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Hidden Prey (Lucas Davenport #15)

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Six months ago, Lucas Davenport tackled his first case as a statewide troubleshooter, and he thought that one was plenty strange enough. But that was before the Russian got killed. On the shore of Lake Superior, a man named Vladimir Oleshev is found shot dead, three holes in his head and heart, and though nobody knows why he was killed, everybody - the local cops, the FBI, ...more
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Published April 26th 2005 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2004)
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Kemper
As a top agent for Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Lucas Davenport has mastered the art of introducing himself to local law enforcement so that they won’t resent him as an outsider coming in to tell them how to do their job:

The cop who’d followed Lucas in said, “Hey, when I’m talking to you…”

Lucas pointed his finger at him and snarled, “Shut the fuck up. Who’s running this clown factory?”

One of the men in plainclothes snapped, “I am. Who the fuck are you?”

“Who the fuck are you?”

“Joh
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James Thane
Having followed his long-time boss, Rose Marie Roux, out of Minneapolis and into the Minnesota State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Lucas Davenport has become a roving troubleshooter who takes on difficult criminal cases statewide. Basically, he "fixes shit" for the governor and attempts to prevent high profile cases from having any adverse political fallout.

When a Russian sailor is shot and killed on the shores of Lake Superior near Duluth, it initially appears to be a relatively insignifican
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K.D. Absolutely
Oct 19, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to K.D. by: Kit Salalima
Shelves: guy-lit, crime, spy, thriller
My first of John Sanford's "Prey" series. I have been seeing these books of Sanford with "prey" on the title and my friend told me to try one. I said, why not? I always love reading books with preys and predators in them.

This is different from the many thriller series that I've read. Of course, there is the hero investigator, Lucas Davenport who should be in all the 22 (so far) books. This one is the 15th. My friend told me that this was her favorite, so I grabbed this and bought this to the cas
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Jenny Hilborne
Hidden Prey starts out with the murder of a Russian on the Duluth docks.

Detective Lucas Davenport of the Minnesota BCA (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension) is assigned the case. The Russian government sends their own investigator, Nadya Kalin, to work alongside Davenport. The plot concerns a group of Communist spies now living in Minnesota, and from the beginning, Davenport is suspicious of Kalin.

The reader knows upfront who killed the Russian. What we don't know is why? We find out as Davenport
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Jane Stewart
If you love this series then this book might be ok, but I was not taken. It dragged.

Maybe it was just a hard-to-work-with-plot and uninteresting characters. Everyone keeps secrets from Lucas - good guys and bad guys. Even Nadia his partner does not tell him things. It was a slow process of puzzle solving. The ending was lackluster. It was not wrapped up well, but I didn’t care much. I was glad it was over.

Main plot:
A group of Russian families has been in the U.S. for decades. They consider them
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Garrett
This book is rather uninteresting. It took almost 300 pages to pick up and then the ending was very poor. A character that was introduced in the beginning and played a rather vital role in the beginning ended up being an unseen and unheard from entity. She should have been featured a little more prominently in the book. Why introduce her with so much background information and not use her more? The main characters had less background info than she did.
aPriL loves HalLowEen
The Russians have landed! And are dropping like swatted flies.....

Lucas Davenport doesn't care much about Communist politics, but he isn't too happy about the murdering of Russians on his patch. He's a happy man these days. Married to Weather, who is a highly respected surgeon, raising a new son, Sam, who has become the center of his life, and in having opened his brand new home to an orphaned young teen he rescued in the previous book, Letty, he has settled into the role of family man with surp
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Carl Alves
In Hidden Prey, teenager Carl Walther murders a Russian, who winds up at a dock in Duluth, Minnesota. Detective Lucas Davenport is given the task of escorting Nadya Kalin, an investigator sent from the Russian government to work on the case. The investigation leads to Carl’s elderly grandfather, who is a former KGB operative. There isn’t a big mystery as to who the killer is, since it is revealed pretty early. The novel follows both Carl and the investigation of the crime until they come to a he ...more
Amy Metz
I've said before that I don't like to leave negative reviews. And I know that bestselling authors have feelings just like the rest of us. But somehow, I think John can take it. I am making my way through John Sandford's Lucas Davenport series. I've enjoyed it...up until this book.

