The extraordinary new Lucas Davenport thriller from number-one New York Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize winner John Sandford.
The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.
He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another.
By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, when Lucas began to investigate, he made some disturbing discoveries of his own. The victims had been killed over a great many years, one every summer, regular as clockwork. How could this have happened without anybody noticing?
Because one thing was for sure: The killer had to live close by. He was probably even someone they saw every day....
©2014 John Sanford (P)2014 Penguin Audio
Of course, I would.
It is sad that after the first half of the book, Lucas and company become stupid. Lucas erases all of the photos from his phone. The sheriff sends all of the deputies out and takes a shower when everyone knows that the bad guy is after her.
I thought the narration was fine.
No, everyone is dead or has had their lives ruined.
I hope that Lucas and his fellow detectives regain their intelligence. I miss them.
I preordered this having read all the others in the "Prey" series but was kinda bored.
Missing something, witty banter? character development? Not certain just what is missing. Narration great as always; might be the formula is tired. I did not know enough about the new women cop to generate much interest in the outcome. Davenport's family just one dimensional as were most characters this time.
Yes, with reservations. I did like the character of Lucas Davenport (although he is neither Jack Reacher nor Dave Robicheau). This is the first time I have read a book by the Sandford. I am looking for a new author to follow because I have read all of Lee Child and James Lee Burke. I will give Sandford another try, and hope the next book won't be as violent as this one was.
The least interesting aspect was the author's tellling the story of Del in Texas. Truthfully, it was like an unformed twin growing on its brother's body. What the heck was the point of that?
He is a great narrator.
Yes. Watch out for psychos.
The descriptions of a certain woman being beaten was really unbearable. I had to fast forward through the gruesome and oft repeated descriptions of this woman being beaten and raped--her teeth, nose, and bones broken--made me sick. I seriously felt nauseated. It was like violence porn. I'll give another of his books a try, but if it details such abuse of women I won't be able to finish it.
Hand knitting and crochet are my hobbies in retirement, listening to books makes the time and the stitches fly by!
In the detective and mystery line (my name for this genre) the Lucas Davenport series by John Sandford in one of the best. Most of the books are very good, and with this one, they are getting even better! The series doesn't disappoint at any level.
The last hour of the audio was full of discovery and excitement. Many threads are woven into the body of the book, making it a very interesting "read".
Richard Ferrone has done the entire 24 books in the Davenport series. He has a wonderful reading voice, and makes the events come to life, adding to the excitement.
No emotional extremes here, unless you count the discontent of what law enforcement is up against when trying to stop the villains. And the miss-direction of the media when it comes to what is really important.
One of my favorite aspects of the Lucas Davenport series is the fact that the stories take place for the most part in Minnesota. Being familiar with all of the locations make the stores more real the the outcomes feel closer to home.
probably this was written by a machine. just dreadful.
hard to tell.
well, he sure couldn't save a really bad book.
all of 'em.
i've been a big sandford fan for decades but the books have been getting more and more violent and sloppy. so disappointing.
Why ever would I do that?
Lucas Davenport, no doubt. And, if you've read the other Prey books: that "....... Flowers."
One of the best PREY books! I truly enjoyed every minute of the 11-plus hours. Winner!
This may appear again now and then.
Dear God: Please let this man write another book soon and please let me be here to listen to it. I can't say something like 'even his worst book is good' because I can't think of anything he's done that is worse than anything else.
Before I post this list I have to say that Sandford, Parker and MacDonald are EXTRA special. And Richard Ferrone as John Sandford's voice is an amazing match. Like George Guidall with Craig Johnson and pretty much anything George reads.
Robert B. Parker lived in this space for me as did John D. MacDonald, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, John Hart, Craig Johnson, John Lescroart, William Kent Krueger Ridley Pearson ,and Jonathan Kellerman. Some others are really good but these guys have something special. If you are into mystery-thrillers I just gave you a back catalog I wish I could have...but I HAVE had it and it is an incredible treasure. I stopped going to libraries and swap places just so I can encourage these guys by sending them money. Please enjoy.
I'm at a loss. I really can't understand how this writer is so popular. The story was thin, the characters forgetable. I stuck with it til the end, thinking maybe something surprising would happen, but it just plodded along and I was grateful when it was over. I don't have any interest in reading any other Sandford novel.
I did think the narrator was okay. Not great, but okay. If he had been annoying, I couldn't have stuck with the book til the end. So the best I can say for him is, his narration was good enough to allow me to keep listening to an uninteresting story until it was over. I wouldn't mind listening to him read something that had an exciting plot line.
It seems Sanford phoned this one in. The solution was so obvious so early that some explanation for why it wasn't seen was needed or a different direction for the story, but neither was forthcoming. Investigative procedures that were followed in the past were simply ignored this time. He wasn't true to Lucas Davenport. I really wish he would rewrite this one because I've loved almost everything else he's written and this story had a great deal of potential.
Measured by plot complexity, clarity and scope of characters, pure suspense, blatant surprises and pure evil, this has to be Sanford's best yet.
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