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Easy Prey
John Sandford
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Easy Prey (Lucas Davenport #11)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  8,880 ratings  ·  264 reviews
Kriminalroman. Supermodellen Alie'e Maison findes kvalt efter et selskab, hvor sex og stoffer har været det væsentlige, og en anden person findes dræbt ved slag. Lucas Davenport har flere mistænkte, bl.a. en af hans egne mænd, som deltog i selskabet.
[paperback]., 345 pages
Published May 4th 2000 by Headline (first published April 1st 2000)
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A supermodel is found strangled at a wild house party and her death is guaranteed to create media frenzy. There are also two other factors complicating Lucas Davenport’s investigation. The first is when another body is found is found in a closet at the house, and the second is that one of his cops, an undercover narcotics officer, was also at the party. Lucas will have to put a little overtime in on this one.

With a house full of drugged up fashion industry people there when the model was killed,
James Thane
Minnesota native Sharon Olson has blossomed into supermodel Alie'e Maison, and she now returns to Minneapolis for a very sexy photo shoot. Following a hard day's work, she spends a hard night partying at the home of a wealthy socialite. Alie'e shoots a little heroin, enjoys some playful sex with two other women, and then suddenly turns up choked to death. When the cops arrive, they discover yet another woman who has been killed and stuffed into a closet. Things are going to get very dicey in a b ...more
Kathy Davie
Eleventh in the Lucas Davenport thriller series and revolving around a cop who will do what he must to get the right bad guy. This is set in Minnesota.

My Take
It's plain old police work on this, but Sandford spiffs it up with all the oddities: the drugs, the relationships between all the partiers, Lucas' relationships with new and old girlfriends, and all the manipulating they had to do to keep the press off their backs. Sandford certainly pulled me in easy with this beginning, and it turned out
Dotti Elrick
Alie'e (Ah-lee-ah) is a young up and coming model. The new hottest thing in the fashion industry. When she is found murdered at an after shoot party, it is sure to become a media frenzy. Deputy Chief Lucas Davenport is called in to help control the situation and hopefully wrap it up quickly. When a second body falls out of a closet Lucas knows this is not going to happen. It doesn't take long to figure out that drugs play a role in both deaths. Lots of bodies are found over the course of the inv ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes

Picture this: Dragnet starring Sean Connery with Bob Hope's writers punching up the dialogue. The last 100 pages have made John Sandford my number one mystery genre recommendation.

"You ever tried phone sex?" She asked.
"Tried once, but it doesn't work. I feel like a silly jerkoff."
"That's sort of inevitable," she said.
"On the other hand, I'm good at giving it. I wouldn't want to use the word brilliant, but then, I'm a modest kind of guy."
"Really? That's interesting," she said. "I mea
Lucas Davenport is a busy, busy deputy chief these days. A supermodel is found dead at a party, another woman dead in a closet. High fashion, drugs and all that comes with that life makes this one quick read. Just enough twists to keep it interesting, after that ending I'm glad I own this series and don't have to wait for it to be released.
Narrator: Richard Ferrone

This was a mess and not even an exciting mess. It felt as if Sandford threw in a bunch of weirdos with Old Testament names, added lots of red herrings, his now-annoying love life, his entire police department and regurgitated the lot.

I couldn't follow it even though it's just a simple whodunit. Listening to this was like trying to see where the buckshot went - EVERYWHERE! And the choice of killer was so lame as to be laughable. C'mon, af
Apr 19, 2015 Marleen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marleen by: Leuven Library
If I’m not mistaken, this is the first Prey I’ve read where the identity of the killer is truly unknown to the reader (and to Lucas Davenport) till the very end of the book. It’s a good thing too, as the reader is therefore spared the pages dedicated to the killer and his murdering acts. Each time a killing occurs, Davenport and teams from either Minneapolis or St. Paul police arrive after the facts.
It all starts with the murder of two women at a private (glitzy) party, where it is soon suspecte
Travis Starnes
While the last several installments of the prey series have been more action/thriller based this book swings the plot back towards the mystery side of the street. While previously we have known exactly who the bad guy was in Easy Prey, Sandford keeps that information not only hidden but completely obfuscated with a truck load of red herrings. Honestly I am torn between the two styles this series seems to jump between and each has their merits. I am not sure if that is all due to the structure of ...more
As may be evident from my previous reviews, I'm working my way through John Sanford's "Prey" series featuring Minneapolis Deputy Chief Lucas Davenport (I believe the total is 21 as of about a year ago, and a new one, Stolen Prey, is set for publication next month). It's fair to say I've loved them all so far; but this one, the 11th, a little less than the others. That's not to say it isn't good, because I enjoyed it. But that said, I finished it in less than two days more to get it behind me and ...more
An inexcusably lazy effort from Sandford. Here's perhaps a spoiler, the story's plot and character development get flushed down a toilet at the end.

It's a very mediocre book, I'm sorry I read it. While some authors grow in one's appreciation for their work over time, my experience with Sandford has been the opposite and I'll probably not read another of his works. I guess he gets well paid for putting enough words down to fill 400 pages or so, he doesn't seem to put much effort or creativity int
As much as I like John Sanford, he can at times be predictable, racist, (who isn't)? cruel, angry, vengeful and appear to derive pleasure of torture and its description. Such is the case in the Prey story. Unless you can’t get enough of the aforementioned, the only parts worth reading or listening to is the last quarter of this novel which actually manages to be creative, exciting and less repulsive. It’s too bad the story didn't start there instead. Because the ending saves this from being a co ...more
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Brent Soderstrum
This is the 11th installment of John Sandford's Lucas Davenport series.

