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Buried Prey (Lucas Davenport #21)

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A house demolition provides an unpleasant surprise for Minneapolis-the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic. It looks like they've been there a long time. Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long.

In 1985, Davenport was a young cop with a reputation for recklessness, and the girls' disappearance was a big deal. His bosses ultimately declared the case closed
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Published May 10th 2011 by Penguin Audio (first published January 1st 2011)
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In the best of the John Sandford’s Prey novels, there are usually two or three scenes where he brings the reader to a kind of momentum nirvana. This is a point where you’re turning the pages as fast as your eyes can scan the words. These aren’t necessarily action scenes, although Sandford can do action as well as anybody. More often these are times in the story where some break in the case has happened or some other critical event has left the police scrambling. People are being rousted out of b ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
The best thing about this installment is the 170 pages or so when you get to go back to 1985, three years before the first Prey novel takes place. Lucas is 23, and he's spent three years as a uniformed patrolman. He finally gets his chance to make his bones as a plainclothes homicide dude. This is when he's first getting to know some of our favorite characters like Del Capslock and Sloan. Loved it!
That first case from 1985 resurfaces (so to speak, heh heh) in the present day, and Lucas is all o
May 26, 2013 TK421 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With all the grocery-store thrillers cramming the wire racks, few are really worth the time and effort. BURIED PREY is not like those cheap knock-offs. Unlike those other stories, John Sandford's novel has depth, great characterization, superb plotting, and enough twists and turns to keep the reader thinking and engaged.

This is only my second Lucas Davenport novel, so my expertise in this series is limited. The other one I read was RULES OF PREY. In the review for RULES OF PREY, I lauded Sandfo
James Thane
Jul 23, 2011 James Thane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves crime fiction
Shelves: crime-fiction
This is the twenty-first John Sandford novel to feature Minnesota detective Lucas Davenport, and it's one of the best books in a truly great series.

Twenty-five years ago, Davenport was a beat cop with a taste for fine clothes, fast cars and attractive women. He was also smart, ambitious and determined to excell, preferably as a detective, but if not, perhaps as a lawyer. He gets the chance to prove himself when two young girls go missing. Lucas, along with some other patrolmen, is assigned tempo
Jul 07, 2012 Marsha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I chose a John Sandford - Lucas Davenport book to cleanse my palate after reading too much of a more contemporary novel. Sometimes a girl just has to go slumming. Delving into a Lucas Davenport book is like eating a big double cheeseburger. You know you should choose something more chic, but the dialogue and the internal monologues of the character just can't leave your mind. I read the dialogue in Sandford's books with a certain amount of awe. He could write a book with only dialogue and it wou ...more
Daniel Audet
Jun 04, 2011 Daniel Audet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished John Sandford's Buried Prey yesterday and immediately ordered Dark of the Moon, an early addition in the Virgil Flowers series.
Buried Prey, from the get-go is a thrill ride, NO kidding...Lucas is drawn back into a case that has troubled him since his early days as a detective, and troubled him plenty. The bodies of 2 young girls, missing for many years turn up suddenly beneath a house being torn down for new construction. Politics, egos and attitudes played a big part in the wrongful
Jun 24, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I newer realize the depth of my midwestern roots so keenly as when I read John Sandford. In every one of his novels he includes a description or reference which makes me think, "Oh, yes, I know what you mean, or the place you're describing." In this one, near they end, Lucas Davenport describes a motel clerk who speaks with a Fargo accent. The details adds nothing to the plot, but I love such reminders of my old home. This novel begins with a horrifying opening scene, followed by a long flashbac ...more
Giovanni Gelati
May 19, 2011 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucas Davenport just knows how to find his guy and solve a mystery doesn’t he? I really love this novel for so many reasons, let me count the ways. But first, let’s just jump into the synopsis:
“A house demolition provides an unpleasant surprise for Minneapolis-the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic. It looks like they've been there a long time. Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long.
In 1985, Davenport was a young cop with a reputation for recklessness, and the girls' disappearance was a big
John Haugh
Jun 06, 2011 John Haugh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sandford cranked it up a notch in this book, first by using and interesting then & now structure to the book. He uses the modern day event of uncovering two girls' bodies to bring us back into Lucas Davenport's life as a patrol man just starting to get exposure with the homicide's detectives. The author obviously has great affection for the Eighties time frame, and writes of it effectively with nice musical grace notes like when Madonna first got hot.

