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Stolen Prey (Lucas Davenport #22)

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Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Wayzata, an entire family has been killed—husband, wife, two daughters, dogs.

There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’s cop instincts—it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is...more
Hardcover, 402 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Putnam Adult (first published 2012)
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Kemper
John Sandford’s Prey series has had no shortage of brutal crimes in its long history, but this one hits an new level of That-Is-Messed-Up! by starting off with an entire family including young children being extensively tortured and then killed. Hell, even their dogs get whacked! You know it’s going to be a rough ride when not even the pets are safe.

Lucas Davenport may be a tough ass cop, but apparently even he isn’t immune to street crime when he is mugged while out jogging. (The muggers aren’t...more
James Thane
Lucas Davenport is back on the job for the twenty-second time, and as the book opens Lucas is himself the victim of a crime. Out for a run, he stops by an ATM and withdraws $500.00. Moments later, a pair of tweekers rob him at gunpoint. They take his five hundred bucks and knock him down, breaking his wrist. Lucas will have to be in a cast for three months and, needless to say for those who know him, he's going to be seriously angry about this.

Lucas is determined to find and arrest the robbers a...more
Susan
Aug 26, 2012 Susan added it
Is it just me, or has Lucas Davenport lost a little something off his fastball? In Stolen Prey, 22nd in John Sandford’s Prey series, Lucas has to puzzle out the connections between a horrific murder and the theft of millions of dollars. But he doesn’t seem up to the task. During his daily run, Lucas muses:

“He was getting older, with almost as much gray hair as black at his temples, with the beginnings of what would someday be slashing lines beside his mouth, but right now, on this spring day, h...more
Mal Warwick
Suspense Galore in John Sandford's Latest

There’s something a little different about this novel. In 21 previous entries in the Lucas Davenport series, John Sandford always managed to slip in wry comments here and there, exposing the dark humor that characterizes the banter among the agents of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). Somehow, though, there was a lot more of that humor in this novel than I can recall reading before in several earlier books — despite the unusually horrif...more
Book Him Danno
Even for John Sandford and the entire Prey series, this book was violent. People are killed in long torturous ways, and by people I mean families. The saddest part of the whole horrendous crime is it is based in reality. The author did not exaggerate.

The story opens up with the violent murder of a well to do family by a Mexican drug gang. Given the viciousness of the crime Lucas and his cohorts are immediately brought in to solve this case before any more victims can pile up. The most important...more
Felicia
Received from Library Thing Early Reviewers Program
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.00

First Thought when Finished: When is the next one?

What I Loved: Thrillers are so hard to review because the parts that you love the most are the parts you really shouldn't talk about. The twists and turns in this investigation were done superbly by John Sandford. There was one that I did not see coming and it kind of knocked me on my hiney. Though the twist itself made perfect sense. I...more
Mike
Mr Sandford is usually good for an entertaining criminal diversion. Some of his recent novels have not measured up to his early ones. But he is back on track with Stolen Prey, an up-to-date computer hacker tale of drug-money-laundering bank fraud by a group of amateurs who get on the wrong side of the Mexican narcotrafficantes. Some pretty graphic scenes play out as the story unfolds. Even if it wasn't much of a surprise who is a bad "guy" and who isn't, the chase is exciting right to the end. T...more
Daniel Audet
Okay 'Prey' fans, and if you're not, read this book, and you WILL be. I just started this killer thriller and it's one of those action stories where, like "The Secret Spy" by Alex Berenson, the first few pages are so well written that you can't wait to continue. Sandford is clearly at the top of his game with the last few in this series, I think I've read the last ten or so, and this one looks to be one of, if not, the best. Take a scan next time you're in the book-store, you'll see what I mean,...more
Eric_W
One of Sandford's better Lucas Davenport novels. I sometimes wonder though if the reader makes the book. Richard Ferrone has always been one of favorite readers and perhaps his subtle emotional tone shifts add to my enjoyment. Who knows (and who cares?)

