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Chosen Prey (Lucas Davenport #12)

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A killer has some serious cleaning up to do to keep from getting caught--and Davenport's detection skills make him number one on his hit list.
ebook, 416 pages
Published May 7th 2001 by Berkley Books (first published January 1st 2001)
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A long Minnesota winter has left Lucas Davenport in one of his funks, but fortunately there’s a hunt for a new serial killer to put a spring in his step and a song in his heart.

James Qatar is an art history professor who likes luring lonely women into romances and then strangling them. His other hobby is doing explicit pornographic drawings of females he’s angry with and sending them the pictures anonymously or posting them in a public place. So Qatar is a real peach of a guy.

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James Thane
The twelfth entry in John Sandford's acclaimed Prey series finds the world of the protagonist, Lucas Davenport, undergoing some major changes. His boss, Police Chief Rose Marie Roux, is about to lose her job since the mayor who appointed her is leaving office. This means, in turn, that Davenport will almost certainly lose his job as Assistant Chief as well.

At the same time, Lucas's girlfriend, Weather Karkinnen, has decided that it's time for them to make a baby. Weather has been alienated from
Jun 21, 2016 Dee rated it it was amazing
Two-haiku review:

Mind of a killer,
Strangling, burying small blondes
Over many years.

Lucas and Weather
Together, thinking babies.
Seems like about time.
Kathy Davie
Jan 30, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Twelfth in the Lucas Davenport thriller series and revolving around an unorthodox cop in Minneapolis. It's been a year since Easy Prey , 11.

My Take
What I like about this series is that it's standard mystery/thriller reading, but Sandford's characters come out so real. That encounter between Lucas and Jeff Baxter was great. They could be talking about golf or tennis, but they're batting around ideas for a deal for a scumbag that Baxter is representing. There are the political issues when Rose Ma
aPriL does feral sometimes

“All extremes of feeling are allied with madness.”
― Virginia Woolf, Orlando


James Qatar is obsessed with small-town blond young women. But not because how they sparkle with life. Rather, it's how they look while dying being strangled by his favorite rope. As an art history professor and an intellectual, he has always been drawn to the beautiful deaths of asphyxiating women. Many many women.

Blond Ellen Barstad is obsessed with sexual adventure. She thinks she has found the perfect teache
Jan 04, 2009 Mellissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been two years since I read the previous book in the Prey series, but this was like hanging out with an old friend you haven't seen for a while - you fall back into old patterns like it was just yesterday. Another fast-paced search for a killer, another chilling glimpse into the killer's mind. I love the camaraderie between Davenport and his colleagues and chuckled out loud on many occasions.

But the final sentence is a major cliffhanger! I do have the next book in the series on my booksh
Brent Soderstrum
May 04, 2015 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 12 of Sandford's Lucas Davenport series.

This book explores the demented mind of Professor James Qatar who is an art history professor at a small college in Minnesota. Qatar has a weird way of expressing his artistic side. He draws erotic photos of women...and then he kills them. As he has moved throughout the Midwest the bodies are left in his wake.

Davenport and his support team are called to find the killer. Added to the team is an older police officer from Wisconsin who has let the hunt f
Apr 26, 2012 Monnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another of the better books in John Sanford's "Prey" series (they're all good, so I suppose my differentiation is mostly because the characters in some grab me more than in others). But I do love it when the bad guy or gal - in this case a serial killer - is revealed to the reader up front. A big part of the thrill of the read, then, is how and when the identity will be known by the "hero" as well - in this case, Minneapolis Deputy Chief Lucas Davenport. Needless to say, there are zigs a ...more
Mar 07, 2015 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
found this at a bus stop. i was almost finished with what i was reading at the time and as i did not have anything lined up for my next book i decided to try it. generally i avoid jumping into the middle of a series, especially a long-running one like this (didn't find out until i was half way through that this was number TWELVE O.o). i have stalled out on a number of series due to difficulties finding the next installment (book 2 of stephen hunter's bob lee swagger universe and book 5 of the GR ...more
The bad guy in this 12th Prey book, is James Qatar, an art history professor and a repressed (although mild looking) psycho killer. He strangles his victims because that’s the only thing that pleasures him. At first a body of a young woman is discovered in a remote area, and the case is assigned to the local homicide team but when this site is suspected to be a graveyard where more murder victims are buried, Lucas Davenport and his team are tasked to find this serial killer. The investigation is ...more
John Culuris
There is one drawback to being a master of your craft, of having the ability to create fascinating characters and situations, and build suspense, and make the routine seem interesting. What happens when you don’t carry it all the way through to the conclusion of the book? What happens when the last fifty pages read as if they’d been plotted by someone else? Those superior skills turn against you. Disappointment is magnified because enhanced expectations are not met.

