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Chosen Prey (Lucas Davenport #12)

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When a spring thaw disinters the body of a young woman who's been missing for over a year, Minneapolis detective Lucas Davenport doesn't have much to go on except the victim's rumored connection with an unnamed man, who may be an artist and also, perhaps, a priest. But then the deserted property where her body was discovered turns out to be a killing field
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Published May 7th 2001 by Penguin Audio (first published January 1st 2001)
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Kemper
A long Minnesota winter has left Lucas Davenport in one of his funks, but fortunately there’s a hunt for a new serial killer to put a spring in his step and a song in his heart.

James Qatar is an art history professor who likes luring lonely women into romances and then strangling them. His other hobby is doing explicit pornographic drawings of females he’s angry with and sending them the pictures anonymously or posting them in a public place. So Qatar is a real peach of a guy.

A recently discover
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James Thane
The twelfth entry in John Sandford's acclaimed Prey series finds the world of the protagonist, Lucas Davenport, undergoing some major changes. His boss, Police Chief Rose Marie Roux, is about to lose her job since the mayor who appointed her is leaving office. This means, in turn, that Davenport will almost certainly lose his job as Assistant Chief as well.

At the same time, Lucas's girlfriend, Weather Karkinnen, has decided that it's time for them to make a baby. Weather has been alienated from
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aPriL eVoLvEs (ex-Groot)

“All extremes of feeling are allied with madness.”
― Virginia Woolf, Orlando

Obsession.

James Qatar is obsessed with small-town blond young women. But not because how they sparkle with life. Rather, it's how they look while dying being strangled by his favorite rope. As an art history professor and an intellectual, he has always been drawn to the beautiful deaths of asphyxiating women. Many many women.

Blond Ellen Barstad is obsessed with sexual adventure. She thinks she has found the perfect teache
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Monnie
This is another of the better books in John Sanford's "Prey" series (they're all good, so I suppose my differentiation is mostly because the characters in some grab me more than in others). But I do love it when the bad guy or gal - in this case a serial killer - is revealed to the reader up front. A big part of the thrill of the read, then, is how and when the identity will be known by the "hero" as well - in this case, Minneapolis Deputy Chief Lucas Davenport. Needless to say, there are zigs a ...more
Mellissa
It has been two years since I read the previous book in the Prey series, but this was like hanging out with an old friend you haven't seen for a while - you fall back into old patterns like it was just yesterday. Another fast-paced search for a killer, another chilling glimpse into the killer's mind. I love the camaraderie between Davenport and his colleagues and chuckled out loud on many occasions.

But the final sentence is a major cliffhanger! I do have the next book in the series on my booksh
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Dee
Two-haiku review:

Mind of a killer,
Strangling, burying small blondes
Over many years.

Lucas and Weather
Together, thinking babies.
Seems like about time.
Ed
#12 in the Lucas Davenport series. I give this average entry a 3-1/2 star rating - so round down to 3 stars if you are not a Lucas Davenport fan. I'll round up to 4 stars because even an average entry in this series provides superior entertainment. The killer, this time around, is drawn to young blondes. Only one is given much attention in the book and, as it turns out, she is certainly not typical prey.
With a new mayor on the horizon, Lucas and the police chief are both likely to be out of a j
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Bruce Snell
This is the 12th in John Sandford's Prey series, and once again Lucas Davenport has a serial killer to catch. This is a good procedural in showing the day to day grunt work that goes into solving a crime of this sort. I read one review that complained that the end was obvious half way thru the story, and it was, but I think that was intentional. The end was just as obvious to Davenport as to the readers, and letting us in on the secret just showed that knowing the end does not mean we can do any ...more
Richard
This is another is the seemingly endless series of detective novels about Minnesota detective Lucas Davenport that features a villain who is a psychopathic serial killer who preys on women. One might believe that all the psychos in the country live in Minnesota. Perhaps I have read too many of the author's novels, but this is getting stale. I believe there are other kinds of criminals to be written about, and stories about tracking and capturing them might be interesting.