No point in a retelling of the plot, what I especially liked about this one was the total lack of drivel with external characters like Weather and Lucas's friend the nun psychologist whose name escapes me. (Robert Parker's books also have ambival...more
Luanne Ollivier
John Sandford is back with the latest installment (#22) - Stolen Prey - in his wildly successful and hugely popular series featuring Lucas Davenport, an agent for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

"Lucas's job at the BCA was mostly self-invented, and included politically sensitive cases, or cases that might attract a lot of media attention." When a pair of tweekers rob him at an ATM, breaking his wrist and damaging his ego, he embarks on a long term mission to find them. This is put...more
Monnie
When is it possible to be happy and bummed out at the same time? If you're me, it happens when you've finished the last book in a series you love (22 of them, in fact, but who's counting). Like most of the others, it's a terrific read, but now there's no next installment waiting on my Kindle.

Once again, Sandford is in top form here; this one centers on a Mexican drug ring that has been laundering huge sums of money through a U.S. bank. Then, a handful of mostly U.S. geeks find a way to siphon of...more
Jim A
Once again I am in the minority as to quality of a book.

This is nowhere near the quality of earlier Sandford's Davenport novels. The characters lack any depth and are pretty much cookie cutter bad guys. Sandford's attempts at humor for the most part fall flat. In fact, if I hadn't wanted to know how a subplot came out I would have abandoned the book about a third of the way in.

I haven't given up on Sandford, however. He has another Virgil Flowers book due out later this year and I am looking f...more
Jerry
We’re long-time Sandford fans and wouldn’t miss a Prey novel for anything. In this 22nd entry in the über-detective Lucas Davenport series, the plot starts out rough as the Brooks family of four are found murdered, obviously hideously tortured in the process. Since Lucas tends now to work just high-profile cases, he assists the assigned homicide cop, Shaffer, in pursuing what appears to be a complicated money-laundering scheme involving Mexican drug criminals. Meanwhile, early in the story, Luca...more
Alan
May 21, 2012 Alan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: John Sandford fans, thriller/mystery fans
Summer is here. For movie-goers, it's the first blockbuster weekend. For cottagers, it's the first opening weekend. For thriller readers, it's the new Lucas Davenport novel.
John Sandford's "Stolen Prey" is the 22nd of the Prey series featuring the ongoing character of Lucas Davenport with his Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) associates and family. The main case this time involves a group of hackers who have found a way to divert funds from a money laundering account set up by a Me...more
Diane
The 22nd book in the Prey series has humor, thrills, subplots and most of what we've come to expect from this competent writer. The main plot is twisty, with two separate sets of bad guys. The story starts off with a mugging (a subplot), moves on to a brutal massacre, slides around to computer theft and brings in lots of different agencies, from the DEA to the Mexican Federales. There is a slight weakness with the investigation, because the main protagonist, Lucas Davenport, is with the Bureau o...more
Albert Riehle
Another good Lucas Davenport/Prey book. I sailed through it in just a couple sittings--as I do with most of Sandford's books. This one only suffers in comparison with others in the series, it does not have any issues standing beside and above other books and writers in the genre. The previous book reset the high bar for the Prey series and was so brilliant that honestly, this book didn't have much chance to stand beside it but again--a Sandford/Prey book is always a better choice than anything e...more
Seeley James
The one thing that makes John Sandford stand out is his Pulitzer Prize winning writing. Oh. And his thrilling stories. … And his deep, developed characters. Right. Three things that make him stand out are his writing, his stories, his characters, and his compelling conflicts. That’s four. Four things that make* … OK, fine. Lots of things make Mr. Sandford stand out.

One thing that strikes me every time I read one of his books is the criminal element. Each character becomes part of the criminal co...more
Doug Clark
John Sandford, the pseudonym for Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, John Camp, writes two main series of police/crime procedurals featuring Lucas Davenport (the Prey novels, started in 1989, and currently at 23 novels) and Virgil Flowers (the Virgil Flowers series, started in 2007 and now at 6 novels). Lucas Davenport started as a police officer in the Minneapolis Police Force. Writing computer/video games in his spare time, he later sold his company for a large amount of money. He also rose qui...more
Michael
The story is in three parts.

In one part, a group of people who work in a bank and are good at computer operations figure a way to steal over twenty million dollars from an automated account. They didn't know that the account was owned by a Mexican drug cartel.

The next segment is the police investigation. An entire family is tortured and killed. On the wall is a sign 'were coming'. Without an apostrophe. Lucas Davenport is on the case and from the brutality of the killing and torture it reminds h...more
Lorca Damon
The NYT bestselling author of Storm Prey and Buried Prey is back with a book so suspenseful that I literally read it through squinted eyes, not sure of what I would find as I turned the page. What I found, though, was a work that carried our perceptions of what we think we know about our comfortable lives to a whole new realm of dysreality.

