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Broken Prey (Lucas Davenport #16)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  7,871 ratings  ·  287 reviews
Lucas Davenport confronts a living nightmare, in one of the scariest Prey novels yet from the number-one bestselling author. The Big Three are a trio of inmates locked up in the Minnesota Security Hospital over the years, each a particularly vicious serial killer, each with his own distinct style and propensities. Everybody feels much safer knowing that they're behind bars ...more
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Published May 10th 2005 by Berkley Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Kemper
Lucas Davenport and Batman have a lot in common. They’re both rich. They’re both great detectives who race around in fancy cars chasing criminals. They both have an extensive rogue’s gallery filled with homicidal crazy types, and now Lucas finally has a his own version of Arkham Asylum.

Davenport’s old friend Sloan from the Minneapolis police asks him to consult on a particularly vicious murder of a woman, and Lucas later links this case to another brutal killing of a father and son. A recently r
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James Thane
This is another very entertaining entry in John Sandford's long-running Prey series, featuring Lucas Davenport. As most crime fiction fans know, Lucas worked his way up through the Minneapolis P.D. chasing a variety of twisted, violent killers. Now he's followed his boss, Rose Marie Roux, into a state job that allows, or requires, him to work high profile cases all over the state.

This one poses a serious challenge and pits Davenport against one of the most clever and ruthless killers he's ever f
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Eric_W
There seems to be a new rule in American crime fiction that all perps have to be really evil, nothing subtle or conflicting. It’s not enough to murder someone, they have to murder in multiples, and if that weren’t enough, they must mutilate the body too, and to top it off, brag about it to the cops. It’s as if we can’t root for the cops if the perp is your ordinary killer. These are the antithesis of Simenon, Mankell, and many other very good writers who display their talent through an examinati ...more
Patricia
This is book 16 of John Sandford's Prey series and my very favorite so far. Oh my gosh, this book (well, this whole series) is so representative of the reasons I love reading. I could actually feel my adrenaline level rising while I was reading this. Absolutely top level action, suspense, dread, anticipation....you name it, I felt it while reading this book. It's about a murderer who is also criminally insane, a psychiatric hospital is involved, you never know...is it a patient? Is it a doctor? ...more
Dale
The writing in this one was just fine - but the crime really got to me for some reason. Sandford's scenarios are usually pretty brutal, but this one was just over-the-top. It was tough to get through. But, that's just me.
Deb
My first and last book by John Sandford....just a little too gory for me!
Jim
A great Lucas Davenport murder mystery. Lucas received a telephone call from a Minneapolis PD homicide detective named Sloan who asks for his help. They have found the naked body of a young woman lying on a river bank in the crucified position, she has been scourged by a wire whip and her throat cut. They have no leads, and work for several months when Lucas received a telephone call telling of another murder of a man killed in a like manner. All leads direct Lucas to a man released from a menta ...more
Monnie
Sanford is back in top form with this one, and although the action seems a little bloodier than some of the others, it's easy and fun to read. Minnesota investigator Lucas Davenport and his cohorts set off to find a particularly vicious serial killer who's got some kind of connection to a local hospital for the criminally insane - someone who may be getting "instructions" from patients in the high-security section (or not). The real test is identifying, and finding, the killer before he or she c ...more
Colin
I have joined in with this ‘prey’ series fairly late on, and see that it contains many familiar paths, characters and situations. There is the cop, Lucas, who works for a part of the police that is better than the rest of his colleagues, and seems to cross state lines at the drop of a hat (Alex Cross has a rival). He is investigating murders where the main suspect is a convicted sex murderer, but the suspect doesn’t appear to have the wherewithal to plan and carry out the crimes. The enquiry tak ...more
Keith Thompson
Broken Prey was the first book I read by author John Sandford. He writes with a thick swath of description and details. If you saw the movie "Mr. Brooks" with Kevin Costner, you'll have an inkling for the premise of this story, but with so much more to sort through and figure out. A moderate amount of violence, but nothing that you couldn't find written up in a mid-size city newspaper on a bad weekend. I liked the continually running attempt by the lead character to come up with the ultimate lis ...more
Richard
I noted a few minor editing errors in the book, along with one inconsistency and one loose end left dangling at the end. In his books, the author sometimes confuses Interstate Highways 90 and 94, both of which run across Minnesota. On page #121, Lucas Davenport reports that he is approaching "Ninety-four," even though he is in Southern Minnesota at the time, and he must actually have been approaching Interstate Ninety. The loose end involves a "part-time homicide cop named Bob Hubbard" who is in ...more
Stuart Langridge

