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Night Prey (The Prey Series) [Kindle Edition]

John Sandford
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From Publishers Weekly

The pseudonymous Sandford (he's Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp) keeps turning out better and better thrillers. In this sixth entry in his Prey series, streetwise Minneapolis deputy police chief Lucas Davenport is beleaguered by perplexing females. Charged with saving the political life of Rose Marie Roux, the ambitious police chief who has her eye on a Senate seat, he's given the assignment of tracking to ground the sex-crazed perpetrator of a series of murders of young women. Davenport's unwelcome colleague in this case is feminist Meagan Connell, an abrasive State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator who's obsessed with catching the killer before she dies of cancer. Also bedeviled by the ill-timed assignment of a new partner, a yuppie who was formerly assigned to the grade schools as "Officer Friendly" and who happens to be the husband of the mayor's niece, Davenport is additionally saddled with the mystifying death of an elderly woman who died rather conveniently, freeing some local hoods to profit from a real-estate scam. Juxtaposing the dark consciousness of the sex-fixated murderer against the narrative perspective of Davenport, Sandford builds a compelling counter-rhythm of suspense. The narrative is sensitively embued with Davenport's humaneness as, in awe, he watches Connell courageously fight to postpone her impending death. Yet, credibly flawed, the cop also displays a roving eye when he's momentarily distracted from his deep commitment to the lovely physician Weather Karkinnen by a beautiful and seductive TV anchor. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selection; Mystery Guild alternate.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

