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.
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Letty could have been better. Last half was good entertainment.
I read book #1 in the series and did not like the womanizing element of Lucas. In this book #14 he’s married, so that should be less. But his female characters come across as cardboard. Part of it is women desiring men, but I don’t see men having intense desire for women. The men are magnets and don’t do anything to earn the attraction. It’s male wishful thinking. It’s a subtle undercurrent. I accept the author’s choice to not have smart, strong, competent women in his character mix. But at least give me something sassy, quirky, or unusual about some women.
The opening murder scene had me glued to the page. Then it was slow creating the back story about everyone. But the last half was top notch. Very engaging. But, when it was over I was confused. I did not know who did what or how in the kidnappings. Who told Sorrell about Deon and Jane? What happened to Joe Kelly?
I was disappointed with Letty but only because of my expectations. She is 11. Lucas meets her in this book and she supposedly continues as a character in future books. But I read the next book (#15) and she had no role in that. Letty traps muskrats for money and carries a rifle. I was hoping she’d have an unusual attitude or ability. But her dialogue and behavior were like a regular person - kind of flat.
I was happy that justice was done and the bad guys “got it” in the end.
I really liked the following. Someone was wondering who was more likely to commit a crime. “Deon was this ocean of want. He wanted money and he wanted dope and he wanted cars and he wanted clothes and he wanted to go to Vegas and LA and he wanted season tickets for basketball. Lauren didn’t seem to want anything. He didn’t seem to care about anything or even do anything other than sleep with Katina.”
Richard Ferrone was good in a lot of ways, but I did not like some of his female voices – especially Letty. I also did not like some of his interpretations. For example “What does that mean? She growled.” He read this as a whine not a growl.
Genre: mystery suspense thriller.
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.
somehow I missed this one. back int he day, i read these books like crazy. love the cast and crew. began listening to the latest ones, about a year ago. at some point figured out that I missed the one where letty is introduced. glad I went back and found it.
I'm not a fan of the narrator. i do not care for his delivery, nor the way he seems to suck all the teasing and humor from the text. I don't know if it is just me, but when I read these, there is a wry and sly humor to lots of the interactions, and that is missing from the narrators delivery.
As solid entry into the series.
Sandford just gets better. Each one of the Prey series is fantastic to me. I love they way they build on each other. Sandford doesn't leave a cliff hanger like the old serials did in the movies but his books sure lead you to wanting to read the next book in the series. Davenport or Mitch Rapp. Maybe they are equal in my mind. Both are dynamite character's. Enjoy.
I am a college professor and professional actor, director and playwright. The peformance of the book is as important to me as the writing.
I have listened to the entire Prey series, at least all that are unabridged. This is one of his best, by far! The most appealing part to the story aside from Richard Ferrone, who is an incredible narrator- (no wonder they have used him on most of Sandford's recorded books) but....the story features Letty, a young girl with an amazing character- resourceful, tough, sweet, naive and "plucky," to use an old fashioned word. And the way that Lucas and Del interact with her is funny and endearing. This contrasts nicely to the diabolical planning and violence of the killers. I highly recommend it.
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.
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.
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