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Naked Prey (The Prey Series) [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: 942 KB
  • Print Length: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (Feb. 23 2010)
  • 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)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,835 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great new character keeps the prey series fresh July 3 2004
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 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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I have been reading Sandford's "Prey" series since the debut of the excellent and compelleing "Rules of Prey" and i must say that i really miss the Davenport of that book. Remember when he was so cool and mysterious and you were never quite sure if he was bad or good? (If you have read Rules you know what i am talking about). Remember when he had no boring wife or kids to tie him down and was a big badass on the streets? And remember how he would have no problem at all breaking the rules to nab a villian like breaking into their homes to gather evidence and info? Well if your looking for that Davenport then you better skip this book because this is definitly not him. I remember reading a part in this book where Davenport and his colleagues were discussing when the appropiate time was to arrest a certain suspect. Davenprt kept saying that "We Need to Wait" "We need to Wait" and stuff like that. This is not how he has always been. Before he would have arrested the perp and to hell with the consequences. Or he would have just broken into the guy or girls house to gather incriminating evidence. Maybe getting married to the very boring Weather has dulled his senses or something or he is just getting to old but this Davenport I do not like. With that said the Davenport of this book is still an exceptional investigator that never misses a beat and strikes fear into the heart of the villian. (At one point Davenport is labeled "The smartest cop in the state" by one of the semi villians) The plot is top notch involving a suspected lynching of a black male and white female that is of course definitly not what it seems. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Series Continues: Naked Prey Oct. 30 2003
The nasty business of politics has always been a strong secondary theme in the Lucas Davenport and it certainly is in this, the fourteenth book of the series. Lucas has moved on along with his boss Rose Marie Roux. Leaving a nasty political situation in their old jobs, Rose Marie with the strong blessings of the Governor has created a special situation for him. Officially he is designated as "Director, Office of Regional Studies" which is buried within the State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension." But Lucas is not a desk jockey. He is a hands on investigator, and in reality, he is to be the Governor's fix it person when crime cases become too complicated or too political for local jurisdictions to handle.
This will be the first case for the newly formed unit headed by Lucas and it seems to have all the ingredients for a major media firestorm. Two people, one female and white, one male and black, have been found dead near Armstrong, Minnesota. Not just murdered, but bound, nude, and hanging from trees. Lynching is an ugly word and describing an ugly practice and the Governor wants the case solved fast.
But the case isn't solved fast and is just a small segment of a fast deteriorating situation in Armstrong. Because of Lucas and his partner, Del's investigation in Armstrong, pressure begins to come down on numerous persons in the same town. Various schemes interwoven and also independent of the original case begin to emerge and unravel and a bloodbath begins in the frozen north during the dark of winter.
This book once again reminds the reader of how well a mystery can be done when the author takes the time to write a first class novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2004 by Natalie P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Complicated Plot Comes Together Towards The End
Lucas Davenport and his partner, Del Capslock, go to northern Minnesota to investigate the hanging death of a black man and a white woman. Read more
Published on May 30 2004 by N. Sausser
3.0 out of 5 stars This Book Needs to "Prey" for a Plot!
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? Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Gary Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars This Series is Still Strong
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. Read more
Published on March 20 2004 by Robyn Peachtree
5.0 out of 5 stars Sandford Never Disappoints
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. Read more
Published on March 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing Novel !
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!
Published on Feb. 20 2004 by Mystery Enthusiast
5.0 out of 5 stars John Sanford is one reason to read crime novels.
One reason I read one crime novel right after another, with some exceptions, is that perhaps every tenth one is as good as Naked Prey. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2004 by Dave O.
5.0 out of 5 stars Minnesota Cold Excitement
I have now read all of his books and could read them again. This was not the usual theme but was enjoyable, a old crone, a idiot deputy, some Nuns and then throw in the ringer, a... Read more
Published on Dec 2 2003 by David A. Spearman
4.0 out of 5 stars another worthy book in the series!
I follow all the books in Lucas Davenport series. This one is maybe not the best but far from the worst. The pace is sometimes slow comparing to other Davenport novels. Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2003 by Vahania63
4.0 out of 5 stars okay
This is the first book of Standford I have read. It was okay, mostly slow. It took me several days just to get into the story. The main character is boring, but Letty was cute. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2003
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