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The Investigator



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Editorial Reviews


The Investigator is a procedural action thriller in which the technical sleuthing only heightens the tension. Letty is such a capable character, and Mr. Sandford such a fine tactician, it would seem incomprehensible and even cruel to deny readers a swift follow-up.”–Wall Street Journal 

“John Sandford created a winning formula with his furiously paced Prey novels, which star Lucas Davenport, a Minnesota detective turned U.S. marshal with a penchant for sharp dressing, high romancing and expert marksmanship. In The Investigator he moves the chess pieces to a different board.”–New York Times

“Sandford’s first Letty Davenport novel is a violent, topical, fast-paced story that’s sure to please action fans.”–Library Journal (starred review)

“Readers are treated to Sandford’s well-crafted prose, conversational but never chatty and charged with boisterous humor. A top-line thriller from one of thegenre’s heavy hitters.”Booklist

“A domestic-terrorist plot gives the adopted daughter of storied U.S. Marshal Lucas Davenport her moment to shine. Generations may succeed generations, but Sandford’s patented investigation/action formula hasn’t aged a whit. Bring it on.”–
Kirkus Reviews

“Letty Davenport takes center stage in this welcome series spin-off. One of Sandford’s best books in years.”–Publishers Weekly

“If John Sandford’s The Investigator isn’t the most-anticipated spring book, it’s darn close…Sandford writes fully realized characters and no doubt he will deepen our understanding of Letty as the series matures.”–Pioneer Press

“Fans of the Lucas Davenport series will find much to like in the adventures of his adopted daughter.”–Criminal Element

About the Author

John Sandford is the pseudonym for the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of twenty-nine Prey novels; four Kidd novels; twelve Virgil Flowers novels; three YA novels coauthored with his wife, Michele Cook; and three other books. –This text refers to the audioCD edition.

From the Publisher

The heroine we've been waiting for — Lisa Gardner

One of Sandford' best books in years — Publishers Weekly

A top-line thriller from one of the genre's heavy hitters — Booklist

Additional information




G.P. Putnams Sons April 12 2022

Publication date

April 12 2022



File size

2304 KB



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Print length

400 pages


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10 reviews for The Investigator

  1. Spacepupper

    Major disappointment.I really liked his early Prey novels where Lucas was just a slightly dirty cop who hunted killers. Before he became a political operative. And I love his Virgil Flowers books. This was hot garbage by comparison. Plus it reads like a political essay. Spoiled rich privileged liberal girl is smarter and better than everyone else. Blah blah blah.I thought Ocean Prey was one of his best books but this one was easily the worst.

  2. graveltruck

    Not worth the money. Wait and buy it at half price bookstores.Texas does NOT support ILLEGAL immigrants. We do not believe in killing them. The leadership of illegals crossing into Texas place innocent women & children out front deliberately before the cowardly men that follow. You showed support for these actions. Letty has no law enforcement training or experience. Yet, you presented her as all knowing. I’ve always liked Letty in previous Prey books. This one is way too unbelievable. Too much fantasy for me. Very disappointed.

  3. Carol

    Great First Letty Davenport NovelLots of action with the comradeship between the different law departments in great display. Also great to see American citizens not falling for the militia’s crap. Can’t wait to watch Letty grow into a first rate law enforcement officer like Lucas and Virgil.

  4. boswell

    Why Ruin LettyI love everything Sandford writes but I have particularly loved his portrayal, IN PRIOR BOOKS, of the Letty character. What I particularly loved about this character is that she struggled to overcome the harsh (to say the least) tendencies caused by her upbringing, and controlled the worst of her tendencies while becoming a brilliant and innovative young woman who had the potential to even eclipse her father as a great law enforcer. However, in this book it seemed like Sandford (or his co ghost writer if there was one) forgot all about the prior Letty development and just made her pretty much a budding psychopath, sort of like Lucas was in the first couple of books. Also I have to say that the climactic scenes seemed a bit far fetched and I hated the game changer at the end (the villain here was sure no Clara). I found it very hard to read this book, particularly as I had looked forward so much to seeing Letty as the star. Hopefully some of what I consider to be her real personality will show through in future books in this series about her (if there are any).

  5. Linda York-khalil

    DisappointedI was disappointed thought there were a lot of situations that could have been written about. Then you went and made it political. YouMr. Sanford had been my favorite writer. Rally disappointed.

  6. MinniesMom

    Just seemed kinda offI’ve read every single thing Sanford has ever written including the Kidd novels which weren’t very compelling. I know he’s developing this character as Lucas Davenport is aging some BUT…Letty is impossibly and unnecessarily rude and crude for much of the first half of the book. A real know-it-all. If I had not recalled her from former novels, I would have completely given up on her. Thank heavens she had a partner who was a good guy. As usual, Sanfords’ action is thrilling and holds the reader’s interest, but the plot line is pretty silly an not particularly compelling. And somewhat political which does not offend me. With the escape of the “villain”, I fear there’s to be a sequel. Waiting for a new Virgil Flowers to come along.

  7. Jan S.

    Unputdownable!Exactly what you expect from a John Sanford novel. Great characters, great pacing and a story you haven’t read a million times before! I’m so glad to read more about Letty. Keep ‘em coming John and thanks!!

  8. Amazon Customer

    Fantastic read!I am a big fan of John Sanford and the Lucas and Virgil series. This first installment of Letty was excellent and hard to put down! I’m looking forward to the next one!

  9. Paul

    Another John Sandford cracking read.Excellent read and Letty Davenport takes over where Lucas left. My only gripe with the book was, due to suffering from Advanced Glaucoma, I really struggled with the smaller print which was also a light grey. I got through it but wish publishers would realise that not everyone has 20/20 vision. I tend to read on Kindie nowadays and for whatever reason this book isn’t available for Kindle unlike all the other John Sandford books……however I totally recommend this book.

  10. Karlheinz

    EcellentThere is only so much you can do with a character – even if it’s Luvas Davenport. So his daughter Letty takes over. It’s a well constructed and well written crime novel. But it is also a picture of a fractured society in which an increasing number of people feel marginalized.

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