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Chosen Prey

(Lucas Davenport #12)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  26,240 ratings  ·  476 reviews
A New York Times bestseller! Lucas Davenport returns in the most harrowing and unexpected Prey novel yetthe story of a congenial man, and his most uncongenial obsession...

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 furth
Paperback, 383 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Berkley (first published 2001)
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Terry Derossitt i started with one of his newer books, didn't even realize it was part of a series until i saw an older book. I liked it so much i decided to start fr…morei started with one of his newer books, didn't even realize it was part of a series until i saw an older book. I liked it so much i decided to start from the beginning and i have not been disappointed. To answer your question, no, you do not, but you will want to go back eventually and get the background on the characters.(less)

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Sheyla ✎
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Lucas Lucas Lucas, you my friend are a very interesting character. I have come to love you in a special way. You might be a sociopath too but at least you're on the right side of the law.

It's a pleasure going back to this world in between my other reads. Lucas and his team make me laugh over and over. I've spoken about their camaraderie in a few of my reviews but I have to say it again. I'm entertained by them. I know them all now.

Now, the crazy one this time is James Qatar. He is crazy. He en
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is always fun to read a Prey Novel!

For those mystery lovers who are yet to get acquainted with Lucas Davenport – the protagonist of the Prey series, he is a maverick investigator for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Davenport had made a lot of money by writing computer games and drives a Porsche. He is a contrast to the depressed, alcoholic cops we often come across in cop thrillers.

This time Davenport is up against a sexual pervert-cum-serial killer, who unfortunately happens to be
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.

A recently discover
John Culuris
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
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
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
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm reading through the whole, "Prey," series. Chosen Prey, is not Sandford at his best. There is an excellent interview with the author on the audio version worth a listen. 6 of 10 stars ...more
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
2nd read - Lucas is pulled into a strange case involving a decomposing body on a hillside. As the bodies pile up, it appears we have a serial killer. A crusty lawman joins Lucas's posse, looking for his lost niece and a few other young, blond ladies who've disappeared.

I really enjoyed the police procedure, as our heroes try to tie the ends together. Some readers think this antagonist is one of Sandford's weakest, but in hindsight, he makes few mistakes, leaving Davenport frustrated.

I had to re-r
Maureen DeLuca
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading these books in order and loving every minute of it. To me - this book is a 3 star read- I wish Davenport wasn't with Weather- but I could wish all I want - she is here to stay . Having said that this book was a fast read, ok read- not the best- so why the 4 stars? Well, simply the series is just amazing so because of that , I added the other star. John Sandford does an amazing job with all these stories, and looking forward to getting into book 13 !! ...more
David Putnam
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
John Sanford is my go-to author when all other books fail to interest me. I have read the series twice and I'm on my third trip through. Love his structure, characters and stories. I wish I wrote as well.

David Putnam, Author of the Bruno Johnson series.
Kathy Davie
Jan 17, 2015 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
We get to see who Lucas chose after the mess of the last Prey book (spoiler: Weather) and how they are dealing with each other months later. Still ambivalent about what things mean, the two are back together, stronger than before. Lucas is dealing with a shake up though professionally. The chief who he has been working for is not likely to get re-appointed, which means Lucas is going to have to go too. If that's enough, it appears a murder is leading Lucas and his team to investigate what it app ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
This was an enjoyable, well-paced entry in the Prey series, but it's also the only one thus far where I remember being impatient with Lucas for having missed something. Sandford is usually a master plot technician, great at constructing believably complicated mysteries and believable human errors, but here I just hit a wall where I can't buy that Lucas would interview Mrs. Qatar, an elderly woman linked to an unusual number of victims, and fail to take note of her mentioning her son who works in ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another psycho, so not quite as good as the previous or the next books, but still quite good. As usual, the thrill is in the chase. It's not just about catching the guy, but doing so with the available resources & making a strong enough case that a conviction can be made. That can be a tough proposition & it leads to a lot of heartbreak. Very well done in this case with great motives throughout. That's why this gets 4 stars.

On to the next!
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent stuff. The antagonist probably isn’t gonna make it into the Davenport hall of fame but he was creepy and skilled enough to hang with the big boys/girls and the book as a whole was obsessively readable. The banter in these books only gets better. So many likable characters and hilarious coworker conversations. A most satisfying entry in the series if not a top fiver.
Carmen Bollinger
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
James Qatar is one of the creepiest things ever in a book. Right up there with Hannibal Lechter---almost Great ending, too. Totally unexpected.
Jackie Rogers
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
How many serial killers can Mr. Sanford come up with? One in every book. This one killed a lot of women before getting caught. Was about to get away with it until one officer took him in hand. Justice was done. Lucas about to become a dad again.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Starts out with real promise but then kind of just putters through. Missing the elements that made earlier books captivating.
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
Two-haiku review:

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

Lucas and Weather
Together, thinking babies.
Seems like about time.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Somewhat early in this heart pounding thriller one particular paragraph jumped out at me : "James Qatar was an art professor and a writer, a womanizer and genial pervert and pipe smoker, and a thief and a laughing man and a killer." - I knew that author John Sandford's twelfth Lucas Davenport entitled, "Chosen Prey" was going to be really good. In tracking James Qatar, Davenport has come across his most difficult case of his career. A series of outrageous drawings featuring women in really perve ...more
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Daniel Kincaid
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'll admit, I was weary about getting back into the series, but the gamble proved itself right- this entry was quite good.

There's really nothing new here: Lucas Davenport, yet again, finds himself chasing yet another deranged psychopath- a history professor who had a dark, sinister, and twisted secret: he likes to takes photographs of women, and then make them into sexually-charged, pornographic drawings, as a prelude to murder- he also likes to strangle his subjects to death.
This case will pr
Lukasz Pruski
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
"Formed his loop; touched her neck again. Held the loop open, smiled, dropped it around her neck, and...

Chosen Prey (2001) is the twelfth installment in the acclaimed "Prey series" by John Sandford (John Camp in real life). A little while ago (for me this means about a quarter of a century), I had read many novels in the series and found them relatively well-written, interesting, only moderately packed with the usual genre clichés, and compulsively readable. Perfect examples of high-end di
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another satisfying read from John Sanford. When I first began with this author, I mostly selected the Virgil (that f****ing) Flowers novels and really enjoyed the banter and mixture of humor and crime solving. Once hooked, I ventured into the far more plentiful world of the Prey novels and began to appreciate Lucas Davenport a bit more than I'd thought possible.

So, Chosen Prey is, in many ways, a classic blend of the best qualities of this series. There is a pretty grim, twisted, and altogether
Brent Soderstrum
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jun 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Audiobook enjoyable gray plodding pace where we already know the perpetrator. I did not like Sandfords jab at people who watch FoxNews; it had nothing to do with the story line and Sandford definitely benefits from his position in capitalism.
Why do people think that 30 years in prison is an accountable sentence for murder?
My name is Qatar. I have never been to the Middle East. You should not be reading this book.
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John Sandford was born John Roswell 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 Univer

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