- Series: A Prey Novel (Book 27)
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (April 3, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781101988848
- ISBN-13: 978-1101988848
- ASIN: 1101988843
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,273 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Golden Prey
“The best Lucas Davenport story so far. The man has a fine touch for outlaws.”—Stephen King
“Sandford’s trademark blend of rough humor and deadly action keeps the pages turning until the smile-inducing wrap-up, which reveals the fates of a number of his quirky, memorable characters.”—Publishers Weekly
“The twenty-ninth Prey novel is a very good, straightforward chase thriller, laced with gallows humor throughout.”—Booklist
“Buckle up, grab a cold drink & settle in for another splendid entry in a stellar series.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
Praise for the Prey novels of John Sandford
“It appears there is no limit to John Sandford’s ability to keep new breath and blood flowing into his Lucas Davenport series. This is a series you must be reading if you are not already.”—Bookreporter.com
“If you haven’t read Sandford yet, you have been missing one of the great summer-read novelists of all time.”—Stephen King
“Sandford has always been at the top of any list of great mystery writers. His writing and the appeal of his lead character are as fresh as ever.”—The Huffington Post
“Sandford is consistently brilliant.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer
About the Author
John Sandford is the pseudonym for the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of twenty-eight Prey novels; four Kidd novels; ten Virgil Flowers novels; three YA novels coauthored with his wife, Michele Cook; and three other books.
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"Golden Prey" is genuine Sandford, clever, complex, suspenseful, and funny! In the first big case as a Marshall, Lucas is hunting for the men who robbed a drug cartel of millions of dollars and coldly murdered 5 people, including a 6 year-old girl. Of course the cartel boss wants his money back so he sends 2 hired killers to also hunt for the men. They torture and kill their way across the U.S., so now Lucas is looking for them, also. "His most direct contact was with a service bureaucrat in Washington named Russell Forte." Forte just seems to be like a coach of a really good player; he encourages Lucas and gives him whatever he needs to do the job.
Lucas is helped along the way by lots of other cops and specialists. As usual, the Author's use of dialog and interactions with other characters is exceptional. This makes for a colossally enjoyable read!
Has not happened with Sandford. This might be his best yet. Partway through, realized it felt like an Elmore Leonard book. Writing was that strong, lean, elegant. Found myself going back to re-read the final gunfight. I rarely do that.
If you haven't read Sandford's recent foray into sci-fi, Saturn Run, pick it up. Excellent.
Why four? Because there no detecting going on. There is no figuring out who the bad guy/s is/are, There isn't even the odd little side case that helps push along the typical Prey novel (my long time favorite: the old lady who was killed because she wouldn't move out of an apartment building that was going condo. Method? The bad guys pointed all the A/C in the building into her apartment one night and effectively froze her to death).
This is pure hunt. Pure chase. No detecting, no parsing of clues, and it happens on a wider stage than Lucas typically operates on...and that diffuses the story somewhat, making it less focused.
Wonderful read, excellent story, well worth your while-just not Sandford at the top of this game.
As many have pointed out, it's pure chase--nobody has to do any serious detecting or thinking. In addition, it's got the techno find because the GPS function on cell phones pretty much keeps the bad guys in Davenport's sight. The other cops that Davenport teams up with are pretty flat and wooden.
And Sandford's sense of place and the site of the big shootout is confusing at best. I defy anyone to visualize or draw me a map of where the shootout takes place or what the arrangement of buildings there actually look like. Sandford must be working from a map or a set of photos, but he certainly can't relate those to us in any helpful way. The layout of the shootout is the real mystery here, and it's annoying as hell.
Finally, the plot device where Davenport calls his contact in the Marshall's Service whenever he needs to find out where the bad guys are seems like a cop-out (pun intended). I think Sandford can do better than this (unless he is simply directing writing apprentices by now to churn out 3-4 books per year. Come up with something interesting and add some personal tension to this character--or get out of the business.