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Buried Prey Paperback – May 1, 2012
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In an inspired plot device, Sandford reintroduces the young and ambitious Lucas Davenport ("Then"), walking him through the Jones investigation, his eagerness to advance and the political realities he has yet to appreciate. Unfortunately, lack of training and seniority hamper Lucas in a system that doesn't reward renegades. "Now" examines the consequences of Davenport's decision not to buck the system, the found bodies a grim reminder that the real killer has remained free. Balancing his personal life with the finely-honed instincts of a successful career, Lucas is not exempt from the risks in this particular investigation, nor immune to the violence that follows in the killer's wake.
Of all his characters, Lucas Davenport is the most iconic, Sandford developing his protagonist over time, his personal and professional life grist for the series.Read more ›
Davenport has been a cop in the Minneapolis area for many years, working his way up the ladder. He currently works for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA, often troubleshooting for the governor. But a case from the past is literally unearthed and Davenport is forced to confront the unthinkable. Was the wrong man convicted of the murder of two young girls? Has the real killer been preying on children for the last 25 years?
The disappearance of the Jones girls in 1985 marked the beginning of Lucas's career as a detective.
"In the first year as a cop, working patrol and then, briefly, as a dope guy, he'd felt that he was learning things at a ferocious rate: about the street, life, death, sex, love, hate, fear, stupidity, jealousy and accident, and all the other things that brought citizens in contact with the cops. Then the learning tailed off. Now investigating, the feeling was back. He was crude and he knew it, but it was interesting and he'd get better at it."
The first part of the book is set in 1985 and we get to see a young Davenport. It was so much fun to watch Lucas begin what we know is a long and colourful career. One of my favourite supporting characters has always been Del Capslock. In Buried Prey we are privy to the first pairing up of Lucas and Del. Their witty banter has continued to this day. The tone is set for what we know of Lucas today as well - his way with women, his obsession with clothes and his 'outside the box' methods.
"Lucas, on the other hand, was a poor leader.Read more ›
The story is set up like this: Two mummified 25-year-old bodies turn up at a demolition site: the missing bodies from Davenport's first case as a detective. Through flashbacks, we see that Davenport had screwed up and the wrong man was charged with the girls' murders. Flash forward and Davenport wants justice done finally. A good mix of past/present plot combined with a recipe of high technology and Bruce Willis-esque rugged cop intuition push Davenport to the actual killer. But once the cop smells blood, he learns the criminal may not be done.
I haven't read the other books in the series, but this one stands alone fine. Sanford is very talented and "Buried Prey" is an excellent read for this genre.
In the present, a sidewalk is being dug up when the bodies of the Jones sisters are found; their bodies mummified and recognizable. Lucas is now in a law enforcement position to hunt a predator who has killed other children. He and his partner on the original Jones case Del intensely search for a psychopath. When one of his cherished friends goes down in the line of duty by this perpetrator, the case turns personal as Lucas struggles not to do something he will regret when he catches this vicious beast as he knows he will.
John Sandford shows why readers love his Prey police procedurals as he gets deep into the psyche of his hero who is already over the top of Eagle Mountain with anger towards the serial killer preying on the young, but goes stratospheric with rage when a close friend falls victim. Besides his struggle to control his feelings, readers also gets a chance to see Lucas as a young but experienced rookie who retains the same values he displays as a veteran including his efforts to do what he believes is right even if it means bending the law. Series fans will enjoy Davenport's internal battle to stay in control as this case is an emotional dynamo.
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The condition of the book is excellent. Having over twenty Sandford hard cover books in my library and proudly displayed there, this book gives me insight into Lucas Davenport's... Read morePublished 6 days ago by ken matthies
these books are predictable, formulaic and highly readable if you are a fan of the police detective novel. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Chuck Perry
As always Lucas solves the case, but looses a key character in the process. Very good book -- fast read.Published 8 days ago by Tom /Indiana
Very interesting story line, kept my interest. Pretty fast read. this was my first Sanford book now I;ll start from the beginning. thanks!!Published 9 days ago by George Kuhn
I always love Sandford and his tales about Lucas Davenport, but this is one of the best. It begins back when Davenport was just a patrol cop and includes all of the fellow... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Grandma Amazon
I enjoyed going back to the future with Lucas Davenport and Del.Published 25 days ago by Catherine Rotan
I wouldn't have read the other 20 books if I didn't enjoy Mr. Sandford's characters and writing style.Published 25 days ago by C. Barnett