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Shadow Prey (Lucas Davenport #2)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  15,263 Ratings  ·  498 Reviews
The #1 New York Times bestselling series. Lucas Davenport goes on a city-to-city search for a bizarre ritualistic killer.

A slumlord and a welfare supervisor butchered in Minneapolis . . . a rising political star executed in Manhattan . . . an influential judge taken in Oklahoma City . . . All the homicides have the same grisly method — the victim's throat is slashed with a
Paperback, Re-issue Edition, 342 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Berkley (first published June 28th 1990)
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3.5 stars for a solid mystery read

I just finished the second book of the Lucas Davenport series. While it was a good read, I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book. I have seen some reviews that tag this as being one of the weaker books in the series.

Shadow Prey starts out with a flashback to past crimes committed by a man who has moved into a powerful position in the FBI, and it is apparent that this is going to be a story of revenge. The victims of these crimes were Native American female
Two aging radical Sioux named Sam and Aaron Crow have planned a murderous terror campaign in which they’ve sent their followers to several locations across the country to kill various government officials and other people they consider enemies of Native Americans. When throats start getting cut from Minnesota to New York, Lucas Davenport and the other Minneapolis cops find themselves in the middle of a national crisis.

While John Sandford greatly expanded the scale from the first book to the seco
Apr 19, 2013 Luan rated it liked it

I've read this book before. In fact, I've read many of the books in this series and I don't remember them being quite There, I said it. At first while I was listening to this I was appalled thinking, "and I wrote that I was really liking this series. I told people Sandford was writing a police procedural book that was fun too." Yikes.

This second book reads like a primer for how to have an affair.

Our hero, Lucas Davenport, feels a little bad about his behavior, but as he
Sep 06, 2016 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, audiobook

Not as enjoyable as the first one in the series, the main antagonist here just isn’t as compelling as the first outing. The main character is still a massive ass and that is what makes this series stand out for me; where the drunk/loner cop routine has been done to death it’s not often I read about a cop who is sober, a game creator, rich and openly a dick and doesn’t apologise for it.

This book concentrates around the Native American (or whatever the PC term is, forgive me I’m not au faux
Oct 01, 2016 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
Sandford's writing has gained assurance in this, his second novel. The pacing is mostly very good, at least in the first half, and the main characters are well-developed. There is a superb action scene about half-way through, followed by more detective work and a romance that could have been good. The ending is satisfying, but perhaps a bit too-familiar (although avoiding cliché).

The strongest and most poignant aspect of the book is the plight of native Americans today, and in the past.
Oct 23, 2015 Obsidian rated it did not like it
Shelves: buddy-read
Book two starts off at least a year or so after the events in book one. Lucas and his sometimes girlfriend (when he's not looking for other women to sleep with) had a daughter together. Lucas still does something for the police department. It absolutely makes no sense that he kind of drifts around and is called in to help with cases. Lucas is called in once again when it appears that Native Americans are murdering those in the local community that have done them wrong. When a rising politician i ...more
Janie Johnson
Feb 22, 2016 Janie Johnson added it
Shelves: 2016
I had to DNF this book because I just could not get into. There are several reasons why. One I just can't connect to the protagonist, Lucas Davenport. He has an attitude of nonchalance it seems, like his sh*t don't stink, he is a player, and he is as much of a criminal as the criminals are.

Also I don't enjoy that there really is not any mystery to the book. You see the crimes happen, but you already know who the culprit is. I want a mystery that holds mystery, and I get to help solve it. I just
May 30, 2013 Patricia rated it really liked it
I've finished book 2 of the Prey series...and I'm so tickled that there are a LOT more for me to read. I'm learning that these books are not for the faint of heart, sometimes the violence and language are pretty rough, but written in such a way that I'm riveted to the page (or I guess I should say to the screen of my Kindle!) I'm immediately headed into Book 3 - Eyes of Prey.
Feb 18, 2009 Steven rated it it was amazing
The debut book in John Sandford's Lucas Davenport series, Rules of Prey, was expertly done but still really just a high grade Thomas Harris knockoff with all the expected trimmings: ingeniously loopy serial killer, obsessed and messed-up detective hero, twisty plot full of investigative arcana. The follow-up, Shadow Prey, was something entirely different. Sandford, a former newspaper reporter, used his knowledge of the Indian population in and around Minneapolis to create a villain (or villains) ...more
Oct 25, 2013 Derek rated it liked it
The second book in the Lucas Davenport series is a little bit of a letdown from the first book, RULES OF PREY. This is not to say it isn't a good book, because it is. Unfortunately, its just not as good as RULES OF PREY was.

