Stolen Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #22)

Stolen Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #22)

by John Sandford
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Stolen Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #22) by John Sandford

The brilliant Lucas Davenport thriller from the number one New York Times bestselling author.

Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the Minnesota town of Wayzata, an entire family has been killed—husband, wife, two kids, dogs. On the wall, in blood: “Were coming.” No apostrophe.

There’s something about the scene that tugs at Lucas’s cop instincts—it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen from Mexican drug gangs. But this is a seriously upscale town, the husband ran a modest software company, the wife dabbled in local politics. None of it seems to fit.

Until it does…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425260999
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Series: Lucas Davenport Series , #22
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 73,788
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Sandford is the pseudonym of the 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 Minnesota.


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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Stolen Prey 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 207 reviews.
Twink More than 1 year ago
John Sandford is back with the latest installment (#22) - Stolen Prey - in his wildly successful and hugely popular series featuring Lucas Davenport, an agent for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. "Lucas's job at the BCA was mostly self-invented, and included politically sensitive cases, or cases that might attract a lot of media attention." When a pair of tweekers rob him at an ATM, breaking his wrist and damaging his ego, he embarks on a long term mission to find them. This is put on the back burner when the superintendent of the BCA calls - a case that is definitely going to be in the spotlight needs Davenport's skills. An entire family has been found murdered - slaughtered really, tortured in unimaginable ways. Lucas's investigation leads places no one saw coming - this isn't just a spree killer. It looks like a Mexican gang hit. What could this software engineer have done to bring this wrath on his family? Soon enough the DEA and a pair of Mexican Federales are also on the case. But everyone seems to have their own priorities concerning the case..... I've always enjoyed Lucas and his irreverent flaunting of the rules. He's getting older and little mellower, but still has no problem side stepping protocol to get things done. I love the barbed banter between himself and team members Del Capslock, Jensen and Shrake, but no Davenport book is complete without Virgil Flowers. Those tweekers robbing ATM's? Flowers has been put to work on the case - which seems to be leading to manure? "Somewhere along the line, it occurred to him that he hadn't spoken to Virgil Flowers. He'd probably taken the day off, and knowing Flowers, he'd done it in a boat. The thing about Flowers was, in Lucas's humble opinion, you could send him out for a loaf of bread and he'd find an illegal bread cartel smuggling in heroin-saturated wheat from Afghanistan. Either that, or he'd be fishing in a muskie tournament, on government time. You had to keep an eye on him." I have expressed doubts about Davenport's adopted daughter Letty in past books, but my opinion has changed. She's definitely growing on me and I think we'll see more of her in future books. As always, Sandford has concocted a whip smart, action filled plot with lots of threads to keep your finger on. He employs a great twist that caught me unawares part way through. I have enjoyed this series from book one and nothing has changed - I still eagerly await every new entry from one of my favourite authors - and curse myself when I finish it in a day!
JuliMN More than 1 year ago
I'll preface this review by acknowledging that I was predisposed to like Stolen Prey because I love Lucas Davenport. I've read the Prey series, Virgil series and the Kidd novels numerous time and find myself liking some of them even more the second, third or even fourth time around. That said.... This one was pretty good. I liked the story. I had to pay attention to understand everything (there's multiple points of view going on as well as two stories) but it didn't give me a headache trying to figure it out. There's a Mexican gang, a couple Federales, the DEA, some pretty smart thieves and the usual Prey crew. The review that says "everyone is like.... dying." doesn't know what they're talking about if they think this has an unusual amount of death in it. It doesn't. Seems like people died who needed to die to keep the story going. And it wasn't overly graphic so don't get all excited. If this is the first Prey novel you're looking to read it'll still be good but I think that to really GET it you need to read from the beginning. The evolution of the characters and their interactions throughout the series are worth reading the series AND the story lines are pretty awesome too. There were many conversations between the main characters in Stolen Prey that are funny by themselves but hilarious is you know the backstory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was anticipating the release of this book for awhile,and as you know rarely does a book live up to its hype. But this one ..did!! I liked how there was two stories going on. He involved Virgil Flowers,which always makes it entertaining. This "Prey" is one worth catching.
Leah-books More than 1 year ago
enjoyed this book! Great characters, great story. one of my fav series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is amazing to me that Sandford can keep cranking out books of this caliber. Classic Lucas Davenport story line......a very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this 22nd installment in John Sanford's Prey series, Lucas Davenport has to chase down 3 sets of criminals. The first is a pair of tweekers who hold him up and steal his wallet. The next is a team of computer hackers who come across mexican drug money going through a bank a couple of them work at. The last is a group of 3 mexican enforcers who torture and murder anyone they think was involved in stealing the drug cartel's money. The 3 investigations run side by side and intertwine beautifully. As usual, the book was fast paced. I read it in a couple days while on vacation
windergalJB More than 1 year ago
I'm giving this latest John Sandford book 5 stars, not because I think it is the best book that this author has ever written but mainly because it is another installment in his Prey series that is at least as riveting and well written as the other 21 Prey books I have read. I always look forward to Mr. Sandford's next book, expecially in the Prey series, as I know it will be worth my time and money. I have found that many of my favorite author's are writing books today that I can barely get through. I think the secret of the success of the Prey series is the character, Lucas Davenport, and how deftly Mr. Sandford has stayed true to his identity, flawed as he may be. My greedy self would like to see 2 of 3 of these books per year but I'll be content with 1 well written book and the other series Mr. Sandford writes with his character, Virgil Flowers, a spin-off from the Prey series, hopefully once a year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the John Sanford novels...both the the Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers series. This is a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Davenport novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I so love this series! It continues to reward my time w/well-written plots & an appealing cast of recurring characters including Lucas Davenport's growing family. This is yet another page-turner I could not put down & is high on my list of favorites in the series. Even if I know who the "bad guys" are from the start, I am driven to watch him bring them down. :-)
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Good book
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Quite a few twists in here to keep the tale engaging.
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