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Sudden Prey (Lucas Davenport #8)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  13,580 Ratings  ·  357 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.
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
Mar 23, 2017 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Sanford effort with Detective Lucas Davenport. Never a dull moment. 9 of 10 stars
Deana M
Aug 22, 2011 Deana M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Aug 09, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another round of the Davenport series. Here, we find Lucas and team on the trail of Thelma and Louise-type gals robbing banks and credit unions. After a shootout and the aftermath, the good guys have the cross hairs on them courtesy of the incarcerated husband and brother who is - to put it mildly- crazy insane.

The result is a biblical eye for an eye, with the escapee and his cohorts gunning for the loved ones of the investigators.

Sandford has an ability to pull you into his characters and make
Feb 07, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Travis Starnes
Sep 01, 2012 Travis Starnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 02, 2008 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 17, 2012 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio-books
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
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
Sep 23, 2014 Derek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 06, 2014 Yolanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Brent Soderstrum
Mar 12, 2015 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 their 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.
Maureen DeLuca
Sep 05, 2016 Maureen DeLuca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucas Davenport / Prey series book number 8--- a very good, fast paced read- reading them in order and so far so very good! This series is worth reading !!
As a pair of female criminals plans to rob a credit union, Lucas Davenport sets up a surveillance net with the best and brightest of the Minneapolis Police Department. The culprits will be trapped when they walk out to the sight of a secured perimeter with no escape. Davenport overlooked two things: the possibility of a violent exit and possible connections to the two outside of the Twin Cities. Gunshots riddle their bodies as they attempt to make a last stand escape out of the credit union and ...more
William Howle
Mar 26, 2017 William Howle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like all of John Sanford's books, they are real page turners and hard to put down. I have read several of the Prey books and you know who the bad guys are and that they will get what's coming to them. This one is like that there will be no trial.
Apr 21, 2016 Msjodi777 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not really sure why, but for some reason, the books I have been choosing - by some of my favorite authors, from some of my favorite series - have been going on and on forever. I usually enjoy Lucas Davenport, and honestly, I did like this book, but there were times, when I felt that John Sandford was trying to include everything - including the kitchen sink - in this one book. So much happening, so many different plot lines going on, it was almost too much, and in the end, at least one of th ...more
Nov 21, 2011 Chuck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Henri Moreaux
This book is apparently part of a series featuring Minneapolis police detective Lucas Davenport, of which it is installment number 8. This I did not realise when I started reading it (having bought it 8 years ago in 2008 for 50 hard earned cents); I can say the storyline and character development does not at all suffer from jumping in at number 8. Whilst I'm sure the additional background would paint a more vivid picture everything was still there for people like me who randomly start in the mid ...more
Jun 26, 2014 Leslie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cops
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
Jul 21, 2011 Dale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 28, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a self imposed exile from the Prey novels, due to the viciousness of the previous book, I picked this one to see if I'd be willing to continue the series. This book was strong enough to pull me back in, despite Davenport being his usual a$$hole self. He needs to be called out on his deadly baiting of criminals, and his willingness to put other people (including his fiancé) in dangers way. He should not be above the law, and needs a smack down.
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!
Nov 28, 2014 Elisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stand corrected. This was an excellent thriller. The setup and characters actually seemed believable.
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.
May 08, 2017 Greynomad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another quick read...........always exciting
Jun 04, 2017 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summer reading.
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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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