Already faced with a welter of confusion in his personal life, Deputy Chief Lucas Davenport decides to take this case himself, hoping that some straightforward police work will clear his head, but as the trail begins to take some unexpected turns, it soon becomes clear that nothing is straightforward about this killer. The man is learning as he goes, Lucas realizes, taking great strides forward with each murder. He is becoming a monster, and Lucas may have no choice but to walk right into his lair.
Filled with the rich characterization and detail that distinguish all of Sandford's work, Chosen Prey is a masterpiece of suspense.
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"Ferrone's light style is perfect for the banter between Minneapolis homicide investigator Lucas Davenport and his colleagues, and he has no problem dialing up creepiness when voicing James Qatar, art teacher by day and remorseless killer, dubbed 'The Gravedigger', by night. Sandford's story, twelfth in his long-running Prey series, is taut and involving, and Ferrone serves it well." (AudioFile)
I just never tire of this author -- the suspense always get me. I think "Winter Prey" is the best of the Prey series, but this one leads you an unmerry chase all the way. The reader knows what is going on, but has to watch the great Lucas Davenport put it all together. A bit different from some of the other Prey novels, and another notch in Sandford's belt.
This is a sad but highly realistic look both at the mind of a serial killer, and at the problems police have in trying to obtain definitive evidence to convict the killer. The murderer in this case is intelligent, meticulous and careful to avoid leaving real clues about his crimes. A very gripping, unhappy tale.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Of John Sandford's 44 unabridged audio novels more than half are in my Audible library. Chosen Prey is an excellent suspense thriller about a university art professor who is a serial killer of young women that fit a specific profile. It is novel 12 in what will be the 27 novel Lucas Davenport series when Golden Prey is released next month. I did not especially like the Lucas Davenport character in early novels in the series, but after Weather became his girlfriend and later wife author John Sandford changed the Davenport character to a more responsible person. (The couple are engaged to be married in this book.) When their adopted daughter Letty became interested in law enforcement and became a major character the series gets even better. Gathering Prey, book 25 in the series, features college student Letty and is my favorite of the novels in the series I have listened to.
John Sandford is an outstanding author of modern detective novels. All of his novels do not earn 5 stars, but all are quite good and most earn at least 4 stars. Richard Ferrone narrates all of the Sandford novels I have listened to. He is a rock solid narrator. I recommend this novel, this series and this author to those who like intense suspense thrillers.
I've enjoyed several of the Davenport series but not all... this one was not for me. I thought the story was "kinda" strange. A pervert moves from a hobby of creating sexy pictures of women into murdering them. For reasons that's not easily put into words, I found the whole story dislikeable and didn't' find it entertaining at all. It was not just one thing, it was just about everything. The story never became compelling to me... I never became invested in the story, the narrator made mistakes like saying "he" instead of "she," the dialog was often choppy; but most of all, the characters were over the top. They came across as cartoonish to me. Disappointed....
Gave 3 stars because I like Ferrone's performance ability...
this was the first tape out of a few dozen but... there was background noise. like they were recording it in a public place. it was a bit distracting
This is my 2nd Lucas D. book; very entertaining and good story. The baddie is very bad. I like the humanity of the cops and their amusing interactions. Didn't hear any background voices or sounds as one reviewer noted.
The audio quality is REALLY BAD even in enhanced format.. People are in the backround talking the whole time chairs squeaking ect.. Don't waste the credit !
A friend suggested I listen to the Prey books, and by chance this is my first one. The story is good, but the dialog is often choppy and feels like a characature of what "real" characters would do and say in this situation. I simply can not take these characters seriously!
Also, the reader is less than impressive. He does try to change his voice to do different characters, but with minor characters especially I find that they sound one way in one part of a scene and then different a little later. He also has killed the pronunciation on several words - so badly that I would not have known what the word was if it were not in context, and at least once referred to a female character as "he". Not to mention, if you listen there is this annoying sound through much of the recording - it could be an echo, but I suspect that someone else was reading something nearby.
All in all, I MAY give Sandford another try based on the strength of the original recommendation I got, but I don't imagine I would ever try this reader again.
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