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John Sandford
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Night Prey (Lucas Davenport #6)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  10,212 ratings  ·  198 reviews
Porsche-driving Lucas Davenport, who has just returned to duty after recovering from a serious gunshot wound, is charged with saving the political life of Rose Marie Roux, the ambitious police chief who has her eye on a Senate seat. He's given the assignment of tracking to ground the sex-crazed perpetrator of a series of murders of young women. Davenport's unwelcome collea ...more
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Unlike most of the Prey books, this one starts out with a man in love. Unfortunately, Koop is a cat burglar with severe psycho-sexual problems that cause him to occasionally kidnap a woman and gut her like a fish. So when he sees beautiful Sara Jensen sleeping during one his break-ins, Koop instantly becomes obsessed and begins secretly stalking her while taking out his building frustration on random women.

A Minnesota state investigator named Meagan Connell has picked up on Koop’s pattern. Since
James Thane
As is often the case in this series, Lucas Davenport, the police detective protagonist, is confronted by a particularly clever and chilling antagonist. Here it's a creep named Koop who, over a long period of time, has been kidnapping and savagely killing women in several jurisdictions around the greater Minneapolis area.

Since Koop has operated over a large geographic area, no one has tumbled to the fact that a serial killer is at work. Finally a somewhat abrasive feminist Minnesota State Investi
Deana M
Koop was a prison guard. Koop is a muscled machine. Koop is addicted to cocaine. Koop is addicted to Sara Jensen. Koop is a serial killer. Lucas Davenport is called in when a woman is found disemboweled in a dumpster. He teams up with Meagan Connell who is given 6 months maybe to live. She has worked serial cases before and has an awesome closing rate. Her and Davenport do not see eye to eye on the way they should work the case, but somehow they make it work. With Connell dying from cancer, she ...more
aPriL eVoLvEs
GR readers, I salute you. I finished 'Night Prey', loved it and the pure GOTH of it, went to GR to add it to my book lists - and got blown away by all of the terrific reviews. I've spent a delicious morning reading them. Wow.

Lucas Davenport is on the police force once again, having been appointed Deputy Chief by Rose Marie Roux, the new police Chief in Minneapolis. Weather Karkinnen, the surgeon he met in the last book, is more than a girlfriend to him at this point, but as usual, Davenport is h
I’m truly enjoying reading the whole Prey series from the beginning. I read some of these in the past - but most not. So I'm (re)-)familiarising myself with Lucas Davenport’s investigations and with his career arch. I also enjoy how he’s has evolved and grown in his personal life.
Night Prey is book nr 6 and we find Lucas returned to the fold of the Minneapolis Police department as deputy chief. Before returning, Lucas had been on hiatus, focusing more on his computer simulations business and al
This is another excellent addition to Sanford's "Prey" series - but it nearly didn't get read by me. As a writer/editor myself (albeit always nonfiction), I'm hyper-sensitive to analogies; they make my stomach churn faster than a hamster on a wheel at full gallop. And within the first chapter-and-a-half of this book, here's what hit me between the eyes:

Nighthawks...their wing-flashes like the silver bars on new first-lieutenants

...petunias spread across their beds like Mennonite quilts

Hate burne
Lucas Davenport is on the hunt for Koop, an exceptionally brutal serial killer. He got the case thanks to Megan Connell, a grating woman that is dying and determined to solve the case sooner than later. Davenport is starting to mature in his romantic relationship (at least for this book!). This was a great addition to the series.
“Night Prey” is the sixth of John Sandford’s twenty-four novels about Lucas Davenport, an investigator for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. And it is the best, fastest paced, and most compelling I’ve read in the series.

Lucas is assigned to a murder and Connell, another investigator, is assigned as his partner. Connell is obsessed with the idea that a serial killer is at work killing women in different jurisdictions so as to create a jurisdictional vacuum—nobody will put the dead bo
Brent Soderstrum
This is the 6th book of Sandford's Lucas Davenport series.