Sandford continues to push this book abo
Feb 06, 2014 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably my favorite Prey book so far. I think this is mostly due to the fact that the format was a bit different. Sanford brings us back to the late 80s when Davenport was new to the force and 2 young sisters go missing. Nearly the first half of the book involves the beginning of that investigation and the revelation that investigation is a natural ability for Davenport. He also meets and works with Del for the first time. While he learns alot, there is one major mistake made. I think I just li ...more
Luanne Ollivier
May 10, 2011 Luanne Ollivier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Sandford is the author of a series I've followed for many, many years. His latest book in the Lucas Davenport series is Buried Prey. (Released today)

Davenport has been a cop in the Minneapolis area for many years, working his way up the ladder. He currently works for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA, often troubleshooting for the governor. But a case from the past is literally unearthed and Davenport is forced to confront the unthinkable. Was the wrong man convicted of the
Ilsa Bick
Jul 31, 2011 Ilsa Bick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although Sandford’s one of my favorite writers, I’ve found the last few entries of his Prey series kind of flat. At first, I chalked it up to his starting the new Virgil Flowers series (one which has to grow on you, I think) and then to exhaustion. Buried Prey is his 21st novel featuring Lucas Davenport and even a writer as inventive as Sandford must be running out of tricks. So I wasn’t expecting a great read, just a good one.

I was wrong–and I’m so glad.

Buried Prey revolves around the discovery
May 30, 2011 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read a John Sandford book I try to figure out what it is about them that makes them so great. It's not the type of book I usually read but I find myself devouring them and waiting anxiously for the next one comes out.
Typically, we know who the bad guy is by page 50. We know what he's done, and sometimes even why, long before Lucas Davenport does. The adventure in these books lies in watching as Lucas finds the various threads that we know will inevitably lead him to the man he's loo
I always look forward to reading up on Lucas and company, but this book was especially fun to read because a great portion of it takes place when Lucas is a young cop transitioning from patrol to plains clothes. What is fun is that you can see hints of what Lucas is to become, his love of women, fast cars, computer things, clothes, the way his mind works, meeting other cops, and his not being able to "play" well with other cops all the time. Another great aspect of this book was the way Lucas's ...more
Jan 21, 2015 Barry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost feel badly rating this book at three stars since others, for whom I have great respect, have rated it four or, even, five stars, but like the old baseball umpire (maybe Bill Klem) said, "I call 'em like I see 'em."

The plot was pretty interesting in that the bodies were discovered of two young girls killed many years earlier. As luck would have it, they were the victims in Lucas Davenport's first real murder case and he felt that he flubbed it (my word, not his). As a result, about half
Lilith K
Apr 09, 2012 Lilith K rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed this book from a friend and it was my first venture into the world of Lucas Davenport...and I was not impressed. This being the 21st book I'm sure there is established character development that I had missed out on. But in this particular book I didn't get much of a feel for him.

Well I did but I didn't much care for him. After the introduction of the bodies, the book is divided into two different time frames. We see Lucas at the beginning of the crime in his younger days and then we
Fans of Sandford will not be disappointed with Buried Prey, another fine, 3 Star addition to the Lucas Davenport saga. With the discovery of 2 murdered girls beneath a house foundation, Lucas is propelled back to a case he worked 20 years prior as a young patrolman. The first half of the book is a flashback and we watch a young Lucas investigate and meet up with some of the "gang" that will become his partners in his future cases. In fact, the girls' disappearance launches Lucas' detective caree ...more
Beth Allen
I've read all of the "prey" books by John Sanford--this one is the twenty-first Lucas Davenport novel.

Davenport, an investigator at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, is on another case, this one a cold case that has haunted him since being a rookie police officer.

Buried Prey, like all of the prey books, is a fast-moving, solid story that did not let me down. If this story has a weak point, the section of the book titled "Then," which highlights the original case of two missing girls
Jun 20, 2012 Monnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sandford remains in great form in this, the 21st in his "Prey" series. It begins with the unearthing (literally) of the bodies of two young girls who were believed to be kidnapped and murdered in 1985 - a case to which neophyte cop Lucas Davenport was assigned. A killer was unearthed (figuratively) as well, but Davenport had his doubts.

