Buried Prey Hardcover – May 10 2011
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“Edgy and taut, inventive, and intense.” — Richmond Times-Dispatch
"One of Sandford's best." — Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Davenport has been a cop in the Minneapolis area for many years, working his way up the ladder. He currently works for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA, often troubleshooting for the governor. But a case from the past is literally unearthed and Davenport is forced to confront the unthinkable. Was the wrong man convicted of the murder of two young girls? Has the real killer been preying on children for the last 25 years?
The disappearance of the Jones girls in 1985 marked the beginning of Lucas's career as a detective.
"In the first year as a cop, working patrol and then, briefly, as a dope guy, he'd felt that he was learning things at a ferocious rate: about the street, life, death, sex, love, hate, fear, stupidity, jealousy and accident, and all the other things that brought citizens in contact with the cops. Then the learning tailed off. Now investigating, the feeling was back. He was crude and he knew it, but it was interesting and he'd get better at it."
The first part of the book is set in 1985 and we get to see a young Davenport. It was so much fun to watch Lucas begin what we know is a long and colourful career. One of my favourite supporting characters has always been Del Capslock. In Buried Prey we are privy to the first pairing up of Lucas and Del. Their witty banter has continued to this day. The tone is set for what we know of Lucas today as well - his way with women, his obsession with clothes and his 'outside the box' methods.
"Lucas, on the other hand, was a poor leader.Read more ›
His next can't come soon enough for me.
The story is divided in two parts to show Lucas’ point of view as a young cop who’s being given his first chance to try detective work. The latter half of the book jumps to current time where an older, wiser Lucas is filled with regret and guilt about a lot of things. Author John Sandford does a superb job of showing us an immature, ambitious Lucas who isn’t nearly as cool as his older self. Flaws and ambitions have been smoothed out to varying degrees in the older Lucas, yet he’s as determined as ever to catch the killer.
Recently, I reviewed Gathering Prey, which was the 25th installment in the series. Buried Prey is the 21st and I loved it just as much. Lucas’ wife Weather has a larger role in this one, giving more insight into her character. I love the way Sandford shows us depth and detail in police work without wasting a single word. His writing amazes me, which is why I’ll read more in this series.
Clearly Sandford has his book pattern well established and simply put, keep it up and I'll keep buying them all.
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Just like all the rest of the Prey books. Lucas Davenport still knows how to find all the bad guys.Published 5 months ago by Paul Lockwood
How many of us have, upon reflection, wished we had the initiative to pursue an idea we knew in our guts was right. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Harry & Jeanne Harker
I enjoy the Lucas Daverport stories. Each one has a different storyline and is entertaining. I like to read about his experiences as a new policeman and how he became who he is... Read morePublished on April 26 2013 by Linda J. Leclair