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With each new book, John Sandford's Lucas Davenport novels grow deeper, richer, more suspenseful, and their audience grows even larger. The best, however, is yet to come.

When Davenport is called to the white-stuccoed house, after the party, he knows it's for no usual case. For one thing, the strangulation victim is Alie'e Maison, she of the knife-edge cheekbones and jade-green eyes: as models go, one of the biggest. For another, there are a few small complications. Such as the drugs in her body and the evidence that she had recently made love to a woman. Such as the fact that one of Lucas's own men had been at the party, and is now a suspect. Such as the little surprise they are all about to find when they search the house: a second body, stuffed in a closet, with a deep dent in its skull.

The whole case is going to be like this, Lucas knows, secrets piled upon secrets, the ground shifting constantly under his feet. But even he cannot suspect the earth tremors he is about to feel, when an old lover comes back into his life, a married woman now...whose own secrets may turn out to be the most dangerous ones of all.

Filled with brilliant characters and exceptional drama, this is Sandford's most suspenseful novel yet.

Hear Lucas Davenport on the case in more of John Sandford's Prey novels.
©2000 John Sandford (P)2000 Putnam Berkley Audio, a member of Penguin Putnam Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The throaty voice of veteran audiobook reader Conger lends Sanford's latest Lucas Davenport thriller a sense of immediacy....Conger handles the text perfectly, sounding as if he has a coffee cup in one hand and a cigarette in the other while rendering the staccato and often obscene language of Sanford's rough-hewn characters....Conger's excellent rendition of the investigation's many turns will keep listeners engaged to the end." (Publishers Weekly) "A compelling listen." (AudioFile) "The latest entry in the wildly successful Prey series contains all the elements fans have come to expect: solid plot, gallows humor, tasteful sex, and the likable, self-assured Davenport....An involving and very enjoyable thriller." (Booklist)

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Not bad for an abridgement

Not good either. I broke my own rule about getting abridgements. I rated it as high as I did because it is a John Sandford and the reader is excellent. This abridgement is choppy and some minor plot lines come and go at odd intervals and make little sense in the overall flow of the novel.

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  • Donna
  • oak park, IL, USA
  • 08-09-05

What happened?

I have read many of John Sandford's early books & found them enthralling. They were exciting, heart pounding suspenseful books with very three dimensional characters. I don't know what happened with this book but the characters are almost caricatures - except they are too two dimensional to even be that. I'm not sure I'll even finish it. This book reminds me of the new Tom Cruise/Steven Spielberg "War of the Worlds." We walked out of that movie half way through it because we found it so boring. It relies on special effects but it takes more than explosions to make an interesting movie. And it takes more than drugs & alternative life styles to make for an exciting book. I am really disappointed in JS for having released this book with its' cardboard characters & boring plot. I would have given it zero stars if I could.

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  • Ramona
  • 01-16-06


I enjoyed this book as far as the plot and story but come on. Davenport's love life almost takes center stage from the story. He can't do an interview with a pretty woman without sleeping with her? Every time the plot starts to get good he takes a break to chase skirt. Fortunately the distractions don't get too detailed so it's not to hard to get back in the story. If you can get by those interuptions it's a good book and worth the time if you're on a long drive.