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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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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
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
Apr 13, 2017 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading through the whole, "Prey," series. Chosen Prey, is not Sandford at his best. There is an excellent interview with the author on the audio version worth a listen. 6 of 10 stars
Feb 22, 2017 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starts out with real promise but then kind of just putters through. Missing the elements that made earlier books captivating.
Two-haiku review:

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

Lucas and Weather
Together, thinking babies.
Seems like about time.
Kathy Davie
Jan 17, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Twelfth in the Lucas Davenport thriller series and revolving around an unorthodox cop in Minneapolis. It's been a year since Easy Prey , 11.

My Take
What I like about this series is that it's standard mystery/thriller reading, but Sandford's characters come out so real. That encounter between Lucas and Jeff Baxter was great. They could be talking about golf or tennis, but they're batting around ideas for a deal for a scumbag that Baxter is representing. There are the political issues when Rose Ma
aPriL does feral sometimes

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


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
Dec 31, 2008 Mellissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Brent Soderstrum
Apr 20, 2015 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 12 of Sandford's Lucas Davenport series.

This book explores the demented mind of Professor James Qatar who is an art history professor at a small college in Minnesota. Qatar has a weird way of expressing his artistic side. He draws erotic photos of women...and then he kills them. As he has moved throughout the Midwest the bodies are left in his wake.

Davenport and his support team are called to find the killer. Added to the team is an older police officer from Wisconsin who has let the hunt f
Apr 24, 2012 Monnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 09, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 17, 2012 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Donna Siebold
We meet James Qatar early in this story and learn that he is a killer. How he has managed to remain undetected for lo these many years is a bit of a puzzle, because quite frankly, he is a creep. Nonetheless he slides under the radar for quite a long while.

Eventually, though, he makes a mistake and his crimes come under the purview of Lucas Davenport. By now we all know, his days are numbered. Indeed, with the help of a Wisconsin law enforcement officer, James is identified as the suspect. Unfort
William Howle
Apr 05, 2017 William Howle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like Sanford's books. The criminal is introduced early in his books and then you follow along as his main character, Lucas Davenport, tries to catch the criminal. Most of the criminals are killers and they never come to trial. The books are set in Minnesota and Wisconsin and since both states don't have the death penalty, justice is usually administered in another way. This apparently gets the ACLU in a twist.
John Culuris
There is one drawback to being a master of your craft, of having the ability to create fascinating characters and situations, and build suspense, and make the routine seem interesting. What happens when you don’t carry it all the way through to the conclusion of the book? What happens when the last fifty pages read as if they’d been plotted by someone else? Those superior skills turn against you. Disappointment is magnified because enhanced expectations are not met.

There are two major problems w
Mar 07, 2015 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
found this at a bus stop. i was almost finished with what i was reading at the time and as i did not have anything lined up for my next book i decided to try it. generally i avoid jumping into the middle of a series, especially a long-running one like this (didn't find out until i was half way through that this was number TWELVE O.o). i have stalled out on a number of series due to difficulties finding the next installment (book 2 of stephen hunter's bob lee swagger universe and book 5 of the GR ...more
Feb 09, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#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
The bad guy in this 12th Prey book, is James Qatar, an art history professor and a repressed (although mild looking) psycho killer. He strangles his victims because that’s the only thing that pleasures him. At first a body of a young woman is discovered in a remote area, and the case is assigned to the local homicide team but when this site is suspected to be a graveyard where more murder victims are buried, Lucas Davenport and his team are tasked to find this serial killer. The investigation is ...more
Jan 03, 2017 Megha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finish this book about a serial killer and then for some moronic reason I watch HBO's autopsy I suppose 8th episode... it's exactly the same case... a guy killing 15 year old girls but in the book the guy was killing blondes.. the book had Lucas and the autopsy case had Baden and others...

Now about the book.. it was quite interesting.. series killer and Lucas is always a good combination. In this Kidd is introduced. The first I knew about Kidd was in silken prey.. now I can start on Kidd boo
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
Bruce Snell
Jul 23, 2011 Bruce Snell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Darren Douglas
Jan 11, 2017 Darren Douglas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the let down of the previous book, this has got to be the best in the series so far. At times it felt like a noir novel, with great characterization, and wonderful humour. So far this is my favourite in the prey series, had everything, wit, tone, strong antagonist, and a driving plot which kept me enthralled to the very end.

Good stuff Mr Sandford.

Oct 22, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is another Lucas Davenport mystery/thriller set in Minneapolis in which the police have to track down a serial killer nicknamed the Gravedigger. The book identifies the perpetrator early in the plot, but the fast paced story shows what he does and how he is being tracked down. Definitely a "guy" type of book (see snappy dialogue), but enjoyable for all.
Jan 05, 2017 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy how Sandford starts many of the Prey novels with the killer's perspective. So its not necessarily who did it, it's a how long can they get away with it? Qutar is the usual narcissistic serial killer, who will eventually be caught by the differently narcissistic Davenport. Although I like Weather, she's taking a gamble on Davenport. He needs to step up his game to deserve her.
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.
My name is Qatar. I have never been to the Middle East. You should not be reading this book.
Carol Jean
Oct 26, 2013 Carol Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm starting to understand what a heroin addict feels like....
Robin Atkins
May 28, 2017 Robin Atkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chosen Prey is #12 in the Lucas Davenport series. I just started the Prey series a couple of years ago and have been slowly reading my way through it. Taking my time and enjoying each one.

Lucas and his team are trying to catch a killer. A nasty bug and while this book takes you to a surprising end in a couple of ways - it leaves you wanting more.

Chosen Prey has a pretty bad joke, but the joke will keep coming back at you and you will wonder why you think it is funny. Be on look out for the monk
Jeff Dickison
Oct 30, 2016 Jeff Dickison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good Lucas Davenport entry as he and his cohorts track down a serial killer of blondes. At the home front he is trying to impregnate Weather and is thinking of marriage. And his career with the Minneapolis Police Dept. seems to be coming to an end. Good plotting, exciting action, well done. Recommended.
Nick Stika
Mar 10, 2017 Nick Stika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Going to do something I don't normally do, read back to back books in a series. I really want to know what happens in Lucas Davenport's world. Every time I read a Sanford, the more I like him. Great book!
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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
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