Murder, scandal, political espionage, and an extremely dangerous woman. Lucas Davenport’s going to be lucky to get out of this one alive....
Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows.
Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons. She has very definite ideas about the way the world should work, and the money, ruthlessness, and sheer will to make it happen.
©2013 John Sandford (P)2013 Penguin Audio
"If you haven’t read Sandford yet, you have been missing one of the great summer-read novelists of all time." (Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly)
I'm hearing teacher voices
Classic Lucas Davenport.
Silken Prey harks back to the early books in the Prey series when Davenport was beginning to emerge as a master blender of political 'management' and police procedure. This particular book actually calls to mind the recent Netflix TV series "House of Cards." In a world where unscrupulous-ness is a high art, Lucas seems rather angelic. :-)
He IS Lucas Davenport for me. In fact (maybe I shouldn't say this) I try to avoid other books read by Ferrone so I can preserve this illusion.
Lucas Davenport Is Not Mark Harmon!
Thanks to John (Camp) Sandford for continuing to write this series, in tandem with Virgil Flowers in the fall. I hope you never get bored. And outlive me.
Richard Ferrone makes me happy to be human. I'd send aliens to listen to his voice: This is what the male of our species sounds like when talking. Silk embedded with gravel, never showing off, getting the job done.
And John Sandford is a reliable treasure. His characters are lean and lovely, burrowing into the stories created for them. This one needs a sequel, as the main villain is still standing. I don't listen to books like these to see evil-doers get away with it. Life requires that kind of patience. In mystery novels, I pay for closure.
I listen while I paint- classic or modern mysteries, true adventure, & books that inspire or motivate
The Prey series continues with another solid Lucas Davenport "mystery"--although it's not really a mystery as we know from the beginning who did it, what was done, and why they did it. The fun part is riding along with Lucas and the gang while they figure it out and get the culprits.
The author has lightened up on his gruesome, bloody, murder scenes which I remember so vividly in his early novels. However, the witty banter and close relationships shared by Lucas and his fellow detectives and cops are still a big part of his stories. These guys really seem to like their jobs, and truly like each other, which is part of their appeal.
This one is set on the political stage as Lucas is called in to find out if there are dirty tricks being played in a new Senate race. It starts out with allegations of pornography and develops into murder. This isn't the best John Sandford, but it did have enough intrigue and interesting characters to keep me listening. As with any series, there is a chance of becoming tired of the same type of storyline unless the author steps it up somehow, and I would like to see something new in his next one.
Recommended for any long time Davenport fans, as well as new readers. If you're new to this series, starting from the beginning will introduce you to family members and friends as they developed over the years, however, this is fine as a stand alone novel.
This could easily hook someone on audio books AND John Sandford's series.
It was very cool to have Lucas, Virgil, Kidd and others all together.
Richard Ferrone IS Lucas Davenport AND as with George Guidall and a few others, I don't find myself thinking about who's doing it as much as I do the story...except when I pause to admire that aspect of the performance.
All of it...it was like watching a movie in my head while I was on a 1000 mile trip.
See also my "Prayer Review" on other titles. It applies here too.
I like the PREY novels for several reasons. I like, for example, the companionable ways in which the police work together -- as distinct from the angst-ridden, loner-detective at odds with all fellow cops and especially his superiors. And this is one of my favorite PREY novels. The villains are more nearly recognizably human than are some of Sandford's villains.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
Another Prey series from Sanford and this one really delivers overall. This book has everything a reader/listener of the series would want. There is of course our beloved Davenport and his family, bad guys that play political dirty tricks and of course murder,a less than honorable billionaire politician, expensive one of a kind jewels in a safe, a safe cracker, computer hackers, 2 very loyal scary non-barking guard dog German Shepherds, and more. You know not the best deep read ever, but just what one wants from a Prey series. Enjoy!
Yes. If you like the Prey series, this is one of the best.
The incorporation of all of Sandford's characters...from Davenport and the BCS gang to Kidd, who we haven't heard from in a while.
Richard Ferrone is Lucas Davenport...I couldn't imagine any other voice as Lucas.
When Lucas figured out that Kidd and Lauren were involved and let them know that he knew.
Great writing and performance by Richard Ferrone. Could be my favorite Prey book.
Well, it's not at the top of all audiobooks I've read but nearly so. You get hooked with the emergence of a political scandal in which a senatorial candidate for Minnesota is accused of watching kiddie porn on his computer. The Governor asks Lucas Davenport to find out if the porn was planted and, if so, by whom. The investigation leads to several murders by body guards of the sociopathic contender for the Senate seat. So, it's both a police procedural and a novel about corruption in politics. There are many characters and at times it's hard to keep track of them, but Lucas Davenport keeps them all in line. It's an exciting and satisfying read.
I've read other Prey novels by Sandford and I think I like this one the best.
Yes, but it's too long for that.
Easy to Please
There were just enough characters in this book to give you some to like and some to dislike.
I liked how the past of some of the characters was exposed a bit early in the story to give me something to guess about.
I've listened to a lot of Richard Ferrone's books and he always brings his unique best to a book. I love Lucas Davenport and simply cannot imagine another narrator for this character.
Fortunately I was either driving or waiting most of the day and yes, I listened to the great ending as I was headed to bed.
This Lucas Davenport book takes me back to Sandford's earliest work, which I feel was most entertaining. This is a great summer read.
Classic Lucas Davenport novel. Great pacing, loved Richard Ferrone (he is the perfect narrator). Lots of twists and turns, but you can still follow the plot. I like how Sandford keeps the same side characters (Dell, Elle, Letty) and has Lucas work with them all.
You might also enjoy "The Burglar" books, also narrated by Richard Ferrone. Bernie Rhodenbarr (lead character) is a likable sort - similar to Lucas.
Ferrone brings a warmth to the story. He paces the thoughts and actions appropriately.
NO, it was a great commuting book. 45 minutes in the morning and at night.
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