Hidden Prey Investigator Lucas Davenport discovers that the Cold War never ended for a gang of Soviet-era spies living in rural Minnesota. They've remained hidden for years,… 2004-05-11 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Putnam
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Hidden Prey (2004)

John Sandford, Hidden Prey | HIGH MARX Cold War revivalists in Minnesota fuel the murder mystery at the heart of Sandford's entertaining novel
HIGH MARX Cold War revivalists in Minnesota fuel the murder mystery at the heart of Sandford's entertaining novel

Details Release Date: May 11, 2004; Writer: John Sandford; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Putnam

Investigator Lucas Davenport discovers that the Cold War never ended for a gang of Soviet-era spies living in rural Minnesota. They've remained hidden for years, until the murder of a Russian seaman at a Duluth freight terminal. Despite the unlikely premise, Hidden Prey is one of the strongest in Sandford's ''Prey'' series. The threat of a Red menace that hides in plain sight is eerily suspenseful. Sandford introduces some intriguing supporting characters, including alluring Russian agent Nadya Kalin and communist-in-training killer Carl Walther, a fresh-faced teen who arranges murder around choir practice. ''I can't do it tomorrow night,'' Carl tells his leftist grandfather, a creepy 92-year-old puppet master who's alternately cold-blooded and compassionate. ''We're singing.'' Sandford makes a good case for Communist revival, at least in hard-boiled thrillers.

Originally posted May 14, 2004 Published in issue #765 May 14, 2004 Order article reprints