Lucas Davenport

42 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 57,656 ratings

Rules of Prey Publisher's Summary

The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare, is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.
©1989 John Sandford (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
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  • Book 1

    • Rules of Prey

    • A Lucas Davenport Novel
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,583
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,568
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,558

    The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare, is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love this series

    • By Don Gilbert on 08-31-11

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Rules of Prey

    • A Lucas Davenport Mystery, Book 1
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    For Maddog, the killer who had Minneapolis in a grip of chilled terror, satisfaction came from the thrill of the contest. After each grisly murder he would leave behind one of the rules he had devised: Never kill anyone you know. Never have a motive. Never follow a discernible pattern. He was no textbook psychopath. But Lieutenant Lucas Davenport was no ordinary detective. To bring an end to Maddog's trail of death, he would have to play by his own rules.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Start of the excellent prey series

    • By Don on 02-25-13

    Regular price: $18.54

  • Book 2

    • Shadow Prey

    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,739
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,440
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,425

    In Shadow Prey, the crackling sequel to Rules of Prey, Twin Cities sleuth Lucas Davenport teams up with NYPD Lieutenant Lily Rothenberg to track down an elusive killer known only as Shadow Love. Among the victims are a Minneapolis slumlord, a judge from Oklahoma City, and a Manhattan politician. The murder weapon is a Native American ceremonial knife.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Top 3 out of his 23 Davenport Novels

    • By G.Monie on 06-24-13

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    • Shadow Prey

    • A Lucas Davenport Mystery, Book 2
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    An orchestrated series of ritual killings has shocked the nation. Partnered by New York police officer Lily Rothenburg, Detective Lucas Davenport will need all the tricks he has learnt on the streets of Minneapolis as he searches through the shadows and mysteries of the American Indian community, trying to track down the obsessed minds behind the bloody vengeance killings - before the team of killers finally goes out of control.

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  • Book 3

    • Eyes of Prey

    • The Lucas Davenport Series, Book 3
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,127
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,882
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,885

    The “Prey” novels by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist John Sandford consistently make the best-seller lists, but they are not for the faint of heart. Featuring Minneapolis Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, these thrillers are raw, graphic, and impossible to put down. In Eyes of Prey, a depressed and unfocused Davenport takes on a macabre case, tracking down a serial killer who maims the eyes of his victims after he has murdered them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sí. Oui. Yup. Uh huh. Oh hell yeah.Yes.

    • By mindusq on 04-06-14

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    • Eyes of Prey

    • A Lucas Davenport Mystery, Book 3
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    In Eyes of Prey, a depressed and unfocused Davenport takes on a macabre case, tracking down a serial killer whose attacks are focused on the eyes of his victims. With all of his current inner turmoil, Davenport isn't sure that he should accept the case when he hears about the murder of Stephanie Bekker, the wife of a prominent physician. But when a second woman dies, her face cruelly maimed like the first, he feels that clutching intensity of interest that means he is involved whether he wants to be or not.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Don't read this review; try it yourself!

    • By Stephen on 12-19-15

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  • Book 4

    • Silent Prey

    • Lucas Davenport, Book 4
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427

    In Eyes of Prey, Bekker, an insane pathologist who experiments with his patients’ pain thresholds, is finally brought down by an unrelenting Lucas Davenport, who brutally maims the doctor’s beautiful face but leaves him alive. “You should have killed me,” were Bekker’s parting and prophetic words.

    In this sequel to Eyes of Prey, Bekker endures the indignities and horrors of imprisonment, taking comfort in the fact that it is only a matter of time before he will make Lucas Davenport pay.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Couldn't Stop Listening

    • By Elliott on 07-19-12

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    • Silent Prey

    • A Lucas Davenport Mystery, Book 4
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    "You should have killed me," were Bekker’s parting words - perhaps he was right. All through the humiliations of the trial, the horrors of imprisonment, the daily agonies of not having the drugs that kept him humming, Bekker takes solace in the thought that one day he will make Lucas Davenport pay. Minutes before the jury’s verdict, Bekker slays his prison guard and escapes into New York City. Hiding himself in an elderly woman’s home, he continues to conduct his gruesome experiments, searching the eyes of his victims for the meaning of death.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lucas Davenport keeps my interest

    • By Duncan on 02-20-13

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  • Book 5

    • Winter Prey

    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,134
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,895

    Few writers have explored the human dark side with as much insight and power - and in Winter Prey, his shattering New York Times best-seller, Sandford tells his most ice-blooded tale of all. Minneapolis Lieutenant Lucas Davenport has tracked killers in cities across America. But even he may be unprepared to face the savage murderer hunting human prey in the Wisconsin woods this winter.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very entertaining

    • By Norman on 10-29-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Winter Prey

    • A Lucas Davenport Mystery, Book 5
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    The Iceman crept into the house on the edge of the lake. He killed the father first. Then the mother and child. And when his work was done, he set the house on fire…. Lucas Davenport has tracked killers in cities across America. But the woods of rural Wisconsin are as dark and primal as evil itself. The winters are harsher and colder. And in the heart of every mother and father, there is fear... Because tonight, the Iceman cometh.

