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

John Sandford
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From Publishers Weekly

This streamlined thriller is a rematch for Minneapolis homicide cop Lucas Davenport and the insane killer he caught in Sandford's earlier slasher novel, Eyes of Prey. After psychotic pathologist Dr. Mike Bekker escapes from a New York courthouse and begins a killing spree, NYPD Lt. Lily Rothenberg asks Davenport, her former lover, to come to Manhattan and help the investigation. Despite Bekker's ruined face (courtesy of an enraged Davenport), the killer eludes capture and the bodies keep piling up, each with the eyelids cut off so that Bekker could photograph his victims as they died. Rothenberg gives Davenport an additional, undercover assignment--to ferret out the "Robin Hoods," a clandestine police vigilante group responsible for perhaps three dozen deaths, one of which was that of a fellow cop who might have been onto them. Paired with possible Robin Hood Det. Barbara Fell, Davenport taunts Bekker in the media, hoping to goad him into a mistake, but the grisly murders continue. As the momentum gathers, readers will speed through the surprise twists and confrontations of the last chapters. Although the story never drags and Sandford delivers his usual punch, the devices in his winning formula are becoming familiar.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Sandford's sixth thriller--including two under his real name of John Camp--since July 1989. It's no surprise, then, that this fourth in his bestselling Prey series shows some stretch and strain, bringing cop-hero Lucas Davenport away from Minneapolis to Manhattan to tangle again with the homicidal maniac of Eyes of Prey (1991). But it's not just drug-crazed pathologist Michael Bekker- -infamous for cutting out his victims' eyelids as he torture-kills them to capture the moment of transition from life to death--that tests Davenport here. Weeks after Bekker escapes from a Minneapolis courthouse in the novel's fierce kickoff, Davenport is visited by old flame Lily Rothenberg of the NYPD (Rules of Prey). Not only is Bekker running amok in N.Y.C., Lily says, but so is a cabal of vigilante cops who've killed perhaps dozens of the Big Apple's most vicious worms. Will Davenport help snare Bekker and at the same time secretly sniff out the bad cops? Davenport's exploration of Gotham's mean streets dramatically points up the metropolis as an inferno of the damned--dealers, fences, junkies--as seen by a small-city cop; but Davenport himself seems less the appealingly brooding, game-playing genius of previous novels than a devious bully with a penchant for extralegal tactics, including intimidation and burglary. Meanwhile, Bekker pops pills and reaps victims under Davenport's nose until a major twist reveals why the killer remains invisible. As Davenport closes in, he also finds himself looking hard at friends old and new as possible vigilantes: Lily, her cop-lover, another top cop, and Davenport's own new bedmate, a feisty ``cowgirl'' cop named Barb Fell. The two cases close out in predictable but tense climaxes fraught with poetic justice. Solid cop-action with well-drawn minor characters, but lacking the high cleverness or suspense of some earlier Preys. And recycled villain Bekker is no Hannibal Lecter. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (March 1 1993)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wicked Character Returns Aug. 19 2000
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A killer from one of Sandford's earlier books, Eyes of Prey, escapes. He's quickly back in business and isn't easy to find. Silent Prey brings the reader and Minneapolis Police Investigator, Lucas Davenport, to New York City in the hopes of finding serial killer Michael Becker. While there, Davenport is also asked to look into some serious police corruption within the department. An exciting addition to the Lucas Davenport series. Read Eyes of Prey first and follow it up with Silent Prey.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Death Jan. 4 2004
By Louise
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Doctor Death is back. The serial killer Michael Bekker aka Doctor Death is back. After being arrested and beaten up by Lucas Davenport in a previous novel, Bekker escapes prison and sets himself up in New York. Bodies start turning up, and Davenport's ex-lover New York cop Lily Rothenburg calls to Davenport for help. He is not working with the Minneapolis Police anymore, but uses his time developing computer games. He welcomes the chance to work with Lily, and goes to New York. He soon finds out that Lily and her chief of Police O'Dell hsa a hidden agenda. Davenport is not called to New York only to solve the Bekker case, there is a "Robin Hood" on the loose in New York, killing "bad guys" and everything points to someone inside the police department. Davenport is asked to figure this mystery out, while he officially works solving the Bekker case.