In this one Davenport is teamed up with Megan Connell who is convinced that the killer is responsible for many murders of woman over the years throughout the Midwest. Connell is also dying of cancer and is determined to get the killer before she dies.

As in most Sandford novels, we know who the killer is. Koop is s former prison guard turned cat burglar who has a thing about slicing up his victims. He is also now infatuated with Sara Jense
I'd taken a break from the Lucas Davenport series after WINTER PREY, because I was feeling a little burned out by the character. I decided to give the series another try, and, as it turns out, NIGHT PREY is one of the strongest in the series so far.

As usual, Davenport is called on to catch a killer, but this killer is much better developed than several previous ones in the series, and Sandford's attempts to let readers see things through his eyes were more successful than in earlier entries.

Kathy Davie
Sixth in the Lucas Davenport thriller series set in Minneapolis and revolving around the reinstated Detective Davenport. It’s been two years since Lucas was forced to quit.

My Take
Gotta give Sandford credit for this twist: a detective who’s fired, goes off to build his successful gaming company, and comes back to work. Most people would think (including me) that Davenport would be happy enough creating his games and being a millionaire, but Sandford provides a credible reason --- and one that I s
i've read a few from sanford...what number this one is i'd have to look at the shelf. glanced at one review said something about 'koop is a prison guard...' this that the other. heh...i just finished Swan Peak from James Lee Burke and in that one there is a prison guard....troyce nix...i wonder how this story will stack up alongside burke's?


the night was warm, the twilight inviting: middle-aged couples in pastel shirts, holding hands, strolled the old cracked sidewalks along the mississip
#6 is a transitional novel in the Lucas Davenport saga (2012 sees #21). He has been bounced from the Minneapolis PD by the old chief but has been brought in as a political appointee - assistant chief - by the new chief Anne Marie Roux to be her hatchet man. Roux is the consummate politicial and Davenport is perfectly suited, tempermentally, to his role. (If Roux were Nixon - he'd still be President)

Lucas Davenport series - Charged with saving the political life of Rose Marie Roux, he's given the
When you have finished the thirty-sixth book of one author it seems senseless to say how much you enjoy his writing or even to interject anything new into a review. This book had Sandford's main character, Lucas Davenport at his brashest best and introduced a villain that typified the dark side of humanity. Thus the plot! But Sandford tied this one altogether very well with his cast of characters and a few unusual new faces that filled in very well. Needless to say, I have two more Sandford nove ...more
Stuart Langridge

It was a very cold, very clear morning in the Carlos Avery game reserve - cold enough to preserve the body lying there, clear enough so the state investigator couldn't miss it. There was something familiar about the stab wounds, she thought - but the Minneapolis police dismissed her theories, and the city's new police chief has problems enough of her own. The cops are wary of her, the public thinks she's too political, the feminists think she's sold out. And this damn murder just won't g

Ok well, I think it's time to take a break from the prey books as I am just bored now by the goings on up in Minnesota.

As with all the other prey novels I've read, this one snaps it's fingers and gyrates along like young John Travolta on the dance floor, but i find myself looking at the clock or skimming along a bit at the inner office politics and whenever Lucas and Weather are talking. I'm starting to see these books in my head as a TV cop show...and a lame one at that. Let's see I only have u
As usual, John Sandford's Lucas Davenport mystery/thrillers continue to keep me glued to the pages or, in this case, glued to my audiobook player. He creates such creepy, psychopathic characters that it gives me pause as to what is going on in that author's head?? Night Prey is the sixth book in Sandford's Prey series and it did not disappoint. Now, I have to go find something a bit more lighthearted to shake off the "willies".

Note: This was a book that I received from a member at
This one was one of the better books of Sandford that I've read.

Like the others that I liked, it had a better killer, better story. The words painted a better picture. I liked the introduction of a couple new characters. He could have explained what happened to Chief Daniel in greater detail. With the history between he and Davenport, one would think it would get more of a mention, especially with Davenports knowledge of Daniel and one of the previous victims.