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  • Book 6

    • Night Prey

    • A Lucas Davenport Novel
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268

    John Sandford's best-selling Lucas Davenport series continues with the fast-paced, compelling thriller, Night Prey. A series of deaths leads to the possibility of a brutal serial killer of unusual skill and savagery. And if Lucas is right, the killer is just getting warmed up....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tense and builds steam

    • By etward on 12-06-11

    Regular price: $22.67

  • Book 7

    • Mind Prey

    • A Lucas Davenport Novel
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348

    John Sandford's acclaimed Prey novels featuring the brilliant Lucas Davenport have plunged millions of readers into the darkest recesses of the criminal mind. Now Lucas has met his match. His newest nemesis is more intelligent, more deadly, than any he has tracked before: a kidnapper, a violator, and a cruel, wanton killer who knows more about mind games than Lucas himself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Just as good the second time around

    • By Ed on 09-15-11

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  • Book 8

    • Sudden Prey

    • A Lucas Davenport Novel
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,266
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075

    John Sandford's acclaimed Prey novels featuring the brilliant Lucas Davenport have plunged millions of readers into the darkest recesses of the criminal mind.... When Lucas and his team gun down two bank robbers in the middle of a heist, Davenport falls prey to the purest and simplest criminal motivation: revenge.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another winner

    • By Pat on 06-21-15

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  • Book 9

    • Secret Prey

    • Lucas Davenport, Book 9
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030

    The company chairman lay on the cold ground of the woods, his eyes unseeing, his orange hunting jacket punctured by a rifle bullet at close range. Around him stood the four executives with whom he had been hunting, each with his or her own complicated agenda, each with a reason not to be sorrowful about the man's death. If he read it in a book, Lucas Davenport thought, it would seem like one of those classic murder mysteries, the kind where the detective gathers everyone together at the end and solves the case with a little speech.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very good Davenport take.

    • By Phillip on 03-20-13

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  • Book 10

    • Certain Prey

    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126

    Her name is Clara Rinker, a southern woman, trim, pleasant, attractive, and the best hit woman in the business. She isn't showy; she just goes quietly about her business, collects her money, and goes home. It's when she's hired for a job in Minnesota that things become complicated for her. A defense attorney wants a rival eliminated, and that's fine. But then a witness survives, the attorney starts acting weird, this big cop Davenport gets on her case, and loose ends begin popping up faster than on an unraveling sweater

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved every minute

    • By Amazon Customer on 05-12-14

    Regular price: $24.50

  • Book 11

    • Easy Prey

    • Lucas Davenport, Book 11
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 903
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 891

    In life she was a high-profile model. In death she is the focus of a media firestorm that's demanding action from Lucas Davenport. One of his own men is a suspect in her murder. But when a series of bizarre, seemingly unrelated slayings rock the city, Davenport suspects a connection that runs deeper than anyone had imagined - one that leads to an ingenious killer more ruthless than anyone had feared....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Boring and Tiresome.....

    • By R. Pontiflet on 03-02-17

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  • Book 12

    • Chosen Prey

    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • a great Sandford thriller

    • By Nina on 11-11-04

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  • Book 13

    • Mortal Prey

    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071

    Years ago, Lucas Davenport almost died at the hands of Clara Rinker, a pleasant, soft-spoken, low-key Southerner, and the best hitwoman in the business. Now retired and living in Mexico, she nearly dies herself when a sniper kills her boyfriend, the son of a local druglord, and while the boy's father vows vengeance, Rinker knows something he doesn't: The boy wasn't the target, she was, and now she is going to have to disappear to find the killer herself.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • DON'T PISS SANDFORD OFF!!

    • By Ted on 03-10-17

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  • Book 14

    • Naked Prey

    • Lucas Davenport, Book 14
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076

    In Naked Prey, John Sandford puts Lucas Davenport through some changes. His old boss, Rose Marie Roux, has moved up to the state level and taken Lucas with her. In addition, Lucas is now married and a new father, both of which are fine with him: He doesn't mind being a family man. But he is a little worried. For every bit of peace you get, you have to pay - and he's waiting for the bill. It comes in the form of two people found hanging from a tree in the woods of northern Minnesota. What makes it particularly sensitive is that the bodies are of a black man and a white woman, and they're naked....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love Lucas Davenport

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-12-15

    Regular price: $24.50

  • Book 15

    • Hidden Prey

    • Prey
    • By: John Sandford
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048

    Six months ago, Lucas Davenport tackled his first case as a statewide troubleshooter, and he thought that one was plenty strange enough. But that was before the Russian got killed. On the shore of Lake Superior, a man named Vladimir Oleshev is found shot dead, three holes in his head and heart, and though nobody knows why he was killed, everybody - the local cops, the FBI, and the Russians themselves - has a theory. And when it turns out he had very high government connections, that's when it hits the fan.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Davenport is all business in this one

    • By Ed on 01-14-13

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