Naked Prey by John Sanford
In Naked Prey, John Sandford puts Lucas Davenport through some changes. His old boss, Rose Marie Roux, has moved up to the state level and taken Lucas with her, creating a special troubleshooter job for him for the cases that are too complicated or politically touchy for others to handle. In addition, Lucas is now married and a new father, both of which are fine with him: He doesn’t mind being a family man. But he is a little worried. For every bit of peace you get, you have to pay – and he’s waiting for the bill.
It comes in the form of two people found hanging from a tree in the woods of northern Minnesota. What makes it particularly sensitive is that the bodies are of a black man and a white woman, and they’re naked. “Lynching” is the word that everybody’s trying not to say – but, as Lucas begins to discover, in fact the murders are not what they appear to be, and they are not the end of the story. There is worse to come – much, much worse.
Filled with the rich characterization and exceptional drama that are his hallmarks, this is Sandford’s most suspenseful novel yet.