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Stolen Prey Audio CD – Audiobook, May 15, 2012
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“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.”
“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.”
—Richmond Times-Dispatch--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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"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 stolen.....horse 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.Read more ›
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.
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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I have read many in this series and do not think this was one of Sanford's bestPublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book made me like Letty. She wasn't one of my favorite characters, but now I understand her more. Also, the first of his books that I teared up reading... Read morePublished 1 month ago by KatY
I have been reading the Prey series for years. The last couple were disappointing but this one knocks it out of the park. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Arthur T. Rouse
All of John Sanford/s books are good. He has been one of my favorites for years. I am rereading some of them now.Published 2 months ago by Liz
This was another great read. I enjoy the family involvement and this keeps with the history of the players so you want to read the next book.Published 2 months ago by elsie nilles
I love the Prey series and this one did not disappoint. It had many twists and turns and of course my favorite detective. Fantastic read just the right amount of gore. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
John Sanford leads us through another enjoyable encounter with Lucas Davenport & his family where in the end lucas' wife & 3 kids are attacked.Published 2 months ago by Max Sped