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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (Feb. 3 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425182878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425182871
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.8 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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 fianc‚e 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.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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By djbrkns on Nov. 21 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Here we go again. This one has my favorite ending yet. The often present suspicion hanging around Lucas at the end of a case, is masterfully handled. While Lucas is assuaging his conscience, his peers hold the hush, information leaks strategically to the press, and politicians praise the department for the way the case was handled although everybody knows something wasn't quite right. Mission accomplished. Justice served.
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!
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By A Customer on Sept. 17 2002
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I picked this book randomly and with great anticipation after reading the first two pages. I thought I had a sexy, suspense on my hands that would keep me up at night biting my fingernails. Boy was I wrong!
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!
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If I were ever to become a serial killer, I'd want to do it in a town where Lucas Davenport was the head investigator. This guy has got to be the world's biggest bumbler. And the villain wasn't too sharp either, he made constant mistakes and did everything but put a neon sign around his neck saying that he was the one. If a Harry Bosch, Elvis Cole or Alex Cross were investigating, the killer would be locked down by page 100. Instead, Lucas bumbles around, not having a clue what to do with the investigation, driving his Porsche and SUV, talking about sex and what they're going to have for dinner, and endangering anyone connected to the case. When he finally figures out who the killer is, it comes to him in the shower - what an original idea! But even after he knows who the killer is, he still manages to make enough stupid decisions that the case against him would be weak, and of course more bodies pile up.
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.
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Format: Audio Cassette
Chosen Prey was the first audio book I listened to by John Sandford. While the overall story was okay, I found the writing to be lazy for lack of a better word. it seemed rush and not well thought out. in addition the sex scenes seemed to be forced and/or simply plopped in to give the book some excitement. The villain in this one was a joke and hardly kept my interest. He was simply not ruthless enough or diabolical or even sexy. James patterson always manages to fit the above elements in his villains take Michael and William for example from Viilets are Blue. That was a shocking book in deed. The bad guy in Chosen Prey at times didn't know if he was coming or going. There was something missing to his development. Lucas Davenport is also pretty unlikable as a hero. He comes across at times like a prig and seems at least in this book one dimensional. Its like outside women and police work there is nothing else to the man. Speaking of which why the need to have him bed every female character he comes in contact with? Is it to validate his manhood or something? This is crime fiction not erotica. As for him settling down with Weather, big deal. Waht a nagging witch not to mention a complete bimbo. In fact I found all the female characters to be anoying; John Sandford takes the femenist thing a bit too far. The reader did an okay job but his range of character voices was limited. he made one female sound very much like an overweight alcoholic man in fact. Not great at all. Certainly nothing compared to the suspense filled reading of a patterson book. maybe I just started out too late in this series but I am reluctant to buy the next one in line when there are so many other titles I want to add to my audio collection. This version contains four audio cassettes. Its narrated by a single reader.
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