SUMMARY:
Lucas Davenport confronts a living nightmare, in one of the scariest Prey novels yet from the number-one bestselling author. The "Big Three" are a trio of inmates locked up in the Minnesota Security Hospital over the years, each a particularly vicious serial killer, each with his own distinct style and propensities. Everybody feels much safer knowing that they're behind bars. Except . . . there's a new killer on the loose. And his handiwork bears a disturbing resemblance to some of the f

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Paula Dembeck
This is number 16 in Sanford’s Prey series and one of the most complex to date. After Davenport’s successful attempt to break up a Russian spy ring in the last book, he is back to the brutal, violent and twisted killers, trying to solve horrific murders.
Although Lucas had questions about his role as a “fixer” for the governor in the last book, he continues his role with the BCA. This time he is helping out his pal Sloan who is still with the Minneapolis Police Department and has come upon a g
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Mike
Definitely one of his better Davenport adventures. Keeps the action going and throws you off track until near the end.
Kerry
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Sandford... or just Mr./Mrs. Sanford (for those single-parent homes)... or Mr. and Mr. Sandford/ Mrs. and Mrs. Sandford (for those "alternative family homes" or Johnny's Uncle Buck... really WHOMEVER oversees this child,

I am afraid that John has not paying attention in class at the Patterson Institute of Misleading the Public (PIMP). The faculty here at PIMP believe in the education we are supplying Johnny-boy and all of us are required to be Master PIMPs as well before taking
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Jerry
Clever intricate plot &suspense, but tons of violence & gore...

We just finished racing through Sandford's latest Lucas Davenport novel, "Broken Prey", 17th in the "Prey" series. As in most, there is a horrible serial killer on the loose; Davenport tears himself away from the increasingly political duties he has in his newest position; and he and sidekick Sloan really are engaged throughout the whole battle to find the perp. The plot is so complicated it is not easily summarized. The stor
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Dotti Elrick
Broken Prey is #16 in John Sandfords Prey Series. And is in my opinion one of the better of the series. It is well written, fast paced and a real page turner. It was hard to put down.
Lucas Davenport is working for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and in this story is brought back to work with a Minneapolis detective and one of Lucas' good friends, Sloan. They are called to the scene of the first murder, a young woman who has been savaged, displayed and her throat cut. A few days later, anot
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Theresa Leone Davidson
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Jodi
Aug 16, 2010 Jodi rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jodi by: men who like thrillers
Shelves: thrillers
This book was hard for me to get into - maybe because it is book #16 in the series so there were things going on that just didn't connect to me but probably would have if I had read some earlier books. Even so, I have read a series out of order and still liked it so maybe it is just the series. I won't be going out of my way to read another in this series!

As for the book - typical thriller with some gory descriptions and lots of twists and turns in the plot. I would say this is more of a "guy's"
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Kristin
Broken Prey has a well woven plot with fascinating complexities that had me wondering how all the threads were going to come together. 'Read' as an audiobook.

