In Shadow Prey, the crackling sequel to Rules of Prey, Twin Cities Sleuth Lucas Davenport teams up with NYPD Lieutenant Lily Rothenberg to track down an elusive killer, known only as Shadow Love. Among the victims are a Minneapolis slumlord, a judge from Oklahoma City, and a Manhattan politician. The murder weapon is a Native American ceremonial knife.
©1990 John Sandford (P)2012 Recorded Books
Lack of focused story line.
Better character development, improve flow of story line.
Is there a point here or is the author being paid by the word?
This book has an interesting story to tell, but that is the end of what's good about this book.The storyline wanders in and around without really developing characters and never seems to get to the point. Never ending meaningless dialogue and a disjointed storyline made this book tedious and no worth finishing.
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As I listened to this book I was struck by the moral ambiguity running through the main story line. The good guys did some pretty bad stuff and the bad guys had a theme of righteous vindication. In the meantime the thrills, and sometime chills, came frequently. This book has pace and action worked together very skillfully.
The characters are outlined clearly enough that you know what they're about and understand their actions and reactions. They are, however, without much depth. The narrator can be hard to get used to as you start the book but pretty quickly becomes the spirit and appropriate characterization for all the nuances contained in this story.
The author's final comments at the end of the story made it all clear (at least to me). This was his 2nd book and the 2nd in an intended series. As he wrote it he became torn between writing a thriller vs writing a social commentary. The commentary is based in large part on the victimization of native Americans over time in this country. A plight that is still quite relevant today. Once he finished the book he realized that he couldn't have it both ways, tore it apart, and rewrote it to be a thriller. From this listener's perspective the social commentary theme is still in the underlying tone of the story. Therefore my sense of moral ambiguity.
I'm thoroughly enjoying this series and would love to give this book 5 stars across the board. My 4 stars on the story are strictly based on the unresolved ambiguity...no neat bows were offered to wrap it all up. That's ok by me, I'm on to the next story in the series.
If you like cop/detective thrillers, then this series is for you!
Yes; the writing is wonderful, stories are intricate, plausible, and a little humor never hurts.
All of the John Sanford books are great; I look forward to each new one as it comes out,. My favorite author, right along with Michael Connelly.
None in particular. All are good.
Yes, but I made myself savor it.
Yes. Very entertaining and exciting.
Lucas taking no prisoners at the end!
One of my favorite readers. Great job as usual!
Yes - unusual storyline and it kept me interested due to the mix of characters
Lucas Davenport - non-conformist
no - found it mostly enjoyable
One of the best
Yes, like all the books in the Prey series
Richard Ferrone is the best one out there, I look for others that he's done
I like the whole series and was only able to find an abridged version of this book until I found your website. Richard Ferrone is one of the best author/reader out there, along with Scott Brick.
The whole series is good.
Old Man Borg
As usual, a great crime novel, and great characters.
Captivating dialogue, performed brilliantly by Richard Ferrone.
Can't wait to listen to the next one.
I'm a crippeled old warrior with difficulty typing/writing etc. I used to love reading books, and have read many. I now love audio books.
I'm no expert qualified to make intelligent comments about any writers work. I just offer the personal opinions of an old country boy. Good story, but needed to use my hearing aids to hear and understand the very soft voice of R. Ferrone. I had to rerun a line or two several times to understand what he said. I'm sure I'd do much better if I wore my hearing aids.
Over all this was a good tail and worth listening to.
I was ready to settle into a new series starring Lucas Davenport. I liked Rules of Prey a lot. But this one was a put-off on several levels. I felt like the author wrote about native Americans without knowing very much about them. (Contrast this with the Tony Hillerman books) However, he included all of the "no good" stereotypes. We had drunken, drugged, miserable Indian characters in this tale, not one of whom inspired any real interest or worth for the plot. But it was the Lucas character that left me disgusted....the way he uses women with no regret. He just goes on about how he loves women, can't help it, and...implied...."take it or leave it." He's now a father...but that changes nothing. I felt sympathy for the New York lady cop who fell into step with this character and cries and begs at the end. Not fun to read. I'm not easily put off by personality flaws. So many great characters in other action novels are deeply flawed....Like Jo Nesbo's Harry....but this Lucas guy just bugs me!!!
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