In life she was a high-profile model. In death she is the focus of a media firestorm that's demanding action from Lucas Davenport. One of his own men is a suspect in her murder. But when a series of bizarre, seemingly unrelated slayings rock the city, Davenport suspects a connection that runs deeper than anyone had imagined - one that leads to an ingenious killer more ruthless than anyone had feared....
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Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
First off, don't start Lucas Davenport books with Easy Prey... Why? It's filled with spoilers regarding the ten books that came before. Books you'll enjoy reading when you get hooked by Sanford.
"Easy Prey" => Good
Starting with "Easy Prey" => Bad, even though
"Easy Prey" => Good :-)
Oh, Richard Ferrone IS Lucas Davenport!
I love John Sandford's books. I especially like the ones featuring Virgil Flowers but I also enjoy the Lucas Davenport series (especially the ones written in the past 10 - 12 years). The problem with "Easy Prey" is that the plot is all over the place, the murderer isn't really introduced until the last 25 - 50 pages, the motivation is contrived (even for a genre novel) and then there are the WOMEN. One of them is Weather, who, imo, is an attractive character with flaws - in other words, realistic and appealing. Then there is a woman who is intrinsic to the plot and since Weather and Lucas are broken up why shouldn't he have a little fling? But the third woman is just added weight - she's boring and tiresome and I did not for a second buy into the attraction Lucas supposedly has for her. In short, I think there are way better Sandford books available on Audible (I give 5 stars to ALL the Virgil Flowers books) and I recommend choosing one of them and passing on “Easy Prey”.
They just get better. Some of the other reviews had me worried. They said to many potential suspects to twisted. I started to not buy this book, I almost skipped over it. I'm sure glad I didn't. Yes there are a lot of suspects and yes it takes a lot of twist and turns but isn't that what a good book is to do? You'll get your money's worth with this one. Enjoy
Loved this one, great pacing and characters, as usual. Very enjoyable for listening while exercising.
One (or three) too many potential villains make Easy Prey a difficult read. I love the series and am reading all the books in order. Unfortunately, this one is not up to the level of the rest.
Read/listen for completeness. Otherwise, skip it. You won't miss it.
Long haul commuter. Audiobooks keep me from causing serious physical harm to my fellow commuters. Bless you, Audible!
Strange book, I will say that. The plot is disjointed at times. Some scenes are overtly implausible. There is coarse language and taboo topics. I did get some real laughs and there is a sub-plot with Lucas struggling as a man that may upset some. Not the best Davenport book but a transition to a new Davenport.
Even if you are a hard core John Sandford fan as I am, this book is just about unreadable. Don't know what happened here. Where were Sandford's editor's? What was he thinking? It's painful to write this as there are so many great Davenport books before and after this one. I can't even recommend this to a fan. Will take a listen again in a year or two, but this is the one you hope one of your favorite author never writes. Makes sense that it is the last in the this unabridged series to get issued on audible. On the other hand, one clunker out of 20 plus is an amazing record. This book is only interesting in Weather making an appearance, although just a smidgeon, in Davenport's life again.
Does not move like other Davenport novels. Somehow disjointed. Had a problem getting to the end.
I read the poor reviews prior to reading the book and feared the worst, but it honestly wasn't as bad as I feared. I think you see a much different Davenport in this novel, Sandford definitely goes heavy on the womanizer aspect of Davenport's character which makes him seem a little less likable than in other books.
Also, the plot is filled with allot of characters that make it tough to keep track, but again, not as bad as some of the reviews make it sound. I think some readers enjoy "being the detective" and predicting the outcome which is hard in this one, but also pretty realistic. True life crime isn't always a tidy narrative and sometimes the break does come right at the end.
Not his best work, but don't skip if you are a Davenport fan. If anything else, there are important character evolutions you will want to read about for future novels.
Have not read Sandford in order thank goodness. The lack of perceptiveness of Davenport is almost a pattern. The stupidity of good guys is galling - the bad guys always getting the breaks is predictable. Davenports women without common sense - that Weather wasn't killed in operating room a major flaw.
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