'Masked Prey' was probably being written long before the insanity of 2020. The publishers probably picked a release date for 'Masked Prey' long before the political insanity of 2020. I could have done without the predictable, clichéd politics. Personally, I am sick to death of politics and all it's iterations and machinations.
This Prey lacked the normal wit we have between Lucas and his fell0w crime fighters. It seemed forced and not very witty. Masked Prey is much more thinking and running down whatever ideas the thoughts produced. I don't think the plot was especially fast-paced. I do enjoy Rae and Bob and am glad they are back even while they reluctantly have to sit on their hands and weapons while Lucas thinks.
I've been reading John Sanford/John Camp since 1995. John needs to find himself again by re-reading his earlier books. And bring back Kidd!