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Field of Prey (The Prey Series Book 24) [Kindle Edition]

John Sandford
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Book Description

The extraordinary new Lucas Davenport thriller from #1 New York Times-bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner John Sandford.
The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was . . . something smelled bad—like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another.

By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to fifteen bodies and counting. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, when Lucas began to investigate, he made some disturbing discoveries of his own. The victims had been killed over a great many years, one every summer, regular as clockwork. How could this have happened without anybody noticing?

Because one thing was for sure: the killer had to live close by. He was probably even someone they saw every day. . . .

Editorial Reviews

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*Starred Review* A couple of high-school lovers conclude an evening of passion in rural Minnesota by noticing a really bad smell. They inform the local cops, who find an underground cistern filled with God knows how many bodies and body parts. It’s obviously not a job for local cops, so Lucas Davenport and his Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are called in. There are 15 skulls and counting when Lucas arrives. The early forensic examinations reveal the killings have been going on for years. How did someone not notice? Davenport’s usual partners are engaged in other investigations, so he teams up with Catrin Mattsson, a detective with the county sheriff’s office. They seem a mismatched pair at first. She resents his wealth, and he sees her as a bit of a confrontational smart-ass. They wade through a couple of false leads, one supplied by an eight-year-old beauty pageanteer whose parents view the ensuing publicity as a “big break.” There are a couple other investigatory sidebars, but when the killer decides Mattsson should be his next victim, the case escalates quickly. Sandford writes best-sellers more often than most of us take vacations. This is as engaging and thrilling as any of them, even with a subplot that feels unnecessary. But that’s like whining about Willie Mays striking out once while hitting four home runs in a game. As always, Sandford and Lucas are superb. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: You could say “same old, same old,” but in Sandford’s case, you’d mean another top-notch thriller destined for best-seller lists. That’s the good kind of “same old, same old.” --Wes Lukowsky


Praise for Field of Prey

“One of [Sandford’s] best. His writing and the appeal of his lead character are as fresh as ever. This author is a master writer and he pulls out all the stops to tell the latest adventure . . . For those who think they know everything they need to know about Lucas Davenport, this book proves them wrong. It also shows that Sanford still has some tricks up his sleeve when it comes to writing totally engrossing books. Sanford has always been at the top of any list of great mystery writers and this latest book shows why…It is one of his best and that makes it something really special.”—Huffington Post

“Consistently brilliant, Sandford shows the methodical steps inherent in such a case, without sacrificing plot, pacing or character.”—Cleveland Plain-Dealer

“Sandford seems to top himself with each new installment; the latest is no exception to that rule . . . It doesn’t get any better than Field of Prey. . . This is a series you must be reading if you are not already.”—

“As always, Lucas and Sandford are superb . . . Another top-notch thriller destined for best-seller lists.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Suspenseful . . . Sandford has tricks to play to confound readers before the tension rises and leads to a violent and surprising conclusion.”—Publishers Weekly
“Intense.”—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Silken Prey
“Sandford’s Davenport novels are always very good, and this is the best one in a long time. It’s suspenseful, witty, and wise in the ways of modern politics. And the conclusion is darkly unforgettable. A superb thriller.” —Booklist
“The perfect summer read, as far as I’m concerned.” —Stephen King on Today

Praise for John Sandford
“[A] very skilled and smart writer.”—E. L. Doctorow, The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 2497 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1471134849
  • Publisher: Berkley (May 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FX7UL72
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,516 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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78 of 92 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Sandford, Where Have You Gone? May 14, 2014
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I read a couple of reviews here before downloading it to my Kindle. Not because I wanted to see if it was any good, but because I wanted to get a sense of how good it was.

Sadly, after reading the first quarter of the book, I find myself in agreement with the reviewers here who refuse to believe Mr. Sandford wrote it. The story is, if not completely lame, at least partially crippled and the dialog--usually one of Mr. Sandford's strong points sounds unrealistic and forced.

