John Sandford’s latest: Extreme Prey

Sandford’s latest takes us on a romp through Southeast Iowa. Lucas Davenport – Sandford’s main character – is now a civilian having left employment as a police officer with the State of Minnesota.  Governor Henderson of Minnesota reaches out to Lucas to help solve a problem. Liberal Democrat Michela Bowden in Iowa is running for President and Henderson believes she will eventually select him as running mate. Henderson has caught wind of a threat on Bowden’s life and wants Lucas to get to the bottom of it.

Lucas drives down to Iowa and quickly finds out that he must adjust his approach to detecting since he is working in another state without a badge, weapon or the level authority and access to which he is accustomed. Lots of doors get slammed, both with civilians and with Iowa law enforcement. Never the less, he pokes around and learns of the existence of a group of local folks who are the collected disenfranchised from across the decades. Some had been involved in a bombing of a dairy in the 60’s, some were stripped of their farms through foreclosure during the 80’s, and some are conspiracy wingnuts, blaming Jews or the Government for everything that has gone wrong in their lives.

Lucas obtains a list of the 180 odd members of this alliance and he and others begin interviewing folks on the list. Bowden is adamant that she must make an official appearance at the Iowa State fair in Des Moines, if only for the press. With 100,000 daily attendees, this excursion promises to be a logistics nightmare for Bowden’s security, so the pressure is on for Lucas to uncover the details of the plot and the identity of the bad guys. Davenport gets on his Sherlock Holmes freek, eliminating the impossible to find a small group of could-have-done-its.

Marlys Purdy and her son are on the hot list and time is running short. The media walk at the State fair is just 24 hours away but Lucas is still ticking off possibles. Lucas finally locks on the Purdy’s and the venue, but still has no idea what is being planned.  We get a really great tour of the Iowa State Fair, including the animal barns and wiener schnitzel on-a-stick, but tensions run high as Lucas and the Iowa law enforcement community struggle to respond to an undefined threat and to protect Bowden come what may.

Classic Sandford. The story is compelling and regional, taking place around Cedar Rapids, and so is full of familiar place names (Marlys lives north of Pella). You’ll get no spoilers from me, but Davenport may get re-badged.  Did I want to keep reading? Yes, always. Great stuff.

John Sandford: Extreme Prey – $14.45

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The Children’s Blizzard


Several copies of the perennially popular The Children’s Blizzard by David Laskin are currently available. We keep this book in our South Dakota section…when it’s actually in stock long enough to put away!

From the Goodreads description:

Thousands of impoverished Northern European immigrants were promised that the prairie offered “land, freedom, and hope.” The disastrous blizzard of 1888 revealed that their free homestead was not a paradise but a hard, unforgiving place governed by natural forces they neither understood nor controlled, and America’s heartland would never be the same.

Our price is $6.95 in paperback, $8.75 in hardcover – find it in-store or in our online shop.


New Arrivals: William Kent Krueger

Minnesota author William Kent Krueger’s recent novels Ordinary Grace ($8.00) and Trickster’s Point ($7.50) are now available. They never stay on the shelf here for long…snatch them up while they’re still in stock!

Last week William Kent Krueger was featured on MPR’s Minnesota Writers Week, which you can listen to or read about here if you missed it.

Deadline by John Sandford: A review



Your friends and neighbors on the school board may not be the kind of people you thought they were. They might be murderers. And after they kill the reporter who has uncovered the millions of dollars the board members have embezzled from the school budget, more and more people crop up who need to be murdered in order to keep the lucrative secret.

But fear not. Virgil Flowers is on the scene. He’s already in town, in fact, trying to uncover a dog kidnapping ring as a favor to his friend Johnson Johnson. Dogs in the area have been stolen and are on their way to labs for loathsome experiments.

Just who and how many people will end up dying at the hands of the school board is anybody’s guess. And will Virgil find the beloved pets before they are shipped off to have unspeakable things done to them?

Sandford is in his element with the eighth Virgil Flowers installment. Virgil is his sweet, sexy, nonconformist self, skirting Davenport’s orders (a little) while he hunts the murderers and the dognappers. Is this what he was up to while Davenport was up to his ears in dead bodies in Field of Prey, and Virgil was “unavailable?” We think so.

A good, fun read. Deadline, by John Sandford. $13.95 at The Book Shop.

New Arrivals: South Dakota

There have been a few new arrivals in our local South Dakota section this week. Pictured below are just a couple of them!

South Dakota’s Best Stories (“Modestly gleaned from the best stories of South Dakota Magazine“) – $10.50

South Dakota Curiosities by Bernie Hunhoff – $7.45


Local Interest: Rock Art of South Dakota

This recent arrival is a special publication put out by the South Dakota Archaeological Society called Rock Art of Western South Dakota, the North Cave Hills, and the Southern Black Hills.

The book is filled with line illustrations, maps, and a few photos. Our price is $23.50.

South Dakota / Local Books

Have you browsed our South Dakota section yet? We carry everything from recent fiction by local authors to long-lost vintage South Dakota tourism booklets. This section constantly surprises me with something I’ve never seen or never knew about our state and history here on the great plains.

If you’re interested in local history, looking for a book about your specific South Dakota county or city, or wanting to give a local author a try, stop in and take a look at our ever-changing and growing selection!