I like a detective hero
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Paula Dembeck
Number 12 in the ongoing Prey Series.

This hunt for a serial killer is one that reminds us all that some of the nastiest killers are wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing. James Qatar has a credible veneer as an art history professor at St Patrick’s University and as a writer with a publishing record. He is also a thief and a killer. He loves good clothes (cashmere, fine tailored suits and driving gloves) and good wine and when he has the cash, he loves to shop at SAKS and Neiman Marcus. He also lik
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Jim
Another great detective story by John Sandford. This story has the Assistant Chief of Police Lucas Davenport trying to figure out what and to who are strange murders happening. Obviously a mass murderer but who and why as each murder scene is totally cleaned by the criminal. Watching and experiencing the clue seeking and detective work of Lucas are spell binding and just plain hard to put down detective whodunit mystery work. I have come to really enjoy all of Sandford's writings. A must read.
Dana
This time the serial killer is art history professor James Qatar. He is fixated on young blondes.

This is a great Prey book. The reader knows the killer and gets to watch as Lucas Davenport and his team stumble their way through the clues.

Davenport is back with Weather and a marriage is being planned and maybe even a child. Davenport seems to have settled down somewhat and even grown up a bit.

Loved the book and the development of the characters
Sandi
Usually I try to avoid books with serial killer plots but this series has always been the exception. For whatever reason I always enjoy reading about Lucas and his cohorts. This entry hints at some big changes both professionally and personally for Lucas which makes me eager to read the next book in the series. Listened to the audio which was read by Richard Ferrone.
Zygmunt
My name is Qatar. I have never been to the Middle East. You should not be reading this book.
Jrowe
I like these books (the Prey books). This is the 5th one I've read. It was not my favorite in the series, but it was still entertaining. There were drugs being abused that I had never heard of, and the combinations of drugs ingested by one character didn't seem realistic. By this I mean, it seemed like he would have overdosed many times, but that was not even mentioned as a concern in the book. I never guessed the identity of the murderer and was a bit surprised at the end. However, it didn't le ...more
Erica
*** Contains some spoilers!

Let me preface this by saying, I enjoy John Sandford novels. Some are better than others, but they are still fun reads. Chosen Prey was an extremely fun novel. It begins with an Art History Professor who has a lust for killing. Sprinkle it with some snail mailed bizarre art work. Add some new characters who you hope stay around for another book, but you know deep down that they are doomed to die. Finally get Lucas in his Porsche speeding to crime scene after crime scen
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Carol Jean
I'm starting to understand what a heroin addict feels like....
Stuart Langridge

SUMMARY:
Lucas Davenport is called in to investigate a series of murders linked to Internet pornography. The mixture of ferocious intelligence and madness which he faces means that the deaths must continue, that the chosen prey must be stalked.
SUMMARY:
Lucas Davenport is called in to investigate a series of murders linked to Internet pornography. The mixture of ferocious intelligence and madness which he faces means that the deaths must continue, that the chosen prey must be stalked.

Lena Petlik
Couldn’t hold a candle to the previous Prey books

I read the first eleven books and regard myself as a Prey Series fan. All of them are very well written with intelligent plots constructed around rich characters, which made me enjoy the reading and kept me interested throughout the page-turning, riveting and surprising stories. In all previous books both Davenport and the killer enthralled me: the detective’s line of thoughts, the way he undertakes the chases, the turns in the events, the suspens
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Jane
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Kristin
Alas, we went back to the format of knowing what the psychotic killer is thinking and doing since book #11. And yes, the guy is a scumbag of the worst kind. Not even a bad buy the reader can emphasize with. You want him caught, and you want him caught now.