Most of the blame falls on the romantic subplot, which just isn't very compelling, and relies heavily on Davenport's apparent ability to have every woman in the world fall in love with him. It's just not all that convincing, and I found it distracting.

The A-plot of the book
I started reading this series as a buddy read and from all of the great reviews, I thought it was right up my alley, however, I just can't connect with the main character. He is an intelegent, womanizing, adulterous cad. The story was okay but tedious and I found myself loosing attention. The ending was exciting but not satisfying. I've been told Lucas becomes more interesting and not so demeaning in the next books, I'm just not sure I'm going to continue.
Feb 12, 2009 Mappi rated it really liked it
Overall - 4/5 : Gripping

Plot - 4/5 : A web of characters. 2 Indian cousins, who cal themselves The Crows, along with their assosiates goes out to kill famous and politically important persons, to take revenge on the cruelty done to their community and at the sametime, their own blood Shadow Love has something else in mind. Lucas has to track down these Crows as well as tackle the malevolent Shadow Love.

Writting - 4/5 : Finely woven

Hero - 4/5 : Lucas Davenport. Moving strong

Villan - 3/5 : The Cro
Jan 07, 2010 Michãel rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
I was disappointed with this one because I loved the first one. In this one, the author gives more description of the main character, Davenport, which totally conflicted with the image I had built of him. Plus Davenport wasn't as suave in this novel-- he cursed way more than I remembered from the first one and he spent half the book trying to get another character into bed (there was much philandering in the first one but it was more like women just fell in with him-- not that he connived it). I ...more
Mar 09, 2014 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I liked this one for the most part. The main character, Lucas Davenport, progressed as a main character. That is always greatly appreciated in a series, since the main character is usually stagnant....continually stuck in the same ol' some ol'. The new character introductions were done well.

I did NOT like his love interest, Jennifer. In book one, she announces that she purposely got pregnant by him without letting him know. So now in book two, she refuses to marry him and lets him know she is go
Oct 26, 2015 Ami marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
DNF-ed somewhere along 40%

I'm skipping this one -- first, I wasn't that interested with the case. I didn't like it if the 'villains' were revealed early as well as their motivations. At least in the first book, Sandford kept the maddog's identity until a bit later.

Then I was really annoyed with the whole thing with Lucas and Lily. Do we really need that? Seriously. It wasn't the (view spoiler)
Sep 01, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I really enjoy that Lucas Davenport is a complex character. We the readers can't help but root for him and find him intriguing, but he's also seriously flawed. By "seriously flawed," I mean kind of messed up and he knows it, for real, not in some angsty way that's supposed to be appealing in a romance. Unlike many series, Lucas begins his banged around, and becomes more interesting as he deals with it, rather than is typical in most series, in which the protagonists swashbuckle for a while and t ...more
Dec 24, 2014 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-modern
The author, himself, categorises this as a thriller but I have shelved it under crime - as there is quite a bit of crime in this book. The lines between good and evil are also really blurred which adds an extra dimension to the story. I do like Lucas, though, which is probably why this book works. I turn each page hoping for a mention of Iowa GO Hawks and I am not normally disappointed Highly recommended.
Apr 17, 2014 Charles rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
This is the first Sandford book I've read. It was quick paced and held my interest. It's a straightforward thriller with no supernatural elements. The main character is a police detective named Lucas Davenport. I didn't much like him at the beginning but he grew on me over the book. I still don't find him all that much of a hero I could root for, but he's probably pretty realistic. I'd say 3 and 1/2 stars.
May 22, 2013 David rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on

I did not complete this novel. It may have improved after the first 90 pages, but I couldn't wade through it.

I read the first of the Prey novels sometime back and remember liking the lead character...

Here are some reasons why I did not like what I was reading:

1) With very few exceptions I don't like novels which switch back and forth between villain and good guy. I want to know pretty much what the detective knows.. with few exceptions. The Columbo mystery television series worked beca
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"With a single powerful slash, Leo cut Ray Cuervo's throat from ear to ear."

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! And that's only Chapter One!

