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
Mr. Sandford paints vivid scenes and characters with words. A master of the mystery game with characters you feel like you know and want to read about again and again.
I have read all of the books in this excellent series. One of the great things about a series is that you get to know the characters, you get interested in their personal stories.
Lucas Davenport is my favorite. He is the star of the show. This is his story in a way. I am also getting more and more interested in the story of Lettie, his adopted daughter. I suspect if Mr. Sandford continues the series that Lettie will eventually take over Lucas's role as central character.
I have listened to many of Richard Ferrone's audio performances. I love his narration. He has a deep gravelly voice that his perfect for these novels. My other favorite character he does is Bernie Rhodenbarr, the gentleman burglar of the Lawrence Block series. The two characters could not be more diverse, but to me he IS both characters. That is the key to a good narrator in my opinion. He takes each "role" and becomes the characters he is narrating.
Definitely, one of the female characters in the book is placed in a very dangerous situation (no spoilers!). I was riveted to my audio-book in breathless anticipation through the entire scenario. It was chilling.
If you are a thriller fan or a police procedural fan, buy this audio-book you will love it.
Scale of 1-10 (10 is highest) 7
The Prey books that have been out the last 7 yrs. no specific title. I was completely mesmerized about 3/4 of the way...
Hire a woman to do the female parts.
Not until I got 3/4 of the way through it.
Fast, Furious, Entertaining
I listen to audio books while on long commutes to and from work. I couldn't wait to get back in the car and back to the story!
Very consistant throughout the book. I knew who was speaking when till the very end. The voices of the various characters was only different enough to make them identifiable yet not distract me from following the plot.
oddly with all that was happening... the part that moved me was when lucas was furiously driving from town to town tracking down leads while the catherine was being held captive.
This was my first Lucas Davenport series book. There are 23 I look forward to listening to.
65yr young grandma , living in and enjoying MN. Reading is my favorite relaxation. Have always been a reader, now also is my grandchild.
I have gotten quite a few of my friends to start on the 'Davenport' novels, and they have all become Lucas fans. Yes, and I continue to recommend them. I am very proud he has some Minnesota roots, since I live here.
I love knowing, as Lucas travels the Twin Cities and Minnesota, that a lot of these streets and roads are places that I have traveled also!
His change in voice, etc... You know exactly who is talking when he changes character voice... Have listened to many of the books that he has narrated ..always a god job
Yes.... But then I usually listen to them again, a month or so later...
Can't wait for the new Virgil Flowers novel from Mr. Sandford!!
Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.
Even when Mr.Sandford is not at his best, he is still pretty damn good. I imagine I will buy the next one too.
yes, good detail, good narration.
Sandford books are more procedural. The capture of the female officer was a forgone conclusion
great as usual
I thought most people in Minnesota were like Garrison Keeler...but John Sandford sort of spoils the image.
The story felt like it could be real. It felt like something out of the headlines - Dahmer has friends.
The pit...chilled me to the bone. The gruesomeness of the murders...what was done to the bodies...how the murderers enjoyed it and why. All I could think about was there are really people in this world like that!!
True emotion that the author intended.
Yes. I fell asleep listening to it twice!!
I happened upon this book. I wasn't paying attention and didn't realize that there was an entire series. I have purchased three additional books in this series and they are all great! 5 stars!!!
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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.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
You read/listen to this series for consistency. There is nothing new here. If you like the other Davenport books, you will like this one. There is really not much variation in the plot lines in these books, just a different criminal each time. You have Lucas chasing down the bad guys in his Porsche (although in this book it stays in the garage most the time), A little about his wife Heather, and in this book a little more of his step daughter who plays a larger role than previous one, but a not a huge one. There does seem to be some distancing between Lucas and his police partners (Dell, etc.) since they are hardly in the plot line. Lucas seems to be entering middle age and all the "bad boy" things are left to Virgil Flowers series. The book ends with Lucas taking his step daughter off to college. Yes middle age suburban living.
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