In Naked Prey, John Sandford puts Lucas Davenport through some changes. His old boss, Rose Marie Roux, has moved up to the state level and taken Lucas with her, creating a special troubleshooter job for him for the cases that are too complicated or politically touchy for others to handle. In addition, Lucas is now married and a new father, both of which are fine with him: He doesn't mind being a family man. But he is a little worried. For every bit of peace you get, you have to pay - and he's waiting for the bill.
It comes in the form of two people found hanging from a tree in the woods of northern Minnesota. What makes it particularly sensitive is that the bodies are of a black man and a white woman, and they're naked. "Lynching" is the word that everybody's trying not to say - but, as Lucas begins to discover, in fact the murders are not what they appear to be, and they are not the end of the story. There is worse to come - much, much worse.
Filled with the rich characterization and exceptional drama that are his hallmarks, this is Sandford's most suspenseful novel yet.
©2003 John Sandford (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks
Years ago, I read some of the early books in the Lucas Davenport series and had found them diverting. And it was on that basis, and the high reviews here (coupled with the fact I had six credits), that I bought this as an audio book. Suffice it to say the book was a disappointment. It starts with an interesting premise and then descends into foolishness. Everyone in rural Minnesota, it seems, including nuns and the police, are involved, to one degree or another, in criminal enterprises. And our intrepid hero, Mr. Davenport, even buys a 12-year-old girl a rifle! But, of course, she’s no ordinary 12-year-old, and as the story plays out, events beg us to thank god she had that rifle. (By the book's end, the author has positioned the 12-year-old, Lettie West, who appears to have won the hearts of many of Mr. Sandford’s devoted readers, myself not included, for more adventures with our hero.) There is little mystery regarding the identity of the perpetrators - we learn who they are relatively early-on. The mystery is whether and how they will be revealed. The former was no mystery at all (of course they will be exposed for what they are!); the latter was not a riveting one. The dialog in the book may work better on the printed page, but much of it fails to pass muster when read aloud. All in all, this is a pretty mediocre story.
Loved this book. Letty West is one of the best character additions to this great series. She appears in subsequent novels in the series and she is a fabulous character. And this is the book where she makes her debut.
I love Sandford books but recently been hesitant to purchase them thinking that Lucas Davenport is going to get old and boring. Sandford Never Disappoints. this book is excellent even if you read the later books where he already has some characters introduced by the story you'll still love it. I am not going to hesitate in getting a Sanford book in the future and now going through my library to see if there are any I haven't listened to yet.
Im suprised there isn't a whole slew of movies based on Davenport.
This book has not been available for purchase as an audio book for a long time. I know because I tried. It is one of two nearly perfect Lucas books. The other book is Mortal Prey and Sandford has written about his emotional regret when he had to close his relationship to Clara. I think the writer's joy in finding another charater, Lettie, that he could continue shows in the book. It is a speculation about when he knew, but, as a writer can rewrite and edit the moment, the guess is more celebration for a writer's recognition than actual need to know. The story is interesting and the characters vivid. It hardly matters what one says about a Sandford book. A fan will read in any case and those on the fence are choosing for reasons a fan can not address. This is one of my favorites though and I am glad to see it available on audible.
We love John Sandford's characters. In Naked Prey we were introduced to Letti. We fell in love with her and look forward to more from this character. Sandfords sence of humor never dissappoints.
When Letti goes out the window and shoots the villan.
We enjoyed so many it is hard to say.
Ferrone is one of your best readers.
I have long been a fan of John Sanford's and his "Prey" series; his dialogue is second to none and is enhanced by the narrator who brings the characters and their unique personalities to life. Because of this...I prefer the audio to the print version.
BIG fan of Sandford's Prey series, BIG fan of Richard Ferrone narration. Another great installment.
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