I was encouraged to start almost at the beginning of this 'prey' series, having started a few days ago with 'Naked Prey', finding Lucas Davenport and his colleagues an entertaining bunch of characters.
It is they who, not unnaturally, carry the storyline. It would not be credible, in my view, to have a killer on the loose who is popping pills by the bucketload and another who is so disfigured that nobody recognizes him until towards the end of the book.
That said, I was keen to learn more about the police protagonists so I suppose I should have started with the first book. However, this one does allow you to understand the background to their lives, something which was hard to do in the much later book and it now encourages me to read through each one.
This book was first written in 1992 but it seems to have lost little in its ability to involve the reader and to move them on to the next outing. How Lucas deals with his own depression after the breakup of his partnership with Jennifer, how he struggles with not seeing his little daughter, how he faces his depression with the help of a kindly nun, Elle, all merge to make this a turn-the-page book. Of course, life throws even more arrows of misfortune his way but I really am looking forward to reading on in the 'Winter Prey' novel, the next in line, I believe.
And, through all this, the author manages to deal with the inevitable catching of the killers in a realistic way, even allowing us a final twist at the very end of the book. The way in which they are finally caught seems to indicate the author's grasp of police procedures and local politics which play such an over-important role in America. I remain a fan.