Again, it was one of the better one
This was the only prey book that I haven't liked. As a matter of fact, 2/3 of the way through I began skimming. Koop was kind of a dull criminal, and Lucas' wishy-washy thoughts about whether he wanted to stray from Weather were boring and predictable. Hopefully, the next book will be up to usual standards.
D.B. Reynolds
I re-read this book recently, and discovered I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time. It had been several years, and while I remembered many of the details, that didn't take away at all from my enjoyment of the book. John Sandford's Prey series is excellent.
Lucas must solve two different kinds of murders. One is the murders of women and the other is a elderly lady and they can't figure out how she died. Lucas figures it all out is his round about way. Loved it.
Ada Iaboni
I had to adjust my thinking a bit because this Prey book was one of the earlier in the series when Lucas was still a Deputy Chief of Police and not in charge of the BCA. I know there are earlier books as well that I hope to read as I find them.
This one I liked a lot! the capture of the bad guy was such a surprise and shock that I had to read that sections a couple of times to make sure I read it correctly. I look forward to these earlier books and hope they are close to this one in keeping me wr
I started reading this book in the series more than a year ago. Then it got left on the mantle collecting dust. I picked it up last week and re read from the beginning and wondered why i even stopped.

As much as i can remember the adventures of lucas davenport #1 - 5, they were quite thrilling read but i did not quite like the character of the hero. Besides he has too much money to be true. I liked my hero to be like Jack Reacher until Tom Cruise spoils it for the rest of us. But that is neither
4.5 stars

This could be a favorite of mine in the series so far.

There's so much happening in this book: Davenport is back in the game as Deputy Chief of Police, but the game has changed in two years since he was out, he is saddled with a parner, a dying woman who uncovered a serial killer no one knew about as well as seemingly inadequate cop with family connections, he is living with Weather but his eye (if not his dick) is wandering towards an attractive reporter, there's a little locked room my
I read this as an audiobook.

From Publishers Weekly: In this sixth entry in his Prey series, streetwise Minneapolis deputy police chief Lucas Davenport is beleaguered by perplexing females. Charged with saving the political life of Rose Marie Roux, the ambitious police chief who has her eye on a Senate seat, he's given the assignment of tracking to ground the sex-crazed perpetrator of a series of murders of young women. Davenport's unwelcome colleague in this case is feminist Meagan Connell, an
Macrae Robertson
Koop wanted Sara Jensen and he wanted her badly. But since Koop is a bad man and he doesn't know how to control his anger, he kills innocent, ordinary women. So after Koop has killed 2 to 3 women, they send in Lucas Davenport who is apart of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, to stop Koop from killing more. Then after a couple more killings by Koop and really no good clues to work off of, Lucas finally gets the break he needs and stops Koop from killing ...more
"The nightgown more substantial, less diaphanous than it seemed in Koop's mind, but Koop had fallen in love"

This is on fast-paced book, starting with a cat burglar, Koop, falling in love with the victim who was sleeping while he is robbing her apartment and continuing with the obsession that envelops him and leads him to kill other women. Add to that a cop that is about to die from cancer and has a visceral need to find the killer and leads her to work with Lucas Davenport in the case, and you h
I haven't read a suspense/thriller for quite some time. Having pizza for lunch led me to reading a suspense/thriller for the first time, in a very long time.

I ate lunch at Alfie's pizzeria, and had a slice of "grandma"pizza along with a Snapple iced tea. A "grandma" slice is basically a thin crust Sicilian pizza with short-cooked marinara sauce which is chunkier than the sauce on the regular pizzas. Then it is topped with mozzarella cheese. And the herb on top is oregano or basil. It all depends
Paula Dembeck
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Dotti Elrick
Lucas Davenport is carrying a badge once again. He has a new chief of police, a new politically appointed position, he's a deputy chief with the department, and a new love in his life. Weather has moved in with him, and taken a surgical position with the local hospital.
As part of his new job, Lucas cleans up potential political messes. A state cop, Megan Connell, is stirring up one of these messes. Megan is an angry female cop with a huge chip on her shoulder. Lucas is asked to look into Megan's
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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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