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Winter Prey (Lucas Davenport #5)

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It is winter in the remote, dark Wisconsin woods. But the chill in the local sheriff's bones has nothing to do with the weather. The extravagance of the crime is new to him: the murdered man, woman and child; the machete-like knife through the man's head; the ashes of the fire-consumed house spread over the ice and snow. In desperation, the sheriff turns for help to the re ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Berkley (first published March 24th 1993)
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Kemper
Since his New York adventure from the last book was wrapped up, Lucas Davenport is again bored and at loose ends. With nothing better to do, Lucas is riding out a long winter in his cabin in the woods of Wisconsin. Once again it’s the murder of innocent people that will give Davenport something to occupy his time. The guy really needs a hobby…

A vicious killer who thinks of himself as the Iceman is desperate to stop a compromising photograph becoming public so he butchers a family and burns their
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James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 James Thane rated it really liked it
The first of Elmore Leonard's famous ten rules for writing is, "Never open a book with weather." In Winter Prey, the fifth book in John Sandford's excellent Prey series, the author ignores the rule and opens the book with a blistering winter storm. Indeed, the severe weather that permeates the novel virtually becomes a character in and of itself, to the point that the reader might well want to be sitting in front of a blazing fire with a snifter of fine Brandy close at hand.

The book finds Sandfo
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James Thane, a GR member, has the best review on this book. Check it out.

This is a chilling book.

The Iceman is the kind of guy who if he doesn't want a picture shown around, a picture of an unidentified nude man from the shoulders down, he will kill everyone in the house to find it. You really don't want to cross his path. Unfortunately, the LaCourt family does. Lisa LaCourt finds a magazine picture and shows it to her friends on the school bus. The nude man was weird, but even more shocking wa
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MaryG2E
My thoughts on this entertaining thriller are divided. One one level I loved it and thought it was a gripping suspense crime novel. On another level I was underwhelmed by it.

The killer, the Iceman, perpetrator of such evil crimes, is a genuinely sinister and mysterious character. He seems to have planned his actions with exquisite care, indicating a highly organised and intelligent person who can pass unnoticed in ordinary society. Without giving away any of the finale, I must say that, for me,
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Nancy
Jan 28, 2017 Nancy rated it really liked it
I love the "Prey" series.....have lost track of how many I've read and have never been disappointed... had to reach back to 1994 for this one, and can now attest that John Sandford's earlier books were just as good as his more recent ones. Hoping there are more to come!
Kathy Davie
Jul 02, 2014 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Fifth in the Lucas Davenport thriller series revolving around an ex-cop who misses the action. This story takes place in Grant, in northern Wisconsin, in the depths of winter.

My Take
Man, another good one from Sandford. It’s terrifying how easy it is for someone like the Iceman to exist within a community, to abuse and murder people without being caught. It’s such a small community that I bet every person could name off every other citizen in the area. And yet, the Iceman hides within it.

I’d sure
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Peter
Dec 09, 2014 Peter rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-thriller
Winter Prey—John Sandford’s fifth of twenty-four Lucas Davenport novels—finds Lucas early in his career, just fired as a detective at the Minneapolis Police Department because of a tendency to bloody resolution of difficult cases. A North Country sheriff calls him for help on a multiple homicide in which the LaCourt family was found in the burned-out remains of their isolated house during a winter snowstorm. We learn early on that the couple had come across a photograph showing a shadowy pedophi ...more
Kristin
This one felt a bit reminiscent of Eyes of Prey (#3) and Silent Prey (#4) in regards to the antagonist - Iceman - thinking in terms of himself and “the Beast inside”. As in “the Beast wanted to go kill them now”. The antagonist in the previous books thought of himself in terms of ‘Beauty’. Too similar for my taste and maybe when the books were first published, it wasn’t so bad given the lag in publishing dates, but since I’m reading them almost back to back, it popped out at me.


I was also disap
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Monnie
Mar 25, 2012 Monnie rated it it was amazing
Reading any of John Sanford's "Prey" series is always a treat, but as with most series books, I prefer to start at the beginning. Given the rather large number here, of course, it's possible I won't finish for another few years; I also like to read one or two, then a book by someone else, then back to a Sanford book, and so forth.