Whomever wrote this is not the writer who brought us the story of Clara Rinker.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tired of explicit repeated rape and torture May 15, 2014
By BadDawg
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Sadly this may be the last Lucas Davenport I buy. My wife's the big Sandford fan, reads everything, but she finally couldn't finish this one. I did and until the last couple of chapters I thought she had exaggerated the violence -- but no. It was a rape you could see coming for 200 pages or more, but not the explicit violence. I agree with what others have written about the involvement of Letty and the distraction of the side stories of Del and Flowers, but hey, a writer's gotta fill white space...and there was quite a bit of white space filling going on in this book.
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70 of 83 people found the following review helpful
By Jack S.
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Stupid plot that was stretched till the end to solve. I thought he had some assistance with the writing like other writers are doing today. I wish he hadn't put this one out as it put a dent in my respect for him. Then at the end with Emmanuel Kent the homeless protester Lucas falls way out of character pandering to far left liberal bias trying to come off as comical but failing with Davenport supporting a redistribution of wealth to heal his Karma

No! Na-na-no! This was not the Same Lucas we have known. This should have been titled Safe Prey as it went through all the motions without the enthusiasm and desire for the story John Sandford became known for.

If this was my first John Sandford book I would have given it one star only out of respect for his past accomplishments brought the three. Sorry, Lucas would agree with me had he been there.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Different May 10, 2014
By C. Berg
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I do not know why I kept feeling this was not written by Sandford. It was vague, choppy, and I felt very disoriented reading it. It had potential but did not deliver.
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123 of 149 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts off well, but doesn't hold up. May 7, 2014
By Ken
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I have long been a fan of John Sandford's books, and I own and have read every one he's written. I realize that Lucas Davenport has evolved over the course of the series, and is in a different place in his life now, than in the early books. That is one thing I very much enjoyed about "Buried Prey" since it gave us a view of Lucas when he was just starting out on the force. Otherwise, I haven't found his last few books quite as compelling. When I first started this book, I thought perhaps he had returned to form, and I was captivated. That didn't last, however. [What follows may reveal details about the plot that you may not want to know if you haven't read this book yet, so be forewarned.]

I'm not a real big fan of literary "tricks" and I prefer a straightforward crime drama...I was very disappointed to see Mr. Sandford employ the plot device used in "Mr. Brooks" and "Psycho." Also, I found it ludicrous that Letty would be included in a meeting of law enforcement officers, offer her opinion, and her opinion be given credence. No, she's not stupid, but she is 18 (if that) and still in high school, and despite her history, I don't think a professional law enforcement group would want to include a civilian (unless an expert or consultant) in a strategy meeting, much less a high school student. (I certainly hope future books don't go down the path of a father-daughter crime fighting duo!)

I also found that the inclusion of the cases being handled by Virgil Flowers and Del to be a distraction...I wondered where he was going with them, and they really didn't serve to advance the story line; instead, they muddled it.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Read Them All May 20, 2014
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Got to agree with others. Not sure if Mr. Camp wrote this all himself or if he had help. There were flashes of Sandford but Lucas has turned into Alan Alda. He wasn't as sharp, wasn't as sure of himself, and the usual cop culture/humor was missing. There was just enough to keep me reading, but I didn't stay up all night to finish as I used to. Big holes in the plot. Fairly early on there was enough info on suspect that Barney Fife would have been on the trail, never mind a bunch of squared away cops and Davenport. I mean come on, there's one hardware store in town, the suspects name is provided early on as a lead, and nobody follows up on it? I'm still not sure why Del and Flowers kept coming up. They were distractions. I also agree with others about the whole guilt thing Lucas develops with a nut job that ends the book. What the heck is that there for? Is Sandford trying for depth and sensitivity in Lucas at this stage of the game? If so, then be kind to the readers and retire him or kill him off in fitting fashion.

