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Rules of Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #1)

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11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Sandford can Follow the Rules in RULES OF PREY!

Never kill anyone you know.
Never have a motive.
Never follow a discernable pattern.
Never carry a weapon after it has been used.


Listed above are a few of the many rules made by the serial madman that he has you obligated to follow. He is on the loose, in the m...
Never kill anyone you know.
Never have a motive.
Never follow a discernable pattern.
Never carry a weapon after it has been used.


Listed above are a few of the many rules made by the serial madman that he has you obligated to follow. He is on the loose, in the meantime, while you're fighting to keep the press out of the loop. What would you do? Would you abide to his compulsive game? Would you stand idle and risk another innocent life being taken? Or would you, instead, come up with rules of your own in a way to cease the violence enforced by the bad guy. These are the questions that are pondering inside the mind of the hero in bestselling author John Sandford's RULES OF PREY.


The first installment of Sandford's well-known crime series introduces detective Lucas Davenport, a man with a life ahead of him. On duty, he is a tough, ruthless Minnesota cop who abides by little or no nonsense from anybody. Behind the badge, nevertheless, is a successful entrepreneur who writes games for a living. And from a personal standpoint, not to mention, he is a raunchy, womanizing swinger who constantly jumps in love from one woman to another.


In the debut of this hit series by Sandford, Davenport is called in to investigate a series of murders committed by Louis "Maddogg" Vullion. To every body who closely knows Louis, he is a mediocre tax attorney struggling to make ends meat. But the other face of Louis is that of an obsessive madman who commits his killings by religiously following a meticulous set of rules. In attempt of serving as a challenge to Davenport, he leaves a note of one of his rules at each and every one of his crime scenes, such as the ones mentioned earlier. With one killing happening after another, the media and the Twin Cities are in a paranoid frenzy. Lucas, on the other end, decides to play by rules of his own.


RULES OF PREY is a very entertaining entry by Sandford. His characters are likeable and fresh. The plot of the book is a cut-clean and simple one. Readers will find the story to be very satisfying, something they will not find to be either forced or tiring. A trait that readers will accolade him for is his ability to write. No doubt, SANDFORD IS WONDERFUL WITH THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE!!!! His ability to describe the settings and to be able to deride thoughts and ideas is just beyond out of this world. As far as complaints go, the only one that readers will conjure up is that of how the ending abruptly ended. It may not be of one that ties every event in place, yet it will be of one that readers that will find entertaining and satisfying.

posted by XMan on February 24, 2010

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3 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Author of a cop series who hates the NRA?

Thought I'd seek another mystery series after exhausting so many others.

The story line of Rules of Prey was a bit drawn out. A bit frustrating.

Then, Sandford slips in an anti-NRA line.

Bite the hand that feeds you, Sandford. Only once with this former law...
Thought I'd seek another mystery series after exhausting so many others.

The story line of Rules of Prey was a bit drawn out. A bit frustrating.

Then, Sandford slips in an anti-NRA line.

Bite the hand that feeds you, Sandford. Only once with this former law enforcement, very PRO NRA reader.

Bye.

posted by BorderBear on June 4, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Author of a cop series who hates the NRA?

    Thought I'd seek another mystery series after exhausting so many others.

    The story line of Rules of Prey was a bit drawn out. A bit frustrating.

    Then, Sandford slips in an anti-NRA line.

    Bite the hand that feeds you, Sandford. Only once with this former law enforcement, very PRO NRA reader.

    Bye.

    3 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Not recommended for the avid lover of detective series

    This is the first book I read of Sandford's. I'm pretty sure it will be the last. I found the writing to be sloppy (constant repetition of character names, lousy grammar, etc.) and his detective rather unlikable. It's one thing to push the rules a bit to catch the bad guy, but Davenport actually plants evidence on the killer. Also, I knew the ending by the second chapter -- not very clever. I'll stick to Harry Bosch, thanks.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    So, so.

    I'm 110 pages in and I'm losing interest. I bought it because I saw a movie entitled Certain Prey (best I can recall) so I thought I would start the Prey series with the first book. In this case, the movie, although not the same story to be sure, certainly beats the book.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    2 dimensional

    Unfortunately the characters in this book are almost perfectly 2 dimensional. The main character in particular. I got about half way through.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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