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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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  • Eddie
  • Shelbyville, IN, United States
  • 05-12-13

Politics really makes for strange bedfellows

Whether in audio or written form, John Sandford's novels are among my favorites and Silken Prey is one of his better works. Richard Ferrone does another excellent job in reading Silken Prey and listeners will not have a hard time distinguishing characters. The combination, story and reader, make another excellent entry into this series.

The plot focuses on a US Senate election and on the criminal activity that one side chooses to engage in order to win the election. Davenport is brought in by the Governor to sort through the accusations of child pornography that have been levied against the incumbent Senator without upsetting the political balance. Recognizing that this is the kind of case that could result in people losing jobs, Davenport looks outside his usual supporting cast (early in the book; favorites like Del, Shrake, and Jenkins are back later) which leads to a great fan service for long time Sandford fans. Kidd and LuEllen have fairly significant supporting roles in Silken Prey.

As with most Prey books, Early chapters switch between what the criminals are doing and what Davenport is doing. This helps provide tension as we see both sides making moves, one to protect their secrets and Davenport attempting to expose them.

If you've read/listened to other Prey novels and have not enjoyed them, there is little here to change your mind but for fans this is a great entry in the series.

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Worked for me

Richard Ferrone makes me happy to be human. I'd send aliens to listen to his voice: This is what the male of our species sounds like when talking. Silk embedded with gravel, never showing off, getting the job done.

And John Sandford is a reliable treasure. His characters are lean and lovely, burrowing into the stories created for them. This one needs a sequel, as the main villain is still standing. I don't listen to books like these to see evil-doers get away with it. Life requires that kind of patience. In mystery novels, I pay for closure.

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Ed
  • Saint Augustine, FL, United States
  • 08-19-13

Abrupt ending loses it a star

I really enjoyed this book. The characters, especially the evil Taryn Grant, were well developed and, in her case, especially dislikable. The political maneuvering, although extreme, was believable in this age of dirty politics. Lucas was leaning in the right direction but it took him a while to move there. My only beef with this otherwise well-written story was the number of major loose ends that remained at the book's closing. Can't tell you what they were without providing spoilers but I think most readers will similarly be disappointed at the manner in which the tale ended so abruptly. Maybe the next Prey book will pick up where this one left off, but that hasn't been Sandford's style. Don't know if the author ran out of ideas or ended it this way purposely. Either way, I would have preferred a more conclusive ending. All that aside, worth a credit and worth a listen.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • DORCHESTER CENTER, MA, United States
  • 05-12-13

Phoned this one in

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe I'm spoiled by some of the previous Prey series and other John Sanford books but this wouldn't be something I'd recommend to a friend. This book had no mystery, no suspense and little to no character development. This book felt like a prequel to some other book in the future and could have been contained in a paragraph. I was bored early on and found my self wishing for the end. The female characters in the series have always left something to be desired in their development but this was the worst. The constant references to excess and wealth are becoming more than tiresome and add nothing to the characters nor the story and actually prevent me from liking most of the character in this book. I'd recommend a Virgil Flowers book to a friend certainly not this book.

Has Silken Prey turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, not at all there are natural highs and lows within any series but this was a defiantly one of the very lows.

What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

He gives Lucas Davenport a believable voice.

Did Silken Prey inspire you to do anything?

Yes, to long for the next Virgil Flowers book! I'm defiantly finding myself drawn more to that series than the Prey books of late. The characters are a lot more interesting and I actually like them, I'm beginning to find Lucas, Weather and the lot to be very boring and tedious.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding!

One of the best books I have read! Great narration. Great storyline. I enjoyed the characters and the character development. Interesting without being so fantastic as to be unbelievable. One great book!

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I love anything John Sanford's written<br />

As usual. Loved it. Definitely love the interaction between the characters. Any author that can use "weenie" in a sentence is my hero 👍

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replace ferrone

The publisher should seriously consider replacing Richard Ferrone. His voices are indistinguishable from one another. Dick Hill who narrates the Harry Bosch novels is much better.

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Lucas Davenport is still a favorite!

This was good, not one of Sandfords best if your reading the whole series but its a fun plot twisting book. Lots of fun, easy read or listen.

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Sandford delivers another winner!

What disappointed you about Silken Prey?

Nothing is disappointing in this story.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Sandford's "prey" series is the best. Now on to the Flowers series!

How could the performance have been better?

Richard Ferrone IS the voice of the Davenport series. His interpretation leaves nothing to be desired.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boy, give me a dead body and a detective and I'm in heaven. Davenport has his flaws, as do we all, but is an exceptional detective, father and husband.

Any additional comments?

In this novel Davenport is up against a devious foe. I love the way Sandford brings in the characters of Kidd and Luellen. Sandford has aged his characters as the novels age, showing how the characters are changed by marriage, children, the aging of themselves and their friends. This highlights Sandford's true mastery as a writer. Kidd and LuEllen are in the thick of crime and worried about their child with the babysitter - awesome! Sandford mentions this foe in subsequent novels and I suspect she will will earn her just rewards is a future book - and I just can't wait...

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He's done it again

Great story!! Great performance!! This is one of the best series ever written and Richard Ferrone narrates it like no one else can. A must read!!!