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Lucas Davenport has had disturbing cases beforebut never one quite like this, in the shocking new Prey novel from the #1 New York Times &bestselling author.

John Sandford's most recent Davenport novel, Invisible Prey, was hailed as "one of his best books in recent memory" (The Washington Post); "as fresh and entertaining as ever" (Chicago Sun-Times); and "rivetingly readable" (Richmond Times-Dispatch). But this time, he's got something quite special in store.

A widow comes home to her large house in a wealthy, exclusive suburb to find blood everywhere, no bodyand her collegeaged daughter missing. She's always known that her daughter ran with a bad bunch. What did she call themGoths? Freaks is more like it, running around with all that makeup and black clothing, listening to that awful music, so attracted to death. And now this.

But the police can't find the girl, alive or dead, and when a second Goth is found slashed to death in Minneapolis, the widow truly panics. There's someone she knows, a surgeon named Weather Davenport, whose husband is a big deal with the police, and she implores Weather to get him directly involved. Lucas begins to investigate only reluctantlybut then when a third Goth is slashed in what is now looking like a Jackthe- Ripper series of killings, he starts working it hard. The clues don't seem to add up, though. And then there's the young Goth who keeps appearing and disappearing: Who is she? Where does she come from and, more important, where does she vanish to? And why does Lucas keep getting the sneaking suspicion that there is something else going on here . . . something very, very bad indeed?

Filled with his brilliant trademark suspense and some of the most interesting characters in thriller fiction, Phantom Prey is further proof that "Sandford is in a class of his own" (The Orlando Sentinel).

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John Sandford’s books are always intense, tightly written, and character driven. In Phantom Prey, Sandford revisits his most well-known character, Lucas Davenport. Even though this is the 18th novel in the Prey series, the writing is still fresh, the plot riveting, and the suspense as powerful as ever. Life is good whenever I have a Sandford novel to read.
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Late in W. Somerset Maugham's long writing career, one of his collections of short stories was greeted with a snippy review headlined "The Mixture as Before." Maugham responded by making that phrase the title of his next collection, explaining that at a certain point in life it is enough to maintain the levels one has achieved in the past. "Phantom Prey," the 18th novel in John Sandford's hugely successful... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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Unabridged CDs ? 10 CDs, 12 hours

Lucas Davenport has had disturbing cases before?but never one quite like this, in the shocking new Prey novel from the #1 New York Times?bestselling author.

Synopsis:

Abridged CDs ? 5 CDs, 6 hours

Lucas Davenport has had disturbing cases before?but never one quite like this, in the shocking new Prey novel from the #1 New York Times?bestselling author.

About the Author

John Sandford is the author of eighteen Prey novels and seven other books, most recently Dark of the Moon.

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Edward Hahn, November 9, 2010 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
I lost track of Sandford's "Prey" series for a couple years. I'm glad I'm back.

In this episode, Lucas Davenport, is more or less nagged into looking into the disappearance of the daughter of a friend of his wife, Weather. The mother, Alyssa Austin, is a bit of an eccentric but a competent business woman. He gets hooked more deeply when three of the daughter, Frances', "Gothic" acquaintances are brutally murdered. Evidently Frances was dabbling in the Goth scene in the Twin Cities and Davenport spends a lot of time looking for a connection. Spiced up with a sub-plot involving a murderous Lithuanian, the story is basically a fairly straight-forward police procedural.

The solution of the initial crime has a surprising twist and the eventual loose ends tie-up takes several pages.

Sandford's characters are always interesting and there's no change from that here. As is often the case in the "Prey" series there is a strong psychological component that helps provide suspense. While not a strong thread, there is a bit of "cop" humor to lighten the atmosphere.

This is an excellent addition to the series.
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Jabbo, October 24, 2008 (view all comments by Jabbo)
I am a big fan of John Sandford - and I can truthfully say this is the first of his books that has been a disappointment. The suspense was minimal, and the big surprise was contrived and not particularly interesting.

Of course, spending time with Lucas Davenport is always enjoyable. But if you haven't read the Prey Series - don't start with this one.
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Clark, June 8, 2008 (view all comments by Clark)
John Sandford has delivered once again. Phantom Prey is an excellent book that features page-turning suspense. Lucas Davenport is a great character to root for. John Sandford's novels far surpass James Patterson and the works that other writers create for him. Phantom Prey is one of the best novels in the entire Prey series. This book is a must read. Two thumbs up from me.
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ISBN:
9780399155000
Author:
Sandford, John
Publisher:
Berkley
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Minnesota
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Davenport, lucas (fictitious character)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Series:
Prey
Series Volume:
18
Publication Date:
20090505
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
8
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.3 x 1.19 in 1.25 lb
Age Level:
14

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Unabridged CDs ? 10 CDs, 12 hours

Lucas Davenport has had disturbing cases before?but never one quite like this, in the shocking new Prey novel from the #1 New York Times?bestselling author.

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Abridged CDs ? 5 CDs, 6 hours

Lucas Davenport has had disturbing cases before?but never one quite like this, in the shocking new Prey novel from the #1 New York Times?bestselling author.

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