The downside to Chosen Prey is our killer seems to be one step ahead of the police. I've noticed this pattern in previous books: something alerts the killer by accident that the police might be looking for him, the murderer does a few things t
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Joe
Here we go again. This one has my favorite ending yet. The often present suspicion hanging around Lucas at the end of a case, is masterfully handled. While Lucas is assuaging his conscience, his peers hold the hush, information leaks strategically to the press, and politicians praise the department for the way the case was handled although everybody knows something wasn't quite right.
Mission accomplished. Justice served.

Once again... beautiful.

Think about it. Sandford doesn't start out with anyt
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Deb
Oooh! I liked this one. I especially liked it because some of the storyline took place in my old stompin' grounds and alma mater.... U.W. Stout in Menomonie, WI. But really, this was a good thriller. It was my first taste of John Sanford and I was not disappointed. All I'm going to say about the story itself (as I don't want to accidentally spoil it for future readers) is that James Qatar is a sick, sick man. Yikes! I am definitely going to keep my eyes open of more of Sanford's writing. Thanks ...more
Pam
Sandford, John
Chosen Prey
Crime Fiction/2001/Putnam-Berkley/383 pgs
#12 in the Prey/Lucas Davenport series
Late 1990's/Early 2000's / Minneapolis, MN
Lucas Davenport; detective/investigator
1st Lines: James Qatar dropped his feet over the edge of the bed & rubbed the back of his neck, a momentary veil of depression falling upon him.
Comments: Aaaahhhhh... nice to be back w/ the Prey series. Never stopped liking it, just so many books, so little time and trying to make way for new authors. Darn to
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Hyderali Shaikh
Totally Compelling & Engrossing!!

I'm glad that I pick this book from library which is my first of John Sandford. You'll never be disappointed. The characters, story, plot & everything in this book is totally fantastic. Though, I was little bored in the middle but you can blame that on me because when I read books on empty stomach I feel boring.

It is a cat & mouse game which you'll loved. Our antagonist is regular guy like us who kills women to fulfill his hunger. The protagonist --
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Dotti Elrick
This is the John Sanford that I love. After the last book, Easy Prey, I was hesitant to start this one. This was what I was expecting. It was well written, fast paced and full of great characters.
Deputy Chief Lucas Davenport and his crew work what turns out to be a very prolific serial killer. James Qatar is a history professor with a passion for petite blondes. He photographs them without their knowledge manipulates them with photoshop, until they are distorted pornography. He sends the "drawin
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Merla
I enjoy the Prey series, but after reading several of them, it is too easy to figure out the ending long before I get there. Because of this, I lose my interest. Sandfords' villains are always dark, deeply disturbed and utterly frightening. But if my only interest was the sicko villain, I would read Koontz whose stories always keep me riveted. I believe I will take a break from the Sandford series for awhile.
Carla
I started to rate this a 4, but I quickly thought about the part when the investigator should have picked up on who the killer likely was when the killer's mom (who happens be be considered a major link to the killer) tells him that she has a son who teaches at the same school where another prof had just been found dead. WHAT? Good grief, this Davenport is supposed to be a smart guy, and he's just heard the main lead say this..and thinks of nothing? How did Davenport get to be so smart, if he mi ...more
Theshrewedshrew
I don't like Winter. (*nuff said)

I listened to John Sanford's talk about this book a few days ago, and his process. I completely agree, if you want to critique a book, read it over and over, and figure out how they did what they did. I read this book with this in mind and was surprised to see its a pretty common layout to his styles.

Here is my problem though. He makes an observation that Lucas looks like a sexual preadtor with a number of women racking up as the books number increases. So its t
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Stephen
Fans of John Sandford's " Prey" series often have tried to read them in order but I have found it is not really necessary. Once you become familiar with detective Lucas Davenport , going back and forth in the series is not that difficult. Each story stands on it's own , it's only Lucas' life that truly moves forward. And once you are familiar with his best buddy, Del and his wife to be, surgeon Weather, you can always put the rest together.
I like the series and have found the 5 that I have read
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