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Porsche-driving Lucas Davenport, who has just returned to duty after recovering from a serious gunshot wound, is charged with saving the political life of Rose Marie Roux, the ambitious police chief who has her eye on a Senate seat. He's given the assignment of tracking to ground the sex-crazed perpetrator of a series of murders of young women. Davenport's unwelcome colleaPorsche-driving Lucas Davenport, who has just returned to duty after recovering from a serious gunshot wound, is charged with saving the political life of Rose Marie Roux, the ambitious police chief who has her eye on a Senate seat. He's given the assignment of tracking to ground the sex-crazed perpetrator of a series of murders of young women. Davenport's unwelcome colleague in this case is feminist Meagan Connell, an abrasive State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator who's obsessed with catching the killer before she dies of cancer.Also bedeviled by the ill-timed assignment of a new partner, a yuppie who was formerly assigned to the grade schools as "Officer Friendly" and who happens to be the husband of the mayor's niece, Davenport is additionally saddled with the mystifying death of an elderly woman who died rather conveniently, freeing some local hoods to profit from a real-estate scam.The killer is dropping bodies all over the metropolitan area ... and makes the mistake of becoming a little too obsessed with a potential victim and thus leaves a trail that Davenport and his fellow officers finally discover....

Title : Night Prey
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Night Prey Reviews

  • Kemper
    2019-02-25 14:26

    Unlike most of the Prey books, this one starts out with a man in love. Unfortunately, Koop is a cat burglar with severe psycho-sexual problems that cause him to occasionally kidnap a woman and gut her like a fish. So when he sees beautiful Sara Jensen sleeping during one his break-ins, Koop instantly becomes obsessed and begins secretly stalking her while taking out his building frustration on random women.A Minnesota state investigator named Meagan Connell has picked up on Koop’s pattern. Since Meagan has terminal cancer and nothing to lose, she’s become the anti-Walter White and is doing everything she can to catch the killer before her time runs out. This means that she has put intense political pressure on the new Minneapolis police chief, Rose Marie Roux.Ah, but Roux has a secret weapon. She recently brought Lucas Davenport back to the police force. Officially, he’s a deputy chief running an intelligence group targeting career criminals. Unofficially Lucas is her trouble-shooter during the major crimes that whip the media and public into a frenzy.As Lucas works with the driven Connell on the killings, he’s also dealing with some big adjustments. The game has changed in the two years he’s been away. Every petty criminal now carries a gun. The homicide unit is being crushed by a soaring murder rate. The media is growing ever more aggressive and irresponsible and increasing the pressure on the politicians and cops. Maybe the biggest change is that Lucas is now living with his girlfriend. He loves her, but he’s still a man-ho and an attractive TV reporter has caught his eye.The villains set the tone in the Prey books, and Koop is a worthy and creepy addition to their ranks. He’s a body-builder with a taste for cocaine, and while he’s got a criminal slyness, he’s not one those genius serial killers that populate thrillers. Koop is really little more than an animal who relentlessly prowls the city in his truck. He has no introspection and no guilt. He wants what he wants, and he’ll cave in anyone’s skull to get it. There’s just enough control to barely allow him to behave somewhat normally and cover his tracks, but he can snap at any moment. (view spoiler)[It’s telling that Davenport has a hard time getting his head around Koop and doesn’t pull any of his usual tricks to smoke him out until after they’ve identified him through a break in the case. Even the trap that they set for Koop depends on letting his own nature work against him rather than Davenport prodding him into a mistake. Koop's simplistic, wary and anti-social nature makes him a hard target for the kind of subtle manipulation that Lucas usually uses. Instead Lucas almost has to become a hunter who waits quietly in one spot as he tries not to spook his target. (hide spoiler)]This one also marks a new phase in the life of Lucas. With a new job and a live-in girlfriend, this is where we start seeing a more mature and responsible side of Davenport in future books rather than just the rich-cop-playing-by-his-own-rules we’d had up until now.Next: Lucas matches wits with a gamer in Mind Prey.

