Righteous Prey Pdf Summary Reviews By John Sandford

Righteous Prey Pdf is a Crime Mystery Thriller novel By John Sandford. In this novel, Beloved heroes Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers are up against a powerful vigilante group with an eye on vengeance in a stunning new novel from #1 New York Times-bestselling author John Sandford.

Righteous Prey Book Summary

“We’re going to murder people who need to be murdered.” So begins a press release from a mysterious group known only as “The Five,” shortly after a vicious predator is murdered in San Francisco. The Five is believed to be made up of vigilante killers who are very bored…and very rich. They target the worst of society—rapists, murderers, and thieves—and then use their unlimited resources to offset the damage done by those who they’ve killed, donating untraceable bitcoin to charities and victims via the dark net. The Five soon become the most popular figures on social media, a modern-day Batman…though their motives may not be entirely pure.

After a woman is murdered in the Twin Cities, Virgil Flowers and Lucas Davenport are sent in to investigate. And they soon have their hands full–the killings are smart and carefully choreographed, and with no apparent direct connection to the victims, the Five are virtually untraceable. But if anyone can destroy this group, it will be the dynamic team of Davenport and Flowers.


About John Sanford Author of Righteous Prey Pdf Book

John Sandford
John Sandford

John Sandford Author of Righteous Prey Pdf John Sandford was born John Roswell Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962. He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies in 1966. In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa. He was in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, worked as a reporter for the Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian from 1968-1970, and went back to the University of Iowa from 1970-1971, where he received a master’s degree in journalism. He was a reporter for The Miami Herald from 1971-78, and then a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press from 1978-1990; in 1980, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Pulitzer in 1986 for a series of stories about a midwestern farm crisis. From 1990 to the present he has written thriller novels. He’s also the author of two non-fiction books, one on plastic surgery and one on art. He is the principal financial backer of a major archeological project in the Jordan Valley of Israel, with a website at www.rehov.org In addition to archaeology, he is deeply interested in art (painting) and photography. He both hunts and fishes. He has two children, Roswell and Emily, and one grandson, Benjamin. His wife, Susan, died of metastasized breast cancer in May, 2007, and is greatly missed.

Righteous Prey pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

Righteous Prey Pdf
Righteous Prey Pdf
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ G.P. Putnam’s Sons (October 4, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593422473
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593422472
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.37 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.23 x 1.31 x 9.28 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #97 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #2 in Vigilante Justice Thrillers
  • #16 in Murder Thrillers
  • #56 in Suspense Thrillers
  • Customer Reviews: 4.7 out of 5 stars    10 ratings

Righteous Prey Book Reviews



5.0 out of 5 stars “Virgil Flowers is my favorite detective for a reason, and Righteous Prey continues to prove why.”
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 4, 2022

If you ask me for my recommendation of a great detective series, I won’t hesitate to suggest John Sandford’s Virgil Flowers series. Through 12 novels Flowers has used his unconventional methods and charming personality to solve some of the most challenging murder cases. Sandford is probably better known for his prolific Prey series featuring Lucas Davenport. The two characters have come in contact in previous books, but none more so than they did in the last Prey novel Ocean Prey. Sandford has slowed his output in recent years. Rather than deprive readers of either of their favorite heroes, he’s elected to pair them up in the yearly Prey novel. Righteous Prey, the 32nd book in the long-running series, was provided to me by Sandford’s publisher. It features the team-up of Davenport and Flowers in a chilling mystery that only they can solve.

As the title would suggest, the murderers in the book kill for a ‘righteous’ cause. The group calls themselves The Five, and they have made it their mission to rid the world of deplorable people. The first victim to be killed is left with a number 1 on their forehead, a chilling label, and a sign that the killer may just be getting started. These fears are confirmed when an anonymous press release is revealed. In it, The Five take credit for the murder and pose quite a moral dilemma. You see, they are offering a large donation in cryptocurrency to a charity that relates to how the victim was perceived as a bad person. When victims number 2 and 3 appear in other parts of the country, each with their own accompanying press release and donation, law enforcement calls in reinforcements. Lucky for us, those reinforcements are Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers.

Lucas has been a US Marshall for years. When he gets the call about The Five, he immediately thinks of his buddy Virgil from Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The pair is hot off of a massive drug bust off the coast of Florida, but they’ve since gone their separate ways. Virgil has settled down with his wife and newborn twins and has recently submitted a pass at a novel. A new, quieter career could be on the horizon. When Lucas calls and requests his help, Virgil finds it hard to pass up the intrigue of such a complex murder case. With the blessing of his wife, Virgil teams up with Lucas to stop the serial killers before they can enact their cause on the next unsuspecting victim.

