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Hidden Prey.

Hidden Prey

John Sandford

G. P. Putman's Sons/Penguin Putman Inc.

375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

ISBN: 039915180X $26.95 US 393 pages

I must admit that I had to read 'Hidden Prey.' Sandford finally chose a location for one of his 'Prey' novels that matches up with my own haunts. You can't get an un-biased review from me on 'Hidden Prey' but does it really matter? There are sixteen bestselling 'Prey' novels. With any luck, there should be at least sixteen more.

A Russian seaman is executed on the docks of Duluth. It is eventually discovered that he has high government connections. Suddenly, a local murder becomes international. A Russian investigator is sent to Duluth. With the FBI, CIA and local cops all trying to find out what is happening, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Lucas Davenport is sent to keep everything under control. Lucas is more suited to a shootout with a bad guy than running interference between local cops, FBI, Russian operatives and the media but reluctantly he finds he is good at doing both jobs. Soon Lucas is up to his neck in communist and Russian spies. An amorous relationship between a Russian and local cop are just the beginning of the problems Lucas has when another murder occurs. Lucas follows the few clues to Virginia and Hibbing as Cold War intrigue lost in the collapse of the Soviet Union turns hot when an old man can't let go of his dreams.

'Hidden Prey' is another great detective novel. If you live in or near the Iron Range or Duluth, you have to read it. Sandford has picked up just enough of the people and region to make the tale our own. He didn't find everything so there is hope another 'Prey' novel in Northeastern Minnesota will follow. Out-of-state readers will enjoy the cast of local characters and regional details. 'Hidden Prey' is a hard edged, richly detailed and thrilling detective story that anyone can enjoy.

S.A. Gorden, Reviewer
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Author:Gorden, S.A.
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Date:Oct 1, 2004
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