Hidden Prey (Lucas Davenport #15)
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?”
When a Russian sailor is shot and killed on the shores of Lake Superior near Duluth, it initially appears to be a relatively insignifican ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
A group of Russian families has been in the U.S. for decades. They consider them ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
As much as I was pleased with the location a of the book, I found the plot a bit on ...more
Looking back, I guess that's because it deals with Russian spy "stuff," and in the begin ...more
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: ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Lucas is called in to investigate the murder of a Russian, who it tur ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more