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Phantom Prey (A Prey Novel) Mass Market Paperback – May 5, 2009
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“Relentlessly swift...genuinely suspenseful...excellent.”—Los Angeles Times
“Sandford is a writer in control of his craft.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Excellent...compelling...everything works.”—USA Today
“Grip-you-by-the-throat thrills...a hell of a ride.”—Houston Chronicle
“Crackling, page-turning tension...great scary fun.”—The New York Daily News
“Enough pulse-pounding, page-turning excitement to keep you up way past bedtime.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“One of the most engaging characters in contemporary fiction.”—Detroit News
“Positively chilling.”—St. Petersburg Times
“Just right for fans of The Silence of the Lambs.”—Booklist
“One of the most horrible villains this side of Hannibal.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Ice-pick chills...excruciatingly tense...a double-pumped roundhouse of a thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (May 5, 2009)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425227987
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425227985
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.13 x 1.01 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #60,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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She looked to her right. The arming panel on the security system was steady, so the security panel had been disarmed. The house was empty, and the security should be armed.
She went out to her car and lifted out her ladysmith .38 and went through the house with her gun held in front of her. She thought that maybe her daughter, Frances might be in the house, and called her name. No response.
The hair on her arms was up again. Halfway through the house she knew she was alone, yet continued her search. She soon noticed dark streaks on the wallpaper at the edge of a hallway. She stepped over and touched them, and felt tackiness under her finger, pulled her hand back and found a spot of crimson.
She backed into the kitchen, picked up the phone, and dialed 911. The operator told her the police were on the way.
The police entered with guns drawn, looked at the blood and called for a crime scene crew. Blood tests determined that the blood was France's blood.
A weird start to a John Sandford Prey novel. But things will get weirder. And they do.
What's weirdest of all, though, are the two typo's in the first 6% of the novel, and then missing and added words throughout. In "Secret Prey", Mr. Sandford announced, and then apologized to readers before the beginning, of a typo he had found that the editor had refused to edit out.
In this novel, not a word from Mr. Sandford. Weird indeed.
"Phantom Prey" could have been an interesting novel, and in a few cases, still is. There are intrigues, ghosts, murders and attempted murders, insanity and suicide.
Unfortunately, there are far too many detrimental factors, in addition to the typo's etc. Previously mentioned.
The worst of these is a completely unrelated story that involves the search for, and apprehension of a drug dealer by Lucas Davenport and his team that goes on, and on, and is inserted into the main story at times, many, many times that completely disrupt the main story and distract the reader (another weird factor about this novel).
Other detrimental factors include very many extended descriptions of mundane activities and events that require very much skimming before content is again found.
Without these detrimental factors, "Phantom Prey" would have been an interesting novel to read. With them, it is barely readable.
There's a sub plot with really mean, ruthless drug dealers that involves Lucas, Del, Jenkins, Shrake and other assorted characters... very entertaining read!!!
It begins with Lucas Davenport' s wife asking him to speak to a friend whose daughter has disappeared, presumably was murdered. He does so and is drawn into the Goth world concerning not only the daughter's disappearance but also the grisly murders of several of her friends.
At the same time he is also involved in a surveillance case that turns complex and confusing and deadly.
Well written, with story line and characters well developed, I believe this is one of the author's best. If you have read and enjoyed the Prey Series, then you will absolutely love this one. If you have not read them, you will absolutely become a great fan.
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Next one please...can’t wait ! Soon !
A complicated story with 2 threads, a fabulous ending.
On to the next.