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Rules Of Prey (Lucas Davenport #1)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  44,236 ratings  ·  1,241 reviews
The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport--a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare--is ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 11th 1994 by HarperCollins (first published 1989)
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Okay, here's the deal: I like me some stupid thriller books every once in awhile, and so I thought I would take a chance with Lucas Davenport. He's a gritty rogue cop,'ve heard it all before. But what you haven't heard is this story was so much fun. Granted it has all the cliches imaginable, and once or twice I really had to wince at the writing, but, overall, this story did exactly what it was supposed to do: ENTERTAIN. Lately, I've been reading some pretty heavy stu ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
Having just finished reading Gathering Prey, the #25 book in John Sandford’s brilliant Prey Series, I decided to go back memory lane and read the 1st book, Rules of Prey, where we were first introduced to Minneapolis nonconformist police officer, wealthy video games creator, great dresser and ladies man, Lucas Davenport,
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He was slender and dark-complexioned, with straight black hair going gray at the temples and a long nose over a crooked smile. One of his central upper incisors had been ch
A smart and tough cop who drives a Porsche on the job as he hunts a sadistic serial killer in the late ‘80s. Yeah, yeah. I know this book should totally suck, but the amazing thing is that it doesn’t. Neither does the long-running series that followed.

Lieutenant Lucas Davenport is officially the head of the intelligence division of the Minneapolis police force, but his real job title should be Head Rat Catcher. When big cases that get media attention happen, Davenport gets called in because not
Anna Wells
Intelligent nemesis and talented investigator - the author claims this many times throughout the book but there is no evidence of intelligence in the story or indeed in the author.

Half of the story is devoted to detailing the serial killers life and killings leaving NO MYSTERY WHATSOEVER, when the reader is aware of the killers identity it only serves to make his adversary look slow. Really, taking pains to avoid leaving physical evidence does not make the serial killer overflowing with intellig
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Another Lucas Davenport weekend. After reading #21 in the series I had a hankerin' to go back to some of the early ones. Sandford has certainly improved his delivery over the years. This first one is heavy on the nonessential narrative summaries, especially in the first 100 pages or so.

Rules of Prey introduces Lucas Davenport, the badass Minneapolis cop who plays by his own rules but gets the job done when no one else can. He goes head to head with a smart lawyer who is also a serial killer.

Wow! Okay, I can say that Davenport is not like anything other cop character I've ever read before. He's definitely an original, and I don't know how much I should say for fear of blowing it for those who haven't read it and wish to. Lucas is intelligent and handsome in his own way, has a lot going on, but I found him to be... well, the only word I can think of is insecure when it comes to his personal life (women). He has the 'you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours' attitude when it comes to h ...more
I will never read another John Sanford book. I stopped reading Bad Blood because it was so terrible. Rules of Prey was better, but not by much. I actually finished reading this one. John Sanford can write. I'll give him that, but his writing skills is not why I gave him one star. Many authors err on making their protagonist too perfect. He errs in making them too scummy so that the reader may have trouble identifying with his characters and caring/sympathizing with them. For example, his main ch ...more
Skye Skye
Jphn Sandford's Rules of Prey is an action-packed, fast moving book about the hunt for a serial killer known as Maddog; it features a brilliant, womanizing and interesting detective, Lucas Davenport as the protagonist, but equally important is the reader gleans an inside glimpse into the mind of the anti-hero who is identified at the onset and a good portion of the novel is conveyed throught the perspective of the killer. The novel also carefully paints a portrait of Davenport's proclivity towar ...more
Nothing about Lucas Davenport was admirable or likeable or realistic. He's a womanizing attention whore with an inflated opinion of himself who doesn't seem to do much detective work what with all the trips up to his cabin (during a case?!) and working on the computer games he creates (what?). We do get lots of exciting phone calls where he uses his awesome skills to manipulate the press. So there's that.

The fun begins as we learn that our "star" has the made-just-for-him title of Office of Spec
aPriL does feral sometimes
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Is Lucas Davenport a scumbag or a hero? This is the first in the classic 'Prey' series, and I.dont.know.

Independently wealthy, he doesn't need the job of police lieutenant, detective in the Minneapolis police department. He is also a designer of video games, a gambler and a womanizer. He is willing to marry a woman having his child, and able to drive to his other lover's bed after proposing to the first woman, telling neither about the other. He is a gun nut, and he carries unregistered
5 stars

I really love reading pure suspense books (not romantic suspense), it was my favorite genre before I got sucked in by romance books. So, I decided to try this series, as a change of pace. Good decision.

