The brilliant new Lucas Davenport thriller from the number-one New York Times-best-selling author.
"Sandford's track record as a best-selling author is amazing, but it's not an accident," wrote Booklist of Wicked Prey. "His plotting is sharp, his villains are extraordinarily layered, and his good guys are always evolving.
And this time, there's a storm brewing...Very early, 4:45, on a bitterly cold Minnesota morning, three big men burst through the door of a hospital pharmacy, duct-tape the hands, feet, mouth, and eyes of two pharmacy workers, and clean the place out. But then things swiftly go bad, one of the workers dies, and the robbers hustle out to their truck-and find themselves for just one second face-to-face with a blond woman in the garage: Weather Karkinnen, surgeon, wife of an investigator named Lucas Davenport.
Did she see enough? Can she identify them? Gnawing it over later, it seems to them there is only one thing they can do: Find out who she is, and eliminate the only possible witness.
©2010 John Sandford (P)2010 Penguin
"Sharply drawn characters, intricate plotting, and smooth dialogue make this a sure-fire winner." (Publishers Weekly)
Great plot, writing and character development.
Weather, the female surgeon. Sanford does a great job of describing the committment, challenges of being a mother, wife and surgeon, and the calm demeanor needed to be an ourstanding surgeon working under unbelievable stress.
We love his performances. His voice is a pleasure to listen to, and he uses it to help bring out the feelings of the characters in a meaningful way.
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I get tired of the technical ignorance. Guns, cars, everything mecahanical is mis represented and hold no truths.
This author, while having liberal tendancies, exudes those and has no clue as to the technical stuff. Even a moron knows that the engine is in the back of a Porsche-911. That sort of innacuracy spoil the novel for me.
Come on John, get your facts straight and Editors. Where are you????
Horny Cop-No marals.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
I love his audio books. Richard Ferrone is excellent. The story is very good, as are all of his novels I've read.
There's a pun about Weather getting drunk. It's laugh out loud funny.
I've listened to several (more than 6 less than 12/). He's excellent.
No, I had a 5 hour drive to and a 5 hour drive back from a job site. Made the drive enjoyable.
This is, undoubtedly, the worst John Sandford novel to date. Next to nothing happens in it, and the author insists on dragging out the most minute, implausible details in order to push his page count up high enough to demand a "novel" price. I kept falling asleep listening to it. In fact, two-thirds of the way through the unabridged version, I had to switch to the abridged version, just to cut out some of the filler and actually FINISH the thing!
What a mess. As a writer, I can honestly say that I could've written this story better in one-fourth the page count.
Terrible stuff. Stick with his earlier work.
This book was just OK. I have enjoyed the Prey books before but found this one fairly lackluster compared to it's predecessors. Maybe it was the reader, who made the charcters either sound alike or annoyingly whiny. Not sure which was the culprit, but if I were a first time reader it wouldn't persuade me to purchase another.
The book was decent enough, though the author made the characters a little cutsey-cool, which seems to happen as series get older. Being a upper midwesterner, I couldn't figure how the Minnesota characters could sound like a cops from the eastern seaboard. Plus, Virgil Flowers voice sounded like a thug...definitely different from what he has become in other books.
...... and no other means of entertainment. This one time, when I was driving to the cottage we counted cows. I think you get the point.
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A pretty good yard, intertwining the crime thriller in the midst of an operation to separate conjoined twins. I enjoyed the story of the twins as much as the crime part. But, it ws interesting, fact paced, and an enjoyable listen. I don't know how popular this author is but I'd guess he has a big following in Minnesota, reading about all the local places where crime happens. Without this book I'd never have known that Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan was based on a highway right there in his home state of Minnesota. My first book was his latest and this onethe most recent before that. I guess I'm working my way through his books in reverse chronilogical order. Go Hawks!
I liked it! I got caught up reading John Sandford thru his Virgil Flowers character, so I guess I'm backwards. I KNOW how many books there are in the "Prey" series, but I had never read any until now. I did enjoy this as I felt it was definitely a good crime/suspense story. The story begins simply enough, and I'm thinking - how much can there really be to this? Then the series of bad choices and unfortunate mistakes begin and everyone gets in deeper until the whole thing is a mess. There were some parts to this that I felt went a little too far to be believable, but it wasn't distracting from the overall story. I intend to read more of the books in this series, so I can safely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the crime novel.
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