Been a Sandford fan since the first book and have read every one, many of them twice. Hundreds of hours of enjoyment reading and I'm grateful. Money well spent. But, after the last few, the anticipation of a new Sandford release is worn off a bit. Guess that is what happens when you knock it out of the park time after time. The expectation is that you'll keep doing it. Probably not fair, but there you go.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Davenport is more than cool
John Sanford never disappoints. Lucas Davenport is funny, smart, wise-ass that knows people and follows his gut. A great read, waiting for the next one!!!!
Published 2 days ago by CaliKatie
3.0 out of 5 stars Little slow by Sandford standards. Didn't care for it ...
Little slow by Sandford standards. Didn't care for it as much as most of his Davenport novels (and I've read every one).
Published 2 days ago by J. R. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great novel
Never, never disappoints!
Published 5 days ago by linda m touro
5.0 out of 5 stars John Sanford is one of the few mystery writers working today that I...
Now that Robert B. Parker and Elmore Leonard are gone, John Sanford is one of the few mystery writers working today that I can depend upon to produce a good book every time. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Ben Bachman
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Pray series that is well done enjoy it very much
Another Pray series that is well done enjoy it very much , can hardly wait until the next Pray and Virgil Flowers are released. I have never missed a book in either series.
Published 7 days ago by Deborah Fookes
5.0 out of 5 stars I like everything about his novels - the good guy comes ...
Sandford writes a fast-paced, exciting story, a real page turner. I like everything about his novels - the good guy comes out on top, one way or another.
Published 8 days ago by Gerry Wade
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always a great read - the Prey series!
Published 8 days ago by Joan Remick
4.0 out of 5 stars Field of Prey - Pluses and Minuses
Field of Prey took me a long time to read. This can be either a good or a bad sign. Bad, in that I was able to or needed to put it down after a short periods of reading. Read more
Published 8 days ago by BarryDBerger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love John Sanford.
Published 10 days ago by Margaret T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very Interesting!
Published 11 days ago by LInda Bleau
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John Sandford was born John Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962. He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966. In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa. He was in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, worked as a reporter for the Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian from 1968-1970, and went back to the University of Iowa from 1970-1971, where he received a master's degree in journalism. He was a reporter for The Miami Herald from 1971-78, and then a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press from 1978-1990; in 1980, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Pulitzer in 1986 for a series of stories about a midwestern farm crisis. From 1990 to the present he has written thriller novels. He's also the author of two non-fiction books, one on plastic surgery and one on art. He is the principal financial backer of a major archaeological project in the Jordan Valley of Israel, with a website at In addition to archaeology, he is deeply interested in art (painting) and photography. He both hunts and fishes. He has two children, Roswell and Emily, and one grandson, Benjamin. His wife, Susan, died of metastasized breast cancer in May, 2007, and is greatly missed.

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Will John Sandford's new book Field of Prey be "co-written"?
I agree. Virgil Flowers was a little lame in "Storm Front." That book sucked! Not up to Sandfords usual writing.
May 6, 2014 by Jack F. Bowles |  See all 19 posts
Twelve bucks
Yeah, I agree with you W. Kelly. I remember the line, "No kindle book over $9.99." i wonder what happened with that? Still it is the best way to buy and read books....
May 6, 2014 by Jack F. Bowles |  See all 3 posts
False advertising - what's up with this?
Pricing goes up and down on Amazon. Supply and demand I suppose. Put something in your wish list and you will get an email when it goes down in price. It's only false advertising when you click to buy for $9.99 and you are charged $17.17 not when you are clearly told the price up front.
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I was wondering the same thing. It seems completely random ... sometimes cheeper, sometimes the same cost. It would be great to be able to know the whispersync cost in advance, especially when I plan on buying the narration otherwise it is like 'please take my credit card and charge how much you... Read More
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Good story ruined by unbelievably horrible violence - must be running out of imagination to resort to that crap.
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