Right now, I'm up to book seven, and I liked (a lot) every single one of those books.

Lucas Davenport is an incredible hero. A cop and a game designer, he is also wickedly smart, rich (drives a Ferrari around). While his attitude towards relationships is not something I find all that great,
This book is filled with the opposite of what the summary suggests! No one in the book can be described as half way intelligent and the author repeating continuously that they are doesn't change the fact that they're not. Couldn't take it anymore, had to quit about two thirds of the way through; only reason I lasted that long was the hope that all the characters would be killed off thereby redeeming the blasted book.
Dirk Grobbelaar
Serial killer stalks women. Cop stalks serial killer. It’s been done before, sometimes better, sometimes worse. This entry, fortunately, falls in the category of better crime novels. It’s the first in the Lucas Davenport series, which has the distinction of not only providing us with the protagonist’s side of the story, but we also get to follow the killer as he plans and executes his horrendous deeds. The reader is never really in the dark about the serial killer’s identity, but it’s eerily dis ...more
I finally lost it for this book when the police officers murder an innocent man who was protecting his property. I'm pretty sure the cops weren't uniformed because they were undercover at the time. So the man didn't know they were cops when he shot at them in self defense.

The cops flippant attitude about it annoyed me. They murdered a civilian and left his wife a widow. The cops only cared about how it looked and how the media would react to it, not that they ended a man's life because of their
Audiobook: Rules of Prey is the first in a long series of Lucas Davenport police procedurals set in Minneapolis. I’ve read about ten of them, not in order and for some reason never got around to the first, an oversight I have now remedied. The Sandford Davenport books are all quite good, although Lucas’s relationships with women I sometimes find superficial and irritating.

Lucas is independently wealthy having sold the rights to a software game he had developed and he drives around in a red Pors
Unlike 70% of crime novels written in the 1980s, this one still works, mostly. There were a few things that were so awful that I almost laughed, specifically that anyone in law enforcement really thought that a-mostly-open gay man would be raping and murdering women. I mean, these crimes were more akin to Bundy than Dahmer. Then there was the referring to a victim as a "cripple," and honestly I am glad I don't remember the 1980s all that much - a rural childhood will do that.

The stuff I thought
Scott Rhee
John Sandford is one of those best-selling authors whose name appears on his book covers in bigger letters than the title. I have always been leery of writers like that. It's usually because they are ridiculously prolific and popular, two qualities that don't necessarily equate with "good". After reading "Rules of Prey", though, I can say with certainty that Sandford is good. "Rules" was published in 1989. It does what "CSI" and "Criminal Minds" does just about every week. I have seen "Criminal ...more
Sonia Cristina
Assim que li a sinopse de "Sem Regras" quis lê-lo e ainda bem que o fiz. Foi refrescante e muito interessante ler um policial "à antiga" (mais ou menos). Escrito no final da década de 1980, em "Sem Regras" acompanhamos Lucas Davenport e uma equipa de polícias e detetives na busca por "cão raivoso", o nome dado a um assassino em série, isto numa altura em que não existiam telemóveis, Internet, bases de dados policiais, análises de ADN...

Lucas revelou-se um personagem original, no mínimo, que atu
The main character is Lucas Davenport, who is a detective and casual playboy. The book hints that there are not many women in town that he hasn't slept with. His relationships with women are confusing, because he really doesn't seem to have much feeling for them. He reads very wooden unless he's talking about work. He is a Jack Reacher type in that he's sort-of brutish and operates secretly outside of the rules, without remorse, to catch his man. Unlike Reacher, he owns a home, clothes and works ...more
Kathy Davie
First in the Lucas Davenport suspense series and revolving around a slightly crooked cop, Lucas Davenport, who is based in Minneapolis.

My Take
Wow, truly excellent. Davenport is a slightly crooked cop but he does it to protect, to take out the bad guy. He writes games and makes a really good living from their sales, so why he stays a cop I don't know. But Sandford makes it really real with a protagonist you love. He is at least honest in his way and provides excellent insight into how police real
There’s a serial killer at large who calls himself maddog. He preys on attractive women with dark hair and eyes and leaves a note attached, outlining his “rules” for eluding capture when killing someone. Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a seasoned investigator with unorthodox methods, is asked to work with the homicide cops to find maddog and bring him down. Maddog is actually pleased as he sees Davenport as a worthy adversary.

