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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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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I could listen to Ferrone read the phone book

I love Lucas, John Sandford and Richard Ferrone. Another great story. Loved it, well worth the listen.

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Wonderful!

If John Sandford could write a Lucas Davenport book every month, I'd buy it and devour it with glee. Sandford is always good. His previous book, Buried Prey, was awesome, and yet Silken Prey is just as exciting and satisfying. Richard Ferrone is THE voice of Lucas Davenport - couldn't imagine these books being read by anyone else.

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Another grand slam for Sandford

John Sandford just keeps batting them out of the park with his character-driven detective stories. This one revolves around a particularly dirty political trick and the people who perpetrated it. The characters are utterly believable, the dialogue is crisp, the descriptions are priceless, and the narration, by Richard Ferrone, is as usual, impeccable. If you haven't listened to any of Sandford's "Prey" series, this is as good a place as any to start. If you have, you probably don't need my encouragement to buy it.

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Boring ~~ instant cure for insomnia !!

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

Yes.

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

No.

Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes ~~ here, as always, he does a wonderful narration !!

What character would you cut from Silken Prey?

Too many to enumerate.

Any additional comments?

Have read all of the "Prey" books, listened to many others and thoroughly enjoyed each ~~ can not believe John Sandford wrote this one; even with Richard Ferrone's excellent attempts to add entertainment to the material, it sounds more like a computer skills-enhancement manual than a mystery novel.

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Entertaining, typical Sandford

Great narrator, and if you've read any Sandford you pretty much know what to expect: good story that moves along quickly with decent character development. My 3 stars (for the story) aren't meant to be a reason for anyone not to listen to it. I'm usually quite generous with my stars, but this was just an enjoyable Sandford book that in a few years you will be able to listen to again. Lucas is Lucas. Lame review that I know won't urge anyone to buy or not buy, but I blew it and finished it a week ago, so am having difficulty making it very detailed. This is a fine commuter listen - not too much detail or confusion with keeping the characters straight and Lucas (as always) is an enjoyable main character.

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A solid Prey episode

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

As the Prey books go, this was a middle effort. Entertaining like all of Sanford's works. Definitely worth the time "on the beach". There is a hint of politics in this (its about politicians) but nothing too overpowering. The book ends with a couple of teaser threads to pursue in future work. A good read.

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  • Veronica
  • PITTSBURGH, PA, United States
  • 06-11-13

Don't waste your money

What would have made Silken Prey better?

The story was boring. It did not keep my attention. I found myself drifting off. I kept rewinding, finally I just gave up.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrtors voice was bland,

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None

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Unengaging

As another reviewer stated, it sounded like he phoned it in. Their was no mystery to the story and the characters had no personality. I've read every other "Prey" book and loved them but this one just didn't hold my interest. The narrator was great, as usual.

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Riveting, if a bit implausible

I could not stop listening to this book. I have read or listened to all of the Prey series, and it's amazing that Lucas remains a fascinating character. My only criticism is that Sandford introduces a ridiculous sub-plot that is a mere distraction until it intersects with the main plot and leads directly to the denouement. The book is still a terrific listen, but the plot really jumps the shark, and it's too bad. I guess he couldn't think of another way for Lucas to crack the case. He should have thought a little longer. But no one writes better dialogue than Sandford, and I have grown to love comfortable, longtime characters like Del and the two thuggish detectives they call out for the rough stuff, Shrake and what's-his-name. Even Virgil Flowers makes an amusing cameo. So don't let my plot criticism put you off — this is one of those books you hate to turn off when you pull into the garage.

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  • D. Sevener
  • Springfield, IL United States
  • 06-05-13

Unbeatable

What made the experience of listening to Silken Prey the most enjoyable?

Narration is superb.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Davenport is not only my favorite character, he is my hero. Well, that's hyperbole, but Lucas is unromanticized as a cop and a human being. He has some rough edges, but they don't dominate his character, rather they round out his character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This is a book that is hard to put down.

Any additional comments?

This series, and the burgeoning one with that f***king Flowers, is my favorite. I've been trying to analyze how Sandford does it, and I keep coming back to character. Even the minor characters are well developed, believable, and instrumental to understanding the chief character, Davenport. It is more than a collection of well-wrought scenes; it is a compelling story.