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Shadow Prey (Lucas Davenport #2)

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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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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

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
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
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
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 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
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)
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.
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
Terri Lynn
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
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.
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.
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
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

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
aPriL does feral sometimes
"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
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
Lee Kyle
Feb 02, 2012 Lee Kyle rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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
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
There were many things that did not feel right to me. All would be spoiler in nature except our good guys were not very good in this novel.
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.
Simona Stoica
A short take:

As my three-star rating suggests, I liked this book--mostly. I appreciated many of the individual elements in this book--Davenport going through a tough time, the Indian elders playing a long game to exact their revenge against a truly despicable person, a New York cop learning that Minneapolis police are more competent than she might have thought--but, collectively, the story they made didn't hum like some of Sandford's other work has for me. I finished this book feeling unsatisfie
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Wayne Zurl
SHADOW PREY by John Sandford.....

You don’t often see Native Americans portrayed as a domestic terrorist group in a novel. But that’s what John Sandford did in this second book of the Lucas Davenport series.

The “Prey” novels are all thrillers in that we know exactly who did the ghastly murder, or more often murders, that Davenport and his team of investigators are trying to solve. In this case, the Crowe brothers, Aaron and Sam, Sioux Indians, have recruited a few other Native Americans to assas
Gareth Otton
Shadow Prey was something of a disappointment after the superior opening novel in this series.

In Shadow Prey, Lucas Davenport returns in order to catch an Indian killer who is on a mission of revenge against one of the most important people in the country. To help him on his case is a female cop who has been brought in from New York.

From the start this one is instantly less of an accomplished novel than its predecessor. It is considerably slower with far less interesting characters and for a l
3.5 stars. A bit of a disappointment from "Rules of Prey", the first book in Sandford's "Prey" series, but very good nonetheless. Lots of high profile murders done in a ritualistic way for revenge. Specific white men who had some level of power, who had either in the past or present taken advantage of, in both small and large ways, American Indians. The main/final target was a man who started out in a southwest police department and works his way up to head of the FBI. His crimes - rape of India ...more
Kathy Davie
Second in the Lucas Davenport thriller series set in Minneapolis and revolving around Lucas Davenport.

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This one is so disgusting. It makes me so angry that cops would abuse their power like this. It’s bad enough that any man would do this to a young girl, but for cops…it’s just worse…arghhhh! Even more infuriating, if that is at all possible, is that the police dispatcher announces the location of victims for other cops to abuse. There are no words for how angry this makes me.

It’s almost
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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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