The company chairman lay on the cold ground of the woods,
his eyes unseeing, his orange hunting jacket punctured by a rifle bullet at
close range. Around him stood the four executives with whom he had been
hunting, each with his or her own complicated agenda, each with a reason not to
be sorrowful about the man’s death. If he read it in a book, Lucas Davenport
thought, it would seem like one of those classic murder mysteries, the kind
where the detective gathers everyone together at the end and solves the case
with a little speech.
But it wasn’t going to be that easy, he knew. There were
currents running through this group, hints and whispers of something much
greater than the murder of a single man. He had felt this way not long before,
sensed the curling of an indefinable evil, and not only had it nearly gotten
him killed, it had cost him his fiancée, who’d never been able to recover from
the violence of the encounter. Sometime soon, unless he could stop it, there
would be another death, and then still another, and Davenport couldn’t help but
wonder if maybe this time, the final death might not be his own.
John Sandford has
written extraordinary thrillers before, but nothing to top the startling twists
and unrelenting suspense of Secret Prey.
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