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Invisible Prey (Lucas Davenport #17)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  8,689 ratings  ·  360 reviews
A wealthy woman and her maid are murdered. Robbery would seem the likely scenario, except that none of the clues are coming together for Lucas Davenport. At least not those he can see.
ebook, 448 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Berkley Books
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With this one, I have now reviewed all 23 of John Sandford’s Prey series. I really feel like I should get a nicely framed certificate or perhaps a medal along with a ceremony commemorating the occasion….Maybe a small gathering with some cake and punch?…. No? Nothing?

Fine, ya bunch of ingrates….

A rich old lady and her housekeeper have been brutally killed in what appears to be a home invasion burglary of the type that small time crooks might pull. However, when there are indications that a few v
I love “That Fuckin’ Flowers.” He may not be the main show or even a Romeo, but he’s one hilarious bastard. He may need to spend a bit more time at the range, and there’s the distinct possibility he’s more interested in writing and fly fishing than he is detective work, but that just makes him memorable and interesting.

The usual suspects populate INVISIBLE PREY, so if you’re familiar with Lucas Davenport and Weather and Kidd, you’ll feel right at home. But if this is your first rodeo, then I sho
James Thane
In any long-running series, even one as good as this one surely is, inevitably some books have to be better and some weaker than others, and although I certainly enjoyed reading Invisible Prey, it's not among the best books in John Sandford's Prey series.

In every one of the books, at least thus far, the lead character, Lucas Davenport, and his supporting cast have always been consistently excellent--witty, intelligent, and always a lot of fun to hang out with, even if only vicariously. Given tha
No. 17 in the series down; I'm closing in fast with five more to go! I admit I'm always a bit skeptical of writers who churn out this many books; it's not uncommon to see the quality drop off - sometimes considerably - as they seem to be writing almost by rote (James Patterson comes to mind). But so far, Sanford hasn't fallen into that trap. Although I've enjoyed some better than others, not a single one has been disappointing.

This one, I think, is among his best so far. It centers on the murder
Lucas Davenport, special agent for Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, is trying to deal with the sensitive investigation of a local politician who has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor when his boss calls him in on another case that occurred in one of St. Paul’s richest neighborhoods. Two elderly women have been found bludgeoned to death in a home filled with antiques. Although robbery is the suspected motive, not much has been taken, so Lucas asks his intern, S ...more
Laura Belgrave
May 31, 2008 Laura Belgrave rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
I’ve probably read all of the “Prey” books that Sanford wrote. There are a lot of them. But I’ve found Sandford to be an uneven writer. Sometimes his stuff is close to brilliant. Sometimes, well, you get the impression that deadlines were looming and he just had to bash the thing together and get it out the door. Also, he has a habit of writing in really brief chunks -- kind of like “mini chapters” -- and although there’s nothing inherently wrong with that technique, I find it annoys me from tim ...more
J.T. Lewis
John Sanford’s ‘Invisible Prey’ is the 17th installment of his Lucas Davenport series…17th!

Wow, I can’t imagine, I’m only on my second book of my 1st series.


Anyway, you can’t write 17 books about the same character without doing something right. Mr. Sanford has again shown that he has the skills to get this accomplished. The synopsis of the story:

In the richest neighborhood of Minneapolis, two elderly women lie murdered in their home, killed with a pipe, the rooms tossed, only small items s
The Prey series never disappoints. It is edge of your seat action with a gritty detective at its heart. This is the 17th installment and Lucas is as entertaining as ever. You don’t need to read the series in order, but if you are like me you prefer it. John Sandford’s website,, lists all the books in order.

A rich widow and her maid are bludgeoned to death in one of the most impressive mansions in Minneapolis and a politician is caught with his pants down with a 16 year old g
Max Rudenko
I just re-read, actually re-listened, John Sandford's Invisible Prey, narrated by Richard Ferrone, and wow, I have only one word to describe it: a Treat! It's simply delicious. The book is excellent, one of John Sandford's best in my opinion, although Broken Prey is still my favorite in the series. Dear good old John Sandford. He's probably my most favorite thriller author. I wish him many more prolific years. He knows how to write crime fiction (those many years spent as a crime reporter come t ...more
One of Sandford's many Lucas Davenport titles, this book features more of a when-the-hell-will-the-investigators-notice-whodunnit than a simple mystery. The killers are revealed almost right away, and the rest of the book follows Davenport as he and other investigators try to piece the complicated crime (involving murder, antiques, quilts, inheritance, fraud, theft, and many, many more different aspects). After reading reviews of his other books in the series, it seems that this one is a bit of ...more
I probably wouldn’t read another Lucas Davenport novel, but this one was certainly acceptable for whiling away 1) a long layover in the airport and 2) an afternoon at the beach. The writing is the usual pedestrian stuff; still, given the current quality of genre literature (and the fact that editors are MIA) it’s better than many. That said, the prose is marred by some really glaring boo-boos in punctuation and grammar, including a use of semicolons that someone perhaps thought was idiosyncratic ...more
Very pleased with this one. I was getting a little worried about Sandford from the last two books featuring Davenport but this on has renewed my faith. So glad to have finally met Virgil Flowers! My mother has been telling me to read that series and now I feel I can with good faith.
Very few editing errors, but the author seems to have problems keeping his Interstate Highway numbers straight, When referring to the North/South Interstate highway that runs through the Twin Cities, he refers to it as "I-35" on page #30, even though he must have meant to say either I-35E or I-35W, because I-35 splits into two branches as it passes through the Twin Cities.

The author also uses the term "pederast" when referring to a man who is having sex with an underage girl, although that woul
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Not as exciting as some of the other Lucas Davenport novels, because this one is about quilts and artwork. Still, Sandford's writing is always seamless and tight. He always tells a good story, just some better than others.

Loved this observation:

"The thing about Botox is that when you've had too much, you then have to fake reactions just to look human--and it's impossible to distinguish real fake reactions from fake fake reactions."
Another great Prey novel (I, for one, don't think there is a bad one in the bunch)! No. 17. Also introduces Flowers who Sandford goes on to write a series with him as the lead (My next read from here). This one had some unusual killers which made it interesting. I highly recommend and hope you enjoy if you decide to read this series. And you really really should!
Marcia Chocinsky
I agree with some of the other reviews here that this isn't one of John Sanford's better efforts, but it was still enjoyable. I consider Sanford a better writer than most in this genre but he was a bit formulaic in this effort. Also several of the regular characters in the book were just kind of there. His wife Weather was thinly drawn providing a few choice pieces of advice but not really giving us much of Weathers character. And I think Letty was present in one scene but really didn't need to ...more
Johnny Williams
If you are a "Prey" series reader -- don't miss it-- If this is your first -- don't you dare start here -- Go back a few ( or the start) you will appreciate it much much more
I was not disappointed with this story line or the plot twists. Lucas Davenport never lets me down whether it is with his take on human nature or his investigative spirit.
I love any Lucas Davenport, but I especially enjoyed the foray into the art world in this one!
Paula Dembeck
This is number 17 in the Lucas Davenport Prey series.
The book begins with a brutal killing. In a grand mansion in a wealthy neighbourhood, an elderly woman and her maid have been savagely beaten to death. The two appear to be the victims of a robbery and the house has been trashed with china broken, papers thrown everywhere, rugs scattered and paintings pulled from the walls and scattered haphazardly on the floor. After Davenport arrives and checks out the crime scene, he is puzzled by a numbe
Another Great Book by a Super Author.

I will give Mr. Sandford credit for keeping his creative writing skills hone. In my opinion, he did allow himself to fall into the trap of a number of these mass market mystery/thriller authors by just keep cranking out these second rate stories every 2 months.

In the Invisible Prey, I was impressed with Sandford's ability to bring out the world of art and antiques into the story while weaving in various murders that happened over a number of years. The read
Dotti Elrick
After 17 books in the Prey series, reading about the same characters in each book, one would think you'd get bored. But the opposite is true with Mr. Sandfords Prey books. I think they are getting better, and I look forward to the next one to see what my favorite characters will be up to.
In Invisible Prey, State Investigator Lucas Davenport, is trying to clean up a mess for the governors office. A state representative, has allegedly had an affair with an underage girl, (and possibly with her mo
Book Title: Invisible Prey
Author: John Sandford
Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons / Penguin Group
Publication date: 2007
Review date: January 2011
Stars: 1.5
(1-didn’t like it; 2-it was ok; 3-liked it; 4-really liked it; 5-it was amazing)

Lucas Davenport returns as an agent from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) to pursue the killers responsible for the deaths of two elderly women: Constance Bucher, a wealthy socialite, and her maid, Sugar Peebles. Simultaneously, Lucas handles a crime that invol
A book that blended the excitement of a thriller with some very dry, witty humor that I absolutely loved. This book involved blending of two separate cases that Davenport was working on, and how an off-hand comment from his wife gives him the link the between the two. An interesting way to approach a murder-mystery.

While it was refreshing that these murders that revolved around objects - as in antiques and quilts - rather than just random, pointless, killings, it was disappointing that our anta
Sandford's "PREY" series has been around for a long time - INVISIBLE PREY is the 17th book in the Lucas Davenport based books. In case you've never read any of the earlier ones - Lucas Davenport is a cop (and part-time software entrepreneur), a wealthy man in his own right, married to a eminent Plastic Surgeon now - working as a cop because it scratches an itch for him (or so it would seem).

INVISIBLE PREY starts out with robbery related bashing murder of two elderly women - one very wealthy matr
Chuck Barksdale
This was another enjoyable book in John Sandford's Lucas Davenport series. Lucas helps investigate several murders of older women that may be tied to missing antiques. He also is involved with the investigation of a politician who is accused of a sexual relationship with a sixteen-year old that also includes Sandford's other main character, Virgil Flowers.

As typical of most books in this series, Sandford provides the reader with more information about the killers and gets to read how Lucas Daven
Chadwick Saxelid
Lucas Davenport's investigation into a home invasion robbery/murder uncovers subtle hints that it might be something more than what it first appears to be. If that intriguing puzzle weren't enough, Davenport also has to handle a political hot potato of a statutory rape case. Sensing an opportunity to create a credible distraction for Davenport to chase, the killers attempt a vicious attack.

Invisible Prey, John Sandford's 17th (that many, already?) Lucas Davenport thriller, is an enjoyable thrill
Matt Barker
Another good book by John Sandford. Ginger thinks he's written better and would only give this a 6.5/10, but I liked it a lot. I think it was the art/antique stuff that she just couldn't get into.

Publisher's Summary

In the richest neighborhood of Minneapolis, two elderly women lie murdered in their home, killed with a pipe, the rooms tossed, only small items stolen. It is clearly the random work of someone looking for money to buy drugs. But as Davenport looks more closely, he begins to wonder wh
#17 in the Lucas Davenport series. This 2007 entry is a change of pace in the series, not so much for the criminality but for the supporting cast. Lucas has less than normal interaction with his regular team. Lt. John Smith of the St.Paul PD has the lead on the initial homicide investigation, wife Weather has a small but crucial role, and intern Sandy is given a turn in the spotlight. The case of statutory rape, with political implications, is initially handled by Detective Virgil Flowers ("that ...more
Andreas Strom
Brilliant as always. This is one that I thought I'd already read, but it turns out I missed this one out, so almost like an extra bonus Davenport hit :)
What I love about most if not all the Prey novels is that you know from the start who the badguy is, and follow Davenport's investigation and see how he unravels the threads and manages to solve everything.
This time he's up against some pretty clever thieves/killers who disguise their real reason for the crimes as something completely different.
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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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“Flowers said, “I got two bottles of water in the car.”
“Get them. And get your gun,” Lucas said.
“The gun? You think?”
“No. I just like to see you wearing the fuckin’ gun for a change,” Lucas said. “C’mon, let’s get moving.”
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