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Det. Lucas Davenport has battled some real demons over the past 15 Prey novels and drifted in and out of lust and love with a host of women. But now he's happily married to the lovely Weather; has a nine-month-old son, Sam; and takes care of his 12-year-old ward, Letty West. Sure, he's got a measure of the old angst, but he's growing accustomed to the good life, spending quality time alone on the couch drinking beer and watching TV golf. His new job is running the Office of Regional Research at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension where he looks into various crimes and "fixes shit" for the governor. So when a dead Russian shows up on the docks in Duluth, Lucas is assigned to shepherd the lady investigator, Nadya Kalin, being sent by the Russian government. From the very first pages, the reader knows it's teenager Carl Walther who has killed the Russian. What makes the book intriguing is the manner in which the sagacious Davenport goes about uncovering the rest of the co-conspirators-a gang of Minnesota-based Communist spies headed by Carl's grandpa, 92-year-old ex-KGB colonel Burt Walther. That Sandford makes this unlikely plot believable is a mark of his mastery of the technical aspects of the mystery form and a testament to his overall writing skills. Readers will be pleased with this relaxed version of the moody Minneapolis investigator. In past novels, the womanizing Davenport would have romanced the good-looking Russian lady, but the new Davenport is content to play the part of friend and protector and go back to his cozy family with an unstained and remarkably contented soul.
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A Russian sailor is the victim of a professional assassination on the docks of Duluth. Wary of international implications, the governor of Minnesota asks Lucas Davenport, the chief investigator for the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, to investigate. Major Nadezhda Kalin, a representative of Russian law enforcement, assists Davenport. The murder may be linked to the remnants of a dormant Soviet Union network established between the world wars but forgotten by the motherland. The descendants of the original network members have all melded into the American mainstream. Davenport and Kalin pursue the case through the rural mining towns of northern Minnesota even as they become the targets of the shadowy assassin. The sixteenth Prey novel is less harrowing and not as dark as many of its predecessors. It's also more humorous--even the suicide of a key character is accompanied by a sly, graveyard one-liner--with deft Davenport observations on the curious behavior of the opposite sex in general and on Russian women in particular. Similarities to previous Prey thrillers: high entertainment value; deftly rendered characterizations; and clever, believable dialogue. Expect another best-seller and stock up accordingly. Wes Lukowsky
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This might not be one of Johm Sandford's best books, but I still found it entertaining. He has a great imagination and uses it very well. Read morePublished on April 26 2013 by Linda J. Leclair
This was my first eBook, the process was fast and easy and the actual product was great. John Sandford is awesome as always!Published on Jan. 12 2013 by MWNNGoalie12
According to the critics this thriller is not Sandfords best. I must say I found it most enjoyable and very entertaining, in my opinion; it is a dynamic and satisfying read.Published on July 5 2007 by Toni Osborne
One of my favorite summer reads. There is plenty of action, several more brutal murders, and lots of interesting obsrvations regarding police work, but this is much more in the... Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2004
This is worse than Easy Prey. And not because Lucas is an old married man but because he seems to have lost all of his detecting ability. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Soyini
John Sandford has done well in keeping Lucas Sanderson such an interesting and complex character. In HIDDEN PREY, Lucas pairs up with a Russian agent, Nadya, in the search for the... Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Michael Butts
I enjoy John Sandford's books, especially the Prey novels. But in 'Hidden Prey' the plot centers around a spy ring, instead of Davenport chasing down a killer. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by John Daley
If you read the posts, you know what the book is about so I will not go into that. I have read every Prey book from the beginning and have enjoyed them but will agree that some are... Read morePublished on July 3 2004