The company chairman lay on the cold ground of the woods, his eyes unseeing, his orange hunting jacket punctured by a rifle bullet at close range. Around him stood the four executives with whom he had been hunting, each with his or her own complicated agenda, each with a reason not to be sorrowful about the man's death. If he read it in a book, Lucas Davenport thought, it would seem like one of those classic murder mysteries, the kind where the detective gathers everyone together at the end and solves the case with a little speech.
But it wasn't going to be that easy, he knew. There were currents running through this group, hints and whispers of something much greater than the murder of a single man. He had felt this way not long before, sensed the curling of an indefinable evil, and not only had it nearly gotten him killed, it had lost him his fiancee, who'd never been able to recover from the violence of the encounter. Sometime soon, unless he could stop it, there would be another death, and then still another, and Davenport couldn't help but wonder if maybe this time, the final death might not be his own....
John Sandford has written extraordinary thrillers before, but nothing to top the startling twists and unrelenting suspense of Secret Prey.
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I thoroughly enjoy the "Prey" series by John Sandford, starring Lucas Davenport. I find that I usually read these in clumps. I'll read a number of books that are more literary in nature and then desire something that I can just enjoy and have fun with.
For this purpose, Sandford's novels are perfect. The characters, Davenport in particular, are well developed and have all grown as the series has progressed. The stories are different than most detective fiction, in that we almost always know who the killer is early in the plot's development. It's not a whodunit but rather a how do we catch them.
I wholeheartedly recommend this and all the "Prey" novels as an excellent escape from mundane daily life.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
I get a great kick out of the Davenport series, it's a little more complex then Patterson but one of the better series besides Reacher
I just picture Gibbs from NCIS as Lucas & it's very entertaining, this goes for all the series books , like any series I'm sure some are much better then others but its worth the time & credit
I read all series books, when I find a character I love I can't stand not to know what happens to them next.
Great read, Davenport always gets his guy...The narrator is sometimes annoying, but nothing I can't stand.
Davenport is such a great character and this whole plot was really good. I could hardly put it down. As usual Richard Ferrone did a great job narrating.
I can go without reading one of these for a bit but as soon as I start hearing Lucas and his detectives start working out a case I smile.
Sandford's a terrific storyteller and Ferrone tells it well. Never been a boring Prey novel and this one's right up there!
Lucas Davenport is a crime-solving son of a gun....Sandford gives him believability....seems very realistic and always interesting.
The voice is perfect for the story....and always is. Can't imagine another voice/style for a Davenport novel.
Brought the iPod with me from the car...and finished in a weekend.
The author presents word-pictures of scenes and events by giving specific details that appeal to the five senses, or to the reader’s imagination. Description presents background and setting. This story had me hooked from start to finish.
This plot did keep me on the edge of my seat. So many of the characters had reason to pull the trigger. Everytime I thought I had it figured out a new twist would unfold in the story.
I would leave it as Secret prey a Lucas Davenport mystery
I'm sorry all this financial sludge put me to sleep ( literally ) 6 or 7 times.I guess the setting was just SO boring I kept zoning out and couldn't stay interested in the characters because they and their jobs were so boring I found myself always drifting off.I let it keep running after trying countless times rewinding it to AGAIN remember who was who.This book was night and day for me from my favorite so far - "Mind Prey" which not only kept me on the edge of my seat,but also I found it hard to stop the book and return to it the next day - could' ve easily listened to it all at once.Oh well,onto the next one - only 2 out of 9 I didn't like - this one and "Stolen Prey" ,which I just couldn't finish-worse than this one, and read out of order like "Buried Prey." Loved "Buried Prey" tho.'
All of the previous books in the Lucas Davenport series have had twist and turns and this addition certainly has that as well. Sandford referrers to previous plot lines and incorporates characters from earlier book into Secret Prey with expert precision. Sandford's main character is a very complicated man but also he is a very simple man. Lucas seems to always dealing with moral and personal dilemmas while he is chasing the bad guys. It seems to me Lucas is putting some of his personal demons to rest in this book. Its a nice touch. The ending is different, very different indeed. Enjoy I sure did.
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