  • James Thane
    2019-03-12 13:29

    As is often the case in this series, Lucas Davenport, the police detective protagonist, is confronted by a particularly clever and chilling antagonist. Here it's a creep named Koop who, over a long period of time, has been kidnapping and savagely killing women in several jurisdictions around the greater Minneapolis area.Since Koop has operated over a large geographic area, no one has tumbled to the fact that a serial killer is at work. Finally a somewhat abrasive feminist Minnesota State Investigator named Meagan Connell puts it all together and attempts to convince the Powers That Be that her findings are legitimate. Fortunately for Connell, Davenport, whom everyone admits is the most brilliant detective in Minnesota, is assigned to the case of Koop's latest victim. Connell manages to convince Davenport that there is a serial killer at work and Connell and Davenport are assigned to work the case together.It's not an easy partnership, and it's made even more difficult because Connell is dying and has only a short time to live. She is determined to wrap up the case while she still can, and for once, Lucas is at a loss in trying to deal with a woman. The suspense is ratcheted up when Koop, who supports himself by being a cat burglar, becomes obsessed with a young woman named Sara Jensen and begins carving her initials into his victims.As always, the tension is lightened by the dark humor and repartee that characterize these books. There is no sexual attraction between Davenport and Connell, but Lucas is distracted by a recently arrived TV anchorwoman who causes him some anxious moments as he is settling in with his new lover, Weather Karkinnen. Lots of action; lots of fun; another fine addition to the series.

  • Tim
    2019-03-06 15:44

    Another excellent story featuring Sanford's homicide detective Lucas Davenport on the heels of butchering cat burglar. 9 of 10 stars

  • Baz M
    2019-03-09 12:40

    This is one of my favourites of the series so far.This was crass, intelligent, sophisticated, fast, gruesome, cunning and incredibly page-turning. Even though this is part of a series, I definitely think it could still be read as a standalone. John Sandford has very quickly become a favourite author of mine.

  • Deana M
    2019-03-27 15:45

    Koop was a prison guard. Koop is a muscled machine. Koop is addicted to cocaine. Koop is addicted to Sara Jensen. Koop is a serial killer. Lucas Davenport is called in when a woman is found disemboweled in a dumpster. He teams up with Meagan Connell who is given 6 months maybe to live. She has worked serial cases before and has an awesome closing rate. Her and Davenport do not see eye to eye on the way they should work the case, but somehow they make it work. With Connell dying from cancer, she wants more than anything to get the psychopath who is not only killing these women, but ripping them apart. She makes it her life mission to put him away. With barely any leads and no evidence left at the murder scenes, Davenport and Connell do not have much to go on. Then, there is a tip that someone saw the license plate of the killer. After searching, they finally track their man down and set a sting to bring him down using Sara Jensen as bait. Koop will not stop until he kills Sara. The ending will have you speechless. It is a true thriller and if you are a Sandford fan, it is a must read.

  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    2019-03-17 18:39

    GR readers, I salute you. I finished 'Night Prey', loved it and the pure GOTH of it, went to GR to add it to my book lists - and got blown away by all of the terrific reviews. I've spent a delicious morning reading them. Wow.Lucas Davenport is on the police force once again, having been appointed Deputy Chief by Rose Marie Roux, the new police Chief in Minneapolis. Weather Karkinnen, the surgeon he met in the last book, is more than a girlfriend to him at this point, but as usual, Davenport is having difficulty maintaining his, so far, exclusive relationship with her. Darn those luscious girl TV reporters! Lucky for Lucas, there are predators of a different kind prowling the streets to keep him focused. Predators like Koop.Introspection is not one of Koop's strengths. He is a cat burglar and he loves sneaking into apartments to steal gold, jewelry and money, but only if people are sleeping a few feet away. Otherwise, it's terribly dull work. Occasionally, he has to gut a woman like a fish to relieve the tensions of life. Women are so useful.Davenport really wants this guy, as does the entire police force. However, Koop does his killing all over the area and the police involved are tripping over each other in jurisdiction confusions. Witnesses can't agree on their descriptions of the killer and their photos are hurried and blurred. Unlike other killers, Koop is no careful ghost, but he does seem to be very lucky. Meagan Connell is a BCA investigator and she is running out of time. She pushes too hard, but Davenport decides to work with her despite her abrasiveness. But it isn't until he learns that she is dying of cancer and literally has only weeks to live that he likes her. I think this a wonderfully creepy story, epic and fast-paced. I couldn't put it down. Connell is absolutely stunning as a character, and I couldn't stop thinking about her. Her entrances gave me that eerie tingle I always feel with the doomed. Although this book is an excellent addition to the Davenport series and completely fits in with the gothic plots the author has established, I found myself feeling Connell was too heartbreaking to forget as just another beach read character.Lighting a candle now.