The writing was great, as always, but I really am unhappy with the way Sandford made Lucas (pardon the pun) clueless in this book. Lucas Davenport is a seasoned detective. He's supposed to be smart. He's just short of
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Kristin
Delightful! A book set in my corner of the world! Not that the Twin Cities isn't my corner of the world, but Duluth and Virginia are a little bit closer to home, shall we say. To all indications, Sandford seems to have done his research; while names of exact places may have been altered, but everything of significance is located as described. Roads, terminals, airports, mines, etc., all right where they belonged.

As much as I was pleased with the location a of the book, I found the plot a bit on
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Monnie
This is something like the 15th in John Sanford's Prey series, and by now, most of what needs to be said about the nuts and bolts of his writing (by me, at least) already has been said. So far, I've yet to be disappointed along my quest to read them all, although I will say that for the first handful of chapters of this one, I wasn't sure it would have quite the appeal for me that the previous books have had.

Looking back, I guess that's because it deals with Russian spy "stuff," and in the begin
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Janice
Lucas Davenport is busy fixing things around the state for the governor. Married to Weather, son Sam, and ward Letty (who is away for the book), plus housekeeper Ellen. This time Lucas is called in because a Russian national is killed near a wharf. Seems to be a professional hit, but authorities aren't sure whether it's drugs or mafia. Then they find out that the man is the son of a very important Russian. Russians send their people, and Lucas must be the go between. Lucas is still his usual sel ...more
Natasha Oliver
This is my first Sandford novel.

I normally don't like repeat characters/series as I feel that it shows a lack of creativity, etc. However he was rec'd to me so I decided to give it a try.

I liked the manner in which this book was written -- short scenes, quick, funny dialogue. But the story itself was typical. I say typical b/c it's what you expect from a novel with recycled characters: references to other books/stories, an open ending to allow for future sales, etc.

If you want a quick, fun read:
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Leslie
This is a really different Prey book. It starts slowly and is missing many of regular cast of characters.

It looks into what happened to the communist agents in the US when communism went away. How modern Russian capitalists are faced with a small group of true believers.

Through most of the book Davenport and his colleagues are a day late and a dollar short because they aren't dealing with run of the mill criminals but trained operatives hidden in plain sight.

Once you get up to speed this is a h
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Stuart Langridge

SUMMARY:
With Naked Prey, John Sandford proved again that his writing is as fresh and compulsively readable as ever. "This is vintage Sandford, which is to say all but impossible to put down," said The Washington Post. "Sprawling, suspenseful, tough-minded [and] sheer fun." Six months ago, Lucas Davenport tacked his first case as a statewide troubleshooter, and he thought that one was plenty strange enough. But that was before the Russian got killed. On the shore of Lake Superior, a man named Vla

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Paula Dembeck
This is number 15 in the Prey series.

A dead man is found in a field adjoining a grain elevator on Lake Superior, brutally executed with three bullets to the head and heart. His wallet is gone and it looks like he had a money belt that was also taken. There is a Russian ship in the harbor and he is soon identified as a member of the crew but also someone with interesting government connections. Apart from the robbery, there seems to be no motive for the murder and its style resembles a professio
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Sue
I have read 6 or 7 books in the John Sandford "Prey" series and I don't normally jump around within a series but this one was $1.99 and looked interesting. It is #15 with charmer Lucas Davenport, BCA. By now, Lucas is married to Weather, a surgeon, and they have an infant son and an orphan son they got in one of the earlier novels. A multi-generational Russian spy ring is operating on the Iron Range and in Duluth, Minnesota. All plausible in an area that was once settled mostly by Eastern Europe ...more
Jordan Kirkwood

In Hidden Prey by John Sandford the storyline is fairly simple. Basically what happened is that in the beginning a man is murdered. That man turns out to be a Russian spy and a former KGB agent. For the rest of the book the U.S. and the Russians are trying to find out who killed him and what he was doing there.
I would rate Hidden Prey a 4 out of 5. One reason I chose this is because the book is very interesting. Even though there are so many books in the series the books stay interesting and do
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Leon Aldrich
Gobbling up this series...
Tish
Plot was good, but I didn't really LIKE any of the characters very much.
Richard
This is a detective novel about a group of Soviet-era spies living and working in several communities located in the iron range of northern Minnesota. The story is well-crafted and suspenseful. There are few editing errors and not very many inconsistencies. A couple of loose ends remain dangling at the end, but they are of a minor nature. All in all, it is an easy and entertaining read. As with almost all of this author's novels, this one did not end smoothly, and it left me vaguely unsatisfied. ...more
T-Pot
“Hidden Prey” is the sixteenth book in the John Sanford “Prey” series. Sanford delivers with yet another great book. Lucas Davenport has yet another mystery on his hands and this time gets a little help. This is the last book in the “Prey” series with another one expected to hit shelves soon.