I enjoyed this case and having the killer’s perspective as the investigati
Years before reading this I had received Shadow Prey as a gift. It was a pretty good read but nothing really special.
In fact, when I first started my website I didn't even bother reviewing it with the first batch of books since I had no real strong feelings about it one way or another. I just remembered it as OK
but forgettable.
Now when Jason, who's been a visitor to my site, sent me a few emails imploring me to read Sandford's Prey series, I had told him I had read Shadow Prey but wasn't really
I became a big John Sanford fan after reading just one of his series featuring Virgil Flowers (by now I've read all five and recommend them highly). I'd noticed his earlier "Prey" series that centers on another character, Lucas Davenport - who, for the record, also appears in the Flowers books. Then, I watched "John Sandford's Certain Prey" made-for-TV movie starring Mark Harmon, who plays Davenport. It wasn't at all bad (well heck, if nothing else, what's not to like about looking at Harmon?), ...more
Mary  Hoyle
This book should come with a warning:
Lucas Davenport, along with the other main characters, is highly intelligent, highly flawed, unabashedly quirky, and relentlessly addictive.

Good news? There's 23 books in the series, so settle in and enjoy.
Bad news? You may miss some sleep.

List of books by publication date per author's website:
The Prey Series:
1. Rules of Prey (1989)
2. Shadow Prey (1990)
3. Eyes of Prey (1991)
4. Silent Prey (1992)
5. Winter Prey (19
Gostei muito do livro, não obstante este não ser o meu género preferido de policial (gosto muito do suspense de não sabermos quem é o assassino e tentarmos adivinhar). No entanto gostei da dinâmica, da ideia, da história e de como ela se foi desenvolvendo. Não fiquei fã de Lucas Devenport pessoa mas adorei o policia :-)
What an absolute piece of filth main character.

Huge spoiler.

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This is my first John Sandford (and Lucas Davenport book). It is a decent mystery -- I'm not exactly mindblown with it but I do think that it has the potential to develop. Of course, this is also was released back in 1989 and there are 20+ books afterwards so there MUST be developments *lol*.

Anyway, Lucas Davenport. Office of Special Intelligence. Killed five men in the line of duty. Game inventor. And an only cop in Minnesota who drove Porsch to work. What did I think of him? He was a jackass
This is my first experience with John Sandford's Prey series. I quite enjoyed it. It's an easy read and Lucas Davenport is an interesting character. He isn't a super-human like many thriller protagonists. He definitely has many strengths, his love of firearms, his way with women, his game playing skills, but at the same time he has many doubts and flaws that make him a more rounded character. This first story was an excellent introduction to the series; the 'villain', a serial killer dubbed madd ...more
This book is just a hot mess. I get it was the first book in the series, and it was written in 1989, but damn. You would think that Lucas Davenport hates women based on his actions in this book.

Let's get to the plot first.

A serial killer is raping and murdering women in Minnesota. We don't know who he is, but we know he calls himself and others call him the "Maddog Killer." We have an inkling based on some third person points of view that the Maddog is hell bent on killing and raping women with
Over the many years I’ve read only a few Prey books, mostly from various local libraries and I’ve always enjoyed them. Captivating detective/mystery stories are hard to find, and Lucas Davenport is certainly an intriguing protagonist, so I thought it would be interesting to read all the Prey books in order, starting at the beginning. I’ve listened to Rules of Prey (book 1) on audio, introducing detective Lucas Davenport and his background, his entourage and network, his thought process. Lucas is ...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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Other Books in the Series

Lucas Davenport (1 - 10 of 26 books)
  • Shadow Prey (Lucas Davenport, #2)
  • Eyes of Prey (Lucas Davenport, #3)
  • Silent Prey (Lucas Davenport #4)
  • Winter Prey (Lucas Davenport, #5)
  • Night Prey (Lucas Davenport, #6)
  • Mind Prey (Lucas Davenport, #7)
  • Sudden Prey (Lucas Davenport, #8)
  • Secret Prey (Lucas Davenport, #9)
  • Certain Prey (Lucas Davenport, #10)
  • Easy Prey (Lucas Davenport, #11)

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