This novel is sixth in the "Prey" series, written by journalist John Camp under the Sandford pseudonym and featuring Porsche-driving Minneapolis police detective Lucas Davenport. Here Davenport, who has just returned to duty after recovering from a serious gunshot wound, must face a serial killer named Koop, who is dropping bodies all over the metropolitan area. Koop makes the mistake of becoming a little too obsessed with a potential victim and thus leaves a trail that Davenport and his fellow officers finally discover. Despite its length, Night Prey is a tight, fast-moving thriller with appealing good guys and a suitably evil villain. Especially fascinating among the characters is Policewoman Connell, who is dying of cancer and whose fate becomes linked to Koop's in the spectacular climax. Buy wherever thrillers are read.
--A.J. Wright, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1237 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (April 2 2010)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,864 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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The classic game of cat and mouse is an evergreen of the mystery genre, and few practice it better than John Sandford and his creation, Minneapolis police detective Lucas Davenport. This is ably demonstrated in the sixth book in the Prey series, "Night Prey."
Davenport, hired back by the new police chief to investigate their toughest cases, is pursuing one of the most violent killers he's ever encountered. The unknown perpetrator commits acts of extreme brutality against women, murdering with incredible force and viciousness.
As always, Sandford keeps the plot interesting and the action swift, leading us through the investigation along with Davenport as he unravels the Gordian knot of clues and evidence. At the same time, the author gives us the killer's viewpoint, showing us a glimpse of his twisted mind. Sandford excels at this type of parallel storytelling, upping the urgency of Lucas catching the nutcase before he kills again.
If you haven't yet had the joy of reading this excellent series, I recommend you start with the first book ("Rules of Prey") and enjoy some of the best writing in the genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent series continues Sept. 2 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Don't read this book!
If you're reading this, I assume you haven't read the series up to Night Prey. If you had, you wouldn't waste your time reading reviews. There would be no question. There would be no hesitation. You'd be reading Night Prey.
So since you haven't read the series to this point, start at Rules of Prey. Follow with Shadow Prey, Eyes of Prey, Silent Prey, and Winter Prey. Then it's time for this.
Night Prey is a solid addition to the series to this point. While it doesn't quite stand up to the level of excellence established in the preceding three volumes, it's still a compelling story with memorable characters. And while the main story is one of pure suspense, with any real element of mystery sacrificed to study the villain, Sandford weaves in a subplot which is classic "locked door" (as another reviewer puts it). It's nicely done.
A question for those who've read the book : If SSA is backwards, is SJ as well? What's the author's name?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another good Prey-novel Nov. 30 2003
By Louise
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This Prey-novel, Night Prey, is not the best I have read. But it is not a bad book, not at all. Lucas Davenport is back on the force, mostly working behind the scenes. In Night Prey he is on a hunt for a serial killer who preys on lonely women with average looks, women who nobody'll notice. The killer falls in love with a business woman, and starts stalking her. She is unaware of him, and it is not until the last part of the book she discovers what's going on, and then it is almost too late. Davenport also has to deal with a dying state-police woman, who has one goal in her life, before she dies: to catch this serial killer. The character-descriptions are not as well developed in this book as they have been in other John Sandford novels, but nevertheless, Night Prey is a fast read and it will keep you entertained while reading. It is not nail-biting exciting though, something I missed with this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling reading Oct. 2 2003
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Lucas Davenport is back with the Minneapolis police force as Deputy Chief after a 2 year break. A State Investigator, Meagan Connell, is brought in to help solve the brutal attacks on women.Her demeanour as a tough, no-holds barred female cop, disguises the fact that she is dying of cancer and is determined to solve the case before she dies.A series of successful attacks and murders has given the perpetrator a hunger for more, so he fixates on an attractive and successful business woman and stalks and spies on her repeatedly.This is a hair raising story which will grip the reader to the end as well as giving a frightening look into the twisted and criminal mind of a sadistic rapist and murderer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Developed Characters July 24 2002
By djbrkns
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really like that this book was a solid believable story. One thing that I appreciate very much about Sanford is that he knows that he doesn't have to try to throw in a bunch of twists and turns to try to surprise you. I enjoy Lucas' relationships, the no nonsense, un-friendships that he has with people. I like the way he treats disadvantaged ex-cons verses the real scumbags. There is plenty of the kind of subtle humorous dialog that I like. And women, he knows what he likes, but he also treats them with respect and equality. Just an all around interesting character!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read Jan. 10 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the third book from the Davenport series that I have read and easily the best. I liked the feeling of impending doom with the main characters racing against time to catch the killer before he can strike again and before one of the investigators dies of cancer. The eventual solution of this pending collision caught me by surprise. And, in case this wasn't enough, Sandford threw in a locked room murder mystery as a clever subplot. If anyone in Hollywood ever wants to bring a Lucas Davenport thriller to the screen, this would be a good one to start with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic and well-focused thriller Jan. 29 1998
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Sandford is again in fine form in this twisted thriller. How JS keeps the reader so focused and engrossed in the plot is a wonder, but the effectiveness of his description and the power of the characters is never in doubt.
Davenport is of course the cop on the trail of the serial killer, but whilst this may all sound very ordinary, it is the way the characters and the plot seem so real that makes this book stand out.
If you are looking for the ultimate thriller book, this has to be it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love his books.
Published 2 months ago by Kimberly Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars humanity and toughness
I like good-guy-wins novels and in this the Prey series delivers. But what I like equally well are the characters: their foibles, their heart, their toughness.
Published 10 months ago by Bruce Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Night Prey - Sandford
What can I say? Sandford got the series back on track with the gripping Winter Prey and that momentum is obviously still working for him with Night Prey. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2002 by Chris MB
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie
I am reading this book and there are parts of the plot that are very familiar. Is there a movie that is based on this book or a book that is similar? Read more
Published on Dec 7 2001 by Shelia Dersham
4.0 out of 5 stars Davenport getting better
The more that I read the Prey series the more I like the characters. This book was a good story of a deranged killer obsessed w/a woman. Read more
Published on May 26 2001 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the rest
I really wasn't that impressed with Night Prey. I think that Sandford has written better Prey novels and this one really lacks an edge. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2000 by Simonetta Cavilli
1.0 out of 5 stars Huh?
I don't get it. I heard so much praise for Sandford novels that I was looking forward to discovering a new author. It was like reading a 'Hunter' was sooo boring. Read more
Published on June 11 2000 by Mike Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BOOK!
John Sandford's Prey series are wonderful, I could not put Night Prey down. Lucas Davenport is a wonderful, seems alive. Read more
Published on March 17 2000 by Megan
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