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)
This is one of the best prey stories that I've read. I like the interplay between the members of the Davenport family, especially their teen daughter.
There are the usual bad guys, and in this story the bad guys play political dirty tricks with accusations of child porn, and, of course, there are two or three murders. The killers are real, their motives are obvious but catching them becomes life threatening for those who knew too much . I found the story entertaining as I watched what the criminals were doing and what Davenport was doing all of which helped provide the story's much needed tension building as both sides makes their moves. The bad guys are trying to protect their secrets as Davenport tries to find and expose them.
Ferrone is one of audible's best narrators. He is certainly at the top of my list for this series.
The catharsis required for the ending of a good police procedural is lacking here - I was disappointed but to say more would provide a spoiler for others who might see things differently. I'm not trying to be coy, but there are expectations for the story arc of a Davenport adventure that I, for one, count on, and it does not exist in this effort. The ending to me seemed, well, flabby, and in my eyes, made the whole book seem pointless. I recognize that this is a very personal view, and if you are a fan of this series, give it a go and see what you think -
John Sandford writes/develops great villains. I really like the "regulars" and how they have developed over the series. But, the reason I read and now listen to all of his books is that he has well-developed, interesting, and juicy evil characters. I enjoy listening to Richard Ferrone's narration; for me, he is the voice of Lucas Davenport. This is an enjoyable book, even if you have never read the series. Take it to the beach, or hammock , or a comfy chair. Just take a chance, and you may get hooked on a new series.
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.
Great read, one of his best highly recommend it.
Lucas of course
One of his better ones
Lucas Davenport and the cast of characters trap you from the first riveting chapter to the scintillating end. The killers are real, the motives obvious but catching them proves to be life threatening. Danger lurks in unlikely places. I was weary Sandford had lost his passion for the Prey Series, I missed the panache' of older novels. I love this thriller. There are good guys, bad guys and good guys turned bad that......sorry I can't ruin the plot. "Silken Prey" gives you more than you can ask from an author.
We are blessed with atypical villains we hate, comfortable characters we embrace, a hero everyman would love to become and a fresh story. The sprinkle of new characters fit well and make you smile. I loved the Governor. This is the only mystery I can remember that the bad guys aren't Big Business, Right Wing Conservatives or the Military full of Greed or Righteousness Thanks John for the refreshing story line.
Richard Ferrone would make a Filibuster sound interesting......he is Lucas Davenport!
"Political Prey" is a better title but that aside "Silken Prey" is a must read and read again. Easily one of the top three Prey novels, pick it up and you won't put it down. Pick it up and it won't let you down!
Just a quick review, as others have said most of what needs to be said. Overall, an enjoyable read, just not as full as other Prey novels.
Lacked in character development. Sandford relied on past novel character development, so if you have not read others in the Prey series, you will not get the full experience and inside jokes, etc.
Plot did not contain much mystery, as story played out as expected.
Still, I have read all other Prey and enjoyed this story, so give it a solid 4 out of 5.
While this wasn't one of my favorite books in the series, I still enjoyed the book. Really enjoyed that Kidd was included in the book (from his Kidd and LuEllen series), probably my favorite part. Lucas is aging well, and like always, it was a pleasure to read one of Sandford's books.
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A very good book, per usual. I am a huge John Sandford fan, and every six months I literally can't wait until his next book arrives. The Prey Series is my favorite Sandford series. I used to read them all, now I listen to them. I expect so much from them, I want them to live up to my expectations, and 'Silken Prey' does exactly that. It has a very good story, with well developed characters, one in particular, that everyone can relate to and unilaterally despise. Along with the regular cast of characters, which do not disappoint, EVER. I really wish I was just now, discovering the 'Prey Series' and could listen to them, just now, for the very first time. If that is you, DO IT!!! NOW!!! Don't wait, start now.
This book.is classic, Sandford, with classic and typical Sandford elements. Suspense, mystery, brutality, a little gore, some nasty people, some great people, some surprises, the usual charm and humor, and most important of all, a story line that is really, second to none.
So if you are on the fence whether or not to buy and listen or you are just looking for a good book lo listen to, just buy it. You can thank me after you listen. Or, a better idea, go get 'Rules of Prey', and listen to it, then go and get 'Shadow Prey', and listen to it, then go get, 'Eyes of Prey', listen to it, and then go and get 'Silent Prey'.......And like I said before, you can thank me after. And, Your Welcome. : -)
Why ever would I do that?
Have read all 23 Prey books by John Sandford. Have a MAJOR CRUSH on Lucas Davenport, America's classic good boy/bad boy.
This Prey is a bit on the boring side - the characters and their interplay elicited some yawns. Usually I dive right into Sandford books and don't mind hitting my head on the bottom. That being said, Silken Prey deserves a four out of five.
Long live Lucas Davenport!
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