces on a deadly maritime case in the remarkable new novel from internationally best-selling author John Sandford.

An off-duty coast guardsman is fishing with his family when he calls in some suspicious behaviour from a nearby boat. It's a snazzy craft, slick and outfitted with extra horsepower, and is zipping along until it slows to pick up a surfaced diver...a diver who was apparently alone, without his own boat, in the middle of the ocean. None of it makes sense, and his hunch is proved right when all three guardsmen who come out to investigate are shot and killed.

They're federal officers killed on the job, which means the case is the FBI's turf. When the FBI's investigation stalls out, they call in Lucas Davenport.

And when his case turns lethal, Davenport will need to bring in every asset he can claim, including a detective with a fundamentally criminal mind: Virgil Flowers.

©2021 John Sandford (P)2021 W F Howes

Critic Reviews

"One of the great novelists of all time." (Stephen King)

"A series writer who reads like a breath of fresh air." (Daily Mirror)

"John Sandford knows all there is to know about detonating the gut-level shocks of a good thriller." (New York Times Book Review)

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Superb once again

The only regret I have with Mr Sandford’s Prey novels is waiting the best part of a year between the 10 or 12 hours of deep involvement and pleasure they provide.
Ocean Prey brings his two main enduring characters together in a beautifully structured and evolved story with a fresh slant as Lucas moves into the later stages of his career.
Richard Ferrone’s always skilfully nuanced narration is integral to the enjoyment Sandford’s books always provide, and it is hard to imagine it being done better.
I loved this story, along with all the others in the series.
Now begins the impatient wait for the next instalment. Long may Mr Sandford continue to enthral us.
Get this book; I could not recommend it more highly.

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  • Christophe
  • 28-04-2021

Worth The Yearly Wait

I wait all year for each new release of this series. Sandford has a unique way of letting his characters speak to one another that’s always humorous and chillingly realistic. This book is certainly no exception. The storyline is, as ever compelling but both Virgil and Lucas feature in this novel which works even better than I’d hoped.
Hang on right to the end for the hilarious author’s notes. Worth the wait.
Finally, without Richard Ferrone there is no Lucas in my opinion. His acting prowess is seldom bettered. He reads with subtlety and finesse.
This is a worthwhile addition to the Prey series and in these difficult times, a worthy distraction.

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  • Lou Lou
  • 18-04-2021

Superb storytelling, as always!

I have listened to or read every one of the Prey books, and loved them all. They never disappoint, and neither did this one.
Fantastic, gravel voiced narration by Richard Ferrone - to me he is absolutely the voice of Lucas Davenport et al.
Loved the combination of Davenport and Flowers in this one, and the other regular characters too. Hope there will be more like this one in the future.

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