Eyes of Prey (Lucas Davenport, #3)
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Eyes of Prey (Lucas Davenport #3)

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Two killers. One hideously scarred. The other strikingly handsome. And Lucas Davenport must find them both in a case that could push him over the edge.

ebook, 368 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by Berkley Publishing Group (first published January 1st 1991)
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Most mental health professionals would probably tell you that a clinical depression needs to be treated with a combination of drugs and therapy, but Lucas Davenport found his own method of pulling himself out of a funk by beating the snot out of a pimp and then trying to track down a pair of wacko serial killers. I guess it’s cheaper than Prozac.

An insane pathologist, Michael Bekker, has teamed up with a deformed stage actor named Carlo Druze to pull a Hitchcock-style Strangers On A Train arrang...more
James Thane
This is the third book in John Sandford's long-running series featuring Lucas Davenport, and it features probably the most vile and complex villain of the entire series. Actually, there are two major bad guys. One is much more intelligent and much scarier than the other and, not surprisingly, he is the one pulling the strings in a series of murders inspired by the old Alfred Hitchcock film, "Strangers on a Train."

The mastermind's plan goes awry right from the start and the bad guys are left scra...more
aPriL purrs 'n hisses
"It wasn't quite human, the thing that pulled itself across the kitchen floor. Not quite human--eyes gone, brain damaged, bleeding--but it was alive and it had a purpose: the telephone."

Need I say cozy readers will not continue past page 16?

Lucas Davenport isn't doing so well and he doesn't even know yet about the eye-taking murderers who have shown up on his patch. He's hurting over the departure of the woman and child he thoughtlessly treated like used cars. He is so down that when he gets the...more
This is the third book in the Prey series, which steadily gets better as Sandford falls into the swing of his characters. The series is up to 21 books (as of 2011) and I love almost all of them. I particularly enjoy the development of Lucas Davenport, the protagonist, as he grows from a fairly callous womanizer into a decent, though extremely tough, man over the course of the years. In this book, Lucas is up against Internal Affairs over his brutal beating of a pimp who assaulted one of Davenpor...more
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The third book in the long-running PREY series is a major improvement over the second book, which I felt was much weaker than the first installment. Lucas Davenport is in a deep depression following the events of the second book, and only a new love interest he meets while tracking a particularly bizarre murderer seems to pull him out of it. This book is much darker than the previous two, and that's really saying something. It's a much more cohesive novel than the second, and it doesn't get as b...more
Very dark, violent - Davenport is sinking and struggles with a case full of near-misses and misdirections.
Overall - 4.5/5 : Interesting

Plot - 4/5 : Amazing Plot development. A series of Murder in which the victims eyes are completely destroyed, sends Lucas to all corners withour any results, as the murder suspects have a very strong alibis during the time of murders. Driven into this web of chance, Lucas depends on the aide of an eye victness and the victims secret lover, the Loverboy, to get the serial killer. The main problem with it is, the Loverboy wants and remains a secret.

Writting - 4/5 : Mo...more
This was a very long audiobook, something like 14+ hours? 12 disks at any rate. The reader has a very methodical - almost slow - delivery so I fully admit it was hard to just let the story unfold when I wanted to know what happens NOW. I'm impatient that way.

I read this one to tide me over until the new Virgil Flowers (#5) becomes available at the library. And because I'm slowly working my way through the Davenport series.

I love the twists and turns all the characters took in this one. Lucas i...more
Lucas Davenport is a Minneapolis cop who is burned out. He has lost his family and had a very bad close-out to a murder investigation. He is severely depressed. He is assigned to a particularly gruesome case. Will he survive this one?

Stephanie Bekker was brutally killed and her eyes cut out. The most viable suspect, her husband, has an airtight alibi. Her killer is a scarred emotional cold person.