  • Mike
    2019-02-24 18:50

    Another trip for me through the Lucas Davenport universe. Lucas is asked by the Chief to look into a detective's claim that a serial killer is operating in the Minneapolis area. The culprit cruises book store readings and looks for a specific female type: lonely and needy.Davenport uses his web of contacts to gather facts, and coping with the dysfunction of two team members, one struggling with an illness, and one going through the motions of police work. Throw in a beautiful, flirting TV newswoman, and he skirts the line of trouble again.

  • Piroska
    2019-03-15 15:46

    So far so good. I'm glad that Lucas did not change overnight because of Weather. :DSlightly different story again, now focusing on the problems of the legal system. Good one!

  • Marleen
    2019-03-01 15:44

    I’m truly enjoying reading the whole Prey series from the beginning. I read some of these in the past - but most not. So I'm (re)-)familiarising myself with Lucas Davenport’s investigations and with his career arch. I also enjoy how he’s has evolved and grown in his personal life. Night Prey is book nr 6 and we find Lucas returned to the fold of the Minneapolis Police department as deputy chief. Before returning, Lucas had been on hiatus, focusing more on his computer simulations business and also spending time in his cabin up in Wisconsin (see Prey book nr 5). In this 6th instalment, back on the force, Lucas and his team are confronted with a particular violent killer (what else is new?). For a long time Lucas and team can’t pin-point who he is. Some witnesses think he’s a cop, or a ex-prisoner. We the readers know his name is Koop. As always, I hate the pages and scenes dedicated to the killer; how he thinks, how he obsesses, how he kills, but I understand they are somehow necessary to give us a full picture of what the police are looking for, fighting for to protect citizens of their city. For this case, Lucas has to work together with Meagan Connell, a special investigator working at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), who has compiled a hefty file on the killer, and is persuaded that a lot more killings are attributed to this same perpetrator. Connell is in a hurry because she’s dying of cancer and wants to solve this one before she goes. She was a unique character. This particular partnership shows once again that Lucas can work with anybody capable, even as intense and abrasive as Connell, in order to catch a killer.It’s brilliant how Lucas’ mind works. How a conversation with Weather, his live-in girlfriend (a surgeon he met in book 5), leads him to think about a clue, a partial license plate number that was seen at one of the crime scenes of the numerous killings - and as it appears erroneously noted. I will not go into further details as not to give away spoilers, but that was the “a-ha” moment for Lucas. Overall an entertaining read – better than I initially would have guessed, certainly given I despised the gratuitous violence. (More a 3,75 rating than a 4 but that's just details).

  • Monnie
    2019-03-02 13:26

    This is another excellent addition to Sanford's "Prey" series - but it nearly didn't get read by me. As a writer/editor myself (albeit always nonfiction), I'm hyper-sensitive to analogies; they make my stomach churn faster than a hamster on a wheel at full gallop. And within the first chapter-and-a-half of this book, here's what hit me between the eyes:Nighthawks...their wing-flashes like the silver bars on new first-lieutenants...petunias spread across their beds like Mennonite quiltsHate burned through his body like a welding torchPerfume was dark, sensual...riding the sterile apartment like a naked woman on a horseThe evening air felt like a woman's fingers stroking his beardAaaaack - enough already! It took some effort, but I repressed the urge to vomit like a dog trying not to pee at the next fire hydrant and kept going - and I'm glad I did. Those awful analogies blessedly came to a screeching halt, and the plot, which involved trying to identify and catch a literally gut-wrenching killer, turned very interesting. As always, series hero Lucas Davenport is lovably complex (especially when it comes to women), and also as always, everything turns out pretty much as expected in the end. Another good one - now on to the next, Mind Prey!

