Publisher's Summary

An art history professor and writer and cheerful pervert, James Qatar had a hobby: he took secret photographs of women and turned them into highly sexual drawings. One day, he took the hobby a step further and...well, one thing led to another, and he had to kill her. A man in his position couldn't be too careful, after all. And you know something? He liked it.

Already faced with a welter of confusion in his personal life, Deputy Chief Lucas Davenport decides to take this case himself, hoping that some straightforward police work will clear his head, but as the trail begins to take some unexpected turns, it soon becomes clear that nothing is straightforward about this killer. The man is learning as he goes, Lucas realizes, taking great strides forward with each murder. He is becoming a monster, and Lucas may have no choice but to walk right into his lair.

Filled with the rich characterization and detail that distinguish all of Sandford's work, Chosen Prey is a masterpiece of suspense.

Hear Lucas Davenport on the case in more of John Sandford's Prey novels.
©2001 John Sandford (P)2001 Putnam Berkely Audio, a member of Penguin Putnam Inc., and Recorded Books, Inc., LLC

Critic Reviews

"Ferrone's light style is perfect for the banter between Minneapolis homicide investigator Lucas Davenport and his colleagues, and he has no problem dialing up creepiness when voicing James Qatar, art teacher by day and remorseless killer, dubbed 'The Gravedigger', by night. Sandford's story, twelfth in his long-running Prey series, is taut and involving, and Ferrone serves it well." (AudioFile)

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  • Nina
  • Arlington, VA, USA
  • 11-11-04

a great Sandford thriller

I just never tire of this author -- the suspense always get me. I think "Winter Prey" is the best of the Prey series, but this one leads you an unmerry chase all the way. The reader knows what is going on, but has to watch the great Lucas Davenport put it all together. A bit different from some of the other Prey novels, and another notch in Sandford's belt.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Andre
  • Ithaca, NY, United States
  • 11-01-04

Realistic presentation of police probllems

This is a sad but highly realistic look both at the mind of a serial killer, and at the problems police have in trying to obtain definitive evidence to convict the killer. The murderer in this case is intelligent, meticulous and careful to avoid leaving real clues about his crimes. A very gripping, unhappy tale.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 03-10-17

Good Sandford


Okay, so this thing is predictable early on. If the Phillies played the Lancaster Barnstormers, well the winner'd be predictable, but both the major league talent and even the minor league enthusiasm would be great to watch. Sanford's reeeeeeely major league (for example see my review of 'Saturn Run'). That's the way with Lucas Davenort novels, they're a whirled of fun. They're as much about the trip as the destination.

Davenport's not a super-Sherlock. He follows breadcrumbs of facts, frequently guesses wrong, and bumps into things. Here again he follows, misuses, and bumps. But doggedly... doggedly. Don't you like that in the guy?

Well I do, and I like Sanford's rarely disappointing craftsmanship. Here's what professional commercial writing looks like, and through Ferrone's voice, what it sounds like. The villain's a foul funny guy who deserves a comeuppance - Totally!

You know it'll come, right?
Or will it?

Fine stuff...
Good Sanford...
Nuff said.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Chosen Prey Was Not For Me.....

I've enjoyed several of the Davenport series but not all... this one was not for me. I thought the story was "kinda" strange. A pervert moves from a hobby of creating sexy pictures of women into murdering them. For reasons that's not easily put into words, I found the whole story dislikeable and didn't' find it entertaining at all. It was not just one thing, it was just about everything. The story never became compelling to me... I never became invested in the story, the narrator made mistakes like saying "he" instead of "she," the dialog was often choppy; but most of all, the characters were over the top. They came across as cartoonish to me. Disappointed....

Gave 3 stars because I like Ferrone's performance ability...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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too much background noise

this was the first tape out of a few dozen but... there was background noise. like they were recording it in a public place. it was a bit distracting

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awesome

I couldn't stop listening
it was outstanding
I just love the prey series books,there are great.can't wait to start next book

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good series.

can of slow at the beginning but ended well. love the series so far great

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Linda
  • Colebrook, NH, United States
  • 08-14-13

Background Noise

In a quiet room, one can hear a background voice echo, otherwise a good book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I like it

This is my 2nd Lucas D. book; very entertaining and good story. The baddie is very bad. I like the humanity of the cops and their amusing interactions. Didn't hear any background voices or sounds as one reviewer noted.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Charles
  • Reading, PA, USA
  • 03-29-10

OK Book terrible audio recording

The audio quality is REALLY BAD even in enhanced format.. People are in the backround talking the whole time chairs squeaking ect.. Don't waste the credit !

3 of 4 people found this review helpful