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Field of Prey Hardcover – May 6, 2014

4.5 out of 5 stars 4,159 customer reviews
Book 24 of 26 in the Prey Series

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*Starred Review* A couple of high-school lovers conclude an evening of passion in rural Minnesota by noticing a really bad smell. They inform the local cops, who find an underground cistern filled with God knows how many bodies and body parts. It’s obviously not a job for local cops, so Lucas Davenport and his Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are called in. There are 15 skulls and counting when Lucas arrives. The early forensic examinations reveal the killings have been going on for years. How did someone not notice? Davenport’s usual partners are engaged in other investigations, so he teams up with Catrin Mattsson, a detective with the county sheriff’s office. They seem a mismatched pair at first. She resents his wealth, and he sees her as a bit of a confrontational smart-ass. They wade through a couple of false leads, one supplied by an eight-year-old beauty pageanteer whose parents view the ensuing publicity as a “big break.” There are a couple other investigatory sidebars, but when the killer decides Mattsson should be his next victim, the case escalates quickly. Sandford writes best-sellers more often than most of us take vacations. This is as engaging and thrilling as any of them, even with a subplot that feels unnecessary. But that’s like whining about Willie Mays striking out once while hitting four home runs in a game. As always, Sandford and Lucas are superb. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: You could say “same old, same old,” but in Sandford’s case, you’d mean another top-notch thriller destined for best-seller lists. That’s the good kind of “same old, same old.” --Wes Lukowsky

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“One of [Sandford’s] best. His writing and the appeal of his lead character are as fresh as ever. This author is a master writer and he pulls out all the stops to tell the latest adventure . . . For those who think they know everything they need to know about Lucas Davenport, this book proves them wrong. It also shows that Sanford still has some tricks up his sleeve when it comes to writing totally engrossing books. Sanford has always been at the top of any list of great mystery writers and this latest book shows why…It is one of his best and that makes it something really special.”—Huffington Post

“Consistently brilliant, Sandford shows the methodical steps inherent in such a case, without sacrificing plot, pacing or character.”—Cleveland Plain-Dealer

“Sandford seems to top himself with each new installment; the latest is no exception to that rule . . . It doesn’t get any better than Field of Prey. . . This is a series you must be reading if you are not already.”—bookreporter.com

“As always, Lucas and Sandford are superb . . . Another top-notch thriller destined for best-seller lists.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Suspenseful . . . Sandford has tricks to play to confound readers before the tension rises and leads to a violent and surprising conclusion.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Intense.”—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Silken Prey
 
“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.” —Booklist
 
“The perfect summer read, as far as I’m concerned.” —Stephen King on Today

Praise for John Sandford
 
“[A] very skilled and smart writer.”—E. L. Doctorow, The New York Times Book Review
 
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Product Details

  • Series: Prey (Book 24)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition edition (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399162380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399162381
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Got to agree with others. Not sure if Mr. Camp wrote this all himself or if he had help. There were flashes of Sandford but Lucas has turned into Alan Alda. He wasn't as sharp, wasn't as sure of himself, and the usual cop culture/humor was missing. There was just enough to keep me reading, but I didn't stay up all night to finish as I used to. Big holes in the plot. Fairly early on there was enough info on suspect that Barney Fife would have been on the trail, never mind a bunch of squared away cops and Davenport. I mean come on, there's one hardware store in town, the suspects name is provided early on as a lead, and nobody follows up on it? I'm still not sure why Del and Flowers kept coming up. They were distractions. I also agree with others about the whole guilt thing Lucas develops with a nut job that ends the book. What the heck is that there for? Is Sandford trying for depth and sensitivity in Lucas at this stage of the game? If so, then be kind to the readers and retire him or kill him off in fitting fashion.

Been a Sandford fan since the first book and have read every one, many of them twice. Hundreds of hours of enjoyment reading and I'm grateful. Money well spent. But, after the last few, the anticipation of a new Sandford release is worn off a bit. Guess that is what happens when you knock it out of the park time after time. The expectation is that you'll keep doing it. Probably not fair, but there you go.
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I read a couple of reviews here before downloading it to my Kindle. Not because I wanted to see if it was any good, but because I wanted to get a sense of how good it was.

Sadly, after reading the first quarter of the book, I find myself in agreement with the reviewers here who refuse to believe Mr. Sandford wrote it. The story is, if not completely lame, at least partially crippled and the dialog--usually one of Mr. Sandford's strong points sounds unrealistic and forced.

Whomever wrote this is not the writer who brought us the story of Clara Rinker.
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Sadly this may be the last Lucas Davenport I buy. My wife's the big Sandford fan, reads everything, but she finally couldn't finish this one. I did and until the last couple of chapters I thought she had exaggerated the violence -- but no. It was a rape you could see coming for 200 pages or more, but not the explicit violence. I agree with what others have written about the involvement of Letty and the distraction of the side stories of Del and Flowers, but hey, a writer's gotta fill white space...and there was quite a bit of white space filling going on in this book.
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I have long been a fan of John Sandford's books, and I own and have read every one he's written. I realize that Lucas Davenport has evolved over the course of the series, and is in a different place in his life now, than in the early books. That is one thing I very much enjoyed about "Buried Prey" since it gave us a view of Lucas when he was just starting out on the force. Otherwise, I haven't found his last few books quite as compelling. When I first started this book, I thought perhaps he had returned to form, and I was captivated. That didn't last, however. [What follows may reveal details about the plot that you may not want to know if you haven't read this book yet, so be forewarned.]

I'm not a real big fan of literary "tricks" and I prefer a straightforward crime drama...I was very disappointed to see Mr. Sandford employ the plot device used in "Mr. Brooks" and "Psycho." Also, I found it ludicrous that Letty would be included in a meeting of law enforcement officers, offer her opinion, and her opinion be given credence. No, she's not stupid, but she is 18 (if that) and still in high school, and despite her history, I don't think a professional law enforcement group would want to include a civilian (unless an expert or consultant) in a strategy meeting, much less a high school student. (I certainly hope future books don't go down the path of a father-daughter crime fighting duo!)

I also found that the inclusion of the cases being handled by Virgil Flowers and Del to be a distraction...I wondered where he was going with them, and they really didn't serve to advance the story line; instead, they muddled it.
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I do not know why I kept feeling this was not written by Sandford. It was vague, choppy, and I felt very disoriented reading it. It had potential but did not deliver.
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Stupid plot that was stretched till the end to solve. I thought he had some assistance with the writing like other writers are doing today. I wish he hadn't put this one out as it put a dent in my respect for him. Then at the end with Emmanuel Kent the homeless protester Lucas falls way out of character pandering to far left liberal bias trying to come off as comical but failing with Davenport supporting a redistribution of wealth to heal his Karma

No! Na-na-no! This was not the Same Lucas we have known. This should have been titled Safe Prey as it went through all the motions without the enthusiasm and desire for the story John Sandford became known for.

If this was my first John Sandford book I would have given it one star only out of respect for his past accomplishments brought the three. Sorry, Lucas would agree with me had he been there.
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