Easy Prey by John Sandford

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp uses the pseudonym John Sandford for his bestselling suspense-filled Prey series.

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Easy Prey by John Sandford


  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.10 x 6.79 x 4.18
  • Publisher: Berkley Pub Group; Reissue edition (February 27, 2001)
  • ISBN: 0425178765

    Penzler Pick,
    June 2000: Easy Prey is the 11th mystery to feature Lucas Davenport, who began his career back in Rules of Prey as a maverick homicide detective reminiscent of "Dirty Harry" Callahan. He did things his way and was often at odds with his superiors in the Minneapolis Police Department. Since those early days, Davenport has mellowed a little, and his background as a computer game-designing, Porsche-driving womanizer has been somewhat reduced. Possibly age has become a factor, or it may be the fact that Davenport has been deputy chief since the sixth book in the series, Night Prey. The character may have changed, but the writing has remained consistently taut: the bad guys creepy, the mysteries suspenseful.

    In this newest episode, Davenport is called to a house after an A-list party has taken place there. Alie'e Maison, a top model, has been found strangled, and evidence shows that she ingested drugs and recently made love--most probably to a woman. Before Lucas leaves the house, things get even more complicated: a second body is found stuffed in a closet with a deep dent in the skull. In addition, one of Lucas's own men had been at the party and is now a suspect.

    As always, Lucas's own life is not exempt from complications. An ex-lover comes back into his world--a woman he has never been able to forget--and she has secrets of her own. Also making an appearance this time out is a childhood friend to whom he turns for advice about women and life. Sister Mary Joseph, born Elle Kruger, is a professor of psychology and one of the computer brains who helps Lucas design his software. He calls her Nun the Wiser, and he often turns to her for spiritual as well as more concrete advice. Lucas is going to need all the help he can get to unravel his case as secrets pile upon secrets and the ground constantly shifts under his feet.

    Easy Prey is another powerful link in this chain of muscular, exciting thrillers by one of the most distinguished practitioners in the field. --Otto Penzler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    Reader Reviews
    If I were reading it, it would take me three days!, September 10, 2003 Reviewer: seberlei from NJ I listened to the audio book and all I can say is- S-L-O-W start! After the first 15 minutes, the story slows to a crawl. A whole lot of useless, inane information that will later have no bearing on the plot is added, seemingly just to fill up air space. If I were reading the book, I probably would never have finished the story, it was that bad. The third and forth hours are the highlights as the bodies pile up, but the story then ends too abruptly with a character introduced 15 minutes before the book ends. Wholely disappointing leaving too many unanswered questions, and no clear villain. I'm still trying to figure out who killed who! The only redeeming quality is that it filled the time driving from NJ to NC! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title

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