The main story line here of cop versus serial killer is pretty typical, nothing surprising and no real twists. As far as plot it could be a made for TV movie or an episode of a tv show.
What was a really tough listen were the characters.; Our "hero" Lucas Davenport is basically any man's wet dream of an idol; he is a cop which means he gets to do cool stuff like have a gun collection, talk and act rough, be above the law and get hot chicks. But wait! There's more. He is also a game designer on the side and makes tons of money, so naturally he drives a Porsche and owns two homes and really doesn't have to work at all, except, well, being a cop is cool.
What was also annoying is that Lucas isn't really that nice of a guy; sleeping with multiple women and lying about it, breaking and entering, planting evidence and.....gulp, actually planning and carrying out a murder of his own!
The female characters in the novel are far worse, they come in two types: literal whores, or loose career driven women that like to sleep with aforementioned cool cop but have no interest in a relationship. How convenient. The women are also one dimensional and the dialogue is painful.
The narrator is just okay, he has a gravely voice that would be well suited to noir or crime, but his voicing of the female characters comes off as very whiny.
All in all the plot was predictable, I didn't feel at all interested or invested in any of the characters and I can't help but feel I just got into the head of a guy living out his midlife crisis' fantasy.
Not your normal cop book. Lucas, the star, operates without the need to follow rules. He wins , just like we all do in our dreams.
Second time through Lucas Davenport stories, obviously I like them a lot. Recommend following in series sequence, although not a strict requirement. I could probably listen to Richard Ferrone counting to 100 and like it. Even so, I am surprised I like Lucas and over look his two timing womanizing ways, and his violence. The credit goes to John Sandford's talent in convincing me to care about Lucas. In addition, Mr. Standord's descriptive ability to thread language together is musical to my listening ears. I can't wait for the next tale!