Field of Prey (Signed Book) (Lucas Davenport Series #24)

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The extraordinary new Lucas Davenport thriller from #1 New York Times-bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner John Sandford.
 
The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem...

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Overview


The extraordinary new Lucas Davenport thriller from #1 New York Times-bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner John Sandford.
 
The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was . . . something smelled bad—like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another.

By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to fifteen bodies and counting. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, when Lucas began to investigate, he made some disturbing discoveries of his own. The victims had been killed over a great many years, one every summer, regular as clockwork. How could this have happened without anybody noticing?

Because one thing was for sure: the killer had to live close by. He was probably even someone they saw every day. . . .

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Praise for Silken Prey
 
“Sandford’s Davenport novels are always very good, and this is the best one in a long time. It’s suspenseful, witty, and wise in the ways of modern politics. And the conclusion is darkly unforgettable. A superb thriller.” —Booklist
 
“The perfect summer read, as far as I’m concerned.” —Stephen King on Today

Praise for John Sandford
 
“[A] very skilled and smart writer.”—E. L. Doctorow, The New York Times Book Review
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399172434
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Series: Lucas Davenport Series , #24
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author


John Sandford is the author of twenty-four Prey novels; seven Virgil Flowers novels, most recently Storm Front; and six other books. He lives in California and New Mexico.

Biography

John Camp (better known to readers as thrillmeister John Sandford) began his career as a journalist -- first as a crime reporter for The Miami Herald, then as a general reporter, columnist, and features writer for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press & Dispatch. In 1986, he won the Pulitzer Prize for "Life on the Land: An American Farm Family," a five-part series examining the farm crisis in southwest Minnesota.

Camp's interests turned to fiction in the mid-1980s, and he took time off to write two novels which were ultimately accepted for publication: The Fool's Run, a techno-thriller featuring a complex con man known as Kidd, and Rules of Prey, a police procedural starring maverick Minneapolis detective Lucas Davenport. When both books were scheduled (by different publishers) to be released three months apart in 1989, Camp was persuaded to adopt a pseudonym for one. He chose his paternal grandmother's maiden name, "Sandford" for Rules of Prey, and the nom de plume has remained attached to all the books in the series.

Less Dick Tracy than Dirty Harry, hard-boiled, iconoclastic Lucas Davenport is a composite of the cops Camp met while working the crime beat as a reporter. Intelligent and street smart, Davenport is also manipulative and not above bending the rules to get results. And although he has mellowed over time (something of a skirt chaser in his youth, he is now married with children), he remains one of the edgiest and most popular protagonists in detective fiction. Fans keep returning to the Prey books for their intelligently hatched plots, high-octane pacing, and deft, fully human characterizations.

From time to time, Camp strays from his bestselling series for standalone thrillers (The Night Crew, Dead Watch), and in 2007 he introduced a new series hero, Virgil Flowers of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, who debuted in Dark of the Moon. Although he is no longer a full-time journalist, Camp contributes occasional articles and book reviews to various publications. He is also a passionate archaeologist and has worked at a number of digs, mainly in Israel.

Good To Know

Don't confuse John Sandford with John Sanford -- it's one of Sandford's pet peeves. Sanford (without the "d") is a Christian philosophy writer.

The Sandford pseudonym has caused a few problems for Camp in the past. At an airport once, his ticket was reserved under Sandford, while all of his identification, of course, had the name Camp. Luckily, he had one of his novels with him, and thanks to the book jacket photo, he was able to convince airport security to let him on the plane.

The books in Camp's less successful Kidd series (The Fool's Run, The Empress File, The Devil's Code, and The Hanged Man's Song) have been re-released under the Sandford pseudonym.

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Roswell Camp
    2. Hometown:
      St. Paul, Minnesota
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 23, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    1. Education:
      State University of Iowa, Iowa City: B.A., American History; M.A., Journalism
    2. Website:

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  • Posted August 30, 2014

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    "Field of Prey" is now my very favorite John Sanford b

    "Field of Prey" is now my very favorite John Sanford book. Read every preceding Lucas Davenport saga and keep waiting for a disappointment. Not happened yet. Sanford thinks he's a "liberal", but his life comments in each of his recent books indicate that Sanford and Lucas Davenport are coming to grips with reality. There are bad people, not so bad people and good people. The characters in "Field of Prey" are fully developed and very interesting, some disgusting. The story line is riveting and not for bedtime reading. Just a fabulous read!Lucas has become an acquaintance of sorts - in fact, I think I know more about him and his life than most of the folks I see every day. And that's a good thing, but it also means that since I like him, I cannot be fair and even-handed in my review so my only advice to anyone reading this review who has never read a Lucas Davenport novel is to skip back to the beginning and read the first Davenport and move forward in order. If you like the first one, you'll like this one.




    One thing that Sandford does well is to make the horrific seem "business as usual" for Lucas and his partners. The contrast of the midwestern charm of Minnesota and the vile crimes is part of what makes these novels work - the "banality of evil" theme is ever-present.




    So if you are a long-time fan of Sandford, this one will work for you. If you're new to his work, go back and read "Rules of Prey" and move on from there. You'll be glad you did.
      

