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Wicked Prey (Lucas Davenport #19)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  11,108 Ratings  ·  594 Reviews
Danger stalks Lucas Davenport at work and all too close to home, in the superlative new thriller by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author.

For twenty years, John Sandford’s novels have been beloved for their “ingenious plots, vivid characters, crisp dialogue and endless surprises” (The Washington Post), and nowhere are those more in evidence than in the sudden twists and
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 2009)
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Lucas Davenport, the Minnesota state cop featured in 19 John Sandford novels, has his hands full this time. The Republican National Covention in is in Minneapolis to nominate John McCain for the presidency so the police are stretched thin. Lucas is dealing with reports of a right wing radical test-firing a sniper rifle in the area, a professional robbery crew with a history of killing cops has come to town to steal the illicit slush funds that come with political events, an old enemy has targete ...more
James Thane
It's the summer of 2008, and the Republicans have selected Minneapolis as the host city of the convention where they will nominate John McCain for the presidency. Inevitably, the convention will bring to the Twin Cities, in addition to all the politicians, a gaggle of protestors, potential assassins and terrorists, street people, con artists, grifters and other assorted crooks. The cops will have their hands full, as will Lucas Davenport's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Slipping into town amids
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
3.5 stars
I've been enjoying the Prey series for about six or seven years now. Always fun for light reading. Lucas Davenport is sort of like Encyclopedia Brown---he never gets skunked.
I think my favorites in the series are the ones with Clara Rinker, girl assassin, but all of them are good.
This one has some laugh-out-loud guy banter, but Rosie Cruz gets the best line of all:

"Ahhh, God. Men and their penises. If they didn't have them, we'd have to sew one on, just to give them something to talk
Aug 19, 2009 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
The latest (19th?) Lucas Davenport novel is complicated. It starts off messy. It ends messy. And you're never quite sure that you believe what happened. But, as always, the indomitable Davenport holds it together.

This book intertwines four story lines: A paraplegic pimp Randy out for revenge on Davenport, decides to plot the kidnapping of his ward Letty. In thread 2, Letty, about to be adopted as a daughter by the Davenports, figures out the plot after a clumsy "introduction" by Randy at a fast
Jan 17, 2017 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the character Davenport has aged, he has become more involved in political work, and less in stand alone criminal cases. As such, he is the point man for the Republican convention in St. Paul. His almost-adopted teen age daughter Lettie gets involved with some unsavory people who want to hurt her, and she shows her cunning by trying to thwart them. Lettie is a true chip off the old block, and although not all her decisions are sound, she is a force to be reckoned with. She and her Dad are qui ...more
Michael David Cobb
Ah Lucas.

Davenport doesn't seem to be his usual sharp self in this novel. In fact, the bad guy is so bad, not so much sick and evil, but so absolutely relentless, that he outshines just about everyone in this latest adventure. Davenport is actually overwhelmed not only by the criminals but by his new adopted daughter who is something of a feral Hermione Granger of the streets. This story is loose limbed and gets all over the place rather than the more claustrophobic sorts of environments Sandfo
Lucas and his crew keep busy when the Republican National Convention comes to town. An enjoyable audio though the secondary plotline featuring Letty was a bit overdone. The narration by Richard Ferrone was excellent as usual.
Kathy Davie
Jul 18, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nineteenth in the Lucas Davenport mystery detective series set in Minneapolis and revolving around a get-things-done detective. It's set during the Republican National Convention when John McCain was nominated along with Sarah Palin.

My Take
It's a very clever twist on robbery. And I can't think of a better, ahem, class of people to be robbed. Meanwhile, Lucas has been making himself really "popular" by poking holes in convention security in every way possible, *lots of laughter*. Gotta hand it to
Jun 10, 2012 Monnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just when I've decided Sandford's "Prey" books get better as they go along, everything suddenly turned Wicked; this one is good, but definitely not one of my favorites. Most likely, that's because the plot involves the political scene - and frankly, reading about rock formations would be more interesting to me. Here, dastardly thieves and murderers are targeting folks who are passing out millions of dollars under the table on behalf of the political parties as the national convention comes to Mi ...more
Oct 12, 2009 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying but not thrilling..., October 12, 2009
By Denise "DC" (Missouri, USA) - See all my reviews

Another satisfying outing from John Sandford. The series has gone on for quite a long time, lost its edge as part of the psycho thriller chiller genre, but still an enjoyable read. John Sandford has quite the character in Lucas Davenport, but I do miss some of the old associates or past partners in crime, namely the nun. Anyway, this one is interesting but I feel that perhaps t
May 14, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rarely enjoy a character so much that I stick with them through 19 books. Wicked Prey is the 19th book in Sandford's Prey series and it's just as good as the first. I don't know what it is about Lucas Davenport that is just so intriguing but as long as the stories are good and Lucas is in them, I'm a fan. If we include Kidd and that fuckin' Flowers, Sandford creates characters that you have to follow.

