by John Sandford
Beach Book of the Week
IN HIS SEVENTH, AND BEST, OUTING IN the acclaimed Prey suspense series, Minneapolis detective and successful computer-game designer Lucas Davenport faces his most cunning adversary. Psychopathic killer John Mail is also a skilled computer gamer, and he competes with Davenport for ultimate stakes. The contest moves to an adrenaline-pumping level when Mail kidnaps his former psychiatrist Andi Manette and her two young daughters. While parrying Mail’s moves, Davenport races to discover the mastermind who is pushing the madman’s buttons. He has plenty of suspects—including Manette’s temperamental ex-husband and her jealous and vindictive professional partner. The machismo is mellowed by the fact that Andi and her oldest daughter have surprising and effective physical and psychological resources of their own. Andi may not be Catwoman, but she knows how to roar. (Putnam’s, $23.95)
The best of Sandford in paperback: Rules of Prey and Night Prey. Both are published by Berkeley.