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  1. 5 out of 5

    Kemper

    Lucas Davenport, the Minnesota state cop featured in 19 John Sandford novels, has his hands full this time. The Republican National Covention in is in Minneapolis to nominate John McCain for the presidency so the police are stretched thin. Lucas is dealing with reports of a right wing radical test-firing a sniper rifle in the area, a professional robbery crew with a history of killing cops has come to town to steal the illicit slush funds that come with political events, an old enemy has targete Lucas Davenport, the Minnesota state cop featured in 19 John Sandford novels, has his hands full this time. The Republican National Covention in is in Minneapolis to nominate John McCain for the presidency so the police are stretched thin. Lucas is dealing with reports of a right wing radical test-firing a sniper rifle in the area, a professional robbery crew with a history of killing cops has come to town to steal the illicit slush funds that come with political events, an old enemy has targeted Davenport's family for revenge, and his adopted daughter has decided to deal with that threat herself. This is another great Sandford thriller, and there isn't much to add past that description without spoiling anything. If you've read him, you know what you're getting, and if you haven't, you should give him a try if you like these types of books. I'm sometimes puzzled at how much I like Sandford. On the surface, it seems like he's just another mystery hack with a couple of books hitting the NYT bestseller list on schedule every year. But his books, which are so plainly written as to almost be screenplays, have tightly constructed plots and a great page-turning vibe to them. When things get rolling you simply have to see what happens next. One reason I'm such a fan is the Davenport character himself. Lucas started 20 years ago as what would now be almost a stereotypical modern fictional detective. He was smart, tough and rich due to his development of role playing games (later computer games) and cruised Minneapolis in his Porsche. This could have been like a bad character from an '80s TV show, but Sandford saved it by giving Davenport a dark, ruthless, manipulative side that has the character sometimes using people in dangerous ways to get his man. Plus, he's never been above pulling some kind of illegal act, including murder. What also makes Davenport interesting is that Sandford has allowed him to age and grow. Lucas started as a playboy bachelor who sometimes flirted with a crushing clinical depression. Over the years, he has taken new law enforcement jobs, gotten married, had children, and gotten more involved in the political side of the job. So unlike other characters from long running series who remain static (Like Robert B. Parker's Spenser did in his later books.) Davenport continues to seem fresh. I'm always glad to pick up a new book, aside from the story, just to check in and see what's going on in Lucas's life. Next: Lucas tries to protect his wife from a biker gang in Storm Prey.

  2. 5 out of 5

    James Thane

    It's the summer of 2008, and the Republicans have selected Minneapolis as the host city of the convention where they will nominate John McCain for the presidency. Inevitably, the convention will bring to the Twin Cities, in addition to all the politicians, a gaggle of protestors, potential assassins and terrorists, street people, con artists, grifters and other assorted crooks. The cops will have their hands full, as will Lucas Davenport's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Slipping into town amids It's the summer of 2008, and the Republicans have selected Minneapolis as the host city of the convention where they will nominate John McCain for the presidency. Inevitably, the convention will bring to the Twin Cities, in addition to all the politicians, a gaggle of protestors, potential assassins and terrorists, street people, con artists, grifters and other assorted crooks. The cops will have their hands full, as will Lucas Davenport's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Slipping into town amidst the lesser criminal talents is a high-powered gang of robbers headed by Rosie Cruz and Brutus Cohn. They have several targets mapped out, including a number of political operatives who will be sitting in their luxury hotel rooms with suitcases full of cash--in each case, over a million bucks. This is dirty money that will be passed out in blocks of untraceable cash to be used for paying street expenses during the campaign. The men with the money are sitting ducks and the best part is that, once the crew has ripped them off, they can't even report the crime because what they're doing is illegal. Davenport, though, is alerted to the presence of the crew in town and begins the process of trying to track them down. But it won't be easy, especially in the general chaos that surrounds the convention, and when bodies start falling unexpectedly, the task becomes all that more urgent. And, as if Davenport weren't busy enough, an old nemesis and Davenport's young ward, Letty, combine to cause even more trouble. Some years earlier, a small-time pimp named Randy Whitcomb, disfigured one of Davenport's snitches, who was a hooker in Whitcomb's stable. In retaliation, Davenport beat Whitcomb within an inch of his life and for that Davenport was forced to leave the Minneapolis PD, at least temporarily. Later, Whitcomb was shot and paralyzed by another police officer, but Davenport was on the scene for that development as well, and Whitcomb has been seething with rage ever since. Now confined to a wheelchair and attended to by his one remaining hooker and a drug-addled sidekick, Whitcomb decides to take his revenge on Davenport by attacking Letty. Letty, who is now fourteen going on thirty-seven, trips to the plan. She's afraid that if she tells her father, Lucas will go ape-shit and kill Whitcomb, something that she thinks would not be good either for Lucas or for herself. She thus decides to handle the Whitcomb problem on her own. All of this makes for a hugely entertaining book that's at times both terrifying and hilarious. Sandford is the master of mixing these elements, and as usual, the characters and dialog are great; the plot rolls along at a rapid clip, and you can't put the damned thing down. Another great entry in an outstanding series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I’ve been reading this series out of order, so I’m going back to catch up on the few I missed. This audio book was superb. Great narrator, great story. It keeps you engaged from beginning to end. There are three different storylines here, each equally engaging. He’s got a dry wit, on top of some very creative ideas. I felt sorry for Lucas. Letty is fourteen and in typical fashion, thinks she knows so much more than the adults. Yes, she’s a very mature 14, but she still has a lot to learn. And at I’ve been reading this series out of order, so I’m going back to catch up on the few I missed. This audio book was superb. Great narrator, great story. It keeps you engaged from beginning to end. There are three different storylines here, each equally engaging. He’s got a dry wit, on top of some very creative ideas. I felt sorry for Lucas. Letty is fourteen and in typical fashion, thinks she knows so much more than the adults. Yes, she’s a very mature 14, but she still has a lot to learn. And at times during this book, she was not very likeable. I’m only sorry I only have one more book left and I’ll be all caught up.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    - 3.5 stars - Nice to be reading older books in the series when Lucas was still with Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. In Wicked Prey there is a robbery at a Republican convention.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    I don't even know what to say. You have Lucas's ward (Letty) trying to justifying killing someone because if she does it that means Lucas won't be involved with it. It makes zero sense and it turned me off the character. She also has a couple of disgusting comments about using people that made me dance the whole way towards she's a psychopath. Between that story-line and the other one Sandford was too all over the place in this one. I didn't care about the criminals trying to shake people down f I don't even know what to say. You have Lucas's ward (Letty) trying to justifying killing someone because if she does it that means Lucas won't be involved with it. It makes zero sense and it turned me off the character. She also has a couple of disgusting comments about using people that made me dance the whole way towards she's a psychopath. Between that story-line and the other one Sandford was too all over the place in this one. I didn't care about the criminals trying to shake people down for money. I also don't want to read about the Republican National Convention across two books again. I hope this mess is wrapped up in the 20th book. In "Wicked Prey" we have a couple of story-lines going on. We have Lucas dealing with a potential sharp shooter looking to take someone out at the Republican National Convention, a group of criminals that his old lover Lily is looking for, and Randy Whitcomb back again looking to get payback against Lucas. Lucas only knows about the first two issues, and is in the dark on the last one. For reasons only known to him, Sandford decides to follow the Letty as we get to see her realizing that Whitcomb is following her and going through an elaborate charade in order to see him taken down. She's worried that if Lucas finds out that Whitcomb was going to hurt or rape her, that Lucas would murder him. I maybe just shook my head at this line of thought. Only teenagers would jump from point A to point Z in an alternate universe this fast. There is very little Lucas and what we get isn't a lot. I was happy about Del expecting his new baby since it will be nice to see if his character changes or what. We have some of the other characters we have known for a long time like Weather, Rose Marie, Jennifer (the woman he had his first child with), etc. But this book focuses mostly on Letty. Her justifications were crap and because of her someone was hurt and I just felt nothing but disgust for her. Due to her actions someone is beaten and raped. I felt my whole body shrink away in disgust. I hope we don't see anymore of this character in the series. Or if she is in it, she's just mentioned vaguely. The writing was typical Sandford, but the flow was wrong. Mostly because Sandford tried to juggle three stories and told none of them well. He should have decided what he wanted to focus on. And there are plot holes galore in this one. "Jennifer Carey was no longer to be trusted. I don’t think cops should kill people. Bullshit, Letty thought" Yeah cause cops everywhere are totally justified for killing someone. This is talking about Lucas grabbing Whitcomb and murdering him outright. I just...sigh. "Letty had been right about that. If he’d known Whitcomb was stalking her, or anyone else in the family, Whitcomb would have died, one way or another. The problem with a psychotic was, there is no way to deflect them, once they’ve fixed on a course. You can’t talk to them, because they’re nuts." Irony? The ending was a hard shrug. Definitely not one of the best Davenport stories.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)

    3.5 stars I've been enjoying the Prey series for about six or seven years now. Always fun for light reading. Lucas Davenport is sort of like Encyclopedia Brown---he never gets skunked. I think my favorites in the series are the ones with Clara Rinker, girl assassin, but all of them are good. This one has some laugh-out-loud guy banter, but Rosie Cruz gets the best line of all: "Ahhh, God. Men and their penises. If they didn't have them, we'd have to sew one on, just to give them something to talk 3.5 stars I've been enjoying the Prey series for about six or seven years now. Always fun for light reading. Lucas Davenport is sort of like Encyclopedia Brown---he never gets skunked. I think my favorites in the series are the ones with Clara Rinker, girl assassin, but all of them are good. This one has some laugh-out-loud guy banter, but Rosie Cruz gets the best line of all: "Ahhh, God. Men and their penises. If they didn't have them, we'd have to sew one on, just to give them something to talk about."

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    A great set of bad guys this time & a wonderful setting - McCain's Republican convention. There's plenty of room for all sorts of trouble during the ensuing circus & Sandford made the most of it. Best of all, Letty is back in action. She's 14 & full of herself which she deserves to be. I regret I didn't get to read the 2d Virgil Flowers book first, but it's still on hold. There were a few references to him & his case, but hopefully they weren't spoilers. Considering some of the reviews & how muc A great set of bad guys this time & a wonderful setting - McCain's Republican convention. There's plenty of room for all sorts of trouble during the ensuing circus & Sandford made the most of it. Best of all, Letty is back in action. She's 14 & full of herself which she deserves to be. I regret I didn't get to read the 2d Virgil Flowers book first, but it's still on hold. There were a few references to him & his case, but hopefully they weren't spoilers. Considering some of the reviews & how much the book blurbs tell, probably not as much. Anyway, another good adventure. Not really a 4 star since it isn't one of the best, but 3.5+, so it gets 4 stars. On to the next!

  8. 5 out of 5

    James

    The latest (19th?) Lucas Davenport novel is complicated. It starts off messy. It ends messy. And you're never quite sure that you believe what happened. But, as always, the indomitable Davenport holds it together. This book intertwines four story lines: A paraplegic pimp Randy out for revenge on Davenport, decides to plot the kidnapping of his ward Letty. In thread 2, Letty, about to be adopted as a daughter by the Davenports, figures out the plot after a clumsy "introduction" by Randy at a fast The latest (19th?) Lucas Davenport novel is complicated. It starts off messy. It ends messy. And you're never quite sure that you believe what happened. But, as always, the indomitable Davenport holds it together. This book intertwines four story lines: A paraplegic pimp Randy out for revenge on Davenport, decides to plot the kidnapping of his ward Letty. In thread 2, Letty, about to be adopted as a daughter by the Davenports, figures out the plot after a clumsy "introduction" by Randy at a fast food joint. She befriends Randy's girlfriend tries to talk her out of the street. Meanwhile, a well funded and highly organized robbery gang has the Republican National Convention in its sights. It has targetted the cash rich lobbyists as targets. They are perfect victims because they are carrying huge amounts of cash that they can't report stolen. There is little security and the cash is already in small bills. Finally, the secret service is looking out for a lone gunman called Justice. They believe that he is in Minneapolis to assassinate someone---possibly McCain. All the story lines intertwined “Crash” style as the novel progresses. Some of the encounters appear a little forced, such as when the gang leader Brutus throws Randy under a bus. Even though the story is set in the middle of a party convention, Sandford does his best to touch upon but not dwell upon politics and politicians. The governor’s fixer Neil Mitford only puts in a guest appearance and we hardly see anything of his boss Rosemary. But the pace of the story moves smartly and about the 30th page, you won’t want to put the book down. Sandford’s story is best when he focuses on the chess game between Davenport’s thinking process and the criminal’s planning. The chase through the empty apartments is brilliant and truly believable. It must be fun being Sandford and working the puzzle from both ends. His writing is more contrived when he forces the confrontation---the gunfight at the end was totally staged. And, this time, there are happy endings all around. This is a good book for Davenport fans. Not one of his best. And not sure if I would recommend it to first time readers. Sandford seems to have started placing “big picture” crimes in his Davenport brand. The small crime lone detective mystery is increasingly placed in his Virgil Flowers brand. While I miss Davenport the serial killer hunter, I suppose this is a good way to avoid Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan as President problem (that is, what do you with a character after you’ve put him at the top of the world?). Buy it for the airplane ride.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael David Cobb

    Ah Lucas. Davenport doesn't seem to be his usual sharp self in this novel. In fact, the bad guy is so bad, not so much sick and evil, but so absolutely relentless, that he outshines just about everyone in this latest adventure. Davenport is actually overwhelmed not only by the criminals but by his new adopted daughter who is something of a feral Hermione Granger of the streets. This story is loose limbed and gets all over the place rather than the more claustrophobic sorts of environments Sandfo Ah Lucas. Davenport doesn't seem to be his usual sharp self in this novel. In fact, the bad guy is so bad, not so much sick and evil, but so absolutely relentless, that he outshines just about everyone in this latest adventure. Davenport is actually overwhelmed not only by the criminals but by his new adopted daughter who is something of a feral Hermione Granger of the streets. This story is loose limbed and gets all over the place rather than the more claustrophobic sorts of environments Sandford has given us before. It's definitely a new twist and context for Davenport. I'm not sure I like it. I didn't feel Davenport's soul in this one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    As the character Davenport has aged, he has become more involved in political work, and less in stand alone criminal cases. As such, he is the point man for the Republican convention in St. Paul. His almost-adopted teen age daughter Lettie gets involved with some unsavory people who want to hurt her, and she shows her cunning by trying to thwart them. Lettie is a true chip off the old block, and although not all her decisions are sound, she is a force to be reckoned with. She and her Dad are qui As the character Davenport has aged, he has become more involved in political work, and less in stand alone criminal cases. As such, he is the point man for the Republican convention in St. Paul. His almost-adopted teen age daughter Lettie gets involved with some unsavory people who want to hurt her, and she shows her cunning by trying to thwart them. Lettie is a true chip off the old block, and although not all her decisions are sound, she is a force to be reckoned with. She and her Dad are quite a pair.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    As usual we get two separate stories in Wicked Prey. Lucas is on the hunt for a group of bandits who are taking advantage of all the money being thrown around by the Republican party. While behind his back Letty is trying to deal with a ghost from Davenports past. This book was not to usual Sandford standard. The mystery was not all that thrilling and Letty's behaviour was despicable to say the least. She is becoming to much like Davenport. That being said I love her relationship with Davenport a As usual we get two separate stories in Wicked Prey. Lucas is on the hunt for a group of bandits who are taking advantage of all the money being thrown around by the Republican party. While behind his back Letty is trying to deal with a ghost from Davenports past. This book was not to usual Sandford standard. The mystery was not all that thrilling and Letty's behaviour was despicable to say the least. She is becoming to much like Davenport. That being said I love her relationship with Davenport and I hope we get to see more of it going forward. On to book 20.

  12. 5 out of 5

    William

    Not sure if I'm going to like Letty as grows into a know it all teen aspiring to be a self-centered reporter. Why did Sandford choose to bring the Republic Convention to Minneapolis, the most Democratic city in a state that had not voted for a Republican since Nixon? What was he up to with mental manipulation? Not sure if I'm going to like Letty as grows into a know it all teen aspiring to be a self-centered reporter. Why did Sandford choose to bring the Republic Convention to Minneapolis, the most Democratic city in a state that had not voted for a Republican since Nixon? What was he up to with mental manipulation?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    A fairly typical Sanford "Prey" novel that I found a bit more disjointed than most. The most exciting portion of this story that centers around the Republican convention is the ending and even thats left incomplete. I’m sure there will be more about it in a forthcoming "Prey." 6 of 10 stars A fairly typical Sanford "Prey" novel that I found a bit more disjointed than most. The most exciting portion of this story that centers around the Republican convention is the ending and even thats left incomplete. I’m sure there will be more about it in a forthcoming "Prey." 6 of 10 stars

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    With a convention in town, Davenport is alerted by the FBI that a high-end robbery gang leader may be on the scene. And the culprit is - looking to hold up money men greasing the political skids. Throw in an old antagonist, the handicapped pimp, Randy, and you have a full entertaining story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    I love a great heist story and this one is a fuckin’ doozy, with some great subplot filling in the blanks and keeping the 4/4 momentum pulsing but constantly speeding up. The back cover of this one makes it seem like another disgruntled-psycho-attacks-House-Davenport but the true plot of this one is a “murder gang” knocking over a Republican political rally circa the McCain presidential bid. Immediate points for the robber gang plot, this has been a classic trope in American culture since we got I love a great heist story and this one is a fuckin’ doozy, with some great subplot filling in the blanks and keeping the 4/4 momentum pulsing but constantly speeding up. The back cover of this one makes it seem like another disgruntled-psycho-attacks-House-Davenport but the true plot of this one is a “murder gang” knocking over a Republican political rally circa the McCain presidential bid. Immediate points for the robber gang plot, this has been a classic trope in American culture since we got the whole thing started and Sandford delivers with infuriatingly-easy brilliance. The members are painted easily if not likably and you just know Sandford is building up to some Heat shit.* One of the characters even directly compares the lead antagonist to Jesse James, which is on paper a bit ham-handed but Sandford makes it believable. Yeah, there’s a bad dude out there for Letty and I loved her becoming more and more like Lucas with their disturbing affinity for cold iron grand strategy. This sounds bad but honestly, you can’t fuck with Davenport for pure scary competence mixed with gleeful game-playing and seeing him impart this to his real heir instead of his forgettable bastards** with Karkinnen and Carey was gorgeous. *If you haven’t seen this movie yet you need to. A brilliant thumb-screwing heist thriller with BOTH DENIRO AND PACINO plus one of the most intense and scary shootouts on film, ever. **Nothing against bastards, I’m allowed to say this as I am one—I’m basically like an Arizonan Jon Snow.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Meera

    I had tried this book few years ago and couldn’t get into it. This time, I went further, regretted that choice after I went over 50% and finished it. It was just ok. This was a series that I had mostly enjoyed so I thought I should give it another try. But this one just isn’t the one to pull me back in. I didn’t care for either the main plot or the side plot. The best I can say is that it was readable, was a fast read and I didn’t hate it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sandi

    Lucas and his crew keep busy when the Republican National Convention comes to town. An enjoyable audio though the secondary plotline featuring Letty was a bit overdone. The narration by Richard Ferrone was excellent as usual.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leon Aldrich

    I keep gorging on Prey novels. My problem now, the author continues to mention Virgil Flowers, leaving me NO choice, but to read that series too!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Nineteenth in the Lucas Davenport mystery detective series set in Minneapolis and revolving around a get-things-done detective. It's set during the Republican National Convention when John McCain was nominated along with Sarah Palin. My Take It's a very clever twist on robbery. And I can't think of a better, ahem, class of people to be robbed. Meanwhile, Lucas has been making himself really "popular" by poking holes in convention security in every way possible, *lots of laughter*. Gotta hand it to Nineteenth in the Lucas Davenport mystery detective series set in Minneapolis and revolving around a get-things-done detective. It's set during the Republican National Convention when John McCain was nominated along with Sarah Palin. My Take It's a very clever twist on robbery. And I can't think of a better, ahem, class of people to be robbed. Meanwhile, Lucas has been making himself really "popular" by poking holes in convention security in every way possible, *lots of laughter*. Gotta hand it to Lucas, he is consistent. I'm wondering about Sandford's wife with the way he keeps "picking on" Weather. Not that she doesn't deserve it, lol. All it took was two paragraphs of some lovely show, and we know so much about Weather AND Lucas' characters…*more laughter*. "The women in Lucas' life reduced him to a chattering-chipmunk state about once a month."Sorry guys, but it does crack me up the power women can wield. Here's Lucas, one scary MF who goes weak in the knees… And Sandford keeps it real with the proud papa, lol, as Lucas revels in how brilliant and gifted his son is. Remembering how much time I spend laughing when I read a John Sandford MYSTERY that is about serious topics and vicious criminals…it's what I love about Sandford's Lucas Davenport series (yeah, yeah, I'll get to more books Sandford has written as soon as I finish this series!) is how funny his writing is even as the bad guys run amuck. Lucas keeps it real, and Weather's come round to it:"…as regarded cops and robbers: it was all chaos, accident, stupidity, insanity, and coincidence."Although, it is amazing how Lucas pulls it together. The ideas he comes up with to figure out what's happening, how it happened, what is likely to happen. Little clues, unexpected comments, coincidences that set him to thinking. Ohhh, I love it. Lucas and Weather are looking to formally adopt Letty (Sandford includes a brief back history on Letty)! It'll be fraught with some careful and careless thinking on Letty's part as well as some almost terrifying insight into how Letty does think, her stalking actions. She could make a great general with that focus on the end game. Del cracks me up. He's so perfect for his undercover role; Sandford doesn't need a lot of words to draw a great picture of him. Love that comment from Del, lol. "'You'd have to tone it down,' Del said. 'Like borrow clothes from me.'Lucas shuddered: 'Maybe not.'"Sandford is always too funny as he keeps the story real: "'Yeah? He's a marcher?' Lucas asked.'Anarchist,' she said. 'Or anti-Christ. One of the two. I can't keep them straight.'"Hmmm, there are some good riot rules Lucy lays out. It makes for an interesting contrast when you read Brutus' and Lindy's thoughts after their "catch-up" session at the motel. Two users gettin' along, hidin' their thoughts, lyin' to each other. Nor are they the only ones using in this group. Randy's back history gets laid out as well — I do like how Sandford writes his info dumps. No, well, okay, yeah, they're info dumps, technically, but Sandford does such a nice job of integrating them in. Writers should take note of this. Uh-huh, I think Lucas is straddling a fine line here with that political component issue of his, although I can see his point about the difference between what happened in Naked Prey , 14, owing some cops a favor, and what's happening now in Wicked Prey. The Story It's one last job, a doozy that should set Cohn up for a comfortable retirement. It's a crime that can't come into the open; they'll do everything they can to keep it quiet. Randy blames all his bad luck on Lucas and plans his revenge by stalking Letty. Good thing she's a smart, observant girl. Too bad she's a teenager. The Characters Lucas Davenport is a clothes- and poetry-loving troubleshooter for the governor. Dr. Weather Karkinnen is his wife and a plastic surgeon at Hennepin General. Sam is their two-year-old son, and Letty is their almost fifteen-year-old ward ( Naked Prey ). Ellen is their housekeeper. The Department of Public Safety is… …a pet project of the governor's with Rose Marie Roux as its state public safety commissioner. Lucas works for her with Del Capslock (he's married to the pregnant Cheryl, a nurse). Lucas' other agents include Virgil Flowers, Dan Jackson is their photographer who really gets into outfitting Lucas, Jenkins and Shrake (he's dating Shirley Knox who Jenkins claims is in the Mafia) are a double act, Carol is Lucas' secretary, Jim Benson, Dave Tompkins, and Nancy. Neil Mitford is Governor Elmer Henderson's executive assistant and chief weasel. Dan Coates is with the Special Assignments Bureau, Lucas' opposite number in Wisconsin. The local FBI Agent-in-Charge is Wilbur Rivers. George Dickens is the Secret Service agent mentioned. Minneapolis PD Officer Rick Jones caught the High Hat robberies. Danny Lake is the head of Robbery-Homicide. Officers Doug Swanson and Dan Long are standing by. Able Peterson is SWAT as is Dick McGuire. St. Paul PD Lieutenant Don Parker caught Weimer's case. Dick Clay. Detective John Elleson catches Benson. Harrington is the chief of police. Sergeant Larkin gets in on the St. Andrew affair. Hudson PD in Wisconsin Officer Charles Dee won't be on the force long. Joshua Martin and Kyle Wayne were on the hotel desk when Dee came in. NYPD Captain Lily Rothenburg is with the NYPD, and we met her in Shadow Prey , 2, and Silent Prey , 4. Washington D.C. District PD Detective Sams investigated Raphael's death. LAPD Detectives Lance Barr and Harvey Cason are investigating a suspicious fire. Elena Diaz lives in the Lu house in Venice with Martha Knofler (or Laura or Lauren or…). Louise Janowitz has insurance with State Farm. Dick and Carly are their neighbors. David Harelson does all sorts of photography. The Republican National Convention Dan Jacobs runs the convention-security coordination committee for the Convention. Sondra is his secretary. The people who assign the hotel rooms include Helen Fumaro, Cheryl Ann, and Lucy. Raphael Sabartes had been with them before he died. The lobbyists include… …John Wilson, a little guy with a temper, and Lori Johnson is his, um, assistant; Bart Spellman is thinking ahead to the future; Ray Landy; Dick McCollum; Shelly Weimer; Buddy Snider and Sally Craig; Whitehead; Schott; and, the lucky Chuck Prince are more lobbyists. Seems the lobbyists aren't worried about who'll be the next president, they're "covered both ways".The St. Andrews hotel Rob Benedict is a consultant in Washington D.C. who'll be an example. Ann and Karen are usually on the front desk at night. Channel Three is… …the TV station where Letty's been working as an unpaid intern for the past two years. Jennifer Carey, the mother of Lucas' daughter, is Letty's mentor. Frank (he's got a nasty, well-known secret that comes in handy) and Lois Cline are part of the camera crew. Lorenzo who is a lawyer for Channel Three, Nelly Cassesford, Larry Johnston, and Andy Cramer who happily drives the van all work for the station. Brutus Cohn, a.k.a., John Lamb, is a brutal and efficient thief. (Billy Joe Wakefield is another possibility.) Rosie Cruz, who blends so easily, has worked with him before, and she has multiple agendas. The rest of the gang includes Jesse Lane who owns a farm in Alabama and turns out fast cars for moonshiners, Tate McCall has been clean for eight years and has a part ownership in a diner in Malibu, and Jack Spitzer is from Austin and mostly unemployed. Lindy is a long-time girlfriend of Brutus'. Randy Whitcomb (we first met him in Eyes of Prey , 3, and again in Chosen Prey , 12) is a major sleaze bag who should have been drowned at birth; now, he's a paraplegic with a major hate on for Lucas and delights in switches. Juliet Briar is a teen runaway who thinks Randy loves her. Yeah, as long as she keeps hooking for him. Ranch is Randy's male go-fer and an insane idiot. George is a teetotalling resaler. Don Johnson is the perverted mailman dating Juliet's mother. Dubuque and Moline Pollish are twins working as sexual entertainment managers, ahem. They're ticked that Randy is runnin' Jasmine on their street. Jorgenson is another pimp. Justice Shafer is a guerrilla, skinhead nutcake and a good sniper. An eighty-eight is a Nazi skinhead. Terry, the Jenkins brothers, and Bob Harper each run a gunshop. Jane works at the Wayfarer Motel. Bill Hefner is the "boyfriend" "tracking" the anarchists. John and Jeff are a couple of Letty's friends from school — Lucas has a problem with them. They're too much like he was, lol. Oh, the agony…*more laughing* Emily Grissom is a nasty little schoolmate. Achmed Mansoor owns a sandwich shop. Lucy's husband is one of the marchers. Marv is the leader of a skate gang. Jean is part of the gang, and she has a great face. Dan Eller is an association president of a block of condos; another building is run by Ken Jacobsen. Carl Bishop manages another block. The Hassans are Ethiopian janitors. Max Gomez is a welder. Dr. Grigor Papirian works at Regions Hospital. The Cover and Title The cover is the deep, dark green of night as we look down a forlorn alley, the neon green bright lights in the distance highlighting doorways and puddles on the pavement. The author's name is red and large and in charge of the creamy Wicked Prey, the men Lucas and his team are after.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kelly_Hunsaker_reads ...

    Wicked Prey is number 19 in the Prey series, and takes place during the Republican convention in Minneapolis during the summer of 2008. The city is filled with politicians, protestors, terrorists, and assassins. It is going to be a busy season for Davenport. Among all the other criminals who have slid into town is a robbery ring headed by Rosie Cruz and Brutus Cohn. They have several targets, including several operatives who are each holding more than $1M cash. Dirty money that is bing used to pa Wicked Prey is number 19 in the Prey series, and takes place during the Republican convention in Minneapolis during the summer of 2008. The city is filled with politicians, protestors, terrorists, and assassins. It is going to be a busy season for Davenport. Among all the other criminals who have slid into town is a robbery ring headed by Rosie Cruz and Brutus Cohn. They have several targets, including several operatives who are each holding more than $1M cash. Dirty money that is bing used to pay campaign expenses. he lesser criminal talents is a high-powered gang of robbers headed by Rosie Cruz and Brutus Cohn. It is the perfect crime because once the money is taken the crime cannot be reported. Of course Davenport is on the job and quickly on their tail. This one has a lot more action than some of the other volumes in this series. My favorite aspect of this book is that Davenport's foster child, Letty, plays a big role. She is now 14, and working for the news station where the mother of his oldest child works. Letty thinks of herself as an adult and a full-fledged journalist which gets her into hot water. My favorite book since the Clara Rinker stories.

  21. 4 out of 5

    The Face of Your Father

    Multiple antagonists make this one of the most chaotic Prey novels since Shadow of Prey. There are the main antagonists, plus a couple of wildcards. The sense of danger rises for our protagonists as antagonists spread throughout this novel like a spider's web. No one writes a shoot-out like Sandford, I am forever impressed by how cinematic his novels feel. 'Wicked Prey' is book nineteen in the Lucas Davenport series and it feels as fresh as book one. Sandford accomplishes this by constantly evol Multiple antagonists make this one of the most chaotic Prey novels since Shadow of Prey. There are the main antagonists, plus a couple of wildcards. The sense of danger rises for our protagonists as antagonists spread throughout this novel like a spider's web. No one writes a shoot-out like Sandford, I am forever impressed by how cinematic his novels feel. 'Wicked Prey' is book nineteen in the Lucas Davenport series and it feels as fresh as book one. Sandford accomplishes this by constantly evolving his main protagonist. The heist scenes are done with palm-sweating tension. Scenes that even Michael Mann, director of the film 'Heat' would be impressed by. Multiple story-lines would have been muddled in the hands of a lesser author. With Sandford, he excels at it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aron

    Excellent. I love this type of Prey book, the type where Lucas is up against multiple smart bad guys that are trying to pull of a big heist and aren't afraid to kill to do it. This one is one of my favorite Prey books so far,...a really fun & entertaining book. Highly recommend! Excellent. I love this type of Prey book, the type where Lucas is up against multiple smart bad guys that are trying to pull of a big heist and aren't afraid to kill to do it. This one is one of my favorite Prey books so far,...a really fun & entertaining book. Highly recommend!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Monnie

    Just when I've decided Sandford's "Prey" books get better as they go along, everything suddenly turned Wicked; this one is good, but definitely not one of my favorites. Most likely, that's because the plot involves the political scene - and frankly, reading about rock formations would be more interesting to me. Here, dastardly thieves and murderers are targeting folks who are passing out millions of dollars under the table on behalf of the political parties as the national convention comes to Mi Just when I've decided Sandford's "Prey" books get better as they go along, everything suddenly turned Wicked; this one is good, but definitely not one of my favorites. Most likely, that's because the plot involves the political scene - and frankly, reading about rock formations would be more interesting to me. Here, dastardly thieves and murderers are targeting folks who are passing out millions of dollars under the table on behalf of the political parties as the national convention comes to Minnesota. Detective and main character Lucas Davenport, of course, is charged with catching them. Sandford's books generally have a secondary plot, and this one didn't grab me much either. It centers on Davenport's 14-year-old ward Letty, whom he and his wife, Weather, are in the process of adopting. The street-smart girl, who's learning the ropes as an intern in the TV news business, discovers that a former nemesis of her soon-to-be-dad is on the loose and looking to get even - and takes it upon herself to handle things her way despite admonishings from Davenport. No doubt there are some really intelligent kids out there who have survived truly awful backgrounds, but Letty's abilities and thought processes go way beyond what I consider to be plausible. And when Davenport gets angry and tries discipline, she openly and belligerantly ignores him, nearly getting another teenager killed. Remorse? Fuhgettaboutit. The only time I saw anything close was near the end of the book when she expressed concern that after all she'd done (especially against their wishes), Lucas and Weather might not want to adopt her after all. Of course, they did - and I wouldn't have wanted it otherwise - but what I don't like is that when it comes to her actions, Davenport caves. Sure, he reckons, she shouldn't have done what she did, but we're family and "take care of our own." Sure, he's done similar things in his own career, which I suppose is why he understands where Letty is coming from. But she's 14 with a good home and the potential for a bright future, for gosh sakes - it's high time she learns that actions have consequences. On to No. 20!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying but not thrilling..., October 12, 2009 By Denise "DC" (Missouri, USA) - See all my reviews Another satisfying outing from John Sandford. The series has gone on for quite a long time, lost its edge as part of the psycho thriller chiller genre, but still an enjoyable read. John Sandford has quite the character in Lucas Davenport, but I do miss some of the old associates or past partners in crime, namely the nun. Anyway, this one is interesting but I feel that perha 3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying but not thrilling..., October 12, 2009 By Denise "DC" (Missouri, USA) - See all my reviews Another satisfying outing from John Sandford. The series has gone on for quite a long time, lost its edge as part of the psycho thriller chiller genre, but still an enjoyable read. John Sandford has quite the character in Lucas Davenport, but I do miss some of the old associates or past partners in crime, namely the nun. Anyway, this one is interesting but I feel that perhaps the whole series might be winding down and need to be retired. In this book, Lucas is faced with tracking down a sophisticated robbery ring who stop at nothing, even murder, to get what they want. In addition, he's dealing with a side story about a guy who is possibly setting himself up to assassinate someone at the Republican convention in Minnesota - maybe even John McCain himself. I like the setting -- it's always fun to read a book set in a city that one is familiar with. I'm comfortable with the cast and crew -- some of whom I miss but others who have been around a long time. Weather still there as faithful wife -- not sure how she has enough energy to operate day after day and they don't seem to have much marriage going on -- but it seems to work. A glitch and an annoyance in this book was that of the ward, Letty. They are supposed to be adopting her -- she's 14. Frankly the fact that she is allowed to be running around Minneapolis and St. Paul unsupervised as she does is completely unbelievable from a parent's standpoint. Letty is involved in yet another side plot with a paraplegic pimp and his hooker. I did find that somewhat disconcerting and took it into consideration when rating the book. All in all, it's a decent read and fans of Lucas and John Sandford won't miss the latest in this "prey" series. I do wish he'd get back to writing edgy thrillers though.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I rarely enjoy a character so much that I stick with them through 19 books. Wicked Prey is the 19th book in Sandford's Prey series and it's just as good as the first. I don't know what it is about Lucas Davenport that is just so intriguing but as long as the stories are good and Lucas is in them, I'm a fan. If we include Kidd and that fuckin' Flowers, Sandford creates characters that you have to follow. Wicked Prey has the Republican convention in Minnesota, with McCain and Palin (ugh). I wonder I rarely enjoy a character so much that I stick with them through 19 books. Wicked Prey is the 19th book in Sandford's Prey series and it's just as good as the first. I don't know what it is about Lucas Davenport that is just so intriguing but as long as the stories are good and Lucas is in them, I'm a fan. If we include Kidd and that fuckin' Flowers, Sandford creates characters that you have to follow. Wicked Prey has the Republican convention in Minnesota, with McCain and Palin (ugh). I wonder how dated and weird that will be when someone 10 years from now reads this book. Anyways, filthy rich politicians are swarming and taking up every available police resource. Which is the perfect scenario for some intelligent heists. The "villians" in this book are actually incredibly smart. Frighteningly smart. They give Lucas a fair run for his money while they manage to pull off some pretty detailed robberies that net them millions of dollars. Incredibly smart doesn't mean they aren't greedy and the greed, and need for one final heist, ultimately is their undoing. The side story in this novel involves Letty, Lucas' soon to be adopted daughter. She goes up against her own set of evil-doers much to everyone's dismay. I realize that her character is still being fleshed out but in the Prey books, everyone is a supporting character to Davenport. So much time spent on Letty, in the end, irked me a little. Great plot, great writing and great characters. What else do you need?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    Another good one by Sandford. Not his best in the series, but, I'd still read one by him when he's not at his best than the best of several other authors. Somewhat different than the early Prey stories, in that this one did not center around a serial killer. Although, the story's biggest villain, Brute Cohn, has killed, and will kill, several times. The Republican National Convention is in town, in Minneapolis. This attracts a lot of criminals as a lot of people coming for the convention have a l Another good one by Sandford. Not his best in the series, but, I'd still read one by him when he's not at his best than the best of several other authors. Somewhat different than the early Prey stories, in that this one did not center around a serial killer. Although, the story's biggest villain, Brute Cohn, has killed, and will kill, several times. The Republican National Convention is in town, in Minneapolis. This attracts a lot of criminals as a lot of people coming for the convention have a lot of wealth. Or, at least, that's the central story. Also, Davenport's daughter, is being watched, maybe stalked, by a lower criminal that is a paraplegic and blames Davenport for his ills. A blame only partly correct, but, in his simple mind, perfectly reasonable. He intends to get to Davenport through Lucas' daughter, Letty, a young teenager age 14. Letty is currently doing work with a TV station and fancies herself a budding reporter. The 2 stories, while never really converging themselves, never the less propel Davenport in separate ways. Some of the conflict arises from this dichotomy. All in all, a good read. I definitely enjoyed it. But, not really up to Sandford's personal par. Still, under par for him is more than enough reason for giving it a read. An average Sandford far supercedes the best of several authors that I've read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    The Republican Convention is rolling into the twin cities, the assistant to the Governor of Minnesota calls on Lucas Davenport to b e sure nothing goes wrong. They had received word that a assassin from Iowa was on his way to Minnesota to perform an assassination. Lucas begins following up on everything rumor wise but can find nothing. At the same time a group of robbers is in the area preparing to execute a daring robbery of all the high dollar influence peddlers who they plan to rob is a serie The Republican Convention is rolling into the twin cities, the assistant to the Governor of Minnesota calls on Lucas Davenport to b e sure nothing goes wrong. They had received word that a assassin from Iowa was on his way to Minnesota to perform an assassination. Lucas begins following up on everything rumor wise but can find nothing. At the same time a group of robbers is in the area preparing to execute a daring robbery of all the high dollar influence peddlers who they plan to rob is a series of five or so robberies looking at taking in five or more million dollars, and perhaps one more that would be huge. At the same time a small time hood that Lucas had trouble with previously was released from prison and planning on revenge with Lucas. Seeing he probably couldn't get at Lucas he decided to get Letty, Lucas and Weather soon to be daughter. Built on this scenario the story gets ramped up and continuously builds up speed to a dynamic ending. Another outstanding John Sandford book that will keep you up and reading. I put this book on my shelving and just finished reading it the second time, March 24, 2015. I find in most cases you can get so caught up in reading Sandford's books a second reading comes in handy.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marleen

    At the start of Wicked Prey, it seems like Lucas Davenport hasn’t got a big caseload, except to liaise with the St. Paul/Minneapolis police departments and other law enforcement agencies who are covering the security of the Republican Convention which happens to be in town. When he receives a phone call from Lily Rothenburg, a very old flame of Lucas’s and currently high up in hierarchy of the NYPD to warn Lucas that a gang of murderous high stakes robbers may be in the Twin Cities, Lucas feels At the start of Wicked Prey, it seems like Lucas Davenport hasn’t got a big caseload, except to liaise with the St. Paul/Minneapolis police departments and other law enforcement agencies who are covering the security of the Republican Convention which happens to be in town. When he receives a phone call from Lily Rothenburg, a very old flame of Lucas’s and currently high up in hierarchy of the NYPD to warn Lucas that a gang of murderous high stakes robbers may be in the Twin Cities, Lucas feels the adrenaline rush coming. This is a very clever crew of professional stickup men (and one woman) who are now focusing on political moneymen with briefcases full of cash. While that is going on, his soon to be adoptive daughter, Letty, 14 years old is being spied on by an old small-time nemesis of Lucas. Of course, Letty, being the smart kid she is, sees it all coming and turns the situation so as she can trap the culprit, much to Lucas’ dismay, when he later finds out. This was an entertaining read, especially the intricate pursuit of identifying all the main players of this murderous crew. As always, there's a great cast of characters, and pages full of witty dialogues. Tout ce que j'aime!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn (in SC) C234D

    I have enjoyed many books in the Lucas Davenport series over the years (although I haven't gotten to all of them), and I rate this one pretty high up there. There is an interesting gang of professional thieves in town to rob people at the Republican Convention, and they'll not hesitate to kill anyone in their way. Lucas's fourteen-year-old, about to be adopted ward, Letty, takes matters into her own hands when she figures out that a pathetic, paralyzed pimp in a wheelchair, who has a severe grud I have enjoyed many books in the Lucas Davenport series over the years (although I haven't gotten to all of them), and I rate this one pretty high up there. There is an interesting gang of professional thieves in town to rob people at the Republican Convention, and they'll not hesitate to kill anyone in their way. Lucas's fourteen-year-old, about to be adopted ward, Letty, takes matters into her own hands when she figures out that a pathetic, paralyzed pimp in a wheelchair, who has a severe grudge against Davenport, plans to abduct her to get back at Lucas. This is a fast-paced story that isn't easy to put down.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mal Warwick

    In most television cop shows, the clever detectives on the squad grapple with one baffling case. They solve it, of course. Then, in the next episode, they move on to another one. It's neat, clean, and easy to follow. By contrast, the printed page offers space to paint a more realistic picture. In real life, a big-city homicide detective is likely to be saddled with a dozen or more different cases—and then to be handed a fresh one as it rolls in the door. Some authors seize this opportunity to po In most television cop shows, the clever detectives on the squad grapple with one baffling case. They solve it, of course. Then, in the next episode, they move on to another one. It's neat, clean, and easy to follow. By contrast, the printed page offers space to paint a more realistic picture. In real life, a big-city homicide detective is likely to be saddled with a dozen or more different cases—and then to be handed a fresh one as it rolls in the door. Some authors seize this opportunity to portray the complexity of police work. John Sandford's series of "Prey" novels about the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is one of the better examples. Lucas Davenport's BCA is at the center of the action As of April 2018, there are 28 novels in the Prey series. Wicked Prey is number 19. Lucas Davenport, who seems to run all the BCA's field operations, is well into middle age. His adopted daughter, Letty, is 13. When three deadly criminal plots unfold simultaneously in the midst of the 2008 Republican National Convention in the Twin Cities, Lucas and his team of investigators are pushed to the limit. Unfortunately, one of those plots targets Letty. So, that couldn't happen at a worse time. A genuinely engaging protagonist Lucas Davenport is one of the most engaging protagonists in all of detective fiction. Of course, every detective in a successful series has the requisite collection of flaws and idiosyncrasies. But too many fictional creations in the genre simply aren't at all likable. Some are even downright nasty. Lucas has the capacity for rage. He blows his top at times. But he's never ugly. ("Lucas's view, as regarded cops and robbers: it was all chaos, accident, stupidity, insanity, and coincidence.") And his backstory is fascinating. After being forced out of the Minneapolis Police Department, he built a software business and made millions. He's now happily married to a surgeon. Together, they're raising Letty and an infant boy who's biologically their own. Presumably because he's become a political donor, Lucas has made a number of powerful friends in the Democratic Party, including the Governor. Those connections help him snag the toughest cases. Wicked Prey is a great example. Three overlapping criminal plots Each of the plotlines in Wicked Prey could easily justify a novel of its own: ** A right-wing nut from Oklahoma has purchased a .50-caliber sniper rifle. He has driven to the Twin Cities to target someone at the Republican Convention. The presumptive nominee, John McCain, it seems. ** A gang of robbers who killed two police officers in New York has come to the area. They're deploying for a series of bold heists that may also involve the convention. ** And a malicious, wheelchair-bound criminal who blames his crippling injury on Lucas has set out to kidnap and torture Letty to get even with him. Wicked Prey is a thoroughly satisfying example of the mystery and thriller genre. You'll want to return to Lucas Davenport's BCA.

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