The release of Storm Prey on Tuesday marks John Sandford's 20th book in the series featuring investigator Lucas Davenport. Sandford, a former journalist for the Pioneer Press in Minnesota, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for a series of stories on a Midwestern farm crisis.
What's on your nightstand?
Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes.
Do you recommend it?
Yes, but it is pretty brutal, but it's not brutal in the sense of terrible extended combat scenes. It's more about the oppressive ways people live there. (The novel is set during the Vietnam War.) It's not a shoot-'em-up, it's more Norman Mailer. I also have a young adult novel, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.
Do you typically read young adult fiction?
No, but a friend recommended it, and I have to say there are horrifying things happening in it. I don't want to give the book away, but it has some shocks. I wouldn't be comfortable giving it to a 14-year-old, but I'd be comfortable giving it to an 11th-grader.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer