I have just discovered Lucas Davenport, the main character in these John Sandford books and I adore him! The crime plot is secondary to following Davenport. I lvoe his style, wits, and common sense, not to mention he's filthy rich and just works for the fun of it!
I enjoyed "Rules of Prey", the first entry in Mr. Sandford's long-running "Prey" series, so I happily picked up this follow-up title. This was very good, too: lots of tension, good banter between the cops, a challenging case, and some interesting fringe stuff involving Lucas Davenport's newest lady love and his other domestic challenges.
As far as cop thrillers go, there's nothing particularly earth shattering or ground breaking here, but I think that's the point: Mr. Sandford knows what a good cop thriller should be and delivers it, not worrying about throwing in gimmicky plot contrivances to set it apart from other thrillers. The entertainment comes from solid craftmanship, Sandford's eye for detail, a dozen or so engaging characters, and a good thriller story.
I also liked the shades of grey that complicate the proceedings in several areas. For example, one can't really blame the criminal antagonists here for wanting to accomplish their goals, which is to draw attention to the injustices against American Indians and exact revenge for one particular injustice. But things quickly spiral out of control when the antagonists use new violence to respond to old violence. And things are further complicated because one of the antagonists really likes doing violence, with "the cause" only being a convenient excuse to undertake it.
Like the newer edition of "Rules of Prey" that I recently read, this newer edition of "Shadow Prey" features a brief but illuminating new introduction by the author, where he discusses the challenges of coming up with a good follow up to a successful debut thriller.
Not to sound cliche, but I couldn't put this down. I had to know how Davenport caught the evildoers and how the puzzle pieces fell into place. I think I'd go as far as to say that this is my 2nd favorite of the "Prey" series I've read, behind Winter Prey.
The second book in the Lucas Davenport series is just as good as the first. There is more character development and you feel as though you truly understand the killers (most of them). Davenport is up to his usual tricks and I loved every mminute of it! I liked the foreword by the author as well.
I started this series in the middle somewhere and really liked it, I think it was Clara that sucked me in. While waiting for some of my other series to release the lastest I went back and started this one from the beginning. I am so glad I did not start with this one. Interesting idea about revenge but way too many people involved in the plan. The Indian concept never sat well for me and I am not sure I like Lucas as much as I thought I did. I hope Lillian comes back at some point, but other than that this was a book that I had to remember to finish.
A slumlord butchered in Minneapolis...A rising political star executed in Manhattan...A judge slashed to death in Oklahoma City.
What each victim has in common is the weapon-a Native American ceremonial knife-and a trail of blood that leads to an embodiment of primal evil known only as Shadow Love. Enlisted to find him are Lucas Davenport and NYC police officer Lily Rothenburg.
But they needn't look far for Shadow Love. Because Shadow Love is right behind them.
A slumlord butchered in Minneapolis -- A rising political star executed in Manhattan -- A judge slashed to death in Oklahoma City. What each victim has in common is the weapon -- a Native American ceremonial knife -- and a trail of blood that leads to an embodiment of primal evil known only as Shadow Love. Enlisted to find him are Lucas Davenport and New York City police officer Lily Rothenburg. -- But they needn't look for Shadow Love because Shadow Love is right behind them.
The second book in the Lucas Davenport 'Prey' series is another great one by Sandford. No real mystery in this one, no twists and turns, pretty much a straight ahead police procedural. Mean bad guys with very real motives, mean good guys with very real problems. That's what Sandford does best. No disappointments here.
A slumlord butchered in Minneapolis.A politician excuted in Manhattan.A judge slain in Oklahoma City.This time,the assassin is no ordinary serial killer...But Lieutenant Lucas Davenport is no ordinary cop.
This is only the 2nd book I've read from this author - I'm starting the next in series tonight and I have another on the way. This was certainly as good as the first one - couldn't put it down and wasn't disappointed with the ending. Looking forward to the whole Prey series.
Lucas Davenport, "one of the best hard-case cops on the crime scene today" (The Houston Post), is back - on a felentless city-to-city search for a bizarre ritualistic killer...
"The pace is relentless... A classic!" - The Boston Globe
Second in the Prey series. A thriller, not a mystery; we know from the beginning who the bad guys are. Sandford is developing the character of Davenport here, he's slightly - slightly - less unethical than he was in the first (the reader understands he's on the side of good though, and the parts I winced at were more on the side of his personal life). Kind of fun that Davenport is ineffective throughout most of the story, and is griping about it to the New York detective, but the theme of getting there just a minute too late is crucial to the ending. Sandford also lets the readers be somewhat sympathetic to the aims of the Indians, but he still throws in the mad killer. Lots of action, most of the characters sound real enough, and it ends as we expect; a nice escapist read.
This is another great Lucas Davenport susoense novel, and the ending was SO good! It had me very nervous that something awful was going to happen to Lucas's baby girl and her mother! Very interesting references to present day Native American culture and living situations. (Since I am very ignorant about Native Americans, I found it to be a fascinating book).
The database is in error. The cover displayed by the PBS site is apparently from a different printing. For this printing, the background of the cover is white and the title is at the bottom of the cover, with the author's name at the top and a feather as the central art.