I especially applaud in the first section of the book, having the murderer 'check in' with the Star Trib reporter instead of a running an internal monologue where the reader can see what he's up to. I'm not wild about the plot device where the reader is exposed to what the antagonist is thinking and doing and in this particular book, the a
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Robert Strupp
Dec 06, 2012 Robert Strupp rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like grizzley, murder, shoot-em-out mysteries.
Shelves: fiction
I would remove the below songs off of his end-of-the-book 'Lucas Davenport Best Songs of the Rock Era'

11. The Doors .......... Roadhouse Blues
13. Aerosmith .......... Sweet Emotion
14. Aerosmith .......... Dude
19. Tom Waits .......... Heart of Saturday Night
20. Van Halen .......... Hot for Teacher
22. Gypsy Kings ........ Hotel California
27. Dire Straits ....... Skateaway
28. Tom Petty and
the Heartbreakers ...... Mary Jane's Last Dance
47. Sex Pistols ........ Anarchy in the UK
71. Guns N' Roses ..
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Johnsergeant
Downloaded from Audible.com 5/12/07

Narrator: Richard Ferrone
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks, 2005
Length: 11 hours and 39 min.

Publisher's Summary

The "Big Three" are a trio of inmates locked up in the Minnesota Security Hospital over the years, each a particularly vicious serial killer, each with his own distinct style and propensities. Everybody feels much safer knowing that they're behind bars. Except...there's a new killer on the loose. And his handiwork bears a disturbing resemblance to some of
...more
Mysteryfan
I thought I'd try another Davenport novel and went back to #16. This one has three creepy serial killers that are locked up but sharing their wisdom, so to speak. There's another killer on the loose, or is there more than one? Without being spoilery, there's a lot going on here. The plot is complicated. It'll keep you reading. Some of the deaths are pretty gruesome (maybe that's why I went off the series for a while?) Still, a nice book for the beach.
Eric
Sandford knows well how to tell a story, and this one did not disappoint. It's good to come back to his tales every few months as a way to take an entertaining break. There was an element of the macabre to this one with the introduction of truly insane people being linked by way of hospital employees - not good for someone with a paranoid fantasy of being committed. The only-slightly crazy person who holed up in a Mississippi Riverbank cave with only his feet sticking out was one of a few humoro ...more
Jeanne
Lucas Davenport is on the trail of a sexual serial killer. This murderer is smart, cunning, dangerous, insane and on the loose. Davenport goes down a few dead in roads trying to track him or her down. He goes over the evidence again and again, each time coming up with something he'd missed before. With the help of Sloan, Elle, and a lot of other police and sheriff agencies, he just might get lucky and catch this maniac.
Leslie
I am reading the Prey series out of order; which can be a little confusing but still very satisfying.

Having finished this book it is now my favorite. It has the perfect number of red herrings and wrong paths. It is complex but not overly so. No getting bogged down in wives, children or gaming. Just a good who done it.

And you get the bonus feature of Lucas Davenport's 100 Best Rock & Roll songs.
Carol
I really really like this guys writing, but it is SOOOO rough and grisly that it really offends me and others that are around me that may hear it while I'm listening to it. Maybe if you cut down one or two "f's" or "sh's" per minute it might help. I've never read books with such cruel
language. But the kicker is how much I like the stories. I'm hooked,
then I get mad and disappointed at myself cause the language is so bad.

This was a great book in the series. It was hard to keep up with Lucas and S
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Donna Mcnab
Lucas Davenport is investigating a serial killer who seems to be connected to some very bad men who are incarcerated in a mental hospital. The problem to solve is how they could connect with each other. All of the Davenport novels are petty fast moving but this one is really non-stop action over the last number of pages! Jump on and enjoy the ride.
Jaye
I picked up this one at work. Somehow I missed it, but now I've read it. It's typical Sandford stuff - Lucas Davenport hunts for a serial killer while hashing out which 100 rock songs to load onto his IPod. Usually one of these starts by letting the reader know who the killer is fairly early. This one features a lot of red herrings. Good show, Mr. Case!
Sharon Lensky
At first I was jolted by the graphic, grim description of a disgusting ex-con working as a garbage man but it turned out to be exactly what Sandford needed to set the tone. Although I don't like the character of Lucas Davenport as much as I did Virgil Flowers, I found the story quite enjoyable with the usual unanticipated twists in the Flowers novel I read. I'm going to keep reading Sandford, at least as much as I can find on audiobook in the near future.
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John Sandford was born John Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962. He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966. In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa. He was in th ...more
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