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Publisher's Summary

The "Big Three" are a trio of inmates locked up in the Minnesota Security Hospital over the years, each a particularly vicious serial killer, each with his own distinct style and propensities. Everybody feels much safer knowing that they're behind bars. Except...there's a new killer on the loose. And his handiwork bears a disturbing resemblance to some of the finer points practiced by the Big Three, details that never even made the papers.

Lucas Davenport and his team quickly hone in on a possible suspect, a man named Charlie Pope, who was released from the same hospital prison a few weeks earlier, and who now seems to have cut himself free from his court-imposed ankle bracelet and disappeared. But is he really the one? And why do the Big Three look so agitated?

Brilliantly suspenseful, consistently surprising, once again, Sandford has outdone himself.

©2005 John Sandford; (P)2005 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

" is tough, unstoppable, white-knuckle fiction." (Publishers Weekly)
"The 17th Prey thriller is a cut above recent entries in the series....It contains supersized servings of all the elements readers have come to treasure in the series: Davenport's quirky, self-deprecating, and ironic worldview; plenty of graveyard humor; and a dynamic sense of place....An extra treat is Davenport's ongoing mental gyrations as he compiles a list of rock's 100 greatest tunes for his new I-pod." (Booklist)

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Top drawer entertainment - as usual!

Personally, I found Broken Prey to be just as entertaining and captivating as all his other stories. Sandford is of my all time favorite authors, and Ferrone is one of my favorite readers, and I was not disappointed. Couldn't put the story down.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful Thriller!

I love the Prey series and I've read or/and listened to most of them. This book is just as good as the previous ones. It can be a bit graphic in parts, but so can real police work (I would think). Anyway, there's plenty of action, mystery and suspense to keep you listening until the end. I love all of the characters, and the author does a wonderful job of making them seem so real. I thought that the reader was fantastic, too!

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Ed
  • Saint Augustine, FL, United States
  • 02-14-07

The usual group of psychopaths

If you've read through most of these customer reviews, you'll understand that very few readers are neutral on Sandford's Prey series and narrator Ferrone. If this was the first Sandford book you've listened to, then it's understandable that you would not like it if you're adverse to graphic descriptions of violence. It is trademark of the Prey series, along with one or more psychopaths who redefine evil. Broken Prey had several who fit into this category and were collectively about as horrid as you could get. This book differs from the other Prey books I've listened to because this one kept you guessing as to who the primary villian was. I don't think this book was the best in the Prey series, but it was entertaining given the genre. And Farrone is perfect for the Prey series and was excellent with the narration of this book. If you like the Prey series, you'll like Broken Prey.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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At His Best

Davenport is at his best in this book. It moved quickly, and you couldn't wait to reach the end. If you like Davenport's character from the other prey novels, you'll like this one too.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Lauren
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 06-28-13

WOW - SICK - SURPRISING - AWESOME

This is an LD favorite for me. Sometimes Sanford let's you know right up front who the bad guys are but in this one he keeps you guessing and it really pays off in the end. I really enjoyed the build up of a pair of characters who you don't know their relationship to the plot until the very end. It was interesting the way he tells the tale.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jan
  • LAGRANGE, KY, United States
  • 12-05-05

Sandford's run is broken

I have enjoyed this series for a long time. Broken Prey was a big disappointment. Just as Robert B. Parker has been turning out what are essentially short stories marketed as novels Sandford has padded a small story with a lot of meaningless filler to sell it as a novel.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Loved It

As always, John Sandford gives us a great Lucas novel. Mystery mixed with humor.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Darker than usual

Would you try another book from John Sandford and/or Richard Ferrone?

John Sandford and Lucas Davenport are favorites of mine. The villains in this piece seemed darker and the violence more immediate than normal. I won't read it again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another Davenport winner

I would recommend this book highly. As always following Davenport was an adventure and the plot was fast paced and very entertaining. Richard Ferrone brings the characters to life like no one else can. I'm a forever fan for Sandford and Ferrone.

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another great book in the series!

What did you like best about this story?

honestly--the reader. I'd listen to a phone book read by this guy! However, the story is great too, and rather fast-paced.<br/>

1 of 1 people found this review helpful