Secret Prey Hardcover – May 1998
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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I actually cannot tell you precisely why I like these books so much, which may be the greatest testimonial I can give them as simply good reads. Most of them are set in the Minneapolis area and the central characters are a homicide team that gets the toughest cases. The central figure in the series is Lucas Davenport, a detective, then ultimately a vice-chief who made a good bit of money designing software games but is addicted to the dangers and complexities of solving difficult crimes and taking on violent criminals.
This particular novel involves the killing of a bank president in the middle of a merger. It has enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages all night. The characters are believable and the plot is both engrossing and becomes very convincing as you get deeper into the characters' personalities, histories and motivation.
Sandford/Camp is to Minneapolis what Parker is to Boston and Archer was to Southern California. I highly recommend his works.
I don't think this is necessarily "by far the best Prey" (AP), for the previous two grabbed me faster and deeper initially, and the endless active snow of Winter Prey still earlier keeps popping back into mind. This story is not the usual heart-pounding chase around Minneapolis, if that is what you seek, but instead evokes new aspects and psychological facets of several familiar team characters: depression, laughter, injury, love. Sandford constructs psychologically coherent characters and plot development, including progressively unhinged villains, while retaining faith in goodness and cops. As always, some events and dialogue mean more if you've read the previous novels. (The peek-thru covers on recent novels are either misaligned or pointless, but cannot detract from the excellence within.)
The story line was a good one; however, it didn't take long to start eliminating suspects. I enjoyed many things about this novel. In particular I enjoyed the way in which you are put in suspense, then brought out of it. I also enjoyed the way Davenport's friends (Co-workers) all seemed to think they knew what was best for him. At times, I found myself laughing at some of the things that were said to him about his personal life and his rebuttales.
Stephen Lang did a good job of narrating this book. This book is set in Minnasota but Mr. Lang portrayed the detectives, in particular Chief Davenport in the same manner as most detectives in New York City are portrayed on television and in the movies. Like I said, this was my first experience with Mr. Sandford and perhaps that was the way in which he wanted them to be portrayed.
This is definately a hard core detective novel. If you want to listen to this audio-book, don't do it with the kids in the car.
If you like hard core detetective novels then this is a book for you. It was my first but not my last experience with Mr. Sandford.
This was an above average book that I can recommend to others; however, if you don't care for foul language you might want to shy away.
Most recent customer reviews
Another exciting read with some unexpected twists to keep you on your toes.Published 3 months ago by Peter
Excellent story !It actually took me all day to read it..couldn't stop it ! A little worried about Weather , but interested in his other girl-interest. Read morePublished 12 months ago by jeanne harcourt
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. Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by Jon Mack
This cannot possibly be the standard fare for an author so popular. Boring, slow, stupid, dull...I will try another one, One other one.Published on Feb. 5 2004
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004 by Louise
I will keep this short and sweet. The worst of the prey series. Do not be discouraged when you read this book. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2003
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... Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2002 by Keith Hunt
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!...Published on Sept. 2 2002 by Krimsin King
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2002 by djbrkns