Wicked Prey has the Republican convention in Minnesota, with McCain and Palin (ugh). I wonder
Mar 14, 2012 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the genre.
Recommended to Ron by: I'm just a fan of John Sandford.
Shelves: large-print-read
Another good one by Sandford. Not his best in the series, but, I'd still read one by him when he's not at his best than the best of several other authors.

Somewhat different than the early Prey stories, in that this one did not center around a serial killer. Although, the story's biggest villain, Brute Cohn, has killed, and will kill, several times. The Republican National Convention is in town, in Minneapolis. This attracts a lot of criminals as a lot of people coming for the convention have a l
May 07, 2015 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the start of Wicked Prey, it seems like Lucas Davenport hasn’t got a big caseload, except to liaise with the St. Paul/Minneapolis police departments and other law enforcement agencies who are covering the security of the Republican Convention which happens to be in town. When he receives a phone call from Lily Rothenburg, a very old flame of Lucas’s and currently high up in hierarchy of the NYPD to warn Lucas that a gang of murderous high stakes robbers may be in the Twin Cities, Lucas feels ...more
Dec 16, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Republican Convention is rolling into the twin cities, the assistant to the Governor of Minnesota calls on Lucas Davenport to b e sure nothing goes wrong. They had received word that a assassin from Iowa was on his way to Minnesota to perform an assassination. Lucas begins following up on everything rumor wise but can find nothing. At the same time a group of robbers is in the area preparing to execute a daring robbery of all the high dollar influence peddlers who they plan to rob is a serie ...more
Carolyn (in SC) C234D
I have enjoyed many books in the Lucas Davenport series over the years (although I haven't gotten to all of them), and I rate this one pretty high up there. There is an interesting gang of professional thieves in town to rob people at the Republican Convention, and they'll not hesitate to kill anyone in their way. Lucas's fourteen-year-old, about to be adopted ward, Letty, takes matters into her own hands when she figures out that a pathetic, paralyzed pimp in a wheelchair, who has a severe grud ...more
Ellen Keim
Apr 08, 2017 Ellen Keim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the author's strengths is the antagonists he creates. The protagonist, Lucas Davenport, is smart and relentless with an interesting back story, but it is the criminals and their crimes which keep the series fresh and fascinating. This book had the addition of a storyline involving Davenport's adopted daughter, Letty, which brought his personal life more to the forefront.
Brent Soderstrum
Jun 21, 2015 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 19th book from Sandford's fantastic series regarding Lucas Davenport.

After taking a little break from the Lucas Davenport series and reading some other authors I got back into it with this one. I think reading some other authors made me more appreciative of the work Sandford does. Even though this one wasn't one of his best from the series, Sandford's subpar works are head and shoulders above most authors out there.

This story revolves around the 2009 Republican convention which was h
Sep 21, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#19 in the Lucas Davenport series. The main plot has a murderous gang planning a caper at the Republic National Convention. The secondary plot has Lucas' old nemesis Randy Whitcomb plotting to kidnap Lucas' ward Letty to exact revenge on Lucas for his crippled condition. Letty is a great character and the sub-plot carried by her threatens to overtake the main plot. Some of the gang's set-up and backstory could be skipped without injuring the story. Recommended, especially for Lucas Davenport fan ...more
May 12, 2009 J.C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of the Best Lucas Davenport Books So Far

In his nineteenth edition to the Lucas Davenport Prey series, John Sandford proves beyond a reasonable doubt that somethings will never grow old or tired. The hero, Lucas Davenport, is up to his neck in problems in WICKED PREY. WICKED PREY has three different crimes running at the same time that seem to weave in and out of each other, all the while the Republican Nomination Convention sets the stage for limited resources and manpower in the background.
Doug Cummings
Jun 17, 2013 Doug Cummings rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't found a bad Sandford book and this one certainly is not, although "cumbersome" might apply. He juggles quite a bit, including the Republican Convention, a murder gang, his daughter Letty, and her misadventures with a pimp who wants to kidnap her to get back at her father for earlier transgressions.

It's tough for me to suspend disbelief with Letty. She's superteen here as she was in Naked Prey, the book where she was introduced. Hard to imagine a fourteen-year-old girl, even from her b
Wicked Prey, Wicked Prey by John Sandford, is maybe 3 Stars. Seriously liked reading about the area since I have spent a lot of time there. Having family in Hudson, WI., where the bad guys stage out of, made it real. Multiple angles are played by the bad guys as they execute some interesting robberies. I also LMAO as I identified with the frustration generated by Lucas’s adopted daughter. He nails the agony and ecstasy of having a teenage daughter. Sometime there will likely be a series featurin ...more
Jun 09, 2009 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucas Davenport is back in a case that has then running around the twin cities. The Republican convention is in town and the grey area money men are as well. Carrying huge amounts of cash to pass under the table in the political process they are ideal prey of a group of bad guys who have elaborate plans to acquire it and the bagmen can’t complain to the cops without being suspect themselves. The bad guys lead Lucas on a merry chase and they are not above killing when they feel like it. It’s anot ...more
Jun 05, 2012 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucas Davenport is a tough cop with a lot of experience but always seems to be one step behind a gang of stick-up men that are just as smart and experienced as he is. The leader is a clever and violent killer who has teamed up with a coldly intelligent woman whose strategies always keep them one step ahead of the law. Lucas also finds himself outflanked by his teenaged daughter who by an improbable coincidence becomes entangled with someone from Lucas’ past who is out to harm him and his family. ...more
Lisa Gines
Jun 04, 2009 Lisa Gines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucas Davenport is just a stud. He's rich, good looking, smart and doesn't put up with a lot of crap. Wicked Prey was interesting because of the multiple protaganists. Seeing the dynamic between Davenport and the cops and then the dynamic between the criminals was really enlightening. It seemed to give depth to the story. The story was very believable. With events set in a very recent place in history. I think that enhanced the beliveability of the story. At first I thought there might be too ma ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Republican National Convention is coming to St. Paul to nominate John McCain. A well organized group of robbers who have killed cops in NYC is also coming to St. Paul looking for a huge score, targeting first the money men who hand out cash during the convention, and then the safe deposit boxes in the swankiest hotel. A pimp named Randy is gunning for Letty, Davenport's ward, as payback for all the wrongs he believes Lucas has done him.
I really liked the robber gang part of the story. I'm s
Jul 12, 2009 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This installment took me a while to get into. There are basically two story lines; one involving Lucas and one involving Letty. On their own, they would've been fine - the intersection of the two stories was a bit much. I'm not sure I'm liking the way Letty is developing but she's very complex and there's alot more coming with her, I'm sure. The main story is about a gang of high stakes robbers hitting the Republican Convention. Interesting how it pans out . . . seems the ones that deserve to be ...more
Dec 22, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I discovered the Lucas Davenport series about 10 years ago. Though I thoroughly loved the first several Prey novels, the last few have left me feeling somewhat less interested. Still enjoy the characters and the rapid-fire conversation, but there doesnt seem to be as much mystery as with the earlier prey novels-no waiting until the end to find out whodunnit and why. I get that the series is more along the police-procedural-as-opposed-to-true-mystery lines, but a little bit of a challenge always ...more
Ryk Stanton
Jul 26, 2016 Ryk Stanton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

One of my disappointments over the past few books is that nothing has been done with Lucas's adopted daughter, Letty. In this book, though, she gets her own storyline and we get to see what sort of person she is becoming. Bravo!

Everything else is just as good as always -- I'm so glad I discovered this series and have had time this summer to read so many of the books. (Actual reading, not audiobook.)

But I'm almost done ...what series should I read next?
Nannie Bittinger
Oct 05, 2013 Nannie Bittinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Accidentally listened to an abridged version of this book and was terribly disappointed. Once I discovered my mistake, I got the full version and it was, of course, GREAT. It is true "So many books, so little time', but abridged books in my experience have been nearly a total waste of my time. Read or listen to the entire book or don't bother at all. Just MHO. ;)
Oct 21, 2014 Jeff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
We interrupt this "fast-paced political thriller" with endless strategy meetings with last name only characters meant only to prove how smart the main character is and how intimidating his genius is to those same last name characters. I gave up.
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