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- Print Length: 481 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (May 10, 2011)
- Publication Date: May 10, 2011
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004LRPGPC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,565 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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- Book 21 of 26 in The Prey Series (26 Book Series)
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In an inspired plot device, Sandford reintroduces the young and ambitious Lucas Davenport ("Then"), walking him through the Jones investigation, his eagerness to advance and the political realities he has yet to appreciate. Unfortunately, lack of training and seniority hamper Lucas in a system that doesn't reward renegades. "Now" examines the consequences of Davenport's decision not to buck the system, the found bodies a grim reminder that the real killer has remained free. Balancing his personal life with the finely-honed instincts of a successful career, Lucas is not exempt from the risks in this particular investigation, nor immune to the violence that follows in the killer's wake.
Of all his characters, Lucas Davenport is the most iconic, Sandford developing his protagonist over time, his personal and professional life grist for the series.Read more ›
Davenport has been a cop in the Minneapolis area for many years, working his way up the ladder. He currently works for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA, often troubleshooting for the governor. But a case from the past is literally unearthed and Davenport is forced to confront the unthinkable. Was the wrong man convicted of the murder of two young girls? Has the real killer been preying on children for the last 25 years?
The disappearance of the Jones girls in 1985 marked the beginning of Lucas's career as a detective.
"In the first year as a cop, working patrol and then, briefly, as a dope guy, he'd felt that he was learning things at a ferocious rate: about the street, life, death, sex, love, hate, fear, stupidity, jealousy and accident, and all the other things that brought citizens in contact with the cops. Then the learning tailed off. Now investigating, the feeling was back. He was crude and he knew it, but it was interesting and he'd get better at it."
The first part of the book is set in 1985 and we get to see a young Davenport. It was so much fun to watch Lucas begin what we know is a long and colourful career. One of my favourite supporting characters has always been Del Capslock. In Buried Prey we are privy to the first pairing up of Lucas and Del. Their witty banter has continued to this day. The tone is set for what we know of Lucas today as well - his way with women, his obsession with clothes and his 'outside the box' methods.
"Lucas, on the other hand, was a poor leader.Read more ›
The story is set up like this: Two mummified 25-year-old bodies turn up at a demolition site: the missing bodies from Davenport's first case as a detective. Through flashbacks, we see that Davenport had screwed up and the wrong man was charged with the girls' murders. Flash forward and Davenport wants justice done finally. A good mix of past/present plot combined with a recipe of high technology and Bruce Willis-esque rugged cop intuition push Davenport to the actual killer. But once the cop smells blood, he learns the criminal may not be done.
I haven't read the other books in the series, but this one stands alone fine. Sanford is very talented and "Buried Prey" is an excellent read for this genre.
In the present, a sidewalk is being dug up when the bodies of the Jones sisters are found; their bodies mummified and recognizable. Lucas is now in a law enforcement position to hunt a predator who has killed other children. He and his partner on the original Jones case Del intensely search for a psychopath. When one of his cherished friends goes down in the line of duty by this perpetrator, the case turns personal as Lucas struggles not to do something he will regret when he catches this vicious beast as he knows he will.
John Sandford shows why readers love his Prey police procedurals as he gets deep into the psyche of his hero who is already over the top of Eagle Mountain with anger towards the serial killer preying on the young, but goes stratospheric with rage when a close friend falls victim. Besides his struggle to control his feelings, readers also gets a chance to see Lucas as a young but experienced rookie who retains the same values he displays as a veteran including his efforts to do what he believes is right even if it means bending the law. Series fans will enjoy Davenport's internal battle to stay in control as this case is an emotional dynamo.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the fact you get to know all these characters , and follow them thru their work and lives. Liked the tie to Davenport's early days. They always kick butt!Published 15 days ago by Kim
All the Prey books that I've read are good - fast paced, interesting, escapism. This was an enjoyable book, but after you've read several, they don't seem all that original. Read morePublished 18 days ago by David
The kindle version of this book has missing pages throughout the book. Interestingly this is not a problem when using an iPad.Published 20 days ago by Kenneth J.
As usual this. book was hard to put down. Very well plotted, great characters but we will miss Marcie. Can't wait for the next Lucas Davenport book.Published 21 days ago by John R. Layson
Sanford is always on top of form in all of his books; can't put them down!Published 23 days ago by Zhenya's Muse
That some police cares about the victims. The mental health needs to be improved. The police need to have better options. Read morePublished 1 month ago by roberta pearson
Another well written book with once again lot's of twists, can't guess where it's going next. Interesting. Can't wait to get the next one started.Published 1 month ago by Bob Nelson
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