Berkley 1990 printing with a different cover. This is not a story for a quiet lonely night or a reader with a vivid imagination. There is a terrifying force to this writers ability to encapture the nightmare quality of criminal intent and the deadly force used by the inhumane against their weaker brothers. But if you want a gripping fast paced literary rollercoaster ride into heartpounding excitement, this is the book for you.
This was an interesting one for me! I read it in high school when I was in a "Must read everything in site phase" My brother left it laying around and I was in between books...... Anyway, I read the whole series and was dying to go back and reread them. (They were on my Xmas list and when I didn't get them, I had to jion PBS!) But I digress...it took me a few days to start reading it when I got it, like I was afraid it wouldn't live up to my own hype! Well, it did. Two days and I can't wait to go on to the next one. Full of characters you love, while still questioning their choices and lifestyle. The antagonist is a truly scary piece of work, but the humor throughout makes it a book that truly plays on all of your emotios!
This is where Lucas Davenport started. Good start and introduction to a decent character. Many changes happen in future books--so far the series is worth reading. This books has an excellent villain, good tone and well paced. A good read but may seem a little dated to new readers of the series.
This was really great. Incredibly exciting and fast paced. I enjoyed every moment. I was almost convinced at one point that Davenport was not going to get the bad guy, and it was really fascinating seeing how they figured it all out and finally got the evil doer.
The story is a good one and involves a serial killer whose identity is introduced to the reader at the beginning of the book. I like when an author does this as it enables me to get inside the killer's head and follow him around from place to place -- not only to the scene of his crimes but in his everyday life at work and home as well. I also love it when the moment arrives and I realize what the title of the book means. In Rules of Prey, the killer, referred to as "maddog", has certain rules that he follows so as not to get caught. For example, he never kills anyone he knows, he never uses the same weapon twice and he never has a motive. He always leaves a note at each crime scene communicating one of his rules. Not only does this serve as a challenge to our main character, Lucas Davenport, it is also the killer's "in your face" way of letting Lucas know that he is someone to be reckoned with.
As a lead character, Lieutenant Davenport is a dream. He drives around in a Porsche, which was purchased with money he earns not only from gambling but also from a side job he has creating intense, strategic video games. He's smooth, good-looking and a real lady killer (no pun intended). I enjoyed the way he tracked down the clues, which will eventually lead to the killer. He also has no problem working around the "rules" set up by his own police department and I found this flagrant use or "misuse" of his own form of justice a bit ingratiating. But this particular case will prove not to be an easy chase as his sometimes-inept Minneapolis police department is foiled by the "maddog" on more than one occasion.
I understand from other readers that these books just get better and better. That's a real incentive for any mystery reader and is an added bonus just knowing that I get to spend some more quality time with Lucas. This is certainly a series for the ladies as well as the guys. "Shadow Prey" here I come.
*First book in the Prey series but it also stands alone*
He left notes with every woman he killed. Rules of murder: Never have a motive. Never folow a discernible pattern. Never carry a weapon after it has been used...So many rules to his sick, violent games of death.
But Lucas Davenport, the cop who's out to get him, isn't playing by the rules.
I find it amazing that John Sanford manages to take a half-dozen interesting character quirks and combines them all to create a hero you couldn't care less about.
Maybe it's because I grew up with detectives like Columbo and Nero Wolfe, but I tend to like my heroes to have the occasional flaw. Lucas Davenport is a tough and experienced cop who doesn't play by the rules. He also has rugged good looks and an animal magnatism that allows him to bed almost every woman he meets (except stupid girls and the nun with the skin problem, so I guess that proves he has standards). But he also has a sensitive side, as he enjoys reading poetry on the sly. And he's a genius, a popular game designer, which means he's also wealthy. Wow, this guy is good at everything. How boring. He's the kind of character I would expect a sexually frustrated high-school student to create.
Now let's add a serial killer into the mix, but make him a socially inept loser who is inferior to our man Davenport in every way imagineable (oh, he's clever, but not as clever as Lucas), and you have two main characters that you really don't care to read about.
Sanford has a habit of making even supporting characters appear shabby, incompetent and unappealing around Davenport (including TWO pairs of Fat Cop and Skinny Cop duos), and has him so on top of everybody else that he has to advise the Chief of Police how to handle the Media and information control (don't the police have people to handle that?).
Finally, Sanford proves repeatedly that he knows little about police procedure or the historical crimes he references (newsflash: David Berkowitz was not the lone killer in the Son of Sam case, and he wasn't caught because a cop looked in his apartment window and saw copies of the letters. He lived on the second floor, you see...). I can only assume by the success of the Prey series the books have improved. Actually, I can only hope.
It was a good book. For the first in a series, there was less background information than I was expecting. I felt more like I was reading the 3rd or 4th book than the first one. The plot was good, and it was easy to follow. One word of warning - if you want a straight arrow hero you should look elsewhere. Lucas does not always strictly follow the letter of the law, but he's always working for the greater good.
Inside flap: The killer was mad but brilliant. He left notes with every woman he killed. Rules of murder: Never have a motive. Never follow a discernible pattern. Never carry a weapon after it has been used...So many rules to his sick, violent games of death. But Lucas Davenport, the cop who's out to get him, isn't playing by the rules.
This is only my second book in this series (started with a newer one)and I love the Lucas Davenport character. He is so different from most characters you find in mysteries. I also like his interactions with the other characters in the book. I highly recommend this book and series. This is the first book in the series.
This is the first John Sandford novel I've read and I truly enjoyed it. I plan on reading the rest of the 'Prey' series. John really makes the lead character, Lucas Davenport, realistic. I love how the book opens with thoughts and happenings of the killer...not the detective. I recommend this book.
I love all of John Sanford's Prey series. Lucas Davenport is the main character. The writing is so good, you almost think the characters are real people. This one has a serial killer who leaves notes at the scenes, listing rules of murder.
This is the one that started it all, the first Lucas Davenport novel. A killer is on the loose, a killer whose "rules" make him doubly elusive. John Sandford shows that he knew what he was doing from the beginning.
The first of the Lucas Davenport series, this book establishes the character of Lucas Davenport. The killer is mad but brilliant.....leaving notes with every woman he kills that outline his sick "rules" of murder. But Lucas Davenport, the hardened homicide cop out to catch him, isn't playing by the rules.....