Chosen Prey Mass Market Paperback – Feb 3 2004
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When a spring thaw disinters the body of a young woman who's been missing for over a year, Minneapolis detective Lucas Davenport doesn't have much to go on except the victim's rumored connection with an unnamed man, who may be an artist and also, perhaps, a priest. But then the deserted property where her body was discovered turns out to be a killing field full of other young blondes last seen in the company of a man with a nasty habit of superimposing their faces on pornographic drawings. Davenport begins to close in on a serial killer whose perverted hobby provides the clues Davenport needs to stop him in his bloody tracks. James Qatar isn't a priest, and he's not really an artist, but he's definitely a monster, one who's met his match in Davenport.
Davenport is a smart, thoughtful cop whose girlfriend is pressuring him to make a commitment to parenthood and whose boss is about to lose her job in a political turnover. While the search for the killer is handled in author John Sandford's usual, crisp, procedural style, it almost seems to be a pretext for exploring the evolution of Davenport's relationship with Dr. Weather Karkinnen. This 12th adventure in the author's popular Prey series will undoubtedly rocket to the top of the bestseller list, though it's not a standout. The novel displays the solid craftsmanship and narrative drive Sandford's known for, but his hero seems a little dispirited and out of sorts. Perhaps fatherhood will give Davenport a new lease on life. In the meantime, check out Sandford's backlist featuring his other hero, Kidd (The Fool's Run, The Empress File, The Devil's Code), who has a nice little walk-on here in which he begins a romance with Davenport's partner Marcy Sherrill. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
HThe 13th title in the Prey series (Easy Prey, etc.) has wealthy Minneapolis Deputy Police Chief Lucas Davenport in up to his Porsche-driving fingertips. Lucas is trying to track an elusive serial killer while reuniting with former fiance Weather Karkinnen who after a couple of years' estrangement following her narrow escape from a crazy biker in one of Lucas's former cases has suddenly decided she wants to have his baby. Weather is a formidable distraction, but the killer revealed to readers from the beginning as James Qatar, a suave professor of art history with a yen for strangulation proves to require even more attention. Soon after the body of a young blonde is found in a partially excavated grave on a remote wilderness hillside, a deputy sheriff from backwater Wisconsin shows up with a file containing case histories of several women reported missing in Wisconsin and Minnesota over a nine-year period. Fearing the worst, Lucas orders the hillside surveyed; subsequent excavation uncovers seven more bodies. The art world connections of some of the victims and the discovery of pornographic drawings suggests a link to the art community around the local Catholic university. As the net tightens, the usually coolheaded Qatar, already plotting the fate of a daring fabric artist in cahoots with the police, gradually loses control. With Lucas and his team watching his every move, he eludes surveillance and carries out a final desperate attack. Sandford is in top form here, his wry humor and his development of Lucas's combative, affectionate relationship with Weather lighting up the dark of another grisly investigation. Simultaneous audio. (May)Forecast: Sandford's thrillers are reliably excellent, and his latest, a BOMC main selection backed by a national ad/ promo campaign and an author tour, marks a high point in the Prey series. The book should hit #1 its first week out.
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Once again... beautiful.
Think about it. Sandford doesn't start out with anything new. A serial murder and an investigation. Lots of people write that. Sanford just writes it right. He is a master of leading and feeding the mind of the reader. He leaves no stone unturned, no twist unraveled, and no question unanswered. Timing is flawless. The balance between plots and between characters, perfect.
This time we get the subtle, strong character of out of town Deputy Terry Marshall tagging along, stepping up when the heat is on, and stepping in to flip steaks on the barbee. Marshall is obscurely and perfectly developed for his supporting role here. Lucas and Del never give an opinion of Marshall. They more than tolerate him accompanying them on the case, but Sandford leaves it to the reader to form the opinion. Then we get Weather's opinion at the exact perfect time.
There aren't any words strong enough to describe the quality of John Sandford's writing. If you find a 'weakness', it is there deliberately. If you find a hole... Forget it! You're not gonna find a hole! Sandford could write Lucas Davenport all the way into the nursing home and it will be a blast!
This book lacks any type of suspense. Sanford described the main players making them all sound deformed as well as thousand irrelevant characters. The killer was feeble and all of the cops were morons.
To make matters worse, the Sanford stirs in this ridiculous subplot about Detective Davenport and his girlfriend (who out of desperation due old age and not love becomes his fiancee) trying to have a baby. It had nothing to do with the story at all. I'm sure it's just a pathetic attempt to get the reader to pick up the sequel. But honestly, the characters are so bland you don't really care.
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who has to finish a book once they've started. Halfway through, you'll start to wish you were one of the killer's victims so that it would just be over!
As bad as this was, it was a quick and compelling read. You could skim through a lot of it because anytime something happened the next scene would be them retelling what had just happened. And I kept reading to see if there would be any surprises - there were'nt.
Most recent customer reviews
He's done it again! I think John Sandford just gets better and better, and I'm glad he does. Plot, action and even compassion for the victims - Lucas Davenport is the perfect tough... Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2013 by Marie Hughes
This time the serial killer is art history professor James Qatar. He is fixated on young blondes.
This is a great Prey book. Read more
It takes a great thriller writer to keep me guessing throughout and satisfied in the end. THANK YOU, Mr. Sandford! A true writer's-writer; someone who inspires.Published on Aug. 16 2003
Be prepared to rarely get up from your seat once you start Chosen Prey. Sandford's characters are very credible, three dimensional and well-developed, and Lucas Davenport continues... Read morePublished on March 14 2003 by Bobbewig
This was the first John Sandford book I have read, and I have to totally disagree will all that say this is a stand alone book. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2003 by S. K. Leggate
After starting to read this book, I just couldn't put it down. There was always something interesting happening, and you get caught up in this Triller with no way to escape. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2003 by Lisabeth Vefall
This is one of those books where you're interest is grabbed immediately. Its also one which lets you down a little after the initial surge. Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2002 by thomas w. rasch
Mystery writers apparently can't go wrong if they build their stories around serial killers. Read more