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Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24 | [John Sandford]

Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

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.

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    J. Eastham Austin, Texas 05-20-14
    J. Eastham Austin, Texas 05-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "It is sad (Spoilers)"
    Would you try another book from John Sandford and/or Richard Ferrone?

    Of course, I would.


    What was most disappointing about John Sandford’s story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I thought the narration was fine.


    Do you think Field of Prey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, everyone is dead or has had their lives ruined.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that Lucas and his fellow detectives regain their intelligence. I miss them.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Horan NYC 06-14-14
    Marilyn Horan NYC 06-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Violence Porn"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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?


    Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is a great narrator.


    Did Field of Prey inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. Watch out for psychos.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas RICHMOND, CA, United States 05-10-14
    Thomas RICHMOND, CA, United States 05-10-14 Listener Since 2008
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    "Not one of his best..."

    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.
    Disappointed overall.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nada Austin, MN, United States 05-09-14
    Nada Austin, MN, United States 05-09-14 Member Since 2010

    Hand knitting and crochet are my hobbies in retirement, listening to books makes the time and the stitches fly by!

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    "Book 24 in the Series is one of the Best!"
    Where does Field of Prey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Field of Prey?

    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".


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Staats 06-13-14
    Dave Staats 06-13-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Time to haul out my Prayer Review"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 05-09-14
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 05-09-14 Member Since 2013

    Why ever would I do that?

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    "Sandford Gives Us Another Fantastic Prey Book!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lucas Davenport, no doubt. And, if you've read the other Prey books: that "....... Flowers."


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best PREY books! I truly enjoyed every minute of the 11-plus hours. Winner!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Saldutti 08-30-15
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    "could not stop listening"

    Richard ferrone has a way with the inflection and accents.
    Sandford as always runs a loose circle around the long way home

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    Rick 08-25-15
    Rick 08-25-15 Member Since 2012
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    "loved it"

    I absolutely love John Sandford and all of his books nobody gets any better than this is Davenport I can't wait for the next episode comes out all I can say is now wait for flowers to appear again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary D. 07-08-15
    Mary D. 07-08-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Another great mystery"

    I read Lucas Davenport and then I read a Harry Bosch book and it's so hard to choose which I like better. I'm almost to the end of both series and not happy to be almost done. This book was one of the best of Davenport

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mitzi R. 07-01-15
    Mitzi R. 07-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    loved it. kept my interest right to the end. I highly recommend it to all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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