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Buried Prey Hardcover – May 10 2011


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (May 10 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399157387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399157387
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.1 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 “Edgy and taut, inventive, and intense.” — Richmond Times-Dispatch

 "One of Sandford's best." — Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

John Sandford is the author of twenty-two Prey novels, most recently Stolen Prey; the Virgil Flowers novels, most recently Shock Wave; and six other books. He lives in Minnesota.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on May 10 2011
Format: Hardcover
John Sandford is the author of a series I've followed for many, many years. His latest book in the Lucas Davenport series is Buried Prey. (Released today)

Davenport has been a cop in the Minneapolis area for many years, working his way up the ladder. He currently works for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA, often troubleshooting for the governor. But a case from the past is literally unearthed and Davenport is forced to confront the unthinkable. Was the wrong man convicted of the murder of two young girls? Has the real killer been preying on children for the last 25 years?

The disappearance of the Jones girls in 1985 marked the beginning of Lucas's career as a detective.

"In the first year as a cop, working patrol and then, briefly, as a dope guy, he'd felt that he was learning things at a ferocious rate: about the street, life, death, sex, love, hate, fear, stupidity, jealousy and accident, and all the other things that brought citizens in contact with the cops. Then the learning tailed off. Now investigating, the feeling was back. He was crude and he knew it, but it was interesting and he'd get better at it."

The first part of the book is set in 1985 and we get to see a young Davenport. It was so much fun to watch Lucas begin what we know is a long and colourful career. One of my favourite supporting characters has always been Del Capslock. In Buried Prey we are privy to the first pairing up of Lucas and Del. Their witty banter has continued to this day. The tone is set for what we know of Lucas today as well - his way with women, his obsession with clothes and his 'outside the box' methods.

"Lucas, on the other hand, was a poor leader.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By colleenmcl on June 28 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a great murder mystery. What I enjoyed just as much however, was the look back we got into Davenports career. We find out how many of his lasting friendships were formed and how they helped shape him as a detective. Sandford isn't afraid of shocking losses, or painful revelations. His characters are real and flawed.
His next can't come soon enough for me.
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By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 8 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Lucas Davenport has never come to terms with the case of two missing girls who were killed by a sexual predator many years ago. Believing that the wrong man was arrested, Lucas had little clout or experience at the time to prove his theory. When the bodies of the girls are eventually found during an excavation at a construction site, Lucas intends to put things right.

The story is divided in two parts to show Lucas’ point of view as a young cop who’s being given his first chance to try detective work. The latter half of the book jumps to current time where an older, wiser Lucas is filled with regret and guilt about a lot of things. Author John Sandford does a superb job of showing us an immature, ambitious Lucas who isn’t nearly as cool as his older self. Flaws and ambitions have been smoothed out to varying degrees in the older Lucas, yet he’s as determined as ever to catch the killer.

Recently, I reviewed Gathering Prey, which was the 25th installment in the series. Buried Prey is the 21st and I loved it just as much. Lucas’ wife Weather has a larger role in this one, giving more insight into her character. I love the way Sandford shows us depth and detail in police work without wasting a single word. His writing amazes me, which is why I’ll read more in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dodi on Aug. 12 2013
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another thriller featuring Davenport as the detective in charge. Sandford's books are always a good read. He has an additional series now besides the Prey series that features another detective that is now familiar from the Prey series: Virgil Flowers
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By BRYAN WALKER on May 12 2013
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Consistent Sandford. I started reading his books after picking one up at a used book store. Living in Manitoba and travelling a lot in Minnesota and North Dakota, with weather patterns and geography being similar, it was easy to transport oneself to the storyline. I became an observer of events in each of his books.

Clearly Sandford has his book pattern well established and simply put, keep it up and I'll keep buying them all.
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