The story is great, and the plot smart. Although you know who the killer is from page one, you keep guessing almost to the end, how does he do it, how does he manage to keep hiding? And who is the Robin Hood? Is it Lily herself, killing off bad guys from the streets of New York? There are many layers in this story, but it never becomes boring, and the characters are likeable or realistic. A good read in the Lucas Davenport series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as some of Sanford's others... Nov. 14 2002
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I discovered Sanford and Davenport in Mind Prey and have since gone back and read all of the books in the series preceeding it and plan to read the ones following it. I enjoy Davenport because he is a good "cop" but he has his indiscretions without it tainting too much of his character. I really don't like that he has to sleep with a different woman in each book, though he is very honest about his enjoyment of women and his inability to resist most of them. This book, though not as good as some of his others, took an interesting turn by taking Davenport out of his usual haunts and placed him in New York City with a lot of people he did not know. Using the ultimate narcisistic psycho, Bekker, as the antagonist again was great! Sanford has a scarey imagination. I enjoyed the main plot twist that was keeping the police from spotting Bekker. I also enjoyed the parrellel story about Robin Hood. It was interesting trying to follow two plots that eventually merged in to one plot. Sanford writes some seriously good stuff. I look forward to reading the rest of this series as well as his other books. This is a good read!
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3.0 out of 5 stars I pushed myself to finish it Sept. 23 2000
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What is going on with the Prey series? Granted I haven't read them in order, but i read Mind Prey first and I wanted the rest of them to be as brilliant as that one, but slowly, as I pick up yet another Prey book, I get even more disappointed.
This one starts brilliantly - excellent opening scenes in (& out) of the courtroom bringing the reader up to speed with the main character Bekker and the guy who is going to get him, Davenport. Now, I really like Davenoprt as a character, he is great but the rest of the story left alot to be desired. It basically introduces Bekker as a pathologist-turned-psycho and what he has done in the past Prey books to get Davenport so intent on hunting him down but unfortunately, it just goes on and on and there is nothing in there that I haven't read before. The only redeeming feature of this one is the fact that Bekker is a complete nutcase (Sandford has done very well here) with a penchant for women's clothing, but apart from that, it is really not an interesting story at all. Infact, I gave 1 extra star for the psycho who likes collecting eyelids and eyes from his victims (good variation on the usual run-of-the-mill serial killer).
I am sorely disappointed with the Prey Series and I am really considering not reading any others. If you are after a heart-grabbing sensational crime thrillers try Dennis Lehane or read Mind Prey, if you want to stick with Sandford, otherwise, don't bother with this one.
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Sanford pleased me again. The second Prey book i read, but not the better of them. The book starts off excellent, and goes through excellent until the end when i was slightly disappointed. As Davenport hunts for Bekker, a mad doctor, he also searches for a group of hitmen who may be in a killing ring. But while investigating these two cases in New York, he uncovers more than he ever thought he would. I loved how he kept you in suspense and wonder about how Bekker did this and that, and who was running the killing ring, but was slightly disappointed with the ending how all the information didnt slowly unravel but spilled out and made you have to think but wasnt so bad because when you started to think Davenport told you how he knew. VEry well written it was still exciting and throat grabbing. Id recommend it but not to first time Prey readers i would recommend read another prey novel first. Also liked the extra sex added in this time. Much more than the other two i read, it kinda makes it more realistic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Sandford's best Efforts
However, Silent Prey was still worth reading if you are on a plane or bus on a long trip. The capture of escapee Bekker and the Robin Hood killers, in my opinion, should not have... Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by J. Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars The plot was good, the ending wasn't as exciting
The plot to the book started out great with Bekker breaking out of prison, but as the mystery moved on I really lost focus for the story. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2003 by Terry Quinn
2.0 out of 5 stars Here we go, again...
Serial killer Bekker escapes from his captors and rejoins the world to practice his obsession... capturing (on film) the essence of the human soul as it departs the body at the... Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2002 by Keith Hunt
3.0 out of 5 stars Breaking the Formula
Silent Prey is my least favorite Prey novel thus far. One thing that Sandford does so well is develop the life of Lucas Davenport - his life and the characters in it are almost as... Read more
Published on July 25 2002 by Chris MB
4.0 out of 5 stars Super Detective story
The "Prey" series is one of my favorite.
Sandford creates some really great characters in this series and one great detective in Lucas Davenport. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2001 by Get What We Give
5.0 out of 5 stars Certain Prey
I have read all of the "Prey" books. This one was like the icing on the cake. Sandford just gets better and better. The 2 women antagonists blew me away. Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2001 by Maysirria Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars Not My Favorite of the Prey Books
I don't want to start out by saying I was disappointed by this book in the "Prey" series, however, after "Eyes of Prey", reading "Silent Prey" was a... Read more
Published on July 16 2001 by H. LaBuono
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to read
I have read so many books that are choppy, disorganized, and hard to follow. I really enjoyed this book for the flow and continuity. Read more
Published on March 5 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT AS GOOD AS OTHERS!!!!
I have read five "Prey" books. I have liked all of them fairly well, some more than others. but this was the worse one to me. Dr. Read more
Published on March 2 2001 by Mac Blair
4.0 out of 5 stars Each one becomes a favorite
This book, my fifth of the series, impressed me. The adaptable Lucas taking on New York. The old nemesis, Bekker, up to no good again. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2001 by William H. Gallagher
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