Book Reviews of Rules of Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 1)

Rules of Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 1)
Rules of Prey - Lucas Davenport, Bk 1
Author: John Sandford
ISBN-13: 9780425121634
ISBN-10: 0425121631
Publication Date: 4/1/1990
Pages: 368
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 370 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 8
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.
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Helpful Score: 7
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!
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Helpful Score: 5
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
A great book to start with, as my wife would agree. Excellent way to start the prey series!
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
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Helpful Score: 1
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.
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Helpful Score: 1
For some this terrifying thriller might be a five. It is not my kind of book but Stephen King loved it.It is a serial killer story that will make you get out of bed to see if you locked your door.
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Start to a great series by a Minnesota author
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"Sleek and nasty... A big, scary, suspenseful read, and I loved very minute of it." - Stephen King
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A good "prey" book - full of interesting bits of detective info.
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This is the first book of the excellent Prey series. If you like serial-killer-hunter stories, you'll love this one.
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My first Sandford book; very fast moving, quite terrifying, a lot of stock characters but still a well-solved crime.
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I'm now addicted to The "Prey" series of books!! I have such a crush on Lucas!!
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Really enjoyed this one!
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Lucas Davenport is out to get a mad killer who leaves rules at each killing. It is terrifying and trimmed to the bone.
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Very good book. If the rest are anywhere near as good as this one I'll read them all.
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Good read.
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Very good read!
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Another great book by Sandford.
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A good suspenseful, crime thriller. The featured detective can be both larger than life and fallibly human. This book can be crass at times.

3 stars out of 5
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enjoyed this book
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The first in the Lucas Davenport "Prey" series. A really good book.
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I love John Sanford so I can only say good things about this book
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Everything you could want in a detective versus serial killer thriller. I couldn't stop reading!
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Spooky thriller, #2 of the "Prey" books about Lucas Davenport.
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this was a little slow moving at times and not as good as past Sandford Prey titles I have read....it was not a quick read but, it was good1
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Started this series in the middle and have found each story stands alone also.

This story has more of character definition for Lucas Davenport than the subsequent ones. I think it is great.
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Having started this series out of order, I was not as impressed with this book as I was with the later books. It was still well written and is a must if you're going to read the entire series.
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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.
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Great read!
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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.
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Anyone who has read any of the "prey" novels by John Sandford knows that the killings in his books are grisly. If you haven't read him, be warned.
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A GOOD READ!!!!!!!
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Good mystery story.
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The killer was mad,but brilliant. His credo: Never have a motive:Never follow a discernable pattern:Never carry a weapon after it has been used.
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every book in this series is exciting and enjoyable
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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.
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A haunting, unforgettable, ice-bloodied thriller...so chilling that you're almost afraid to turn the pages, so mesmerizing you cannot stop...a crackle of surprises....
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Another wonderful mystery from John Sandford featuring Detective Lucas Davenport which will have you on the edge of your seat.
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"Never kill anyone you know", another one of the rules of prey, with Detective Lucas Davenport.
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Excellent book - first in the series. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
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My first John Sandford. Great writing with some gasping moments.Looking forward to continuing the "Prey" series.As a fan of Cornwell, Reichs and Patterson..This was comparable..a really good read!
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A crime thriller about a serial killer pursued by a tough smart detective who isn't afraid to play by his own rules when he needs to.
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Great!!!
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One of John Sandfords great books! Enjoyed reading it!
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This is an excellent series, with a cool detective and fast paced action. This is the first in the series
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Lucas is at it again. This is such a great series. Must read.
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really good book, recommend it.
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The database is in error. The cover displayed by the PBS site is apparently from a different printing of this book. This cover is black and the cover art says "never KILL" instead of "E".
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Good read-I enjoy all of his books.
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I love the Prey series of books. They have great characters and great storylines. One of my favorite authors, and favorite series.
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Quick paced, smart writing, this series is a keeper.
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Just started this series....seems like it's gonna be a good one!
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Just finished this and loved it. It's my first John Sandford and I'm anxious to read the next in the series. Very fast moving, edge of your seat - great ending!
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good resd