It doesn't stop! Relentless fast action from the first page to the last, yet enough personal exposition to get an understanding of the characters, perfect mixing of private home life with the investigation, the pacing is so good it's unnoticeable, emotional temperature is spot on, graphic sex, affairs, violence, shooting, explosions!

Lucas Davenport begins his second in th
Lee Kyle
Feb 02, 2012 Lee Kyle rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No-one sorry!
Recommended to Lee by:
Ok after reading the first book in Sandford's Lucas Davenport 'Prey' series 'Rules Of The Prey" I was actually loooking forward to reading the next instalment. However when starting this book, i read the opening segment and found out Sandofrd has actually meant for this book to be a political statement on the treatment on North American indians. That alone should've sent up enough red flags in my mind not to continue. I started reading on anyhow, willing to give the benefit of the doubt to the b ...more
In the forward to this book the author wrote that this is nothing like the first draft of the book. His first draft was a political commentary and his editor asked for a re-write and he changed it to a thriller. The book was about Native Americans getting revenge on public officials who had treated them unjustly. Usually when I read thrillers I find it so easy to root against the bad guys but in this one that was not the case. The Crows, The family that was out for revenge, recruits some friend ...more
Contrary to when I read this book in the nineties, I find it less riveting. My taste in thrillers and detectives stories has clearly evolved. This is one of the early Lucas Davenport stories (2nd Prey book), and maybe these books haven’t aged so well for a reader like me? Nowadays, I prefer the emphasis on police procedural, cleverness of writing & engaging protagonists, and not a thriller based on senseless violence.
I’m also quite irritated with Lucas wanting to seduce and sleep with every
Terri Lynn
Nov 02, 2015 Terri Lynn rated it did not like it
I have read the later Sandford novels about Lucas Davenport and thought I would go back and read the earlier ones. I don't like the character much though I like his daughter Lexie in later books and prefer the associated character Virgil Flowers 100% more but I tolerate Lucas for the sake of good stories. Unfortunately the story part is missing here. At this point in the series, he hasn't gone on to be in the state police, hasn't met and married Summer, and hasn't met and adopted Lexie. He is, t ...more


This is so bad I can't believe Sandford wrote it. I've loved many other Daveport books but was never able to get into this one despite 3 tries, each one lasting not more than 2 chapters before I gave up. This final time - my 4th try - I lasted right up to 5 chapters then abandoned it in disgust. I think it was just the whole Native American theme which has never interested me, but aside from that, I found the book horribly boring.

Oct 11, 2012 Connie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was very fast paced and everything made sense from beginning to end. There was not much talk about Lucas and his game playing in this one because there was so much going on with the Indians in this story.

This book didn't really go over the past book at all. It assumed you remembered what happened in the first one so didn't spend half the book telling you the past. I like that about this book. It had a story and it was told in chronological order.

I would class this one in
Jul 05, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
This is the second in the Lucas Davenport series. He's searching a killer who uses a knife to cut the throat of people in high places. It ends up involving the Indian community that he doesn't have many contacts with. Pretty gruesome. He is still trying to maintain his relationship with Jennifer and their daughter but continues to play the field. He loves women and he loves sex but he also likes to hang out with them and form a relationship rather than one nighters. Lucas really gets beat up in ...more
Dec 21, 2008 Caroline rated it liked it
Another good beach read. I love how male writers make their fictional selfs so virle and manly and irresitible to women. (I.E. Stone Barrington/Alex Delware, etc). Lucas might of gone around waving his penis around - it would of been more believable. It goes in the same vein that woman writers make their female fictional selves that much more witty and urbane. Anyways, I'd read some more of the books on a cold winter day but I would never buy one of them.
Oct 03, 2014 Robin rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, library, 2014
I was excited to finally have the chance to delve into the world of Lucas Davenport again. As with the first in the series, the pacing was strong and the characters were compelling. This one was particularly interesting with respect to how the concept of "good" and "bad" is not nearly as clear cut as it often can be. There was a lot of grey here on all sides. Davenport continues to be a fascinating protagonist, and I am left wanting more.
Jul 09, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it
Got a little side tracked in finishing this book...but had some time this past week to wrap it up and I'm glad I did. I really enjoy the main character Lucas in these series and I really enjoy the way Sandford writes. He breaks down the scenes perfectly as they are unfolding from each characters point of view as if I were watching it on TV. I'm really turning into the "mystery/suspense" kind of reader....I'm a junkie for that "what's going to happen next" scenario.
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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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