A couple of days later the manager of a small theater is killed in a very similar fashion. The most...more
My plunge into the Prey series began with Sandford's most recent book, Buried Prey. I thoroughly indulged in the book and got hooked on the series, but now that I'm going back and reading all of the books in order, I have to admit that Eyes has been my least favorite so far. While it is more complex in the sense that more than one murderer is involved, I probably didn't like it because there wasn't enough continuity between Shadow Prey (#2) and Eyes of Prey (#3). Lucas isn't in a good emotional...more
Lucas Davenport is back fighting crime and some personal demons. An interesting story involing the theater and medical doctors. It can make some of the strongest stomachs a little squimish about eyes. I liked the way it wrapped up in the end, nice touch.
A typical well done crime novel featuring Davenport, his demons, along with a psycho killer or two. 8 of 10 stars
Kathy Davie
Third in the Lucas Davenport thriller series revolving around a dirty, yet honest cop based in Minneapolis.

My Take
I don’t normally read introductions. It’s more of a hit-or-miss, if I’m in the mood kind of thing, yet I’m finding Sandford’s introductions interesting. They add an extra depth --- and horror --- to the story I’m reading. This one, in particular, is very useful for writers as Sandford talks about how the gruesome bits developed, the questions he asked himself. Do not read too much in...more
Ryk Stanton
I enjoyed this series when I started it several years ago ... read the first few books and fell away just because of life, you know ... decided to start over again and see how I liked it now ...

I really liked it, even more now that I have had a few years of watching police procedurals on TV ... because Lucas Davenport is a deep character with real problems as well as many decent qualities. He's not one of those archetypal bad-boy detectives ... but he kinda is ... he isn't a character with deep...more
Wow. That was super intense. I was laughing at one of the reviews of the first Davenport book who stated she was so disappointed that the killer was introduced right away so there was no mystery left to the book. She just hated it and I think gave it only one star. I was thinking of every movie, like EVER, where you didn't know who the bad guy was. It rarely happens. When you get to know what the killer is doing, it is so chilling and sick and you're rooting the whole time for him to be caught....more
Eyes of Prey by John Sandford is the third book in the Lucas Davenport series. Sandford does a great job making the Davenport books feel like they could actually happen. Lucas feels gritty and real. He even has to deal with the damaging effects from the two previous books. Sandford does a wonderful job getting the reader into both the criminal's psyche and Davenport's. Lucas has a lot of irons in the fire while trying to help solve the latest major crime. This allows for a great connection betwe...more
This one is the best of the three that I have read at this point.

It was deeper, better story, better killers, it seemed to involve Davenport's coworkers more. It made his coworkers seem more like people as opposed to simple words that had to be there.

It felt like it had less details about sex/relationships, which I'm never afraid of but this one seemed to have more of a concentration on the crimes, the search, the story.

The ending was a pleasant surprise.

So far I'd rank them as follows:
1. Eyes...more
Scott Widener
“Lucas is depressed..."
If you could sum up Eyes of Prey in three words, what would they be? Sad, Maddening, dramatic

What did you like best about this story? Lucas is fighting the "Winter Blues" and as the story progresses he starts to heal and get better because of him finding a love interest. But the sad and maddening thing of this story is the loss of this love interest as she becomes one of the murders Davenport has to investigate

What does Richard Ferrone bring to the story that you wouldn’t...more
This is a well-written detective story set in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota in the early 1990's. Hard-bitten and violent, it is not really a mystery because we know who the killers are, but we do not know who is going to be killed, or why. One interesting plot twist is the only real mystery in the story, and that is the identity of a key witness that is not revealed until the very end of the book in a clever manner that will probably leave most readers surprised. The book is an entertaining re...more
The best part of "Eyes of Prey"? It made me forget about how bad "Shadow Prey" was. Or maybe the awfulness of "Shadow Prey" made this seem better than it really is? No matter. Sandford returns to form and pretty much outdoes the Lucas Davenport debut novel. Sandford gives unique perspective when it comes to portraying criminals/killers and how they ultimately come undone. Things don't always wrap up so nicely either and the police don't always understand the motive. It's just a coy game of cat a...more
I first read this book around the time it was published, long before the inception of Goodreads. I remembered it being terrifying and did not read more of the "Prey" series for years. With a recent read, I found John Sandford's hard-boiled, strong style to be a comfort after a few disappointing books of late. Sandford always provides a good read, there are other titles in this series that I have enjoyed more, but this one was not as unnerving as I remembered and it was pleasant to re-read an ear...more
Rating: 3.5 stars

