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Product Details

  • Series: Prey (Book 23)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425267768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425267769
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,678 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* A tight race for a U.S. Senate seat is drawing to a close when Lucas Davenport gets a call. A volunteer aide to the Republican incumbent inadvertently has found a cache of kiddie porn on the candidate’s personal computer. Given the consequences of the discovery, Davenport, the lead investigator for Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, is asked by the Democratic governor to handle a quick, discreet inquiry. Though in the opposing party, the governor has known the accused since grade school and is adamant that his friend is innocent. Inevitably, the story leaks and the Democratic candidate begins making up ground in the polls. Her name is Taryn Grant. She’s in her mid-thirties, strikingly beautiful, and richer than God, and her ambition knows no limit. As the kiddie-porn scandal breaks, an amoral political operative disappears. When Davenport questions Grant about the scandal, he’s taken aback by her vehement denial of any involvement. Is she guilty and attempting to intimidate him, or genuinely offended? 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. --Wes Lukowsky --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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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John Sandford is one of the best authors I've ever read.
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All in all I enjoy the Lucas Davenport novels and look forward to the next read that Sandford writes.
Exciting, interesting plot with twists and turns which keep you turning the page.
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128 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Luan Gaines HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Lucas Davenport gets down and dirty in a thriller that mixes murder and politics, a piranha-filled fish tank where the stakes are high and the money flowing. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent gets pulled into a campaign scandal by the state's governor, who has political aspirations on the horizon and doesn't need any complications when Porter Smalls, a Republican running for US Senator gets catapulted into the headlines for child pornography on his office computer. The most likely candidate for pre-election dirty tricks is his democratic opponent, the bright, wealthy Taryn Grant, with an oversized ego and extravagant plans for her political future. Once Lucas starts digging, he finds not only carefully buried secrets, but the possible murder of a political operative-for-hire, Bob Tubbs, who has suddenly disappeared.

While the Lucas Davenport of the popular Prey series is adept at solving a wide variety of criminal cases in his position at the BAC, this particular scenario takes him into the rarified world of state politics, an equally comfortable venue for the sophisticated detective, where the anonymity of position and wealth provide cover for those who operate behind the façade of public service (strange bedfellows, indeed). Smalls is an old-school politician, a familiar figure with a clear agenda. His opponent, Grant, is one of a new wave of public servants, smart, attractive and ambitious. One of them is headed to Washington. And like the psychological environment that favors physical appearance over integrity, Grant appeals to the narcissistic cult that propels public personalities into positions of power.

No slacker, Davenport is tech savvy and eager to use resources he has cultivated over the years.
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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful By k.c. quinn on May 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I love this series and I particularly love the main character because he is smart, sexy, a family guy, a cop who drives a Porsche, and ultimately the coolest guy in law enforcement by a mile. Davenport does what he does because he likes it and he has a clearly defined code and sense of right and wrong-he also sees the shades of gray. The writing as always, flows smoothly, the descriptions of the people and places are vivid, and the author manages to make lifelike even the politicians that inhabit this book. Through this long running series we have come to know the characters (and they are that), that inhabit Davenport's world and it's like visiting with old friends when they take part in solving the political mystery/intrigue/thriller/suspense that takes place in a compressed period of time before election day. Davenport's friends are a motley crew of misfits but they get the job done every time. This book is recommended to all who like a smart mystery that is complex at times has many twists and turns and is hard to put down. I know that the author has said that Davenport will retire at some point, but he gives the reader so much enjoyment and downright fun I hope he goes on forever.
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48 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Suncoast TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a fascinating tale of how easily politics can get dirty and run out of control. Lucas Davenport, an agent of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is asked by the State Governor to find out why child pornography was found on the office computer of the leading Senate candidate only days before the election.

Porter Smalls, a Republican running for US Senator is well ahead in the opinion polls when his campaign is sabotaged by child pornography being found on his office computer. Despite their opposite political views, the Governor believes that, despite some personal shortcomings, Smalls is incapable of having such an interest.

What Davenport doesn't know at the beginning is that Bob Tubbs, a political operative who can change sides like a chameleon for the right money, has disappeared. Davenport soon gets down into the mire of a thriller with an explosive combination of murder, money, blackmail and politics.

Davenport gets help from a notorious computer whiz, ICE who puts him in touch with Lucas Kidd who is a strange combination of artist and computer "expert". Davenport also becomes quickly aware that the Democratic candidate, the attractive and wealthy Taryn Grant, has an oversized ego and ambition that could catapult her into dirty tricks. I have to admit that I really didn't know the detailed explanation of a narcissist until Grant's character was exposed.

This thriller makes Davenport explore the grey side of politics and the contemporary world of technology to solve the case and reveals an ugly background to the machinations behind an important election. It is an interesting twist to the Davenport series of thrillers and is well recommended if you want to see things from a different aspect.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jarratt Bryan on May 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
So here' s a political suspense thriller without much politics, suspense, or thrills. Early on, we know who did what, now it' s just a matter of Lucas Davenport finding out himself.

"Silken Prey" is about a Republican incumbent US Senator, Porter Smalls, who's caught with child porn on his computer at his campaign office. The Democratic governor, who knows Smalls well, calls in Davenport to investigate because he thinks Smalls has been framed. Taryn Grant, the Democratic opponent for Smalls' seat, denies any involvement. And again, it's not too long before the reader finds out what's going on; we're just waiting on the cops to put the pieces together.

I was a huge fan of Sandford and his Minneapolis cop Davenport 20 years ago. But after multiple books with pretty much the same plot (and of course nearly the same titles), I tired quickly. At least this one isn't about a serial killer...not really, anyway. But most of the characters (aside from the cops) were pretty unlikable, so when they start to turn on each other, you're just hoping few are left standing. In other words, there's a small part where one killer is going after another. Will Davenport stop it from happening? Gee, I kinda hope not. So it was hard to root for anyone.

A subplot of this book involves a couple who Davenport uses for information. The husband is a hacker who can get into any database anywhere (really?!). And if it weren't for a silly stunt his wife pulls, the case may never have been solved. This plot pushes credibility to the extreme while making it easy for Sandford to tie up loose ends. Not well done.

I received this book as a part of LibraryThing's Early Reader program.
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