  • Maureen DeLuca
    2019-03-25 11:36

    Night Prey is the sixth in the Prey series . We are introduced to the killer, Koop, at the opening. Koop is your standard killer who had a horrible childhood and is now taking it out on women. Koop has a few unique characteristics such as picking out victims at used book stores because they are usually timid and shy.I have to say- this was not one of my favorite reads- and even though I wasn't all that crazy about this one story- I am not crazy about Davenport's newest girlfriend either! On to number 7 in the Prey series- hey, they all can't be fantastic reads!

  • Eric_W
    2019-03-27 14:28

    This one is sixth in the series, written by John Camp under the Sandford pseudonym. I prefer the earlier Lucas Davenports to the later ones. Sandford’s other series, I like even better, especially Virgil Flowers, which has a special brand of humor. The Kidd series suffers from being quite dated technically, when read today, but were excellent when I read them several years (decades?) ago.It’s a good story, although I found Conley’s terminal disease to be implausible in the context of her actions in the story, not to mention Lucas’s little oration on the degrees of rape. That was weird.

  • Yolanda
    2019-03-26 17:34

    Lucas Davenport is on the hunt for Koop, an exceptionally brutal serial killer. He got the case thanks to Megan Connell, a grating woman that is dying and determined to solve the case sooner than later. Davenport is starting to mature in his romantic relationship (at least for this book!). This was a great addition to the series.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-09 11:28

    Davenport is settling down somewhat with Weather, and accepts a position working with the Minneapolis police department. He has to work with abrasive colleagues and use all his sly detecting skills to lure and capture a sadistic killer.

  • Steve
    2019-02-26 11:28

    I've read this one before but could not remember how it ended. With this one, you know exactly who the bad guy is, but you have to wait as Lucas and friends work it out.