I'm new to the Lucas Davenport series and plan to read them in order. I loved Rules Of Prey (#1), but couldn't get into Shadow Prey (#2), so I skipped ahead to Eyes Of Prey (#3). I didn't like it quite as much as the first one, for a couple of reasons (see below). As for skipping the second one, I think it was fine; I know I missed a big chunk of character development with Lucas and his love life, but there were enough references to it in this one to give a vague idea of what ha...more
Jeff Curtis
Lucas Davenport really comes apart in this story. It starts with Lucas being depressed from the effects of the last novel, where his daughter was injured by pieces of flooring when bullets started coming through the floor of his house and into the basement where Jennifer had the baby hiding from the intruder. Then as an added bonus he has to get involve with a murder investigation with two killers. One hideously scarred. The other strikingly handsome, a master manipulator fascinated with all asp...more
Truth be told, I was getting a little tired of the psycho-killer genre, but this was a good quick read.
Although it doesn't quite reach the must-read status, there are bits to this installment that merit a fair recommendation here.

Once again, Sandford creates a sick mind, cutting scenes to make your back curl (read the title), and, like Rules of Prey, one totally helpless victim. The read is harrowing at times, but the story
does fall into the same old formula (granted, this was written in 1991, s...more
Krystl Louwagie
I got this cheap as a cassette audio book from a library book sale. I'm not very picky about the audio books I pick up because there's not a lot of them cheap, and if they're not good, it's easier to listen to something not very good then it is to read. Anyways, picked this one up because it's based in Minneapolis. I guess there's a series about this detective police department, the main character is Lucas Davenport. Whom is not very intriguing.

Anyways, they're always investigating serial killer...more
Scott Rachui
This book (along with its sequel, which follows immediately after this one) are, in my opinion, two o the best Lucas Davenport stories that Sandford has written. I say this for two reasons...

First, Davenport is dealing with some very serious emotional fallout from recent events in his life. We see this, and can immediately relate to him because of it. He is emotionally scarred, quite flawed, and still hanging in and doing his job. Sounds like a lot of us, which is why Davenport is appreciated so...more
Thanks to a close friend, I have become obsessed with John Sandford's Prey Series. Eyes of Prey is the third novel in this series and the best I have read yet. In this book, womanizing Minneapolis detective Lucas Davenport is assigned to the case of the murder of Stephanie Bekker, which becomes the first in a string of serial murders done by the killing duo Carlo Druze and Michael Bekker. This novel has the type story line that is so intriguing you cannot put it down. John Sandford's use of alte...more
I'm never sure how to classify these books: crime or mystery? They're kind of a hybrid.

This one is very nasty. Not for the faint of heart, because the killers here are psychotic and scary as hell. It's a brutal sledgehammer of a book that sends you right into the dark heart of murder.

Davenport is a little more vulnerable here, less of a supercop, if for no other reason than he's still struggling with the fallout from the last book. There's more fallout to come here, so I'm interested to see wher...more
This is my favourite book out of the entire series! I have reread it so many times, and that is something I do not usually do. I loved the difference in this one from the first two. In this story, Lucas isn't searching for someone, he's already found them, but there is just no proof, and Lucas feels certain he knows who it is. At the same time Bekker, our big bad of the group, is certain Lucas can't pin anything on him. And he's right. It isn't until he goes overboard and kills not only his part...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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“I used to be a Catholic, and when I first started police work, I worried about that. I saw a lot of people dead or dying for no apparent reason . . . not people I killed, just people. Little kids who'd drowned, people dying in auto accidents and with heart attacks and strokes. I saw a lineman burn to death, up on a pole, little bits and pieces, and nobody could help . . . . I watched them go, screaming and crying and sometimes just lying there with their tongues stuck out, heaving, with all the screaming and hollering from friends and relatives . . . and I never saw anyone looking beyond. I think, Michael, I think they just blink out. That's all. I think they go where the words on a computer screen go, when you turn it off. One minute they exist, maybe they're even profound, maybe the result of a great deal of work. The next . . . . Whiff. Gone.” 5 likes
“Carol Druze Was A Stone Killer.” 1 likes
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