This one is somewhere around No. 5, and prior to this, I much preferred Sanford's books featuring Virgil Flowers. But my husband Jack, also a Sanford fan who likes to s
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Derek
Jan 11, 2014 Derek rated it really liked it
This is an interesting change of pace for the PREY series. Instead of being set in a big city, the setting is a small Wisconsin town, which finds itself with a multiple homicide. Lucas Davenport, recuperating in the area and still dealing with the effects of the last few books, is called in for help. In addition to the change in setting, the antagonist of the book is NOT the usual "super-smart bad guy," which is a nice change from previous novels. Davenport's love interest is actually a well-rou ...more
Deana M
Jul 25, 2011 Deana M rated it it was amazing
The story takes place in Wisconsin; Lucas Davenport is summoned from his cabin to take a look at a murder. The murders are gruesome; a man, woman, and teenage daughter were murdered, but not only that, the house was set on fire after the murders occurred. The Iceman, who is the killer, is searching for a picture that could incriminate him in a child sex ring. The murders needed to happen so his identity could stay a mystery. Father Bergen, the local priest is their number one suspect. From the b ...more
Josh
Mar 26, 2012 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-legal
A decent outing that sets up Davenport into a different type of job. Sandford really likes getting inside the heads of his killers, and I have to admit it's the least interesting aspect of these books for me. Diving deeply into the dark heart of murder isn't all that interesting for me. That said, he has gotten away from revealing the killer immediately and then making the entire book a big chase. It's been much more fun trying to figure out who the killer is, even as we get a peek inside the nu ...more
Steve
Jan 30, 2013 Steve rated it it was amazing
I can't remember the last time I read this book, but man!!! what a great book!!! This is the one where Lucas get the scar on his neck that your read about later and also where he meets Weather.
Kelly
Oct 20, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Rating: 3.5 stars

Winter Prey is the whole reason I wanted to read the Lucas Davenport series; everyone, including my dad, seems to say that this is their favorite. I've been told that they need to be read in order, so I started with #1 Rules Of Prey (loved it!!), tried #2 but couldn't get into it, read #3 Eyes Of Prey (liked it), and skipped #4 for now because I was anxious to move on to this one. Which brings me here. And I'm sorry to say that I was quite underwhelmed!

The book starts off with a
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Tylerg
Nov 12, 2009 Tylerg rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Tylerg by: Library
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Kellie
Sep 07, 2008 Kellie rated it really liked it
(#5 of the Prey Series)- The author of four previous mystery thrillers starring Lucas Davenport evokes with precision and clarity two disparate, but equally unsettling types of harshness: the raw power of nature and the pitilessness of certain human beings. In a rural area of northern Wisconsin, a family of three is savagely wiped out by the Iceman, who then torches their house. In pursuit of a damaging photograph--a snapshot of him in a sexual situation with a local boy--this fiend puts no valu ...more
Brent Soderstrum
Feb 27, 2015 Brent Soderstrum rated it it was amazing
This is the 5th book of the Lucas Davenport series.

Not sure what it says about me but I really enjoyed this book. Lucas is up in Wisconsin still looking for things to do after his dismissal from the Minneapolis Police Department. While spending time at his cabin he hears about a killing of an entire family. It turns out they had a picture of a man with a little boy who is naked. The man has an erection. The man's face is cut out. The Iceman was out to find the photo.

This book has some pretty dis
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Emily
Mar 09, 2010 Emily rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010-book-list
Rated R
Have you ever read a book that started with an introduction from the author about how fantastic the book is and how proud they are of the work you're about to read??
It's interesting.
If you want to experience that, you probably want to try it on a different book.
This one brushed the edges of an atrocity without really calling out the atrocity.
The author introduced the killer once, which is fine... unless you brag about the surprise ending in your introduction. I'm sorry, but a "surprise" i
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Jim
Oct 22, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing
An unidentified man referred to as the iceman goes on a killing rampage and Lucas Davenport is called in by the local sheriff to assist in the case. At this point of the development of Lucas in the Prey series Lucas is in between jobs after being fired from the Minneapolis PD for the manner in which he solved a murder case. Lucas developed a software writing company and bought a cabin in Northern Minnesota. While living there he was contacted and asked to help a small police department. This is ...more
quinnster
Mar 09, 2008 quinnster rated it really liked it
One of the most important books in the Prey series as so much of Lucas's life changes after this book. The story is dark, as usual and contains much of Sandford's brand of justice. On to the next!
Paul
Jan 08, 2017 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wavered on my rating for this book, but when it comes right down to it, this is SOLID entertainment. It's very rare I finish a book in 4 days, but I started it over the holidays and spent more time relaxing. Also have a goal to read more this year.

