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Sudden Prey (Lucas Davenport #8)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  11,005 ratings  ·  259 reviews
It begins with a death and ends with one. For months, Lucas Davenport's men have been tracking a vicious woman bank robber named Candy, and when they finally catch up with her, she does not go quietly. In the ensuing shoot-out, she dies – and Davenport's nightmare starts. For her associates are even worse than she was, particularly her husband, a deeply violent man who swe ...more
Published 2008 (first published January 1st 1996)
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Deputy Chief Lucas Davenport of the Minneapolis police has been tracking a couple of female suspects in a series of bank robberies. When Davenport’s team is waiting after their latest heist, the two women decide to go out in a blaze of glory and the cops oblige by killing them on the spot.

Davenport takes heat from the media and his boss for the shootings with some accusing him of baiting the robbers into a situation where they could legally be gunned down, but that’s the least of his problems. D
James Thane
This is another very good installment in John Sandford's Prey series, featuring Minneapolis police detective Lucas Davenport. As the book opens, Davenport's team takes down a crew that's been holding up credit unions. In the shootout, two women are killed--the wife and sister of a violent criminal named Dick LaChaise.

LaChaise is halfway through a nine-year prison term and is not thought to be a major flight risk. He's allowed to attend his wife's funeral with only one escort. As any reader will
aPriL does feral sometimes
Wickedly exciting! Wow! Do not start this unless you are prepared to lose a day and a night. Could. Not. Stop.

John Sandford, aka Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp, has accomplished writing a 390-page chase thriller which not only never lets up in relentless suspense, it also doesn't ever lose the tempo or break the spell! I'm still breathless.

Candy and Georgie LaChaise, and Duane Cale are going to rob another Credit Union. Sport killers, they are not about only the money. Lucas Davenp
Another book in the long-running Lucas Davenport series, this one breaks the mold established by several of the previous books. This time, Davenport isn't chasing a serial killer, but on the wrong end of a deadly vendetta. As usual, Sandford does a nice job of making his characters believable and giving them understandable motivations. It's nice to see Davenport coming up as a little less superhuman than usual, and there is some good suspense built up by the time the narrative resolves.

This seri
I’m so engrossed in the Lucas Davenport character for the moment, it’s practically like… an addiction. I immensely enjoy the dynamics (and the banter) between all the characters especially Davenport’s fellow Minneapolis police detectives. Lucas might be the deputy chief - that's just a title - he appreciates his colleagues as equals and he sees them for their capabilities as cops.

It’s actually Davenport’s team that is targeted in this 8th installment of the Prey books. At the beginning of the bo
Now, in defense of my review, this is colored by the fact that I accidentally read book #9 first so I knew what happened in very general terms. With that being said, I'm not sure why I kept reading this one. The criminals were dumb. The cops were dumb. The spouses/girlfriends were dumb. It was a plethora of collective dumbness. The only smart character in the book was the drug dealer who took his girl friend and left town completely.

I also found it hard to swallow the almost 180* about face the
Travis (Home of Reading)
In the 8th installment of the Prey series John Sandford has decided to kick things up a notch. Up till now Lucas Davenport has faced a cavalcade of psychopaths who have all had self-preservation at the top of their list. In this book however Davenport has to face off against criminals targeting cops for all out revenge and a do or die attitude.

So far the Prey series has really worked for me. The stories have all been connected enough that I can feel the thread between them but with plots and eve
A great addition to the series. Lucas Davenport has more incentive to use all of his skills at luring in the criminals now that it has become personal. A couple of bank robbers were shot and now their family members are looking to even the score.
I think that Sandford's plots are just "get the bad guy," and that works for me. I have never put down one of his titles and walked away, never to come back and finish it. He writes great escape entertainment fiction!
For me, picking up a new book in this series is like ordering a Big Mac. I always know exactly what I'm going to get, no surprises. And, although my expectations are never exceeded, I can't say that I'm ever disappointed, either. Sudden Prey is reasonably good fun. Sandford writes well and does an especially good job at creating a dark, suspenseful mood. There is lots of gun talk, the action is bloody, and the dialog profanity-laden. Ultimately, this is a detective story that's long on action an ...more
Brent Soderstrum
This is the 8th installment of the Lucas Davenport series from Sandford.

This is a book about revenge. The killers in this one begin their killing rampage as a result of a bank robbery gone bad. Lachaise is in prison when his wife and sister are killed by Davenport and his squad while they were robbing a bank. Lachaise goes to there funeral and escapes. He is joined by two minions, Butters and Martin, in his goal which is to hurt those who hurt him. He wants to kill a person who is close to every
International Cat Lady
Meh. I generally enjoy John Sandford, but this one was rather all over the place. Way too many points of view to keep straight. Plus it was only a "detective story" in the loosest possible interpretation: it was a story involving detectives. However, there wasn't any mystery to it at all; we knew who the bad guys were and what they were up to every step of the way. More of an action adventure story than anything else.
Deana M
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book. It started out slow and introduced so many characters at first that I didn't think I would be interested. About page 30, I started to get in to it. Lucas Davenport set up a sting to bring down 2 women that have been robbing banks in the Twin Cities area. The sting ended with both bank robbers dead. Lucas and his team are questioned about the incident, of whether they killed fairly or were gun-happy. Candy LaChaise is married to Dick LaChaise; at th ...more
Disclaimer #1 - I am reading them out of sequence and (view spoiler)

But my reasons for not loving it are fairly simple. There are no surprises, twists or real moments of suspense in the book.

