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4.0 out of 5 starsA solid B!
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2019
Overall, very good, probably one of the better ones, though with a couple mis-steps. The sexual banter seemed a little contrived, and Lucas' inability too see the personal attacks as attempts to distract him was puzzling, we've seen that ploy before, and you'd expect it to be obvious to Lucas. Even so, very enjoyable.
A combination of a suspense thriller and a police procedural. The story revolves around the world of banking management personnel surviving a possible merger. This leads the reader to the first of several murders and terrorized injured victims. The actual murderer is known to the reader about halfway through the book. The second half is spent on an excellent cat and mouse game in an attempt to gather enough proof to nail the wily suspect. The story and the procedural are very well thought out and entertaining. Twists and turns abound as the suspect eludes possible justice.
Lucas, himself, goes through a bit of a change in his personal life; a change, I’m sure, many will like. The characters, as usual, are so well developed they basically pull the reader into the story. There is no wasted dialogue. This well thought out storyline moves at a steady pace which is very worthy of your time.
A note for Mr. Sandford: Please move your decimals in the fture when discussing BAC. A BAC is not 1.75, for example; its reading is .175
I am an ardent John Sandford fan. I recently purchased and read the complete Prey series and then the complete Flowers series in order, and I'm only sorry I'll have to wait for the next book in both series. Sandford is a novelist with the rare ability to carry over characters and plot elements with complete believabiity while allowing both to develop in interesting, unexpected but natural ways - the only other "serial" novelist who does this nearly as well is Anthony Trollope, and he avoids murders. I re-read these books with pleasure as great or greater than the first reading because the fast-paced narrative and unexpected plot developments pulls you to read fast the first time; the second or third you can pay attention to atmosphere (he's great on significant landscape detail), character growth, and situation development. Sandford writes like a real novelist, not like someone trying to impress academia with his literary exclusivity.
Secret Prey is #9i in the Prey Series by John Davenport. Usually I am very excited reading his books. But not so with this one The start as exciting . Then the storyline staggered it got evolved in Big banking muders.There were several twists a nd turns and love envolvement with Lucas.
4.0 out of 5 starsThat isn't necessary but some things take place that is fun to already know the why and how
Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2016
I have read all the Prey books and the ones with Virgil Flowers The biggest problem I have Is waiting for the next one to come out.Be it:Lucas Davenport,or Virgil Flower. I read them in order of there release. That isn't necessary but some things take place that is fun to already know the why and how.. I do that with all the suspense novels I read. It's hard to find a character that is fully developed and has a personality that I enjoy.John Sanford is one of my favorite authors.
5.0 out of 5 starsLucas Davenport takes on greedy executives, a cunning murderer, and a few surprises
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2010
The terrifically entertaining "Secret Prey" starts out as a clever whodunit set in the world of high-priced corporate politics: several top-tier bank executives are manuveuring for power during a merger when one of them is murdered. But as fun as it is to witness the watching-every-dime cops (well, except for Lucas Davenport, who certainly isn't poor) grilling the millionaire executives, the book becomes even more interesting later on, when it becomes clear who the culprit is.
At that point, about two-thirds of the way into the book, the story morphs into one about dysfunctional families and the broken personalities they can produce. Yet everything, the earlier straight-up whodunit and the latter dark psychological study, fits together nicely. And, have no fears, both aspects feature well done thriller elements that will keep you devouring chapters.
Adding further texture to the proceedings are the latest developments in Lucas Davenport's love life, which center around the sad dissolving of Lucas' relationship with surgeon Weather Karkinnen and the subsequent spicy affair Lucas initiates with a colleague. Well, it's really she who does the initiating, in a funny, memorable scene.
This ninth book in John Sandford's "Lucas Davenport" series is a particularly strong entry and shouldn't be missed if you have any affinity for this character or series.
The book had everything you could possibly ask for in a police procedural. It was a fascinating story, not only because of the crimes themselves, but also because of the cast of characters. Lucas and his crew make the story even better between their interactions and repartee. It deserves a five star in every category
I usually only get to read 1.5 hours a day to read. But today I was able to dive into this book for about 5 hours. Right to the end. Started out confusing a little but once I got a handle on it it just flowed. And I can see why it was a challenge to get it all to fit. Mr Sanford did it again. And good old Lucas is back in good form.
4.0 out of 5 starsA good thriller created by a master story-teller
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 30, 2017
I've been working my way through the Lucas Davenport and this, whilst not Sandford's best, is still a great read. At the time of writing, he'd obviously become relaxed enough to make in-story jokes about other writers like Carl Hiaasen. There are only a few mis-steps but none central to the mystery.
5.0 out of 5 starsI enjoyed doing it even though some of the plot strains ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 23, 2018
I have run out of superlatives for Lucas Davenport over the many years. This one was part of my back catalogue filling in . I enjoyed doing it even though some of the plot strains overlapped. What a series.