Virgil Flowers is my favorite detective for a reason, and Righteous Prey continues to prove why. Sandford writes a complex mystery that shifts the POV between his main characters and the group of killers they are hunting. This gives the reader the benefit of knowing all the details of the crimes before the investigators do. Lucas and Virgil have a witty rapport, bringing comedy and lightness to an otherwise brutal story. Sandford delves into the cryptocurrency boom, imagining the darkest side of that world while never telling the reader what to think about it. In these highly politicized times, it is nice to be able to escape into a thriller that is timely but not taxing. The pace of the book is brisk, making for another unputdownable read from one of my go-to authors. The ending leaves a few questions as to the future of our heroes. I for one, can’t wait to see what they do next.

Ray Moon


4.0 out of 5 stars Coordinating A Group of Murderers Isn’t Easy
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 4, 2022

The novel opens with three murders. The first was in San Francisco. A week later, the second was in Houston. Another week later, the third was in a suburb near Minneapolis. A different perpetrator narrates each murder. Later the same night as the murder, a woman, Vivian Zhao, believed to be in Southern California issues a press release announcing the murders even before the bodies are discovered. She tells why they were killed, how this murder is a public service, and how they enjoy the thrill of being hunted by the police, FBI or whomever. They call themselves The Five. They also give five bitcoins to a charity in the city of the murder. As the last murder was in the jurisdiction of Virgil Flowers, an agent of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, his boss tells him to get to the scene of the crime and that the Feds also are on their way. When Virgil arrives, U.S. Marshall Lucas Davenport, with whom Virgil has worked quite often before, is there also. One of the Minnesota’s senators had called Lucas to get involved. Both senators have much political pull in the FBI so the local agent in charge is directed to include them in the investigation. The novel races from this start.

The novel has two main storyline threads. The first is narrated mainly by Virgil and Lucas and covers the investigative side of the story. Even with the senatorial pull, Virgil and Lucas are treated as fifth wheels by the FBI. The duo using what they call, walk and talk, seem to discover more important leads that significantly advance the investigations than the FBI. The second threads are narrated by the Vivian Zhao or one or more of The Five. The reader switching of perspective was not confusing at all and kept me current with what is happening and insight into the thoughts, motives and future actions of The Five. I was able to see both the cat and mouse sides as the story unfolds. This insight into the antagonist’s side kept the suspense and tension at a high-level throughout the novel. My interest was quickly captured and maintained all the way to the end.

This novel is the 32nd novel in the Prey series, and the first one that I have read. The usual B-storyline for me was a little thin. Most of the communications between them and their thoughts provide the most B-storyline information. The devotees of this series probably will not need much more. As a first-time reader, the B-storyline threads add a flavor, as spices do to food, that enrich my reading enjoyment. For me, this did not detract too much, and the pace of the novel hid this some.

For the areas that can cause concern for some readers, there are not any intimate scenes. As for vulgar and rude language, there is a strong presence. Violence is described in the more edgy as it occurs. For both of these areas, let the reader beware. The last area of concern are references to what occurred in previous novels. While this occurred, I did not feel that they were without adequate explanation. It should not hinder to someone who reads this as the first novel in the series as I did.

The major reason that I enjoyed this novel was how well the author weaved in all of the moving parts of this novel into a coherent and fast reading whole. For the protagonists, there are Virgil and Lucas, five FBI offices, two senators and an Assistant Director of the FBI. On the antagonist’s side, there are the five killers scattered across the continental United States and a woman who coordinates them. I did have an issue with the two main characters; they were very snarky with the FBI and their investigative abilities compared to theirs. I usually am not bothered by snarkiness when it is light-hearted and in a give-and-take atmosphere. That wasn’t the case with this novel. It elevated to the level that Virgil and Lucas did not share with the FBI important information that they discovered. This aspect did not increase my reading enjoyment. Overall, the book is well written and quickly captured my interest. This is the 32nd novel in a very popular series. If my issue doesn’t bother you, this novel is probably five stars. For me, it was a four-star novel. I do recommend reading it even with my issues, I still enjoyed reading it.

I received a free e-book version of this novel through NetGalley from Penguin Group Putnam. My review is based only by my own reading experience of this book. I wish to thank Penguin Group Putnam for the opportunity to read and review this novel early.

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