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Murder, scandal, political espionage, and an extremely dangerous woman. Lucas Davenport’s going to be lucky to get out of this one alive....

Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows.

Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons. She has very definite ideas about the way the world should work, and the money, ruthlessness, and sheer will to make it happen.

©2013 John Sandford (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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"If you haven’t read Sandford yet, you have been missing one of the great summer-read novelists of all time." (Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly)

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Politics, Pornography, and Murder

The Prey series continues with another solid Lucas Davenport "mystery"--although it's not really a mystery as we know from the beginning who did it, what was done, and why they did it. The fun part is riding along with Lucas and the gang while they figure it out and get the culprits.

The author has lightened up on his gruesome, bloody, murder scenes which I remember so vividly in his early novels. However, the witty banter and close relationships shared by Lucas and his fellow detectives and cops are still a big part of his stories. These guys really seem to like their jobs, and truly like each other, which is part of their appeal.

This one is set on the political stage as Lucas is called in to find out if there are dirty tricks being played in a new Senate race. It starts out with allegations of pornography and develops into murder. This isn't the best John Sandford, but it did have enough intrigue and interesting characters to keep me listening. As with any series, there is a chance of becoming tired of the same type of storyline unless the author steps it up somehow, and I would like to see something new in his next one.

Recommended for any long time Davenport fans, as well as new readers. If you're new to this series, starting from the beginning will introduce you to family members and friends as they developed over the years, however, this is fine as a stand alone novel.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • 05-29-13

one of the better Prey's

I like the PREY novels for several reasons. I like, for example, the companionable ways in which the police work together -- as distinct from the angst-ridden, loner-detective at odds with all fellow cops and especially his superiors. And this is one of my favorite PREY novels. The villains are more nearly recognizably human than are some of Sandford's villains.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Still my favorite combo of author and reader

If you could sum up Silken Prey in three words, what would they be?

Classic Lucas Davenport.

What other book might you compare Silken Prey to and why?

Silken Prey harks back to the early books in the Prey series when Davenport was beginning to emerge as a master blender of political 'management' and police procedure. This particular book actually calls to mind the recent Netflix TV series "House of Cards." In a world where unscrupulous-ness is a high art, Lucas seems rather angelic. :-)

What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

He IS Lucas Davenport for me. In fact (maybe I shouldn't say this) I try to avoid other books read by Ferrone so I can preserve this illusion.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Lucas Davenport Is Not Mark Harmon!

Any additional comments?

Thanks to John (Camp) Sandford for continuing to write this series, in tandem with Virgil Flowers in the fall. I hope you never get bored. And outlive me.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Homewood, IL, United States
  • 05-23-13

The gang's all together again!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. If you like the Prey series, this is one of the best.

What did you like best about this story?

The incorporation of all of Sandford's characters...from Davenport and the BCS gang to Kidd, who we haven't heard from in a while.

Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

Richard Ferrone is Lucas Davenport...I couldn't imagine any other voice as Lucas.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Lucas figured out that Kidd and Lauren were involved and let them know that he knew.

Any additional comments?

Great writing and performance by Richard Ferrone. Could be my favorite Prey book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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SO incredibly good!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This could easily hook someone on audio books AND John Sandford's series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It was very cool to have Lucas, Virgil, Kidd and others all together.

Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

Richard Ferrone IS Lucas Davenport AND as with George Guidall and a few others, I don't find myself thinking about who's doing it as much as I do the story...except when I pause to admire that aspect of the performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All of it...it was like watching a movie in my head while I was on a 1000 mile trip.

Any additional comments?

See also my "Prayer Review" on other titles. It applies here too.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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An Enjoyable Story of Politics and Murder...

This is one of the best prey stories that I've read. I like the interplay between the members of the Davenport family, especially their teen daughter.

