The Investigator

Putnam. (Letty Davenport, Bk. 1). Apr. 2022. 400p. ISBN 9780593328682. $29. THRILLER
At 24, Letty Davenport, Lucas Davenport’s adopted daughter, is already bored with government bureaucracy. She resigns from her job in Senator Chris Colles’s office, but as Chair of Homeland Security and Government Affairs, he offers her a job as a researcher. Someone is stealing oil in Texas; Chris wants to know who it is and what they’re doing with the profits. Letty works with an agent from DHS, John Kaiser, who quickly discovers Letty’s ability with a gun. They will need to work together to face a former military woman calling herself Lorelei, who runs a site on the dark web urging others to join her militia in opposition to the government and its stand on immigration. With oil money, Lorelei recruits militants from all over the West and Midwest and brings them to a border town in Texas for a show of force. Letty and Kaiser can’t take down over 100 militia members, but they can assist the local townspeople and control the carnage.
VERDICT Sandford’s (“Virgil Flowers” series) first Letty Davenport novel is a violent, topical, fast-paced story that’s sure to please action fans.
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