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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Putnam; 1ST edition (1990)
  • ASIN: B0034CDEGS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,007,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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 www.rehov.org. 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.

Customer Reviews

Very interesting plot and characters.
Wm D. S.
Started reading the first John Sandford book on the Prey series & the very likeable Lucus Davenport & was hooked!
Bert
The plot was very easy to follow, but at the same time it had just enough intrigue to keep me interested.
flambert

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. Menta, Jr. VINE VOICE on October 4, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed "Rules of Prey", the first entry in Mr. Sandford's long-running "Prey" series, so I happily picked up this follow-up title. This was very good, too: lots of tension, good banter between the cops, a challenging case, and some interesting fringe stuff involving Lucas Davenport's newest lady love and his other domestic challenges.

As far as cop thrillers go, there's nothing particularly earth shattering or ground breaking here, but I think that's the point: Mr. Sandford knows what a good cop thriller should be and delivers it, not worrying about throwing in gimmicky plot contrivances to set it apart from other thrillers. The entertainment comes from solid craftmanship, Sandford's eye for detail, a dozen or so engaging characters, and a good thriller story.

I also liked the shades of grey that complicate the proceedings in several areas. For example, one can't really blame the criminal antagonists here for wanting to accomplish their goals, which is to draw attention to the injustices against American Indians and exact revenge for one particular injustice. But things quickly spiral out of control when the antagonists use new violence to respond to old violence. And things are further complicated because one of the antagonists really likes doing violence, with "the cause" only being a convenient excuse to undertake it.

Like the new edition of "Rules of Prey" that I recently read, this new edition of "Shadow Prey" features a brief but illuminating new introduction by the author, where he discusses the challenges of coming up with a good follow up to a successful debut thriller.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Thriller Lover VINE VOICE on May 3, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
SHADOW PREY is the second book in the "Lucas Davenport" series, and I personally believe it's one of the weakest ones.

The pacing of this novel is surprisingly slow in spots, and the villains are relatively dull. The book deals heavily with Native-American issues, but I don't feel that Sandford did a very good job of developing the Native-American characters. As he explains in his introduction, he had to rewrite this novel significantly to eliminate a lot of the social commentary that was contained in the first draft. The result is a novel that seems incomplete -- I didn't fully understand the killers and their motivations as well as I would have liked.

The romance in SHADOW PREY is also somewhat annoying. Davenport is a classic "bad boy" character who is more than happy to sleep with a married woman, and then go back home to his own girlfriend and child without a second thought. I know some readers like this wild aspect of Davenport's character, but I personally found it an unlikable characteristic, especially for a 41-year old man.

I like Sandford's writing style, but my advice is to skip this novel if you haven't read his books before. Start with RULES OF PREY instead.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Andy Edie on May 16, 2001
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In his second outing, Lucas Davenport hunts a family of disgruntled Native Americans who have big plans for a political bad guy (who really does deserve to die.) He also meets a new woman, and you may find yourself not liking him very much afterwards.
However, by introducing us to the many faults of Davenport, Sandford goes a long way in making him even more real. And, if you keep reading the Prey series (and you should) you will find yourself taking satisfaction in Lucas' maturation process as much as in his hunting down the bad guys.
Read this book, and keep reading the Prey series
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 6, 2001
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The hot and bothered Lucas Davenport is back and at full speed in this second entry in the popular "Prey" series. The plot revolves around some killings being done by a band of Indians, out to wipe out a politician who years before had assaulted a Native American woman. And of course, Lucas falls for NYPD Lily Rothenberg, and spends much of the book trying to get into her illustrious pants!
I have to hand it to Sandford, though. His plots are compelling and you can't help but finish them. Fortunately, this series gets better with each installment. This is not one of the best, and it has a wooden ending, no pun intended.
Things get better with "Eyes of Prey" and "Silent Prey."
Stick with him if you haven't given up on him yet.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Maloney on August 21, 2000
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The head of the FBI is targeted for death by a group of Indians bent on getting personal revenge for something the FBI man did early in his career. However, in planning to get to him, they make it appear as if a war is called on the white man¹s sins against the Indian people. John Sandford creates an excellent story, set in the context of the Native American people living in Minnesota. Deputy Chief of Police Lucas Davenport investigates the murders along with New York City Detective Lily Rosenthal. An interesting addition to Sandford's Prey series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Fickling on September 24, 2009
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Synopsis

In the early sixties, a brutal crime is committed against "a drunk Indian chick" by two small-town cops, while on duty. Retribution is a long time coming - some 20 years pass before a plan is set in place to avenge the young girl's attack, long enough for one of the guilty cops to become the Director of the FBI. Atoning for his sins will surely make the headlines.

A new age Indian uprising is about to take place, well-planned and organized by two aging men and a small band of Indian brothers who have not forgotten what two white men did to an innocent young girl so many years ago. Assassination is the order of the day - death in an acutely Indian way - throats cut by a ceremonial stone knife. A slumlord and a racist probation officer in Minnesota were the first two victims, a welfare officer from Jersey the third.

Lucas Davenport returns as the street-wise police detective assigned to investigate the murders, along with New York City Detective Lily Rosenthal. They have little time to waste, as the body count continues to escalate. A promising young politician and a federal judge fall victim to the cold-blooded murderers.

Shadow Love, a rogue tribal member of the conspirators, is not in the plans for the new-age uprising. He is a violent psychopath who is far too unpredictable to follow the directions of the tribal elders who are dictating the action. Despite their futile efforts, Love steps in and takes it upon himself to contribute to the body count, and nearly kills Lily in the process.

The case suddenly becomes more personal for Lucas, and he acts with extreme prejudice in his revenge, making for an exciting and suspenseful conclusion.
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