  • Kathy Davie
    2019-03-11 13:40

    Sixth in the Lucas Davenport thriller series set in Minneapolis and revolving around the reinstated Detective Davenport. It’s been two years since Lucas was forced to quit.My TakeGotta give Sandford credit for this twist: a detective who’s fired, goes off to build his successful gaming company, and comes back to work. Most people would think (including me) that Davenport would be happy enough creating his games and being a millionaire, but Sandford provides a credible reason --- and one that I suspect would apply to most of us --- for Lucas coming back to work as a cop.Another nice switch is the cooperation that exists in this between law enforcement. These guys actually seem to like each other, and they help each other out. Okay, not the FBI guys. They’re their own mess. Well, sounds like you can’t be too paranoid about your keys. For Sara Jensen, the nightmare began when one of the movers took an impression of her key and passed it on to a cat burglar. The nightmare continued for her when the stalking cat burglar saw her collect her spare key from a magnetic case under her car bumper. Don’t use the usual. Don’t combine keys. Heck, go with the combination locks instead! This story will also make a girl paranoid about closing those drapes, or never walking around naked?Koop is another example of why parents need to be licensed. It’s rather depressing how much the cops have to pay heed to the media. How much easier would a cop’s life be if they could simply concentrate on solving the crime and not have to pander to television and newspapers?Lucas is a complex guy in some respects. Sandford keeps me quietly unsettled with Lucas’ indecision about settling down. We went through this thought process with Jennifer, and now it’s about Weather. Lucas wants to settle down, but worries that he’ll miss the variety, the chase. Yet each time he’s confronted with the possibility, Weather rears up and entices him right back. He wants her, and only her. And I love that Lucas wants to know more about how Weather’s job works.Oh man, I do love how Sandford keeps it down home with Beneteau’s reaction to Ellie Mae being in the wrong bed.Sandford does make his psychopaths real, and I will never understand them. Jesus, that ending. In some ways, it’s a great out with very short-term suffering. It does make me feel grateful for dedicated cops. They hustled in this story. They tracked down every possibility, working it 24/7. The StoryIt’s a race against time for Meagan Connell. She’s the one who put it together. That there’s a serial killer on the loose, and she wants to solve it before she dies. The CharactersDeputy Chief Lucas Davenport is a political appointee --- he’s just too useful in front of the media, and he has a sixth sense in solving crime. Dr. Weather Harkinnen, a surgeon, is now living with Lucas. Sister Mary Joseph,a friend from his childhood, is a psychologist who also works trial runs of Lucas’ games.Minneapolis PDSloan is with Intelligence. Del Capslock is one of Lucas’ best friends and an undercover operative. Rose Marie Roux is the police chief who took Daniel’s place. She’s more interested in gaining a U.S. senate seat and every case revolves around making her look good. She does look good: a problem solver, a prosecutor, and a liberal state senator with a good rep on race relations. Kupicek; Frank Lester is head of Criminal Investigation Division; Swanson is his deputy; Curt Myer is the new head of Intelligence; Anderson is the department’s computer specialist (he keeps the daily book); Bob Greave is a klutzy misfit who used to be Officer Friendly — the wife didn’t approve; Carrigan is notorious for his “small, fine feet”; Lonnie Shantz is Roux’s press aide; O’Brien; Harvey is running the surveillance van; and, Detective Kershaw is one of the guys who arrests Koop.St. Paul PDSergeant Annalise Jones doesn’t realize how important a knowledgeable deaf interpreter is. Carl Erdrich is a patrolman. Tom Davis — I think he’s a prison guard — knows D. Wayne Price, a convict, has some information.Meagan Connell is state, BCA with membership in the state American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) — a big supporter of got a chip on her shoulder that Paul Bunyan would have trouble carrying. D.T. Helstrom (from Eyes of Prey, 3) is a sheriff’s deputy. Lincoln County Sheriff Sheldon Carr (from Winter Prey, 5) makes a brief appearance and recommendation for Lucas to George Beneteau in Carren County. Ellie Rae runs the diner in Beneteau’s town.Joan Smits caught Meagan’s attention. Jim Flory is in the wrong place; Jasper is a janitor at their building. Paul Warren is deaf and frustrated with the incompetent translator. Sara Jensen runs her own mutual fund and works at Raider-Garrote, a stock brokerage. Evan Hart is an attorney in the bond department. Harriet Wannemaker, Marcy Lane, and Eloise Miller are victims. Charmagne Carter is a locked-door mystery. Emily Carter is her daughter. Bob Wood was a neighbor and friend. Dex is a witness. Lawrence Wright is a guy Dex ain’t supposed to be hanging near. John Posey is another victim of the moving guy.Jan Reed is a reporter with TV3 to whom Lucas is attracted. Ned owns the Startled Crane bookshop and is friends with Lucas. Too bad Connell can’t get into the schmooze. Earl Stupella is a bartender, Carl’s brother. Mae Heinz has some information.Koop is a cat burglar-killer who likes to prey on shy, dispirited women. Junky Doog is a knife man. John Carlson is a drug dealer. Randy Leski is a mean little guy. Specializes in scam repairs. The Joyce brothers, John and George, are slum landlords. Ray Cherry works for them. Just Plain Schulz is a fence.The SeedsThe Bad Seeds is more like it; a motorcycle gang interested in drugs, prostitutes, and weapons. Very bad boys. Brothers Joe and Bob Hillerod belong to them. Aaron Capella is their lawyer. The CoverThe cover is a faintly distressed white background with a blocky font for the author’s name and title. It’s that swaying key just above the mold of a key with the red fingerprint that ties the cover into the storyline.I’m not sure what inspired the title. The bad guy does seem to operate at night a lot, so perhaps Night Prey makes sense.

  • Bryan
    2019-03-13 12:52

    Night Prey is the sixth in the Prey series, which I am reading in order. This one is a solid read, a good ending helped made the story. On to the next.