Sanford never disappoints with any of the “Prey” books. This time, a Russian sailor was shot on the shore of Lake Superior and no one knows who killed him. There was a witness to the murder-a homeless woman
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Jerry
Even humor dots this Lucas Davenport "spy" thriller...

We're admittedly big Sandford fans, having enjoyed the entire preceeding set of "Prey" adventures (and his "Kidd" books as well) starring Lucas Davenport. Promoted to a position where he works on anything with political overtones at the behest of the Minnesota governor (no, not that one!), Lucas is soon embroiled with the murder of a Russian stranger down at the docks, and in escorting Nadya, an "investigator" (read, spy) sent over from Russi
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Dotti Elrick
This is the 15th book in Sandfords Prey series, featuring Minnesota detective Lucas Davenport. I love this series, however, I did not care much for this particular installment. I found it slow and difficult to get into. I did not have any trouble putting this book down and no real desire to pick it up again. But I did finish it. It picks up about half way through and starts to get rolling. It was just a hard read to get there.
Lucas is called in to investigate the murder of a Russian, who it tur
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Diane
This entry in the estimable Prey series (21 books as of 2011) is competent, but not thrilling. The idea of a multi-generational Communist ring operating in the Minnesota boondocks is somewhat plausible, but I'm not a big fan of spy novels so this didn't tweak my appetite. The setting includes a lot of very small towns, so an uncomfortable amount of the book consists of racing from one town to another. My main interest in the series is following the life of Lucas Davenport, the 40-something inves ...more
Phoenix
Well,

Funnily enough this is my second time reading this title. Many of Sandford's novels tend to run together in a blur although I do enjoy them immensely. This particular novel encompasses an interesting mixture between espionage from the Cold War period and the typical crime thriller. It was sharp, fast paced and kept me turning the pages. I devoured the entire novel in a day or two [I'm a slow reader]. I find the protagonist, Lucas Davenport a bit snide and difficult to support, somewhat too
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David Carr
When I take up a John Sandford novel it means a safe choice: the book will occupy familiar territory, the crime will be brutal with obscure origins, and the language will have a natural and enticing flow. Hidden Prey is the fifteenth in the Lucas Davenport series; six more have appeared, and Sandford has written at least ten other books in other series. After fourteen previous experiences, assumptions in place, I found the quality of this book to exceed routine expectations. It re-established so ...more
Margaret
Hidden Prey isn't your typical Lucas Davenport novel. For once he is mostly divorced from his support network of Del Capslock, Harrison Sloan, Marcey Sherrill and thugs extraordinaire Jenkins and Shrake. Instead he has Duluth cop Jerry Reasons, and a Russian intelligence operative as sidekicks.

A Russian sailor is found shot dead in Duluth, but there is just one problem. He has two identities and one of them is as a former KGB operative. Add a Cold War era spy ring operating in upper mid-west USA
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Mary
On the shore of Lake Superior, a man named Rodion Oleshev is found shot dead, three holes in his head and his heart, and though nobody knows why, everybody — the local cops, the FBI, and the Russians themselves — has a theory. And when it turns out he had very high government connections, that's when it hits the fan.
A Russian cop flies in from Moscow, Davenport flies in from Minneapolis, law enforcement and press types swarm the crime scene — and, in the middle of it all, there is another murder
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Petra
I have been reading it for one month and two weeks. I didn't read a chapter or so every day, just every once in a while.nevertheless I never did lose track of the plot..
the fiction really does deliver twists till the very last chapter!
It didn't end the way I thought it would be; the end was confusing and surprising.
the characters were chosen accurately that each and every one of them contributes in creating each scenes...
It would have ended more logical than this, I don't know how .. but one cha
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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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