There are two major problems w
Feb 09, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#12 in the Lucas Davenport series. I give this average entry a 3-1/2 star rating - so round down to 3 stars if you are not a Lucas Davenport fan. I'll round up to 4 stars because even an average entry in this series provides superior entertainment. The killer, this time around, is drawn to young blondes. Only one is given much attention in the book and, as it turns out, she is certainly not typical prey.
With a new mayor on the horizon, Lucas and the police chief are both likely to be out of a j
I don't like Winter. (*nuff said)

I listened to John Sanford's talk about this book a few days ago, and his process. I completely agree, if you want to critique a book, read it over and over, and figure out how they did what they did. I read this book with this in mind and was surprised to see its a pretty common layout to his styles.

Here is my problem though. He makes an observation that Lucas looks like a sexual preadtor with a number of women racking up as the books number increases. So its t
Bruce Snell
Jul 23, 2011 Bruce Snell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 12th in John Sandford's Prey series, and once again Lucas Davenport has a serial killer to catch. This is a good procedural in showing the day to day grunt work that goes into solving a crime of this sort. I read one review that complained that the end was obvious half way thru the story, and it was, but I think that was intentional. The end was just as obvious to Davenport as to the readers, and letting us in on the secret just showed that knowing the end does not mean we can do any ...more
Jul 07, 2016 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's no doubly about it. Sandford is s good writer. He's excellent at dialogue and projecting the thoughts of his characters. And, all (most) of Sandford’s novels are interesting because his villains are so insane – monsters. Yikes! These Lucas Davenport stories are also about that character’s life. Heck, I feel like I’m getting to know the guy beyond his police work.

The series is essentially murder mysteries. Set in Minneapolis and northern Wisconsin, this area of the country sure seems to h
Sridhar Babu
Aug 24, 2015 Sridhar Babu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John sandford ..
James Qatar, Lucas Davenport, Del, Rosie Marie Roux, Del, Marcy, Terry Marshall, weather Helen Qatar, and Ellen Barstad.


JAMES an art history professor, a writer, womanizer, pervert, a thief and killer. His hobby was taking secret photographs of woman. Pulling out a nude girl's photo from porno site and pasting (drawing) the figure of his well known woman is his hobby. One day his fantasy goes too far
May 20, 2015 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 05, 2014 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is another is the seemingly endless series of detective novels about Minnesota detective Lucas Davenport that features a villain who is a psychopathic serial killer who preys on women. One might believe that all the psychos in the country live in Minnesota. Perhaps I have read too many of the author's novels, but this is getting stale. I believe there are other kinds of criminals to be written about, and stories about tracking and capturing them might be interesting.

I like a detective hero
Paula Dembeck
Number 12 in the ongoing Prey Series.