  • wally
    2019-02-28 10:24

    i've read a few from sanford...what number this one is i'd have to look at the shelf. glanced at one review said something about 'koop is a prison guard...' this that the other. heh...i just finished Swan Peak from James Lee Burke and in that one there is a prison guard....troyce nix...i wonder how this story will stack up alongside burke's?begins:the night was warm, the twilight inviting: middle-aged couples in pastel shirts, holding hands, strolled the old cracked sidewalks along the mississippi. a gaggle of college girls jogged down the bike path, wearing sweatsuits and training shoes, talking as they ran, their uniformly blond ponytails bouncing behind them. at eight, the streetlights came on, whole blocks at once, with an audible pop. overhead, above the new green of the elms, nighthawks made their skizzizk cries, their wing-flashes like the silver bars on new first-lieutenants. spring was shading into summer. the daffodils and tulips were gone, while the petunias spread across their beds like mennonite quilts. koop was on the hunt.okay then...not sure about that silver bars thingy...but onward and upward. koop is on the hunt. update, finished this last night, the 21st, full dark thirty or sogood yeah like i read or skimmed one review said something about koop being a prison guard? that little factoid does not come into the story until late in the game...and honestly, i don't recall that that fact plays any party in the game....unlike in burke's story, where it is a factor...the prison in iraq that all had their panties in a wad over....not the one in cuba, that everyone had their panties in a wad over....when bush was in office...and all have fallen silent since the modern christ took office....ho humhaving just read the burke story prior to this one, comparisons are easy to make difficult to avoid. burke provides nice histories for his characters...they all have a past...roboshow the big guy has been to war...clete, too...his bad guys in the story have histories. not as much here from sanford and that in itself is not necessarily a bad thing, but when one knows what is possible, the story loses some of its flavor, flavor it does not have because sanford did not add the spice.still...a good story...koop does commit violence...this guy is a nutcase...but one does not get the sense that things are gratuitous...although one memorable scene will stay with me...sanford did not deliver a play by play for most of the murders this man had committed. koop spends much of his time watching and there's a nice scene in a store where a store clerk gives him what for...onward and upward

  • Peter
    2019-03-07 10:45

    “Night Prey” is the sixth of John Sandford’s twenty-four novels about Lucas Davenport, an investigator for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. And it is the best, fastest paced, and most compelling I’ve read in the series.Lucas is assigned to a murder and Connell, another investigator, is assigned as his partner. Connell is obsessed with the idea that a serial killer is at work killing women in different jurisdictions so as to create a jurisdictional vacuum—nobody will put the dead bodies together. She is a very tenacious person who happens to be dying of cancer. Koop is a nomadic ex-con and current cat burglar who enjoys killing women in very bloody ways. Junky Doog is a crazy, brought up in a junkyard, who has a history of “cutting” women. Ray Cherry is a sadistic thug. Welcome to Lucas’s world! There are enough suspects, but not enough evidence. The only reason to give the nod to Koop is that he’s smart enough to not leave evidence around; Junky and Ray arei so dumb they couldn’t fail to leave some good evidence in plain sight.Koop has become enamored of a woman, Sarah Jensen, whom he found asleep (and left alone) during a burglary of her apartment. He takes to following her, and we wait for him to make a move. Meanwhile, Lucas is sidetracked into another investigator’s case—a woman is found dead in her locked apartment with no signs of violence but every reason to think it’s murder. So we have several story lines operating at once: the locked room murder, the search for Koop, the relationship between Lucas and Connell, and the Junk Doog/Ray Cherry line. Like the hipbone the thighbone, and the legbone, they are connected--or are they? Four stars.

  • Piker7977
    2019-03-03 13:29

    Lucas Davenport is on the trail of a perverted cat burglar who also moonlights as a Midwestern serial killer ... Be prepared to turn some pages.Compared the previous books in the series Night Prey is middle of the road. It features the creative dual narrative that bounces from Davenport to the villain. This works very well in some sections but I think it takes away from potential maximum suspense. The creeps from the Prey series would be a lot scarier if the reader wasn't exposed to all of the ins and outs of their activities. Witnessing the buildup to a crime makes for compelling reading but let's face it, it's not very exciting reading about a serial killer hitting up a fast food drive through and eating soft shell tacos.Be prepared for the familiar cliches and bad jokes. Davenport has changed a little since the first five books but not enough to make him an interesting character (I wish he had more flaws and inner turmoil). The procedural aspects and the thrills keep this entry entertaining. The Prey books fit the tagline for the 1980s movie Point Break: "100% Pure Adrenaline"

  • Brent Soderstrum
    2019-03-23 10:48

    This is the 6th book of Sandford's Lucas Davenport series.In this one Davenport is teamed up with Megan Connell who is convinced that the killer is responsible for many murders of woman over the years throughout the Midwest. Connell is also dying of cancer and is determined to get the killer before she dies.As in most Sandford novels, we know who the killer is. Koop is s former prison guard turned cat burglar who has a thing about slicing up his victims. He is also now infatuated with Sara Jensen. The best part of the book is Koop stalking Jensen. Kind of creepy.I enjoyed the second part of the book more than the first. A lot of stumbling around before the story really clicks in the last half. The ending was kind of predictable but still enjoyable.Davenport is a good boy this time too. Despite being tempted by a reporter, he remains loyal to Weather throughout which was good to see. It will be interesting to see where this relationship goes.On to the next Prey novel.

