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Broken Prey (Lucas Davenport #16)

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,028 Ratings  ·  387 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
ebook, 400 pages
Published May 10th 2005 by Berkley Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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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
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
May 22, 2012 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
aPriL is sometimes feral
Everyone who meets Charlie Pope thinks he looks like a maniac. More essentially, he IS a maniac. He was given a hospital term for a rape and aggravated assault, and he is suspected in three more assaults and two murders. In fact, he IS guilty of those cases as well, but he isn’t volunteering any information about them. Eight years in a psychiatric hospital was a bore, although he met interesting and like-minded maniacs who taught him how to abuse and kill with more efficiency. He isn’t having mu ...more
Mar 09, 2015 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Broken Prey (Prey book nr. 16), Lucas Davenport is chasing one of the vilest killers he has encountered in a long time. His investigation leads him to a psychiatric facility (a semi-prison) where he's confronted to the most horribly insane people you can imagine. I didn’t particularly like the high level of violence and abhorrence of this killer’s crimes. On the other hand the unveiling of the killer’s identity was weaved in a captivating plot. The reader discovers the killer’s identity at th ...more
Aug 31, 2011 Dale rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 13, 2009 Deb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My first and last book by John Sandford....just a little too gory for me!
Mac Logan
Why only 3 stars? I'm a great John Sandford fan, and find myself torn about this one. Much of what I like is there, yet the complexity of the plot steals spontaneity and the story labours at times. However, having said that,you'll find: tension, nasty bad guys, red-herrings, violent confrontation, horrible murders and good writing. In fact my 3 stars is harsh and 3.5 would be nearer my reality. Bottom line? It's worth a read. I'm leaving it 3 stars because I'm rating it against John Sandford's h ...more
Jan 26, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
As usual John Sanford kept me turning pages and staying up to finish his latest crime novel. A serial killer is at work in southern Minnesota's smaller cities including Owatonna, Mankato, Rochester and Faribault. However, I'm giving this one two stars because the lurid, sensational details about the murder victims were over the top this time and not essential to the plot. I hope Sanford won't continue in this vein because his work sells and entertains without it. I did enjoy the list of 100 best ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, 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 it a patient? Is it a doctor? ...more
Brent Soderstrum
This is the 16th book from Sandford's Lucas Davenport series and it is one of his best. Two bodies are found viciously mutilated by whips and displayed for all to see like some kind of trophy. A sex pervert has recently been released from a maximum security facility which handles the criminally insane and a lot of the evidence points to him. Lucas and his crew are called on to find Charlie Pope and end the killing.

My wife works at a state mental hospital as an RN and as I was reading about what
If it hadn't been for 12 hours of driving and this as a book club selection, I would have tossed it aside after the disgusting first scene with a dead, sexually displayed body.

The book is both sexually explicit and graphically violent. The bad guys were grotesquely evil sexual predators. The climax was predictable and violent. Sandford also described other climaxes in more detail than this reader needed.

I did like the characters, Davenport and Sloan. I enjoyed the familiar Minnesota references
One of the more graphically violent entries in this series but well written and I felt the ending, while a bit far out, was quite good. Even though I am not a huge fan of the serial killer plot line, I enjoyed the characters, especially Lucas, so much that I became totally engrossed in the story. Listened to the audio which was read by the always excellent Richard Ferrone.
Kathy Davie
May 03, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sixteenth in the Lucas Davenport detective series and revolving around a lucky cop who likes poetry, fine suits, and good-looking women.

My Take
It's the best one hundred songs of rock 'n roll that keeps popping up throughout the story, bringing in some light. God knows, Sloan needs the distraction. After what happened at Rice's home, he's quittin'.

Oh, man, I love it! Mihovil lays into the lecturer who's going on and on about the clash of cultures. How awful it is that America is thrusting its cul
Rose Blum
Jan 24, 2015 Rose Blum rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Too gruesome to read..............
May 28, 2012 Monnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 05, 2013 Colin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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
Aug 13, 2015 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 13, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it
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
Mig Colliar
I enjoyed the book however must admit was losing the threads towards the end. Found it a bit drawn out and found myself skim reading.
Daniel Clark
I saw two different people reading John Sanford books on a recent trip. I asked one of them about him and he said the books are really good, so I thought I would try one out. This one was about a cop trying to catch a guy that commits sex crimes and murders. It's got a cool 80's flashback (or is it 90's? I dunno) that comprises the first half of the book, and the second half is what happens after they finally find the bodies many years later and track the sicko down. It was a little too straight ...more
Eve Nolon
Just slightly behind NAKED PREY as my favorite Sandford book thus far. Lots of good stuff in this one including some mystery interspersed with the usual thriller aspects. I wish there had been more Letty and Weather but I did like having Sloan back. Possibly the best ending of a Sandford book ever, even better than MIND PREY.

I am definitely digging this series again. I am a few chapters into INVISIBLE PREY and it's really good as well.
Mar 23, 2016 Azuree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucas Davenport, what more is there to say? The tough Minneapolis cop is back and better than ever. In his third endeavor in his new position as liaison to the governor’s office, Lucas Davenport is pitted against a serial killer hunting women who apparently have no commonalities. Detective Sloan, Davenport’s friend and colleague, catches the first case. The murder is gruesome and there’s no evidence leading to the killer. When a second murder with the same signature is committed, Sloan is beside ...more
Steve Walsh
Jan 09, 2015 Steve Walsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this, Sandford’s sixteenth novel involving Lucas Davenport, we find once again, in my opinion, a book somewhat longer than it needed to be because of speculation and wrong decisions made by the investigators. Now, having said that, most of the action did move very fast, and the last fifty or so pages were every bit as much of a page-turner as anything I've read recently. But like its predecessor novel, Hidden Prey, I felt the middle of the book got bogged down somewhat.

Several points before I
Paula Dembeck
Jul 18, 2014 Paula Dembeck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 31, 2016 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good installment in the Lucas Davenport series but it was a very brutal book. The murders in this one were especially horrifying. A young woman is found hanging from a deer hook and she had been flayed with whips and gutted like an animal. A man is found in his home butchered and the body of his young son was found with his head caved in. Nasty. And then the murderer begins to call to taunt a reporter and then Lucas himself. Davenport is on his own since his wife and children left for ...more
Aug 07, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely one of his better Davenport adventures. Keeps the action going and throws you off track until near the end.
Teresa Holmes
Feb 07, 2015 Teresa Holmes rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't finish because of the language
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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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