In Hidden Prey, teenager Carl Walther murders a Russian, who winds up at a dock in Duluth, Minnesota. Detective Lucas Davenport is given the task of escorting Nadya Kalin, an investigator sent from the Russian government to work on the case. The investigation leads to Carl’s elderly grandfather, who is a former KGB operative. There isn’t a big mystery as to who the killer is, since it is revealed pretty early. The novel follows both Carl and the investigation of the crime until they come to a head.
Although the book was fairly well written and had some decent intrigue to it, there is also a serious lack of believability to the novel. Much of it involves the presence of sleeper agents from the old Cold War days. That aspect of it was hard to swallow, and since there wasn’t much mystery to the murder, the novel falls a bit flat. Still there was a solid entertainment component to it. This isn’t a must read, but you could do worse.
Carl Alves – author of Blood Street