  • Ed
    2019-03-27 11:27

    #6 is a transitional novel in the Lucas Davenport saga (2012 sees #21). He has been bounced from the Minneapolis PD by the old chief but has been brought in as a political appointee - assistant chief - by the new chief Anne Marie Roux to be her hatchet man. Roux is the consummate politicial and Davenport is perfectly suited, tempermentally, to his role. (If Roux were Nixon - he'd still be President)Lucas Davenport series - Charged with saving the political life of Rose Marie Roux, he's given the assignment of tracking to ground the sex-crazed perpetrator of a series of murders of young women. Davenport's unwelcome colleague in this case is feminist Meagan Connell, an abrasive SBA investigator who's obsessed with catching the killer before she dies of cancer. Davenport is additionally saddled with the mystifying death of an elderly woman who died rather conveniently, freeing some local hoods to profit from a real-estate scam.

  • D.
    2019-03-18 14:31

    I'd taken a break from the Lucas Davenport series after WINTER PREY, because I was feeling a little burned out by the character. I decided to give the series another try, and, as it turns out, NIGHT PREY is one of the strongest in the series so far.As usual, Davenport is called on to catch a killer, but this killer is much better developed than several previous ones in the series, and Sandford's attempts to let readers see things through his eyes were more successful than in earlier entries.Even more welcome is the character growth in Davenport, who actually is starting to become a complicated and intriguing character, and not just a cardboard cutout. Highly recommended, but not for the squeamish.

  • Ryk Stanton
    2019-03-15 12:31

    If you haven't ever read any of the books in the Prey series, you really should. This is the sixth book and so far is probably my favorite. Start with _Rules of Prey_ and tell me what you think.In this book, the character of Lucas Davenport finally settles into my head the right way. The killer is properly depraved. There is a locked room mystery that has a satisfying end and runs as a subplot to the main narrative. I like the way Sandford teases me as a reader to try to figure out what's what and how I don't feel cheated when it all plays out.Excellent series -- looking forward to reading the next one :)

  • Chuck
    2019-02-24 11:48

    When you have finished the thirty-sixth book of one author it seems senseless to say how much you enjoy his writing or even to interject anything new into a review. This book had Sandford's main character, Lucas Davenport at his brashest best and introduced a villain that typified the dark side of humanity. Thus the plot! But Sandford tied this one altogether very well with his cast of characters and a few unusual new faces that filled in very well. Needless to say, I have two more Sandford novels to finish and will soon reluctantly move on.

  • John Culuris
    2019-03-04 15:48

    The sixth Lucas Davenport novel and the first that wasn’t a complete success. The core story was of the quality I have come to expect but there was an offshoot to the investigation that was pure filler. I can forgive it because of Sandford’s other strengths. Davenport is forced to partner with a female investigator who is (view spoiler)[terminally ill (hide spoiler)]. How she deals with her problem and how Davenport relates to her throughout the process--while conducting an extremely public investigation--is the essence of the story. It reduces the extraneous stuff to a minor distraction.

  • Kaye
    2019-03-27 11:33

    This was the only prey book that I haven't liked. As a matter of fact, 2/3 of the way through I began skimming. Koop was kind of a dull criminal, and Lucas' wishy-washy thoughts about whether he wanted to stray from Weather were boring and predictable. Hopefully, the next book will be up to usual standards.

  • Eve Nolon
    2019-02-28 12:40

    More like 3 1/2 stars. Very enjoyable with a lot of gender nuance that I rarely see. I continue to love Weather and I hope she gets more time in the next few books. I also really like Meagan Connell; it was extremely refreshing to see Lucas working with a woman whom he wasn't attracted to.

  • D.B. Reynolds
    2019-03-10 17:43

    I re-read this book recently, and discovered I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time. It had been several years, and while I remembered many of the details, that didn't take away at all from my enjoyment of the book. John Sandford's Prey series is excellent.

  • ElaineY
    2019-03-04 18:46

    Unimpressed with this one and 24 hours later, I can hardly recall what it's about except that the killer is called Koop.