This hunt for a serial killer is one that reminds us all that some of the nastiest killers are wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing. James Qatar has a credible veneer as an art history professor at St Patrick’s University and as a writer with a publishing record. He is also a thief and a killer. He loves good clothes (cashmere, fine tailored suits and driving gloves) and good wine and when he has the cash, he loves to shop at SAKS and Neiman Marcus. He also lik
Jun 12, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great detective story by John Sandford. This story has the Assistant Chief of Police Lucas Davenport trying to figure out what and to who are strange murders happening. Obviously a mass murderer but who and why as each murder scene is totally cleaned by the criminal. Watching and experiencing the clue seeking and detective work of Lucas are spell binding and just plain hard to put down detective whodunit mystery work. I have come to really enjoy all of Sandford's writings. A must read.
Jun 17, 2012 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This time the serial killer is art history professor James Qatar. He is fixated on young blondes.

This is a great Prey book. The reader knows the killer and gets to watch as Lucas Davenport and his team stumble their way through the clues.

Davenport is back with Weather and a marriage is being planned and maybe even a child. Davenport seems to have settled down somewhat and even grown up a bit.

Loved the book and the development of the characters
Usually I try to avoid books with serial killer plots but this series has always been the exception. For whatever reason I always enjoy reading about Lucas and his cohorts. This entry hints at some big changes both professionally and personally for Lucas which makes me eager to read the next book in the series. Listened to the audio which was read by Richard Ferrone.

Chosen Prey is John Sandford’s 12th Lucas Davenport novel and it’s clear that here at the mid-point of this series he is just hitting his stride. The writing is sharp, the action crisp, and the killer appropriately disturbing.

Not surprisingly, there’s another killer loose in Minneapolis, and it is up to Deputy Police Chief Davenport and his crew of stalwart and dedicated police to catch him. James Qatar is a professor of art history by day, but out of the classroom he is hiding something. What
Charissa Wilkinson
Aug 14, 2015 Charissa Wilkinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, adult
Overview: Lucas has been given some awful news. The current mayor has decided to not run for re-election. That means that Lucas’s next case will probably be his last. Rose-Marie is trying to find them both a new job. So the current case involves blondes that have been found in a impromptu gravesite. The killer has a thing for strangling them. Can Lucas find the guy before his time runs out as Deputy Chief?

Like: Terry Marshall had a good heart, even if it had gotten a bit heavy over time. And He
My name is Qatar. I have never been to the Middle East. You should not be reading this book.
Sep 04, 2014 Jrowe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like these books (the Prey books). This is the 5th one I've read. It was not my favorite in the series, but it was still entertaining. There were drugs being abused that I had never heard of, and the combinations of drugs ingested by one character didn't seem realistic. By this I mean, it seemed like he would have overdosed many times, but that was not even mentioned as a concern in the book. I never guessed the identity of the murderer and was a bit surprised at the end. However, it didn't le ...more
Oct 28, 2014 Erica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** Contains some spoilers!

Let me preface this by saying, I enjoy John Sandford novels. Some are better than others, but they are still fun reads. Chosen Prey was an extremely fun novel. It begins with an Art History Professor who has a lust for killing. Sprinkle it with some snail mailed bizarre art work. Add some new characters who you hope stay around for another book, but you know deep down that they are doomed to die. Finally get Lucas in his Porsche speeding to crime scene after crime scen
Carol Jean
Oct 26, 2013 Carol Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm starting to understand what a heroin addict feels like....
David Trapp
Book preview on the John Sanford website: He desired women. All shapes, all sizes. He would fix on a woman and build imaginary stories around her. Some of the women he knew well, others not at all. Most of them faded quickly. Only a few became objects of desire.

An art history professor and writer and cheerful pervert, James Qatar had a hobby: he took secret photographs of women and turned them into highly sexual drawings. One day, he took the hobby a step further and... well, one thing led to an
Aug 11, 2014 Lena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Couldn’t hold a candle to the previous Prey books

I read the first eleven books and regard myself as a Prey Series fan. All of them are very well written with intelligent plots constructed around rich characters, which made me enjoy the reading and kept me interested throughout the page-turning, riveting and surprising stories. In all previous books both Davenport and the killer enthralled me: the detective’s line of thoughts, the way he undertakes the chases, the turns in the events, the suspens
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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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