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Naked Prey (A Lucas Davenport Novel)
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Naked Prey (A Lucas Davenport Novel) [Kindle Edition]

John Sandford
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When twelve-year-old muskrat trapper Letty West stumbles on the naked bodies of Jane Warr and Deon Cash, deep in the snowy woods of northern Minnesota, it's more than another bizarre episode in her already unusual life, as Lucas Davenport discovers in this new outing in Sandford's popular series featuring the midwestern lawman who moonlights as a computer game designer. Lucas has a new wife, a new baby, and a new job as a political troubleshooter for his old boss Rose Marie Roux, but the blunt-spoken Davenport's instructions to hush the racially charged implications of what looks suspiciously like a lynching won't deter him from whomever left Warr and Cash twisting in the wind. The well-peopled plot, involving a hot car ring, an ex-nun who smuggles cancer drugs over the Canadian border, and the usual internecine wranglings between the FBI, the local cops, and Davenport, races to a satisfying denouement, but this time it's a little girl with a difficult past and an uncertain future who lingers in the reader's mind. Fortunately, Sandford comes up with an ending that makes it all but certain that his fans will meet her again. Meanwhile, all the author's usual trademarks are on display--excellent writing, an interesting scenario, and terrific pacing. --Jane Adams

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Sandford gets back to basics in this stellar 14th installment of his hugely popular Prey series, focusing on the long-standing duo of Davenport and Capslock. As the novel begins, the indomitable Lucas Davenport (now happily married, a contented father and bored out of his mind) is slogging through the northern tundra of Broderick, Minn., to inspect the naked dangling corpses of a white woman and black man ("They were frozen. Like Popsicles.") that have shocked the locals as well as Minnesota's governor with the ugly specter of a lynching. Davenport, now more or less a free agent for the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension ("I kick people's asses"), is unleashed by the governor, giving Davenport and his scruffy sidekick, Del Capslock, a chance to escape their square city lives and catch the villain(s) while staving off the media vultures, Sandford's trademark subplot. As in previous novels, the original crime (rendered in a truly horrific opening sequence) is merely the gateway to a deeper, more insidious criminal enterprise, this one an international labyrinth of stolen cars, drugs, gambling and kidnapping. Some truly vicious familial machinations in the small town contrast well with Davenport's staid and stable home life. Another pleasant surprise is the precocious Letty West, whose awakening teenage sensibilities make an impression on Davenport. Sandford's usual background details (readers will learn how to run a muskrat trapline and how an Indian casino operates) are deftly woven into the fabric. This latest installment in a series now a decade and a half old is vintage Sandford.
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 597 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425195449
  • Publisher: Berkley (May 4 2004)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002YKOXI4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read Aug. 10 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
John Sandford is an awsome writer and Naked Prey is a great book. It took me about 3 days to read and I found it hard to put down. Lucas Davenport is a fabulous character and I hope Sandford continues adding to his "Prey" series of books. I can't wait for the next one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great new character keeps the prey series fresh July 3 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lucas heads off to Northern Minnesota to do damage control for the Governor when a black man and white woman are found lynched, naked, in a very small all white town.
It turns out the racial aspect is a total red herring--it has nothing to do with the crime or the plot. Unfortunately, Sanford uses it as an opportunity to introduce a wholly gratuitous race baiting black activist (who I suppose is a cross between Jessie and Johniie Cochran??) Once he gets that off his chest, the plot settles down into a typical prey book.
A criminal drug smuggling conspiracy of nuns, an international ring of chop-shops, and a series of child murder-kidnappings, all come unraveled as Lucas unwinds the lynching.
In the midst of all, is Sanford's newest character--Lettie West. An 11 year old girl, who is also a trapper, who (as Lucas says) has a functioning age of about 42), and is not the least bit afraid to stand up to Lucas' bullying. Wise cracks abound, love grows. We should see more of her in future books!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Complicated Plot Comes Together Towards The End May 30 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lucas Davenport and his partner, Del Capslock, go to northern Minnesota to investigate the hanging death of a black man and a white woman. In the small rural town they find themselves in, they discover not only murder, but kidnapping and a car theft ring. The plot seems a little scattered at first, but comes together by the end of the book. Sandford's writing style and sparkling dialog carries the story when the plot seems to loose direction. The second half of the book was worth waiting for. Lots of action and surprising twists. Overall, a very good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This Book Needs to "Prey" for a Plot! May 18 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have not read a Sandford/Davenport book in a number of years. My question: What happened to the fast-moving, nail-biting plots that I remember? Naked Prey opens with the lynching of a bi-racial couple. Lucas Davenport, as a special trouble shooter for the governor, is dispatched to delve into the situation. What unfolds is a plot in which we know the killer's identity half way into the book. The book regresses into chapters broken up into paragraghs of listless writing. I was disappointed and I hope that Sandford brings the old Lucas Davenport and his old writing savy along with him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Series is Still Strong March 20 2004
I've read each of the books in the Prey Series by John Sandford. Although recent ones have felt a little tired, "Naked Prey" brings the series back stronger than ever. Lucas Davenport seems more animated, more involved. Sandford has added a new character: Letty West, the pre-teen trapper with the mind of an adult. She's feisty, independent, and is like a breath of fresh air.
Great series, great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sandford Never Disappoints March 13 2004
I have been a fan of the Prey series as long as they've been published. John Sandford is tops on my list of authors to read. In "Naked Prey" Lucas Davenport, married with a baby son, is now working for the governor as a troubleshooter. He is sent to a small Northern town in Minnesota after a black man and a white woman are found hanged in a field. The girl who found the two corpses, Letty West, is an independent, gusty character. She practically steals the book.
Lucas has regained the edge he seemed to have lost and is back in action and fresher than ever. The character Letty West is appealing and adds a real zing to the story. This is one book that will not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing Novel ! Feb. 20 2004
Being a huge fan of John Sandford, of course, I enjoy all of his books but without doubt 'Naked Prey' was his best novel to date! I thought the story was very engrossing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Small Town Secrets Feb. 14 2004
By Louise
This is one of the latest, if not the latest, Lucas Davenport stories. Davenport is no longer with the Minneapolis police, but working on a higher level in the system. He is still solving crimes, but he is only sent out there of there are potential political dangers/issues involving the crime in question.
In this book, Lucas Davenport and one of his old partners from the Minneapolis Police, Del Capslock, are flying to another part of the state, a small town, where a couple has been found hanged. There is not question about this being a double murder, and it is of great importance that Lucas and Del solve this mystery very fast. Not only has there been comitted a horrible crime, the bigshot politicians are more than worried that hell will break loose when it becomes known that the hanged man was black. It smells like a lynching, and before the bodies have been cut down, a radical civil-rights man is on his way down to look at things. Lucas and Del start trying to figure out what has happened, as well as they try to put a lid on the racial issues there may be involved in this. They are in for a good deal of surprises. As they start digging, even more chilling secrets are revealed, and it soon becomes clear that this has nothing at all to do with racism. The book is written in typical John Sandford style, it is easy to read, the dialogue is great and the mystery and secrets are revealed layer by layer in a very good story. Highly recommendable.
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