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Chosen Prey | [John Sandford]

Chosen Prey

An art history professor and writer and cheerful pervert, James Qatar had a hobby: he took secret photographs of women and turned them into highly sexual drawings. One day, he took the hobby a step further and...well, one thing led to another, and he had to kill her. A man in his position couldn't be too careful, after all. And you know something? He liked it.
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Publisher's Summary

An art history professor and writer and cheerful pervert, James Qatar had a hobby: he took secret photographs of women and turned them into highly sexual drawings. One day, he took the hobby a step further and...well, one thing led to another, and he had to kill her. A man in his position couldn't be too careful, after all. And you know something? He liked it.

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.

Hear Lucas Davenport on the case in more of John Sandford's Prey novels.

©2001 John Sandford; (P)2001 Putnam Berkely Audio, a member of Penguin Putnam Inc., and Recorded Books, Inc., LLC

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 11-11-04
    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 11-11-04
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    "a great Sandford thriller"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andre Ithaca, NY, United States 11-01-04
    Andre Ithaca, NY, United States 11-01-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Realistic presentation of police probllems"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Meriden, CT, USA 03-04-05
    Joseph Meriden, CT, USA 03-04-05
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    "dissapointed"

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Not from Gualala Practically Paradise, CA 11-06-11
    Paula Not from Gualala Practically Paradise, CA 11-06-11 Member Since 2008
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    "I like it"

    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.

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    Charles Reading, PA, USA 03-29-10
    Charles Reading, PA, USA 03-29-10
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    "OK Book terrible audio recording"

    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 !

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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 12-11-14
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 12-11-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Just as good as ever."

    I always like these. They're really good stories with really good characters but add in Richard Ferrone's narration and it's golden. I'm glad I still have a dozen to go.

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    Linda Colebrook, NH, United States 08-14-13
    Linda Colebrook, NH, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2006
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    In a quiet room, one can hear a background voice echo, otherwise a good book

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    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 07-18-12
    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Entertaining, but moves are telegraphed"

    Unlike in many of his other books, Sanford uncharacteristically telegraphs some of the events in the book. I could listen to Sanford + Ferrone all day, so it was still an entertaining listen. The author knows how to pull you along for a great ride, sprinkled with funny cop humor. While he plays only a small part in this book, recurring bad guy character Randy Whitcomb leaves a mark.

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    Brian Apple Valley, CA, United States 05-25-12
    Brian Apple Valley, CA, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2010

    Long haul commuter. Audiobooks keep me from causing serious physical harm to my fellow commuters. Bless you, Audible!

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    "Not the best, but still engaging"

    This is not Lucas Davenport (or John Sanford) at his finest, at least from a fan's standpoint. A decent story but I felt the main character should have picked up on some pretty blatant clues earler. There doesn't seem to be as much of the Lucas Davenport intuition as in earler (and later) noels.

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    Eugene beatty, NV, United States 02-25-12
    Eugene beatty, NV, United States 02-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love the Prey books"
    If you could sum up Chosen Prey in three words, what would they be?

    On the edge


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes, had to find out how it ended


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lucas Davenport is the fav in all


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