Keeping it Fresh

June 27, 2011

I recently finished reading John Sandford’s novel Buried Prey.

I loved it.

I think one of the reasons I enjoy his writing so much is that, while he writes his novels based on two main characters, Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers, the stories are never repeated.

Yes, you get to know the characters and you feel as though they are long-time family friends.

You can anticipate how they will act in a certain situation, and are pleased to read that you are correct in your assumptions.

However, it never gets stale.

He always finds a way to change the game and bring a new perspective to a situation that could, very possibly, become old and trite.

In this latest novel, the bodies of two girls are uncovered, and it turns out, locating these girls was Lucas Davenport’s first case as a detective.

So, we flash back twenty years to his first days as a detective and see the case unfold.

This is a different Davenport.  A new, fresh rookie, looking at a crime scene with infant eyes, and it was excellent.

For about 1/3 of the books, we are introduced to a character we love in a new and fresh way.

I love this way of keeping the fresh in a beloved series.