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Stolen Prey Hardcover – May 15, 2012

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Book 22 of 23 in the Prey Series

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“If you haven’t read Sandford, you have been missing one of the great summer-read novelists of all time.  Lucas Davenport, the policeman hero of the Prey novels, is a hard dude . . . but not without a sense of humor, and that makes him special.  Sandford writes real-guy novels, but—judging by my wife and her sisters—real girls like him too.”

—Stephen King

“Sandford’s ability to sustain this perfect series [. . .] must be a cause of envy to other writers, but grateful readers greet the annual appearance of Minnesota cop Lucas Davenport with joy, then plan for a sleepless, page-turning night.”

Cleveland Plain-Dealer

“Sandford’s talent is such that this series never grows stale, or boring, or forgettable.  As author and hero age, readers can hope that the best is yet to be.”

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About the Author

John Sandford is a Pulitzer Prize winner and the author of twenty-two Prey novels and eleven other works of fiction, most recently the Virgil Flowers novel Shock Wave. He lives in Minnesota.

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Product Details

  • Series: Prey
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition edition (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399157689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399157684
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (893 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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215 of 223 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful By michael a. draper VINE VOICE on May 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Imagine an entire family being tortured and murdered by crazed killers who were searching for information that the family never had?

Think about if you worked with computers for a bank and found a way to divert millions of dollars from an automated account. It could make you feel confident that you and your accomplices committed the perfect crime. However, you learn of a software company executive and family being tortured and murdered. The killers leaving a note on the wall in improper English, "were coming?" These two words can have a chilling affect on the thieves.

Lucas Davenport is on the case and attempts to learn what information the family might have had. Also, with the manner of the ungramatical note and torture killings, officials believe they are dealing with a group of murderous drug dealers who operate on both sides of the border. They are called Los Criminales del Norte.

The pacing of the story is well done as the author takes us through what is happening with the killers. Then we learn the status of the investigation and then view the amature theives who had no idea of what an explosive situation they were getting themselves into.

John Sandford is a master of dialogue and rates in the class with Elmore Leonard. His central character, Lucas Davenport, is a legendary criminal investigator whose actions and manner of apprehending criminals are realistic and make Davenport a pleasure to follow.

This story is so well written and entertaining that it is disappointing to see the story come to its conclusion.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Author/Reviewer Geri Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
There hasn't been that much that Lucas Davenport has not witnessed in horrifying murder scenes, but this one seems to be the icing on the cake, one of the worst and hopefully, the last with haunting memories. An entire family in a small town has been killed. What kind of evil mind would murder a husband, a wife, two daughters, and their dogs? What was the motive for these brutal murders, and where does Lucas begin his investigation? Was this a Mexican gang hit, and was any of the family members involved? What do the Mexican Feds find, does Lucas break the rules, and will the pieces to the puzzle fit? What information were the killers looking for, and did they get it? Was a software company involved, and were the killers drug dealers? I highly recommend "STOLEN PREY" to all thriller lovers. John Sandford is a Master storyteller, who delivers an incredible chilling murder-mystery, made for the movie screen. The plot is packed with explosive action as the unique characters come to life in a suspenseful, nail-biting thriller that has you craving for more!
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70 of 92 people found the following review helpful By T. Russo on May 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've read all of Sandford's books - several multiple times. I am
a longtime fan but I must say this time I was really disappointed.
The story starts with a horrible killing but beyond that riveting
event there really isn't much of a story. It all seems very contrived.
The characters are all one dimensional and even Sandford's repeat
characters are poorly represented. There simply is no flavor.

The ending of the main story line seemed to just fizzle out. The
subsequent death of the traitor and the killer was predictable and I
suspect it is the basis for a follow-up book or two.

This book is just not up to Sandford's usually high standard.
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