The characters, their motivations and foibles are spelled out clearly. You know who the baddies are, you know who the morally questionable are. The only character who is regularly endangered is neither likeable nor important e
This journey is coming to an end. John Sandford also known as the Pulitzer Prize winning author John Camp, has written 36 mystery novels. Since this one is my 31st, my escape into this writer's fiction is nearing an end. Many of my friends limit themselves to biography, history or political reading and when I finish a mystery, a western or a Jimmy Buffet book I am refered to books on psychological testing. I simply love variety and have no compulsion about being entertained and that is what this ...more
David Peters
If you are going to put a arrow on the cover I expect to find some arrow related crimes in the book!!

I am currently working my way through the John Sandford back list and overall I am enjoying it. The books are quite fast paced and I am never bored. Being from Minnesota myself I like the local feel. That said I have to pace myself between these books in order to overlook the stretches of imagination. If any police officer had actually killed as many people in the line of duty as Davenport has, I
I stand corrected. This was an excellent thriller. The setup and characters actually seemed believable.
A tale of revenge. The most interesting thing about this installment is Weather's development and her (and our) growing understanding of what Lucas is. But, it will take another book or two before I can get an idea as to whether Sandford is going to take advantage of the groundwork he lays in this one. Or will this turn out like a bad 80s sitcom - where everything is neatly resolved in one installment and there's no carry over for the characters (like when Alex gets addicted to speed in Family T ...more
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Horace Clinard
The story itself was quite good, with lots of interesting twists and turns that made for great suspense. What diminished my reading pleasure was that I had difficulty keeping up with the quick, and often less than clear, transitions from one character hi or event to another in various ways that left me wondering if I'd missed something. I'd have to back up and re-read a few lines or paragraphs to try to figure out the who, what, where, etc of where I was when I started to feel confused. Most tim ...more
Kathy Davie
Eighth in the Lucas Davenport thriller series based in Minneapolis.

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Geez, the cops are screwed if they try to follow the rules, and they’re screwed if they try to save lives. They caught the bank robbers, shouldn’t that cut some slack?? Yeah, and then there’s the other side. The cops who’ll frame someone up to get them off the street. I was just reading a post on the domino effect, and oh boy, it’s goin’ on here in Sudden Prey what with Sandra terrified of both her brother-in-law and his p
"Shoulda bought me them Big Macs."
Now, if it had been me, I would have definitely taken Richard "Dick" LaChaise to MacDonald's. Not necessarily for the company, though.

This is what I would boldly label as a Damned Good Book. Logical, wonderfully-paced suspense, memorable characters (Del Capslock is legendary, in my book) - a really neat, exemplary thriller. Sandford manipulates his variables with scientific precision; take the sentence length, for instance: short, explosive sentences to mark a c
Lynn Demsky
I was just disappointed in this Sandford story -- just cops (and they appeared to be just bad cops in this tale) chasing worse criminals --- just blowing every body away --- showing how cops care more about themselves and their own then they do for the public they're hired to protect...didn't even like Lucas in this story and it was a l o n g book!
Pierced Librarian
Oct 09, 2014 Pierced Librarian rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes cops and fast crime
Recommended to Pierced Librarian by: ME!
Shelves: fiction
Davenport is in the sh*t again.

Two gals and a kid knock over another bank- getting killed in the process. The bank broads are sister-in-laws. LaChaise, their brother and husband respectively, gets out of jail for the funerals.

Then all h&ll blows loose.

LaChaise and a few nut-case cronies are" white-supremicist, the government is bad, we are patriots who kill for sport" kind of fellas. The kidnap a gal and then go gunning for the families of the cops.

In this Prey series there are in no partic
Sinthu murali
Eye for an eye,that's what this book is about when Lucas and his colleagues shot down two women for robbery ,the nightmare starts ,the husband of one women and brother of another escapes from police to find the people hurt them and takes revenge
he and his two friends shot the wife of an officer,husband of another one,and the third attempt is missed,this makes Lucas wary and scared enough to place his fiance ,ex lover ,his child in a hotel with high security
if only things gone as planned ,his
Top drawer thriller. This book starts with a bang and never lets up. I love the character of Lucas Davenport and this tale of revenge and retribution is my favorite in the series so far.
Heard this on CD. So far, the same reader has done all the "Prey" books that I've heard - he does an excellent job. This book (#8 in the series), the sixth one that I've read/heard, was excellent. In the beginning, two violent female bank robbers get killed by police in a shoot out and the rest of the book is the husband of one/brother of the other Dick LaChaise (and his small gang) trying to get even by killing the police officers' spouses and then going after the officers themselves - and of c ...more
Narrator: Richard Ferrone

4.5 stars. So far, the most riveting installment I've read (I have 17 more to go!) and the second half had my ears glued to my earpods.

While we know who the bad guys are from the start, we don't know who the bad cop is until late. One huge surprise for me towards the end but too much of a spoiler to say more except that I am both surprised and relieved for Lucas:)

I'll take a break and listen to an MM romance before starting on Secret Prey
Another great Lucas Davenport thriller. Lucas and his fellow police officers are called to stop a robbery at a credit union. The two female robbers are killed by the police when shots are fired. The brother of Candy LaChaise decides that an eye for an eye is called for and the husband of one of the police officers and the wives of the other officers are targeted. Lucas is trying to find the murderers before they can reach Weather but he is being outsmarted at every turn. This was a very good sto ...more
Excellent John Sandford novel. The Prey series has the leading character of Lucas Davenport. This is one of the early Prey books and Davenport is the Chief Of Police of the Minneapolis Police Department. During a robbery of a Savings and Loan the police have a gun fight with the two woman pulling the robbery, one policeman and both women are killed. Their brother of one and he is also the husband of the other escapes from prison intent on killing everyone involved in the shootout, including thei ...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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