Phantom Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #18)

Phantom Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #18)

by John Sandford
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Phantom Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #18) by John Sandford

“Chalk up another winner for [John Sandford] and his all-too-human hero” (Richmond Times-Dispatch) in the #1 New York Times bestselling Prey series. 

After one troubled college-age student disappears and two are found slashed to death, Lucas Davenport finds himself hunting what appears to be a modern-day Jack the Ripper. Unfortunately the clues aren’t adding up—and then there’s the young Goth girl who keeps appearing and disappearing. Where does she come from? Where does she go every night? And why does Lucas keep getting the sneaking suspicion that there is something else going on here? Something very bad, very dark, and as elusive as a phantom…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440634154
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2008
Series: Lucas Davenport Series , #18
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 9,087
File size: 540 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.


St. Paul, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

February 23, 1944

Place of Birth:

Cedar Rapids, Iowa


State University of Iowa, Iowa City: B.A., American History; M.A., Journalism

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Phantom Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #18) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
Anne_Dennis More than 1 year ago
I may not be the best judge of this book. I love the Lucas Davenport series. John Sanford is an excellent writer. I would recommend that people read the entire Prey series from beginning to end in order, although each book does stand alone. I have the complete set in my library. I make a special trip to the bookstore as soon as they come out in paperback. The books are rereadable. The characters are strong, very real, very individualistic and multi-dimensional. The villiams are evil to the core which makes them rather one-dimensional, but true evil is. The book will keep you up at night, but it is well worth the read.
BradleyVS08 More than 1 year ago
I've read all the Prey books and this was by far the worst. By page 20 I knew there was no way I could finish it. Not surprised though. I heard an interview with John Sandford on NPR and he said he doesn't do much of the writing. He does an outline for the book and has a staff of writers who fill in the rest. Seriously a waste of time. I always looked forward to reading about Lucas Davenport, but not any more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an avid fan of John Sandford's police novels, I looked forward to his lastest effort, 'Phantom Prey'. Sandford's novels have always been complex, but satisfying. The author seems to be lost in what direction to take. If Lucas Davenport is getting a little long in the tooth and ideas are getting hard to come by, it may be time to star some other staff members. 'Dark of the Moon', his most recent novel, was excellant.
harstan More than 1 year ago
There is one case that Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Chief Lucas Davenport likes very much watching the home of Heather Toms whose husband Sigites ¿Siggy¿ is on the run from the police for drug dealing. Siggy fled after making bail, but Lucas believes he will return for his wife and their child, as he loves both of them very much. Heather keeps her shades open giving the surveillance cops a peep show when she strips and breastfeeds. --- Davenport leaves this scene when his wife Weather is asked by her friend Alyssa Austin to have him look into the case of her missing and presumed dead daughter Frances. Alyssa came home one day, found the alarm off, Frances gone, and blood splattered all over the house. Frances was into the Goth scene her friend Fairy egged on by Loren kills three people who the pair believes are connected to Frances¿ death. As Lucas investigates, he finds this is one of the most bizarre cases of his career as people are not quite as they first seem and those he thinks might have a grudge with Frances prove innocent. --- Putting aside the obvious issue that Lucas is not earning chief pay as the boss needs to take care of resources (funding, people, equipment and supplies, etc) while strategically planning instead of field work, fans will enjoy his latest police procedural. The protagonist is shot at and overworked with a load of paper waiting at the office, but none of that prevents him from working both cases. Neither inquiry intersects as each is separate as they run parallel subplots. PHANTOM PREY is a riveting work in which readers will need to know who the killer is and if Siggy will come home. --- Harriet Klausner
maggie70GA More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Sandford. He never disappoints and all of his characters are enjoyable. I'm eagerly awaiting his next book. No matter which character; Lucas, Virgil, or Kidd.
ClarkP More than 1 year ago
