Sandford, John. Sudden Prey (1996)
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 360 pages, $23.95 hardcover
ISBN 0 399 14138 3
On the trail of bank robbers Candy LaChaise and her sister-in-law Georgie, police have staked out the Credit Union they think the duo will hit next. When Candy cold-bloodedly shoots a man inside the Credit Union on her way out with the loot, a shootout ensues in which both Candy and Georgie are killed.
Weather joins the public outcries about police brutality, a police setup:
“Lucas,” [Weather] interrupted. “I know how your mind works. TV said these people had been under surveillance for nine days. I can feel you manipulating them into a robbery. I don’t know if you know, but I know it.” (p. 21)
When Dick LaChaise—husband of Candy and brother of Georgie—is brought to the funeral home for the two women’s funerals, he slits the throat of the marshal escorting him and escapes. LaChaise’s mother vows that Dick will seek vengeance, “an eye for an eye.”
Soon the spouses of two police officers are attacked and murdered, and Davenport fears that LaChaise is making good on his mother’s prediction. Furthermore, Davenport suspects that a crooked cop is feeding information to LaChaise. If Davenport doesn’t find the killers, Weather and his daughter Sarah could be the next victims.
© 1997 by Mary Daniels Brown