Saturday, August 13, 2022

The Investigator by John Sandford – A Book Review

 A Letty Davenport Novel

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John Sandford has written 31 books in the 'Prey' series starring Lucus Davenport.

In an early Prey novel, Lucus, an agent for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) meets Letty, a 12-year-old living in rural Red River valley. Letty ends up the center of a series of killings, and when her mother becomes one of those murdered, orphaned Letty becomes a ward of Lucus and his wife, Weather. 

As the Prey series continues, Letty is featured in several other stories. First as the Davenport's ward, then as their adopted daughter, fans of this series of novels enjoy following the antics and adventures of Letty as part of the Davenport family, watching her grow up and go off to college. 

The Investigator Novel

The Investigator book cover
Available on Amazon
The Investigator is the first novel to star Letty Davenport as the central character. Now 24 years old and a college graduate, we find Letty working in Washington, D.C. in a desk job for a U.S. Senator. Restless and bored, Letty is ready to quit when she is offered a task she can't refuse: a real investigator job through the senator's office in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security. 

The Plot

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Several oil companies in Texas have reported thefts of crude oil. Letty's assignment is to uncover not only who is stealing and selling the oil, but learn what the thieves are doing with the profits. Rumors link this to a radical militia group and the Department of Homeland Security is extremely worried about the stolen profits financing a domestic terrorism plot. 

Letty is partnered with a DHS investigator, John Kaiser. As the two head to Texas, the case quickly turns deadly. Letty and John now know they are on the track of something bigger. This militia group, led by a woman, has set in motion an explosive plan and time is running out for them to stop it.


This fan of Sandford's Prey Series is delighted to see a favorite minor character become the main character in her own crime fiction story. I have a feeling that the author is planning a new series starring this delightful and talented young lady ~ Letty Davenport. 

Related Links:

Book 1 of 2: Letty Davenport - An Amazon Editor's pick of Best Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

*Book review of The Investigator is written by Wednesday Elf

Note: The author may receive a commission from purchases made using links found in this article. “As an Amazon Associate, Ebay (EPN) and/or Esty (Awin) Affiliate, I (we) earn from qualifying purchases.”


  1. Sounds like a novel that is right up my alley! I love spy/thrillers and a little murder and mayhem in between just keeps me turning the pages. Thanks for this recommendation Pat Austin!

    1. I do too, Olivia, although following my favorite characters in a series is also a favorite thing to do.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful book and the perfect way to start a new series of books! My dad is currently reading another series that your recommended. I'm going to bookmark this one for him to start next. He seems to really enjoy the investigator books you review. Thank you!

    1. Delighted to hear your dad is also a fan of one of my favorite authors, Mouse. Thanks for your visit to my book review.

  3. It’s great when a favorite author has a series that continues year after year, so that you can really get to “become friends” with many of the characters. I love it when a minor character in an earlier story later gets his or her own “starring role” in subsequent novels. This sounds like a fascinating story!

    1. I do too, Margaret. Fun to follow Letty all these years and now to have her in her own series.

  4. Sounds really good and I always end up really liking your recommendations.

    1. Thanks, Mary Beth. I think we have similar interests in books.

  5. Another interesting, and excellent recommendation. When I'm looking to choose a book, I always check out the personal reviews here. Thanks for this one.

    1. Review This is a great site for finding excellent recommendations for books, Barbara. I completely agree.

  6. Oh, I am looking forward to reading this one. Letty will be a great new developing lead. I do appreciate strong female characters and investigators. Thanks for the recommendation!

    1. I know you're a Sandford fan too, Diana. You will like this Book 1 of 1 about Letty. Now I'm anxious for Book 2 in the series. :)


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