Night Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #6)

Night Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #6)

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by John Sandford, Jay O. Sanders
     
 

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From the author of Winter Prey comes a "potent and compelling addition to the (Lucas Davenport) series" (Kirkus Reviews). Deputy Police Chief Lucas Davenport returns to face his most brilliantly elusive opponent yet--a master thief-turned-murderer who carves into his victims the initials of a beautiful woman with whom he has become obsessed. LG, Doubleday, and Mystery

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From the author of Winter Prey comes a "potent and compelling addition to the (Lucas Davenport) series" (Kirkus Reviews). Deputy Police Chief Lucas Davenport returns to face his most brilliantly elusive opponent yet--a master thief-turned-murderer who carves into his victims the initials of a beautiful woman with whom he has become obsessed. LG, Doubleday, and Mystery Guild Selections. HC: Putnam.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The pseudonymous Sandford (he's Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp) keeps turning out better and better thrillers. In this sixth entry in his Prey series, streetwise Minneapolis deputy police chief Lucas Davenport is beleaguered by perplexing females. Charged with saving the political life of Rose Marie Roux, the ambitious police chief who has her eye on a Senate seat, he's given the assignment of tracking to ground the sex-crazed perpetrator of a series of murders of young women. Davenport's unwelcome colleague in this case is feminist Meagan Connell, an abrasive State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator who's obsessed with catching the killer before she dies of cancer. Also bedeviled by the ill-timed assignment of a new partner, a yuppie who was formerly assigned to the grade schools as ``Officer Friendly'' and who happens to be the husband of the mayor's niece, Davenport is additionally saddled with the mystifying death of an elderly woman who died rather conveniently, freeing some local hoods to profit from a real-estate scam. Juxtaposing the dark consciousness of the sex-fixated murderer against the narrative perspective of Davenport, Sandford builds a compelling counter-rhythm of suspense. The narrative is sensitively embued with Davenport's humaneness as, in awe, he watches Connell courageously fight to postpone her impending death. Yet, credibly flawed, the cop also displays a roving eye when he's momentarily distracted from his deep commitment to the lovely physician Weather Karkinnen by a beautiful and seductive TV anchor. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selection; Mystery Guild alternate. (May)
Library Journal
This novel is sixth in the ``Prey'' series, written by journalist John Camp under the Sandford pseudonym and featuring Porsche-driving Minneapolis police detective Lucas Davenport. Here Davenport, who has just returned to duty after recovering from a serious gunshot wound, must face a serial killer named Koop, who is dropping bodies all over the metropolitan area. Koop makes the mistake of becoming a little too obsessed with a potential victim and thus leaves a trail that Davenport and his fellow officers finally discover. Despite its length, Night Prey is a tight, fast-moving thriller with appealing good guys and a suitably evil villain. Especially fascinating among the characters is Policewoman Connell, who is dying of cancer and whose fate becomes linked to Koop's in the spectacular climax. Buy wherever thrillers are read. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/94.]-A.J. Wright, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671046064
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date:
05/01/1999
Series:
Lucas Davenport Series , #6
Edition description:
Abridged, 2 cassettes, 3 hrs.
Pages:
3
Product dimensions:
4.53(w) x 6.97(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

John Sandford is the pseudonym of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of the Prey novels, the Kidd novels, the Virgil Flowers novels, The Night Crew, and Dead Watch. He lives in New Mexico.

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Night Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #6) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Prey series up to and including this one. I liked Night Prey better than some of the others. One thing I like is Lucus did not fall into bed with nearly everybody he saw in this one. I still feel Winter Prey is the best one I have read so far. In Night Prey, Koop is the killer, you know that from the first page, there is no doubt. The story follows the same format. Lucus and team keep asking questions and following up on leads until they figure out who the killer is. They then set a trap for him which does not go as expected. I was surprised at the ending. I liked it as it was an unusual twist. The characters are good and you can see in your mind what is happening. The bad thing is you know that what is written here can actually happen in everday live. Thats not good.
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Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
John Sandford has such a gift for writing creepy characters that can be believable and terrifying. Here, in Night Prey, the author gives us another take involving flawed protagonist Lucas Davenport. Davenport’s life is taking turns that he didn’t expect and they case maks it even more unpredictable. The killer’s motivations and actions are eerie and Davenport and his cohorts make logical steps in solving the crimes. Overall, a very good book in a very good series!
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herb34 More than 1 year ago
I don't know how Sandford comes up with the characters for his novels but he picked a wild one here. Bring on number seven.
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TrueBlood2009 More than 1 year ago
Well, I would definitely recommend all of the Prey novels by John Sanford. I really liked Night Prey. As usual, full of suspense, surprises and lots of grizzly details. I fell in love with Lucas Davenport while reading these books and you will too!
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