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Phantom Prey (Lucas Davenport Mysteries)
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Binding: Hardcover
Dewey Decimal Number: 813.54
EAN: 9780399155000
ISBN: 0399155007
Label: Putnam Adult
Manufacturer: Putnam Adult
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 384
Publication Date: 2008-05-06
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Studio: Putnam Adult

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Editorial Reviews:

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.

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 body—and her collegeaged daughter missing. She’s always known that her daughter ran with a bad bunch. What did she call them—Goths? 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 reluctantly—but 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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Summary: The Phantom Prey
Comment: I bought this book for my husband's birthday.. He is a big fan of John Sanford and enjoyed the book very much.. Now he is reading Dark Moon.. gbp

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Summary: Fun as always but kindle edition needs some editing.
Comment: I've always enjoyed the "Prey" novels and I jumped at the chance to get this for my fairly new kindle. Unfortunately there were so many typos in this edition that I found myself distracted by them. I don't know if this sloppiness is only in the kindle format or if this is the case with the hard copy of the book as well. Either way, typos should be eliminated before the book gets published.

By the way, this is the only kindle book I've encountered to have this problem.

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Summary: you'll need to keep your wits about
Comment: John Sandford's novel Phantom Prey is one that will keep your eyes glued to the pages until the book is finished. Yet, while Phantom Prey is an eye-gluing police thriller, it's not the best Davenport Mysteries. So what didn't I like about it? Nothing! Lucas returns and focuses on the home of Heather Toms whose husband is on the lamb for smuggling and dealing narcotics. Ah, but there is a reason other than bail jumping for Lucas to watch this house so closely. (Jeepers, peepers) But just before the final curtain is called Lucas is called to investigate the gruesome scene found at his wife's friends house and now begins the search for Alyssa's missing daughter. I'll say no more, but be warned that Phantom Prey is a book you'll need to keep your wits about to fully understand the twisted scenes of Lucas' investigations.

Editor of the highly recommended novel: The Fates by Georgiou, Tino Fates (2nd Edition)

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Summary: Seems to be heading back in the right direction...
Comment: John Sandford's Prey series is one that I've followed over the years. But the last few books seemed to be losing much of the spark that drew me to them in the first place. The latest installment in the series is Phantom Prey, and it finally came in at the library. Based on the way things had been going, I wondered if this would be the last one I'd read for a long time. Fortunately, Phantom seems to get back to some of the more exciting style of writing that originally drew me in. While not perfect, it's definitely a welcome change in direction.

Lucas Davenport is somewhat coerced into looking into the murder of a young gothic'ish woman, the mother of which is a friend of his wife, Weather. He figures he can make a few calls, sound like he's interested, and then let the regular cops carry on with their investigation. But before he can make much of an effort, another goth murder occurs, and there appear to be ties to the daughter. After the third killing in just a few days, Davenport is completely committed to the case, not knowing if they are random incidents or all tied back to the daughter. There's an incredible lack of evidence in the killings, and he's forced to look at things in ways he normally wouldn't consider. And one of those ways seems to point back to a person who would seemingly be above reproach...

In the earlier Davenport novels, you saw a lot of mind games and interesting trails of though due to Lucas's background as a game designer. But since he's been put into management, there seems to be less of that element, and I think it was the piece that made the novels special. Phantom seems to drift back more to that core premise, and there are plenty of psychological twists and turns going on. And once Sandford lets it be known who the killer is, the head games really begin.

I'm hoping that Phantom Prey marks a return to the Lucas Davenport style of the earlier books in the series. If so, I'll definitely keep reading along. Otherwise, I could easily start missing new episodes without too much regret.

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Summary: Surprise around every corner
Comment: Sandford really did it this time, stepping outside the normal pattern, throwing in twist that you never see coming. This is by far one of the best Prey books, less soap opera feeling and more in depth hard core cop reading.

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