It's been awhile since I read the last book in the Prey series. It's disappointing that Sandford hasn't stopped having his hero, Lucas Davenport, sleep with the main female character. Women can't resist him, which seems ridiculously cliche, and part
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Phoenix
Feb 23, 2014 Phoenix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sandford-novels
Well, this was an interesting trip down memory lane (or rather forgetful lane). I had read this sometime back. There is an advantage to rereading a novel, especially in the case of a prolific writer like Sandford. The advantage is that their earlier work is often less myopic and clever, with fully, well developed and interesting characters. It sometimes happens in a particularly long series that the characters tend to age with the novelist and become less enchanting. Now I may be cynical, who kn ...more
ElaineY
REVIEW OF RELISTEN; JULY 24, 2016

I enjoyed this more the second time around (I'm relistening to the entire series save a few at the start) and have upgraded my star rating to 5 but my feelings about the whole child-sex issue still stands. I still I want more about the effect the child sex ring had/has on the townsfolk. That said, I was satisfied with the pacing, the investigation and Weather jumping Lucas.

REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JUNE 2, 2015
Narrator: Richard Ferrone


I liked this one, overall, but if
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Marleen
Mar 17, 2015 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucas Davenport is quite a clever, unconventional, and sometimes opportunistic police detective and the main character of the Prey books. I am glad that I recently rediscovered the series, and since I’ve missed reading quite a few, it’s a treat to be re-emerging myself totally in these books – also because there are 23 or 24 books out to date; that is hours of quality reading guaranteed. The fact is, it’s not only reacquainting myself with Davenport, but also with his entourage and the scenery o ...more
Motunrayo
Jun 08, 2015 Motunrayo rated it liked it
Shelves: detectives, crime
This is my first book of The Prey Series of John Sandford's. Even though I didn't read it from first book, I wasn't lost, it was like there wasn't any series, unlike some other books. The storyline was wonderful. I was so glued to the book that I kept on read on and on. The characters were so articulously described. One thing I love about crime and mystery books is the unusual names the writer gives to their villains according to how they kill their prey. That's why I would always choose Lisa Ja ...more
Eve Nolon
May 13, 2015 Eve Nolon rated it liked it
Even making allowances for when this was written I can't go higher than three stars. I mean, intellectually, I know that there are probably even a few people out there who still confuse pedophilia and homosexuality. I don't exactly get why from a logical standpoint but I know these people live and breathe. Yet, this ideology was so pervasive in WINTER PREY it started to tear me out of the otherwise really good plot. I really just wanted to scream when no one could even fucking say pedophilia. No ...more
Tess Mertens-Johnson
Oct 13, 2011 Tess Mertens-Johnson rated it really liked it
LOVE LOVE LOVE John Sanford. He is a MN author, where was born and still live.
His lead character Lucas Davenprot is a retired Minneapolis policed detective who lives in WI and is brought in as a consultant on a murder of a family in the dead of winter. They were brutally murdered and their home and the killer set the house on fire. Lucas looks into why the grisley murders, and why he/she then burned the house down.
Weather Kannikan is another detective on the case who brings in a love interest.
Th
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Daniel
Aug 19, 2016 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short take:

I was looking forward to this installment of the series, as book five's reputation is high among fans. I enjoyed the transition to a rural environment, while a nasty snow storm makes everything more sinister (can you imagine Carpenter's "The Thing" in any other setting? Of course not!). I had wondered where Sandford was going to take Davenport's career, given the culimination of events in the fourth book, and I think that this book serves as a savvy interlude. The climactic scene is
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Cindy
Jun 01, 2007 Cindy rated it it was amazing
This is the first Sandford novel I picked up and have been hooked every since. The "Prey" series, a detective series, is impressive. Sandford's ability to consistently write gripping, edge-of-your-seat thrillers is most impressive. I'm always a bit saddened when I finish one of his books; not to mention exhausted, since I usually stay up until the weeeee hours reading it. All of the "Prey" books are fantastic but this one, the first one I read, holds a special place in my heart. Thank you John S ...more
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Lucas Davenport (1 - 10 of 27 books)
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