The discovery means a second chance to find the real killer, who Davenport is sure hasn't stopped his murdering ways. In an interesting plot twist, Sandford spend
The series is still going strong after all this time and books. Interesting how it went back to Lucas's early days to tie in with the current crime. Also offered a moral question of how lives could have been saved if the case had been solved all those years ago. The banter was as amusing as ever and it had just the right level of 'action' and police procedural. Although, much as I like the characters, I still dislike how perfect Lucas is haha.
Jun 27, 2011 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most awesome book I've read in quite a long time. I can't stress enough how great this book is. I can't wait for other people to read this so we can talk about how awesome it is. This book was awesome. John Sandford simply NEVER fails to impress...however this one was well above the cut.
Johnny Williams
Boring- Flat-Commercial--
This is the lowest rating I have given to a Sandford novel--and I have read them all--
John must have had a contract obligation to fulfil-- this was so not his style-- just a story that you might hear at the park-- no surprises -- just a flat story--and flat plot-and a flat ending--
Jan 23, 2012 J.T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Sandford was my inspiration to become a writer, so I may be a bit biased, because I love all of his work. That said, I thought BURIED PREY was incredible. A quantum leap into character development-seeing the young Lucas Davenport being shaped into the man he is was fascinating. Highly recommend this one, it's my favorite of the past several years.
Steve Davis
May 29, 2011 Steve Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucas Davenport is back - and a rookie!! Great read with some seriously funny passages. Guest appearance of Virgil Flowers too.
Kathy Davie
Aug 22, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twenty-first in the Lucas Davenport detective mystery series and revolving around a cop who does it his own way in getting the bad guy. The story takes place in Minneapolis and involves a cold case.

My Take
We all have regrets, and Lucas has a big one. It's a place we've been ourselves, questioning our bosses in our heads, not wanting to make waves, worrying about the right move. It's this case that helps push Lucas into learning to be a better cop. A case whose end provides extra weight to the di
Q. Kelly
Nov 16, 2011 Q. Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No witty opening here, but dang, that is a long list of John Sandford/Lucas Davenport books with “Prey” as the last word in the title. I just finished “Buried ____.” Wanna guess what the ____is? Starts with P and has r after P. Has y at the end. So that’s Pr_y. Prey! Yep :)

This book is a middling to fair read. On a five-star system, I’m torn whether to give it two stars or three. Three is too high, but two is too low. I’m gonna say two stars, because I’d expect something better from a veteran wr
Marcia Chocinsky
Jul 05, 2014 Marcia Chocinsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Sanford is in peak form in Buried Prey. The story has quite a few twists and turns and one of his long standing characters in this series comes to a bad end. The story begins with the discovery of the bodies of two young girls that have been dead for quite a long time in the basement of a house that is being torn down. The girls were the first case Lucas pursued as he was trying to get out of patrol and into plain clothes detective work. Sanford effectively takes us back in time for a good ...more
Finally Sandford returns to the focus on investigation which he does well. While late in the series, this book takes us back to Davenport's very early days as a cop, and it's one of the better books, since the emphasis is on investigation.

While a block of old buildings is being torn down as part of a redevelopment project, the skeletons of two girls are dug up while working on the foundation for a new building. That triggers Davenport's memory back many years before, when he was a uniform cop, t
I love detective novels and gravitate towards those with characters that draw me in. John Sanford's Detective Lucas Davenport is a memorable sort.

* independently wealthy - he started designing computer games in college and the revenue stream from his game designs keeps him living well
* impeccably dressed - a clothes horse with an appreciation for expensive suits
* impressive physique - a lifelong athlete, he played varsity hockey and almost went professional
* a natural - he has a feel for inv
May 24, 2011 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We’ve read the entire John Sandford booklist, so naturally awaited this latest entry in the Lucas Davenport series (#21!) with anticipation. And nothing herein disappointed – when two long-buried bodies of missing girls are discovered 25 years later, the first half of the book takes us back to when their disappearance was first investigated, with a young beat cop named Davenport a key player in the search. He never was satisfied that they got the right guy, and now 25 years later he has the chan ...more
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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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Lucas Davenport (1 - 10 of 27 books)
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