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Broken Prey | [John Sandford]

Broken Prey

The "Big Three" are a trio of inmates locked up in the Minnesota Security Hospital over the years, each a particularly vicious serial killer, each with his own distinct style and propensities. Everybody feels much safer knowing that they're behind bars. Except...there's a new killer on the loose. And his handiwork bears a disturbing resemblance to some of the finer points practiced by the Big Three, details that never even made the papers.
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Publisher's Summary

The "Big Three" are a trio of inmates locked up in the Minnesota Security Hospital over the years, each a particularly vicious serial killer, each with his own distinct style and propensities. Everybody feels much safer knowing that they're behind bars. Except...there's a new killer on the loose. And his handiwork bears a disturbing resemblance to some of the finer points practiced by the Big Three, details that never even made the papers.

Lucas Davenport and his team quickly hone in on a possible suspect, a man named Charlie Pope, who was released from the same hospital prison a few weeks earlier, and who now seems to have cut himself free from his court-imposed ankle bracelet and disappeared. But is he really the one? And why do the Big Three look so agitated?

Brilliantly suspenseful, consistently surprising, once again, Sandford has outdone himself.

©2005 John Sandford; (P)2005 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

" is tough, unstoppable, white-knuckle fiction." (Publishers Weekly)
"The 17th Prey thriller is a cut above recent entries in the series....It contains supersized servings of all the elements readers have come to treasure in the series: Davenport's quirky, self-deprecating, and ironic worldview; plenty of graveyard humor; and a dynamic sense of place....An extra treat is Davenport's ongoing mental gyrations as he compiles a list of rock's 100 greatest tunes for his new I-pod." (Booklist)

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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 02-14-07
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 02-14-07 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "The usual group of psychopaths"

    If you've read through most of these customer reviews, you'll understand that very few readers are neutral on Sandford's Prey series and narrator Ferrone. If this was the first Sandford book you've listened to, then it's understandable that you would not like it if you're adverse to graphic descriptions of violence. It is trademark of the Prey series, along with one or more psychopaths who redefine evil. Broken Prey had several who fit into this category and were collectively about as horrid as you could get. This book differs from the other Prey books I've listened to because this one kept you guessing as to who the primary villian was. I don't think this book was the best in the Prey series, but it was entertaining given the genre. And Farrone is perfect for the Prey series and was excellent with the narration of this book. If you like the Prey series, you'll like Broken Prey.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte Portland, OR, United States 05-21-05
    Charlotte Portland, OR, United States 05-21-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Top drawer entertainment - as usual!"

    Personally, I found Broken Prey to be just as entertaining and captivating as all his other stories. Sandford is of my all time favorite authors, and Ferrone is one of my favorite readers, and I was not disappointed. Couldn't put the story down.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    BRUCE MONTCLAIR, VA, United States 07-14-05
    BRUCE MONTCLAIR, VA, United States 07-14-05
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    "Disturbing"

    Potential readers deserve to be warned about the content of this book. This is one of the most disturbing mysteries I have read/heard. After about a hundred pages I stopped reading it. It is one thing to hear on the news about real evil, but being entertained by it is quite a different thing. You should read this book only if you are interested in feeding the dark side of your mind.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra L. Personette SF Bay Area 05-23-05
    Sandra L. Personette SF Bay Area 05-23-05 Member Since 2001

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    "Wonderful Thriller!"

    I love the Prey series and I've read or/and listened to most of them. This book is just as good as the previous ones. It can be a bit graphic in parts, but so can real police work (I would think). Anyway, there's plenty of action, mystery and suspense to keep you listening until the end. I love all of the characters, and the author does a wonderful job of making them seem so real. I thought that the reader was fantastic, too!

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Jefferson City, MO, United States 06-02-05
    Anthony Jefferson City, MO, United States 06-02-05 Member Since 2002
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    "At His Best"

    Davenport is at his best in this book. It moved quickly, and you couldn't wait to reach the end. If you like Davenport's character from the other prey novels, you'll like this one too.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren Chicago, IL, United States 06-28-13
    Lauren Chicago, IL, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2011

    I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.

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    "WOW - SICK - SURPRISING - AWESOME"

    This is an LD favorite for me. Sometimes Sanford let's you know right up front who the bad guys are but in this one he keeps you guessing and it really pays off in the end. I really enjoyed the build up of a pair of characters who you don't know their relationship to the plot until the very end. It was interesting the way he tells the tale.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard N BARRINGTON, IL, USA 10-07-05
    Richard N BARRINGTON, IL, USA 10-07-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Predictable Thriller - Psychos Galore"

    This was my first John Sandford novel, and having read a great deal, this book offers nothing new. The story was good, the pace fine, the characters entertaining. There were some good twists, with some good "CSI" type sequences and action. With the plot twists I didn't feel abused when I actually found out whodunit, there were no interjections of last minute details. I agree with the Audible synopsis which lists as a highlight, one of the character's researching the top 100 rock and roll songs. That should give a little more insight into how original the story was.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 12-05-05
    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 12-05-05 Member Since 2005

    I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.

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    "Sandford's run is broken"

    I have enjoyed this series for a long time. Broken Prey was a big disappointment. Just as Robert B. Parker has been turning out what are essentially short stories marketed as novels Sandford has padded a small story with a lot of meaningless filler to sell it as a novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Detjen Near Madison, Wisconsin 07-14-05
    Amy Detjen Near Madison, Wisconsin 07-14-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Not my fave"

    I've read all of the novels in the Prey series, partly because of the Minneapolis/St. Paul setting. However, this one was too gory for me. Yes, police work can be gory, but he could have spared us the details about entrails and such. Also, I enjoy the interactions between Lucas and his family members, who were off in England during this entire story.

    I didn't notice any anti-gay undercurrent, as another reviewer did. In fact, I remember thinking that the police in this story seemed disinterested in the gay-ness of anyone, but were stumped because the first rape/murder victim was a woman; the second was a man.

    So, I'd recommend the other John Stanford's before this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caren Joyner Phoenix, AZ United States 07-09-05
    Caren Joyner Phoenix, AZ United States 07-09-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Loved It"

    As always, John Sandford gives us a great Lucas novel. Mystery mixed with humor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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