In Eyes of Prey, Bekker, an insane pathologist who experiments with his patients’ pain thresholds, is finally brought down by an unrelenting Lucas Davenport, who brutally maims the doctor’s beautiful face but leaves him alive. “You should have killed me,” were Bekker’s parting and prophetic words.
In this sequel to Eyes of Prey, Bekker endures the indignities and horrors of imprisonment, taking comfort in the fact that it is only a matter of time before he will make Lucas Davenport pay.
©1992 John Sandford (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC
I just couldn't stop listening to this book. The plot and exposition, especially the sub-plot about the "Robin Hood" cops just held me until it was over. It also got me thinking.
This story takes place mostly in NYC during the last days of the Dinkins administration, when the city is on the brink of falling apart. The subplot about the Robin Hood cops who decide to take out some of the more egregious low-lifes making the city a hell-hole, presents some great arguments both pro & con. However, history shows that when the next administration, headed by Rudy Giuliani came in and started enforcing ALL the laws, especially the quality of life laws lawlessness went way down. The city now seems quite decent. This kept running through my head all the while reading the book.
I used to live in NY state, not too far from the city and saw all this happen, so the story resonates with me, and I could understand the discouragement of those cops.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
...too much of insane antagonist Bekker. Of the 19 of John Sandford 34 novels in my Audible library this is the only one that never grabbed my interest although I did complete listening to it. I did not enjoy it at all. My advice is skip this one.
Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.
There's really no need to review this NYC cop thriller because everyone knows Sandford's the bomb, but if you're on the fence about using a credit for this title, don't hesitate. Richard Ferrone expertly spins the Lucas Davenport tale and Sandford doesn't disappoint. Eerie bad guy. Cheeky good guy. Nutty dialogue. Edge of your seat fare. Click add to cart and you'll be happy.
in spite of the cover illustration. I wasn't going to, since I figured any book represented by that illustration would have to be sickening. I had a whole day to wait for release of the latest in the series, though, and this was the only one I didn't have, and I figured how awful could a Davenport book really be? So I took a chance, and the book is fine, though the subject matter with all the police problems was really nerve-wracking, and the psycho was still a psycho. By the end of the book I still couldn't figure out why they would put such a cover on it. I looked at the books on Amazon, and the hard copies and Kindle version have civilized covers, so why does the audio copy have to have such junk as it's illustration? It seems like some sort of anti-audio discrimination. Can't Audible do something about that? If they'd change it, I'd go back and add a couple of stars.
Have a Boomerang Millenial Daughter. We like her, she likes us so, nice to have her back. Both my Husband and I are Proud USN Veterans.
How the pathologist, planned and executed that plan.
Yes, pretty much the same. I do like him but I have difficulty telling one character from another, more often than I would prefer.
Dr. Mengele II
I do enjoy, the fact that Lucas has found happiness with Weather and family life but it took some of the edge of the cliff situations and some of his more colorful bad choices away. Those were enjoyable and those "Oh Boy, Hold On" situations away, I miss them.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
I enjoy reading series and this novel, Silent Prey, is the fourth book in this series.
The most memorable moment of Silent Prey was knowing what character's were involved in the serial murders of chosen citizens of New York.
I am very pleased with listening to Richard Ferrone's narration. I've listened to him throughout the Lucas Davenport series.
Yes, because I always want to know how Lucas Davenport creates havoc while solving murders with the fellow member's of the police precinct they belong to.
Sending Lucas to New York to be a part of their precinct was quite creative. I could well understand that they may think twice before calling him to help with another murder. I hope he is able to return to his old job in the next book. The guy is driving himself nuts as well as some of his friend's. Having a lot of money isn't the answer to enjoying life.
I love Lucas Davenport -- which is why I don't like this book at all.
The Lucas Davenport I like is the smart, wise-cracking, deucedly clever cop -- I love his city as he describes it, the guys he works for, his friends and family -- this is a little early for Weather, but... I love how he contrives to outwit the most dastardly criminals.
But this book spends at least 80% of the time either in the mind of the the evil guy Bekker, or watching this depraved creature as he goes about his disgustingly way-beyond-gruesome deeds. What makes it worse is that the usually excellent Ferrone interprets Bekker in the most dire, disaster-looming tones -- it gets old, real fast. I want to go take a bath every time I turn off the iPod.
Call me silly, but I don't really want to spend that much time in the mind of pure evil. What I want is the delightful Lucas Davenport as he contriving to catch the guy. Even Davenport, in this book, is depressed, not happy with his life. But even so, I'd much rather live in the mind and the world of Lucas -- not this evil beast. I want the Lucas Davenport of the newer books -- not these first ones.
I don't know what the cut-off line is, at which point in the series Sandford stopped writing the series in the preponderance-of-evil mode, and instead began focusing on the clever and likable Davenport.
At least I know one thing now -- stay away from the early books.
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