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    Good Read

    Sandford's Prey books are usually good and this is no exception. Definitely one of the best ones I've read. Some are more split between cases whereas this one stayed primarily on the main storyline. Fast paced, suspenseful, some surprises and creepy scary. For Sandford fans what's not to like? Recommended.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

    Nothing beats a John Sanford "Prey" book, but this one

    Nothing beats a John Sanford "Prey" book, but this one disappointed me. There were so many obvious clues that Davenport overlooked, just not like him. On the other hand, there was a great story line and surprises galore. I liked Letty being weaved in and out of the storyline. I'd never hesitate to recommend a Sanford book!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Like a moth to a flame

    As horrible as serial murder is, Sandford skillfully draws us to the repellant act repeatedly in a book that is the very definition of "thriller''.
    For devotees, we again get to ponder crime with Davenport -- and we feel his mounting frustration and fear. The author weaves what seem to be minor investigations involving other BCA agents with the main, frightening story, the dialogue as real as any you might hear at a bar or a grocery store. Then come the surprises, and an overall win for the good guys suddenly becomes doubtful.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2014

    Probably the best one yet! Having read all the Prey books, at le

    Probably the best one yet! Having read all the Prey books, at least twice, I believe "Field of Prey" is pure, original John Sandford. If this isn't the best Prey novel, it's got to be in the top five. The twisted, perverted villain is right up there with:  "maddog", "John Mail",  "Qatar", and "Bekker". In addition to the horrific main plot, there are simultaneous sub-plots involving all the BCA regulars with intermittent glimpses into the investigations along the way. We lose one and another gets seriously injured, but Lucas Davenport - the consummate, physical, dangerous hero-figures it all out and races to the satisfying and breath-holding conclusion.. This is a must read! Just don't expect to get any sleep until you have finished this heart-stopping thriller.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Geaa Great read!

    Couldn't put down. Fast and exciting.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Great read. Love the author's sense of humor. Kind of confusin

    Great read. Love the author's sense of humor. Kind of confusing with R/A always talking to Horn, but finally figured it out. Don't want to put this one down.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    Field of Prey: a great harvest

    I've been waiting for a new Davenport novel and bought this one osn its release date. I used to live in Minnesota and I enjoy how the Lucas and Virgil novels take me back.
    I found Sanford to be back in prime form. One of his best.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    Another great read

    I have read all of John Sanford and this one does not disappoint! Lucas & his crew are fantastic! I loved it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    When I see A new Sanford Book, I grab it fast before others beat

    When I see A new Sanford Book, I grab it fast before others beat me too it. One of the best Mystery?,thriller? Entertaining , novelists of today.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    Great read from Mr.Sanford...again!

    I lived in Red Wing Minnesota for 10 years. I never knew their was such great story in my backyard. The details are so rich that I could "feel" the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    highly recommended

    Once again John Sanford has hit a home run.A page turner that you cannot put down. the usual twists and turns that you do not anticipate occur to keep you fully engrossed in the story. As always, cannot wait for his next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

    As usual, Lucas Davenport does not disappoint! Fast moving, with

    As usual, Lucas Davenport does not disappoint! Fast moving, with the right amount of humor, horror and mystery. Sandford should do another story about Lettie. Very interesting character. I am working my way through all the Davenport books and enjoying them all!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Must read.

    Have read all the series, does not disappoint!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2014

    Jose

    "Where are you dirty sh<_>it- wallowing, baby-selling, heartless ba<_>stards?!?!"

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  • Posted October 31, 2014

    Great Book Would Recommend

    One of the best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2014

    Gritty, Gripping and Gruesome

    I've read many of the Lucas Davenport books and they still fulfill every expectation I have for a good crime/mystery novel! I could not put this book down and I genuinely hated the criminal. The characters are interesting, dialog is real and the pacing is just right. I highly recommend this book. Lucas just gets better with age!

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  • Posted October 16, 2014

    You will love this!

    I have read many John Sandford novels, and intend to read them all. This is the best one yet and I just could not put it down. Sandford just keeps getting better. I could clearly visualize the characters and they are people you encounter every day. The plot was believable and ever changing. Not fantacy, just reality in your face. Read this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2014

    To Soulstorm

    Help! At frankenstien res.1! We got an apprentice to save! Redfur.

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  • Posted September 27, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    The Prey books are one of the longer-running series; they featur

    The Prey books are one of the longer-running series; they feature Lucas Davenport of the Minnesota Criminal Apprehension Bureau, sort of a statewide FBI group under the Governor’s command. In his latest entry, there is no mystery, since the culprits are identified in the first few pages.

    The story then takes the form of a police procedural, following Lucas’ and the CAB’s efforts to capture the perpetrators of many murders. The investigation begins following discovery of the remains of many female victims in a well- hidden cistern on an abandoned property. The skulls and bones of more than 15 bodies are recovered to begin with, apparently murdered over many years.

    Reading the novel leads to the question of whether there is some superfluous content, which might have been edited out, allowing the material to move forward more smoothly. The murderer’s MO is graphically described, leaving little to the reader’s imagination. Character descriptions are well-honed, and, of course, Lucas always comes across well. Notwithstanding the earlier observation, the novel is recommended.

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