There are the usual bad guys, and in this story the bad guys play political dirty tricks with accusations of child porn, and, of course, there are two or three murders. The killers are real, their motives are obvious but catching them becomes life threatening for those who knew too much . I found the story entertaining as I watched what the criminals were doing and what Davenport was doing all of which helped provide the story's much needed tension building as both sides makes their moves. The bad guys are trying to protect their secrets as Davenport tries to find and expose them.

Ferrone is one of audible's best narrators. He is certainly at the top of my list for this series.

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Punt

Great read
I love this author
Take s you right to Minneapolis
Fabulous all the way

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  • Sarah
  • BOERNE, TX, United States
  • 04-05-15

Davenport fans will not be disappointed!

When I'm at a loss for a good audiobook I always know I can count on John Sandford. I wish the sad, brutal murders didn't have to be part of the stories but I suppose they do. Every book I've listened to by Sandford has been a winner and kept me glued to my earbuds or speakers from beginning to end. This one is no exception.

Richard Ferrone has just the right voice and style for these books - I hope they never change narrators!

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  • David
  • San Juan, CA, United States
  • 01-18-14

vintage Sandford, dissapointing ending

The catharsis required for the ending of a good police procedural is lacking here - I was disappointed but to say more would provide a spoiler for others who might see things differently. I'm not trying to be coy, but there are expectations for the story arc of a Davenport adventure that I, for one, count on, and it does not exist in this effort. The ending to me seemed, well, flabby, and in my eyes, made the whole book seem pointless. I recognize that this is a very personal view, and if you are a fan of this series, give it a go and see what you think -

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Too true for comfort, too good to put down

Exquisite timing, in releasing this book. As the US is torn apart by political scandals, here's a fictional take on the political process that exposes any number of the problems, but offering none of the solutions -- assuming there are any. This is politics in America today. Are you happy with the system? How it works?

A week before a tight election the family-values Republican candidate becomes the target of dirty tricks by Democrat operatives, loading his personal campaign office computer with child porn, suggesting that he had been viewing the material, was called away from the computer, and had forgotten to hide it, A young female staffer uncovered the computer screen by accident -- and then all hell broke loose.

A sociopathic, self-obsessed, nothing-I-could-ever-do-is-wrong, the-end-justify-the-means totally ruthless Democrat candidate, a wealthy photogenic woman who's recently taken a fancy to politics, is the obvious beneficiary.

Watch how all the players in this tightly-contested US Senate race are -- as Lucas Davenport observes -- wealthy. In fact, everyone involved is loaded -- including Davenport himself, of course, although that isn't a part of the plot. Nonetheless, watch all these wealthy people fight to the death (literally) over a job that pays $174,000 annually -- probably about half what any of them spend on clothes in any given year.

Watch the press assume the high moral ground, taking exquisite delight in the Republican's likely downfall. When, after Davenport reveals information showing that the Republican hadn't done it -- watch the press continue to beat up on him, saying that after all, nothing is ever proved with absolute certainty (shades of the OJ jury), and anyway, even if he hadn't done it, he COULD have, so therefore their obsession with his "child porn habit" is fair commentary.

Watch a whole bunch of innocents -- well meaning, idealistic campaign workers on both sides -- get taken to the cleaners. Watch corrupt schemers, campaign managers, lobbyists, other elected officials all go into high gear to protect each other, all with the blissful complicity of the press.

Watch the voters of the United States get turned off, wondering why it is they even bother to vote anymore. There's no honor out there, no bright shining candidates, no one with integrity who could ever win. When year after year, decade after decade, voters find themselves relegated to voting for the lesser of the evils, watch them tune out -- leaving the playing field completely open to all these Machiavellian operatives seeking absolute power over their subjects, the American public.

A painful book, but a great one. Sandford joins my short list of mega-popular authors who keep getting better and better as time goes by, and who never seem to run out of interesting plot ideas. As usual, narrator Richard Ferrone outdoes himself in excellence.

All this makes Silken Prey one of my favorite books of the year -- I will definitely listen again. And for those of you who've already read it, let me join your ranks and say I too am desperately hoping for a sequel. You'll know what I mean.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful