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Naked Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 14)
Naked Prey - Lucas Davenport, Bk 14
Author: John Sandford
Lucas Davenport's old boss, Rose Marie Roux, has moved up to the state level and taken Lucas with her, creating a special troubleshooter job for him for the cases that are too complicated or politically touchy for others to handle. In addition, Lucas is now married and a new father, both of which are fine with him: he doesn't mind being ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780425195444
ISBN-10: 0425195449
Publication Date: 5/4/2004
Pages: 448
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3.9 stars, based on 322 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Naked Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 14) on + 307 more book reviews
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Good detective/murders to be solved story. Strong portrayal of small town life and the connections between seemingly random people. Cold winter setting made me glad to be listening inside warm car! Abridged CD version cuts some character development and minor plot threads so at the end you are left wondering why certain characters were even mentioned at the start as they really didn't have significant roles, but doesn't hinder the main plot. Not too complicated but intricate enough to keep your attention. Very good for my long daily commute.
reviewed Naked Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 14) on + 97 more book reviews
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I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. I think you will also. Enjoy!!
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A Lucas Davenport thriller, two people found hanging from a tree in Minnesota woods, for starters. Spouse enjoyed the CD.
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very good, I had to listen to the whole thing straight through.
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complex characters,dra and suspense
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reviewed Naked Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 14) on + 186 more book reviews
Good reading. I enjoyed enough to go seek more of the series. Interesting characters and story line. Just complex enough to keep me guessing but not so complex as to get lost and give up. I greatly enjoyed my time with it.
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This was a very interesting book. I found it difficult to put down.
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With another entry in his fine "Prey" series, a group of books centered on Lucas Davenport, "the richest cop in Minnesota" (rich because he also designs video games).
Sandford set the stage for change at the conclusion of his last book, letting the reader percolate on what would be the differences in Lucas when he becomes an active father, and when he leaves the police department for a quasi-bureaucratic governmental position in a new state department headed by his old boss, Rose Marie Roux. Wisely, although Sandford went forward with these changes, the impact was streamlined by having 90% of the book's action happen in rural northern Minnesota, in the fictional small town of Broderick. Family man Lucas still has his best sidekick, Del, gainfully employed with him -- and married or not, he still can spot and appreciate a great looking woman. Some things never change!

The first two murders may be motivated by racial hatred - one victim is black, and his significant other is white...they are found brutally slain and hanging from a barren tree in the frosty Minnesota winter. There's so much odd and unusual "stuff" going on in Broderick, it's difficult for Lucas & Del to pin down the any information about the murders, and the killings continue.

Sandford manages to deftly interweave his social viewpoints -- his lack of respect for the media, his vague unsettlement with the way that federal, state and local authorities sometimes impede each other to solve a case that has generated media attention, and most importantly, his support of a little known grass roots campaign that is quietly smuggling prescription drugs from Canada to US patients who need and can't afford them.
Unlike many other writers of this genre, Sandford can keep both his tale of the crime and his social commentary moving in the same direction -- one does not eclipse or slow down the other.

The book is also notable in that it provides a lot of insight into tribal casinos...a staple of the Minnesota scenery in the last decade. Tribal casinos have changed rural Minnesota in many ways, and Sandford captures this contrast of big city activity with the rural tundra.

The prize of the novel, as many readers have commented, is new character Letty West, who will doubtless appear in future instalments. A precocious 12-year old, Letty's like many rural kids that come from dysfunctional single parent families....in the cities, kids from these homes tend to run with gangs...in the country, they tend to be loners, with old souls. Letty is such a character, and she's the best addition to the series in a long time.

This may not be the finest of Sandford's series, but its darn close!

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