Lucas Davenport is simultaneously working an investigation into his Minnesota town’s most gruesome killings to date, while on the hunt for the serial petty th...more
Gloria Bernal
3.5 stars. Pretty fast moving. I liked the techy stuff, learned a lot about how back doors in computer security can be used to steal money/laundered/cashed from gold bricks. Never knew all that. All in all, a good Davenport detective novel, with all the bad guys getting their due.
His gutsy adopted daughter Letty raised our eyebrows at the end. Both my husband and I enjoyed it.
Skip
An affluent family is found tortured to death, and suspicion quickly falls on a Mexican drug lord called the Big Voice. A Federales investigator and his female assistant and the DEA are called in to find out how a modestly successful software company could be laundering money, which quickly traces back to some local Minneapolis banks. Meanwhile Lucas Davenport is mugged at an ATM after his morning run, and sends Virgil Flowers in pursuit of a pair of suspected meth heads. Lucas makes a number of...more
Sue
Another in a long line of great books in this series. Familiar characters this time involved with what may be Mexican killers. But why are they in Minnesota?
Giovanni Gelati
Short and sweet my friends-MUST READ! I have read everyone of his novels, he just keeps getting better.Grab it, make time, inhale it!
Shannon
Davenport stories are pretty formulaic but you can't help but find these characters interesting. Here Sandford throws in multiple red herrings and while the reader is clear pretty early on who's good and who's bad, he weaves the story through so you do want to keep reading to find out how it resolves. Sandford also has a great way of writing a shoot out scene in just a few pages so resolution is sometimes very quick. It's interesting how Sandford plays the characters personalities off one anothe...more
Matt Allen
For a series to even be readable after over twenty books is an achievement in itself. I've read every Prey novel. They're still good. Still excellent? I wouldn't say that's the case with Stolen Prey.

Sandford has a wonderful storytelling style. Even if it sometimes edges on rote procedure, it's engaging with dialogue you can easily imagine as authentic. Stolen Prey is no different, the pages fly, the story moves, and the action is tense and fun for the reader.

Where the novel falls short, and I f...more
Kristin
Davenport is robbed while jogging. A family is brutally murdered. Suspicious activity at a bank. Davenport pulls in the usual suspects and solves all.

I'm not really sure what I want to say about Davenport #22. It was refreshing not to have to listen to a psychotic killer and his thoughts. Instead, we have a link to a Mexican drug cartel that was rather predictable, the computer hackers didn't really seem believable, and the most interesting plot was Virgil Flowers going after horse shit thieves....more
Debbie
In a high end neighborhood a whole family is murdered and worse tortured and mutilated in a way that’s not often seen in the upper Midwest. In fact it’s usually associated with crimes below the border, which is what has Lucas Davenport scratching his head trying to figure how this family got in the crosshairs of the Mexican Criminales. In puzzling the pieces together it seems that there’s a deeper connection between the crime and a theft of millions of dollars and the BCA and Lucas will need to...more
Keith
A sweet mystery
Stolen Prey is John Sandford's 22nd book about Lucas Davenport, an investigator with Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. All of the books have 'Prey' in the title, which distinguishes them from his other series about Kidd, a software expert and thief, and about Virgil Flowers, an investigator who actually works for Lucas Davenport but largely operates on his own.

The Prey books are masterly expositions of how crimes get solved through police procedure. Davenport is extreme...more
David
John Sandford consistently writes twisty, fascinating mysteries. His villains are human and well-defined, and his hero of the Prey novels, Lucas Davenport, is a tarnished knight who drives a black Porsche instead of riding on white horse. Each of the books is a page-turner, but Stolen Prey makes you want to turn those pages even faster.

It starts with an exceedingly brutal murder in an upper-class neighborhood. A hit team from a Mexican drug gang has come looking for 22 million in stolen profits....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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“Somewhere along the line, it occurred to him that he hadn't spoken to Virgil Flowers. He'd probably taken the day off, and knowing Flowers, he'd done it in a boat. The thing about Flowers was, in Lucas's humble opinion, you could send him out for a loaf of bread and he'd find an illegal bread cartel smuggling in heroin-saturated wheat from Afghanistan. Either that, or he'd be fishing in a muskie tournament, on government time. You had to keep an eye on him.” 6 likes
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