John Sandford has delivered once again. Phantom Prey is an excellent book that features page-turning suspense. Lucas Davenport is a great character to root for. John Sandford's novels far surpass James Patterson and the works that other writers create for him. Phantom Prey is one of the best novels in the entire Prey series. This book is a must read. Two thumbs up from me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Sandford brings us the 19th book in the 'Prey' series, Phantom Prey, featuring Lucas Davenport. Davenport works for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. He is a bit of a rogue cop, not quite fitting in, with a team of like minded detectives. He's rumpled, aggressive, loyal and determined. Davenport is married to Weather, a surgeon. When she asks him as a favour to talk to her friend Alyssa about her daughter Frances' disappearance and possible murder, Lucas reluctantly agrees. The local cops haven't been able to move the case forward and he really doesn't see how he can help. Frances was dabbling in the Goth world and her mother believes this group holds the key to her missing daughter. Lucas starts making inquiries and someone starts targeting Goths. A mysterious woman - a Fairy Goth- may have answers, but can't be found. Nothing is as it seems and the closer Lucas thinks he's getting to an answer, the less things make sense. Del and Lucas are also staking out Siggy - a drug lord they've been trying to capture for awhile. This is a fun second story line. Davenport irreverence and that of his team is entertaining. Sandford never disappoints. Phantom Prey is another solid read with a great character/ Readers of Jonathan Kellerman, Jeffery Deaver and Michael Connelly will enjoy this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lucas Davenport has another murder to solve. Even when you think you know who did it, this author keeps you turing the pages. Sandford's writing style is easy to read and very entertaining. Those who live in the Midwest find it easy to identify with the places he describes. The characters are well developed and interesting. He is one of the best writers of murder mystery/suspense tales. I hope there will be more in this series. I can't get enough!
nursejamie More than 1 year ago
This was a strange book, and not in a good way. The characters were not believable at all. The book unsuccessfully tried to merge two plots that had no significance to the other whatsoever, so the detective would be investigating the one crime - on his own - and then he would drop by an apartment to spy on a woman who's husband had committed many crimes but who had fled. The crimes were not related at's like the second plot was thrown in just so there would be some kind of action. Terrible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Sandford¿s latest effort in the Prey series is a generally satisfying page turner that occasionally rises to the level of very good, with one significant plus, and only one frustrating turn. The story unfolds in typical Sanford style, with the reader introduced to a crime scene, and later witnessing a crime without knowing the identity of the killer. As the story unfolds and the reader gets inevitably drawn in, it is all done so well that Sandford can be forgiven for literally lifting an idea and even some stage direction from a recent Kevin Costner movie, because he adds an interesting twist to the basic concept and plays it very well. Readers will continue to find a comfort level with old characters like Del (although we all miss Slone!), will probably be wryly amused as Sandford several times plugs his other major character creation, Kidd, and will, I suspect, continue to wonder why Sandford just does not find a way to simply write Davenport¿s ward, a completely useless character, out of the series entirely. The only quibble I have with the book (and with the series of late) is that too many of Sandford¿s bad guys never really have to face the music in terms of a trial and a LONG spell in prison. After the mayhem created by most of his major villains (and even a few minor ones) it would be satisfying to see more of them rotting behind bars instead of taking the easy way out Sandford increasingly provides for them via an untimely death at the end. One of the better books in the long series, Phantom Prey is a novel addition to the collection and will certainly reward most readers.
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serialfan More than 1 year ago
I'm reading the whole series, love the quick pace. Plan on reading all his other books, too. Even when you know who-dun-it, you're caught up waiting to see how they get caught....or not.
bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
CD/unabridged/suspense: Book 18 of the Lucas Davenport series. I read the first two or three Prey books, so a lot has happened in Lucas' life 16 books later. Millionaire/police detective is still on the job. This time he is staking out a chick's house awaiting her thug boyfriend arrival for arrest. Lucas is asked, as a favor, to look into a case of a missing woman. Like the other books I've read, you are told early on who the murderer is and the murderer's thinking. Richard Ferrone does a good job with the narration. The problem was the book was anti-climatic. Davenport, as usual, has it pretty easy. He's smart AND he has his usual good luck. Yes, he gets shot, but reports are always to him in a timely manner, his secretary is always at her desk, evidence is never missing, and the plot is too convenient.
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This book ended up being a nice surprise. I began w/a neg view of the whole Goth thing & thought I could see what was ahead ... more education on subject matter I didn't really care about like the art history & business of art in the prior book. I do, however, accept the need for it to develop storylines ... even if I really don't much want to go there. Everything seemed unusually chaotic & confusing for a while, maybe even needlessly so ... BUT this turned into a genuine phychological thriller w/a twist I didn't see coming. Watching it unravel along w/the entertaining Heather/Siggy sidestory made it a fun ride.
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