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Secret Prey [Hardcover]

John Sandford
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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May 1998
A wealthy banker is dead, shot once in the chest during a hunting trip. There are many reasons for him to be killed, and many people who would do the deed. But who did?  Lucas Davenport has an idea. But this routine murder investigation is about to turn into something different. A cat-and-mouse game with a killer who does not hesitate to take the fight to Lucas himself. And those he loves…

WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR
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John Sandford is back with his dapper, dangerous Minneapolis deputy police chief Lucas Davenport for a ninth "preyer" meeting. Fans of the series will be glad to hear that it's full of smart suspense and deduction as well as explosive action. Davenport and his fellow cops are still recovering from the deadly revenge scheme that maimed them in Sudden Prey, which seems to have ended the relationship between Lucas and his doctor lady friend. This accounts for the depression that dogs him as he is sent to investigate the killing of top banking executive Daniel Kresge in a hunting lodge north of Minneapolis. Any of Kresge's four fellow hunters--all employees at his Polaris Bank--could have shot him, and all had motives, as did his almost ex-wife. About halfway through the book we find out who the real killer is, just a few pages before Lucas does, and that villain is a masterful creation, an example of the banality of evil worthy of Hannah Arendt. This is where Sandford's beautifully honed skills at creating suspense really kick in: he keeps us fascinated as Davenport, revitalized by an affair with a jaunty colleague, tries to turn what we all know into hard evidence. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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After his muscle-stretching sidestep in 1997's The Night Crew, Sandford is back with his ninth Prey novel featuring dapper, dangerous Minneapolis cop Lucas Davenport. Fans of the series will be glad to hear that this is the best installment in years?full of smart suspense and deduction as well as explosive action. Newcomers can plunge in without backstory research; all they need to know is that Davenport and his fellow cops are still nursing the wounds they garnered in Sudden Prey and that a depressed Lucas has gotten dumped by Weather, his girlfriend in that novel, when he is sent to investigate the murder of banking executive Daniel Kresge in a hunting lodge north of Minneapolis. Any of Kresge's four fellow hunters?all employees at his Polaris Bank?could have shot him, and all had motives (as did his "soon-to-be-ex-wife"). We find out about halfway through the book who the real killer is, just a few pages before Lucas does, and that villain is a masterful creation. This is where Sandford's suspense-making skills really kick in, keeping us fascinated as Davenport?revitalized by an affair with a jaunty colleague?tries to turn what we all know into hard evidence.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars 9th for Davenport - slow start, better ending June 11 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you sat at your Mac trying to write a novel, what names might you give your characters? If you sat there too long, you might name one "Del", and add "Capslock" as a surname. This is perhaps what Sandford has done, but if you can get away from the clunky names, chances are you'll find this an enjoyable book. At times a slow read, it picks up the pace in the second half - although it's not too difficult to guess "whodunit", the question remains how many more characters will be killed off, and why? Sandford leads the reader down a bit of a blind alley in the first few chapters, but any more than that would give the story away...
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2.0 out of 5 stars I hope the others are better than this Feb. 5 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This cannot possibly be the standard fare for an author so popular. Boring, slow, stupid, dull...I will try another one, One other one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Prey-novel Jan. 8 2004
By Louise
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lucas Davenport is called to the scene of what seems like a hunting accident. A wealthy banker has been shot dead during the first minutes of the company's yearly hunting trip. An accident? No. Nobody really believe it was an accident, a lot of people had reasons for killing the man. As Davenport starts digging into the backgrounds and lives of the suspects, he unveils more secrets, and it soon becomes very confusing. He knows he is on to something, but it keeps slipping his mind. He finds himself thrown off track numerous times, for one reason or the other, as well as he has to deal with a new girlfriend and the memories of the old girlfriend, whom he was going to marry. In the end, everything leads him towards the real killer, who does not stop killing only one person. A great Lucas Davenport mystery.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worst of the prey series Nov. 17 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I will keep this short and sweet. The worst of the prey series. Do not be discouraged when you read this book. I have read every prey novel and they are wonderful, this one just happens to be a bomb.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You'll never guess who done it!!! Oct. 27 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Minnesota banking executive is mysteriously killed during a hunting accident... Just before one of the most extreme mergers of banking history that is bound to make all the right players fat and wealthy as a result. There is money to be made and position to be acquired. One way to make sure to find the cash in-pocket and reserve that spot is to conveniently kill off the competition. But since everyone is guilty and innocent at the same time, who has the motivation to do it? You'll never guess, but you'll enjoy the story even more when you do.
Although I fail to understand how the title of the book became attached to this story, dear reader is forewarned of a thrilling ride. This is a well-planned novel with electric characters. It is certainly well-paced so that its audience finds no dull spots to endure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Secrect Prey Sept. 2 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thought this book started a bit slow but truly gained the momentem that Sandford is famous for with in pages. Long live Lucas Davenport!...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sandford's Got It! Aug. 1 2002
By djbrkns
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This one is my favorite so far, but reviewing one book at a time in this series isn't quite right. The entire series is top notch. By page 2, I had a smile on my face and it never went away. The author is a master. The writing is effortless and unpretentious. The reading is involving and realistic. Once again the characters live and the dialog amuses. And once again, Sandford does not create artificial suspense so that he can attempt to surprise you in the end. The events unfold simply and naturally. Like Davenport, I can picture Sandford sitting in the office with his diagrams charting out his next novel. How ever he plots out the story and the characters, it is a huge success!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotcha... May 21 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well fans, if you haven't read them all, I would say that now is the time to go back to the beginning and start. Sanford truly out does himself in this book, you don't want to put it down. It becomes a game of real "whodunnit". I was really able to get my mind in this one and try and solve the case with Davenport, who I'd love to work with or more.
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