Silken Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #23)

Silken Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #23)

by John Sandford


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ISBN-13: 9780399159312
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Series: Lucas Davenport Series , #23
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.58(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

JOHN SANDFORD is the author of twenty-three Prey novels; six Virgil Flowers novels, most recently Mad River; and six other books. He lives in California and 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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Praise for John Sandford and the Lucas Davenport novels

“If you haven’t read Sandford yet, you have been missing one of the great summer-read novelists of all time.”—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

“Relentlessly swift…genuinely suspenseful…excellent.”—Los Angeles Times

“Sandford is a writer in control of his craft.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Excellent…compelling…everything works.”—USA Today

“Grip-you-by-the-throat thrills…a hell of a ride.”—Houston Chronicle

“Crackling, page-turning tension…great scary fun.”—New York Daily News

“Sandford is a master.”—Detroit Free Press

And Praise for Silken Prey

“Sandford’s...gallows humor and whip-smart dialogue seems fresher than ever in this tale of murder and political dirty tricks.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Dirty political tricksters give Lucas Davenport his most satisfying case in years… Sandford keeps every stage of the investigation clear, compelling and suspenseful.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Sandford expertly ratchets up the suspense and delivers some nifty surprises.”—Publishers Weekly

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Silken Prey 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 242 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series has become too scripted. While new readers may need the character background to get up to speed, it is really annoying for those who have read the series to get the same character and setting background material in every one of the books. It is a waste of time and serves primarily as filler material. If you go through the book and pull out all the stuff that is background and has been shared in previous books, you will be amazed at how much of the material is filler. Just like food leftovers, the old material has gone stale and is not appealing. This installment of the Prey series trots out a completely unrealistic number of former characters from the Prey, Kidd and Flowers series. Heck, it got so bad that I was seriously expecting Anna and Creek from the Night Crew to show up. Also, the constant theme of hiding one's identity by killing anyone who is a link is both trite and simplistic. Quite frankly, I got into the series because John Sandford was able to develop interesting characters with novel thought patterns and actions but the last few books are really getting weak and the large amount of killing is detracting from the story and character development that set him apart as a writer. This is the book where the Davenport series "jumps the shark" and I can no longer recommend it to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Right to the point- Boring, Boring, Boring! John Sandford, if you're tired of writing the prey books, quit writing them. And those "Kidd" people, what were they doing in there? They didn't fit. The Flowers series is a lot more interesting, and I'm disappointed in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Prey series and the Kidd series as well as the Flower series. I thought both series had gone off the rails with Mad River and Stolen Prey.I seriously disagree with the reviewer who thinks the series has become too scripted.Silken Prey put the series back on track.I recommend this book to others
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sandfords ar the top of his game still. Quite a few unexpected other charaters turn up, and are just as brilliant as they were in their own books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lucas is as cool and interesting as usual. Just want to say I haven't grown tired of the Prey books! Love Lucas!!
Mikeeman More than 1 year ago
Political thriiller and a good read--conflicting agendas of the characters keep you on your toes--Sanford does it again and even has a Virgil Flowers cameo appearance for us readers that have followed the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of The Prey Series and I liked this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Actually I would like to have given it a 2 1/2 rating. Where did our earlier Davenport books? The ones that had you staying up at night biting your nails waiting for what was coming up next.John, I believe that you are all storied out, if you can't come up with a sit on the edge of your seat book please don't write it. I so love the Davenport books and feel that he has done the character an injustice.I'm sure that once again I will pre-order his next Prey book and then be dissapointed again. I sure hope that I'm wrong.If you are a Prey lover you might want to take warning, even might want to wait until it is in the library or $2.99 books. I was really let down with this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story with a lot of old friends. Would like to hear more about how kidd snd lauren are doing. MargeL
kimidoo More than 1 year ago
loved reading about Kidd and lauren......we need a new Kidd novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Long time reader of all the Sandford series. I like the reference and involvement of Virgil Flowers and was OK with the Kidd connection until the end of the book. I like to "root" for Kidd, but the story with Laren didn't fit well with the rest of the story. And I didn't like the way the political sory concluded. I call this book a miss.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Some people have no respect for politicians, and in this novel the author certainly gives the reader reasons to feel similarly. One character is a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator from Minnesota who will do anything to win, and does: planting child pornography on her opponent’s computer in his campaign office, and even condoning three murders. In the middle of this mess, Lucas Davenport, a detective with Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, is appointed by the Governor to determine whether the pornographic material was there because someone had installed it to embarrass its owner, or if it was real. Davenport has less than a week to find the truth since the discovery of the material swings potential voters to the challenger. The plot then develops into a relatively standard police procedural, hampered, of course, by the aforementioned murders, which are cover-ups to prevent Lucas from finding out the facts. While the story seems a little far-fetched, it is an interesting thesis: Politics is really a dirty business and the author takes the opportunity to espouse what are probably some of his own views along the way. But somehow, the length of the book wore on this reader, and the conclusion was unsatisfying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So boring! Knew the ending 10 pages in because the authir reveals it! Theres a day and a half I'll never back in my life...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, John Sandford doesn't disappoint! Another great read, though, surprisingly, a political thriller. If you love the Davenport series, you'll enjoy this new addition. It contains the usual smart and witty banter we've come to know and expect! I love how he has written and continues to write these characters!!! On a side note - I would be remiss if I did not mention that I thought it would pick up where the previous prey book left off (as that ended in a cliff hanger) and it did not. This book was a completely different story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i think he's getting tired...and the editors aren't spotting continuity issues like they should...his interview comments about using Soucheray to pen some parts of the stories was revealing...since it'sa ll about the money we'll keep buying them but they just don't give that same rush as following Lucas or Virgil first did. Sorry. Recommend only with reservations.
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I always enjoy these!
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AMA001 More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Kept my interest. Recommend.
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