There were things I really liked about this book and things that pulled it down. I will start out with the positive. I like mysteries and unlike many of the previous installments in this book the killer(s) were unknown till the end. I like trying to figure out who did it. With that said, I am not sure how anyone could have figured out who the killer(s) was/were since they were hardly prominent in the book till the end of the
An early Lucas Davenport has him chasing down the killer of a popular photographers model at a party as well as another guest. At the same time he is torn between an old college girlfriend his surgeon friend who seems to have forgiven him for problems in an earlier book and one of the women involved in the current case. Sandford always delivers a good read and as usual I enjoyed this one,
Paula Dembeck
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Charissa Wilkinson
Overview: Lucas has been called up to check out a murder of a high profile model. This call couldn’t have come at a better time. As it is, he is between a failed engagement, a former flame, and now one of the women from the party is easing her way into his bed. Who killed the model? And can Lucas solve the crimes before others from the party end up dead?

Likes: Elle is back. And she and Marcy tried to give Lucas good relationship advice.

Dislikes: Oh boy, Lucas didn’t seem like he could find a wom
Wayne Wells
hmmmm. not one of the best, actually closer to my leastfavorite. appears our writer wad trying some new wrinkles and they were ehhhhhhh ok. but I cant skip a book and they are fast paced and generally entertaining. never really bought into the story and introducing the killer near the endwas anticlimatic overall. wwells
3.5 stars. Pretty good mystery novel. It didn't end quite the way I was hoping, but I suppose it's good because it means I didn't figure out who the killers were as early as I thought I did. Sadly, the author absolutely fails to capture the setting adequately. I felt like the characters were from Miami or LA or Boston, not the twin cities or small-town Minnesota. They were too obsessed with appearance, fame, art, and vice; there were too many Catholics; and the religious nuts were the wrong type ...more
This one was meh. And I am relieved, I was starting to believe that Sandford can't do average. But, his average is still entertaining.

Villains were not so interesting this time, but Davenport's trouble with women were. Plus, the book ended with the most hilarious arrest I've ever read about.
This is the first John Sanford book I've read and of course my lovely library did not have earlier Lucas Davenport books. But I'm hooked. Like the protagonist, like the writing, like the plot twists. I'm going next to Virgil Flowers. Thanks Angela for the recommendation.
While I would not rank this entry up with the best books in the series (too much relationship angst) it was still well worth listening to since Richard Ferrone did his usual stellar job with the narration.
Lucas Davenport is called in when a super model is found murdered at a party. The body of another woman is found stuffed into a closet. As he investigates the bodies pile up as well as suspects. The case gets more intense when one of Lucas's partners is shot and severely wounded. He wants to find the person who killed these people badly and is determined to find them but to also protect one of the witnesses. This was a good story but it got a little complicated with too many suspects. It seems l ...more
Two-haiku review:

Famous model killed,
Plus another woman dead.
Who was real target?

Police are baffled.
Lucas has woman problems.
So what else is new?
Bruce Nordstrom
Jun 04, 2014 Bruce Nordstrom rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery/thriller fans.
Shelves: mystery
This is a hard word to give a straight review. The book is good/very good. The reading is great.

First of all the narration by Richard Ferrone is outstanding. He has a quality to his voice which is tough, earthy, sensative, and innocent. He rises effortlessly to any challenge the dialogue presents.

The book is good, exciting, and compelling. And way long. It could have been cut down twords the end, where it starts to read long. And the cops seem to spend too much time outsmarting the press, when y
I really do like the Lucas Davenport Series. However, I could also do with about 300 less "F" words. They are so absolutely unnecessary. The plot on this one was good. Lots of twists and turns. About three different plots that keep us guessing. Kinda fun having Lucas with about three women expressing interest in him and he them. If I remember, he decides fairly soon whom he is most interested in. I'd like to clean up the language and it really is a good story. I've had a crush on Lucas' voice, s ...more
i have really been enjoying the Lucas Davenport books but unfortunately I didn't find this one quite met my expectations. I suppose that is one of the risks of having a long running series of books with the same protagonist - there is always going to be a weaker one in the series. Hopefully, the next one will be better. Having read this book a fair bit after the first publishing date, the desctiptions of the 'new' technology are rather quaint and fun. Recommended to those Sandford fans in the no ...more
Marco den Ouden
This is the third Lucas Davenport novel I've read. The other two were fairly recent ones. This one dates from 2000. The book starts off well with a double murder during a party. One of the victims is a celebrity fashion model. The book moves at a quick pace for the first half as more murders occur. But the last half of the book drags, picking up a bit towards the end. The conclusion is less than satisfying.

And while author Sandford is not averse to throwing in salty language here and there, this
Kai Palchikoff
The past presents a harrowing case and an unsettling personal dilemma for Minneapolis Deputy Police Chief Lucas Davenport in this spellbinding new Prey novel, the twelfth in the series. Davenport knows it's no usual case when he's called to a white-stuccoed house after a chic party. For one thing the strangulation victim is Alie'e Maison, fashion model and media darling. For another, there's no shortage of suspects. Then -- just his luck -- the body of a second woman tumbles out of a closet . . ...more
A exciting read detective novel by John Sandford's prime character Lucas Davenport. A very fast moving action packed mystery that takes place in Minnesota. Lucas Davenport is the Assistant Chief of Police of the Minneapolis Police Department. Persons unknown go n a murder spree and the fun thing is you get to be with Lucas as he thinks out many of his actions as well as speaks to his peers and as he develops his leads. You find yourself with him as he sits back with eyes closed and runs everythi ...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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