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Silken Prey

(Lucas Davenport #23)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  16,658 ratings  ·  1,366 reviews
Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, “Hey, I think he’s breathing,” and another voice says, “Yeah? Give me the bat.” And that’s the last thing he knows.

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Hardcover, 406 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published January 1st 2013)
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Ingrid It helps if you read them in order to see how the characters change and to follow some of the relationships. But you don't have to and he always tells…moreIt helps if you read them in order to see how the characters change and to follow some of the relationships. But you don't have to and he always tells a little background in each story if there is something he feels you need to know in the one you're reading. Personally, I think it's such a great series and you can get through books 1-22 in no time.(less)

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*Update 10/14/16 - Three years ago John Sandford published this book which features a wealthy political candidate for a major office campaigning while suffering from a narcissistic personality disorder. Here's the Mayo Clinic's definition of that condition:

"Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-e
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another great Davenport book! There has never been a bad one. They've never slipped below "good". Most are "very good". Some are "great". That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it!
James Thane
A tight race for a U.S. Senate seat from Minnesota is headed toward a nail-biter of a finish when a campaign aide accidentally discovers child porn on the office computer of the Republican incumbent, Porter Smalls. Smalls is obviously toast, and it seems certain that the discovery will lead to a victory by the beautiful, wealthy and determined Democratic challenger whose name is Taryn Grant.

The governor is a Democrat who normally would welcome a victory by his party in the Senate race. But he's
Alex is The Romance Fox
Lucas Davenport, detective extraordinaire is off again on another quest to bringing the bad guys down!!!

Despite the long going series and some hit and misses, this was one of the better ones.

The storyline revolves around a political campaign in Lucas's city. Political intrigue, murder, cold-hearted killers and the craziest psycho female suspect ever.

We find out quite early in the book who the bad guys are but there are so many surprises and twists and turns that just keep you turning the page w
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Rating - 3.5 stars

Silken Prey is every bit as carefully plotted and well written as all of the Lucas Davenport novels, but it gets a bit tedious at times because of the political aspects of the story. There's quite a bit of discussion of campaign strategies and dirty dealing to make the opponent look bad, which dials down the excitement and slows the pace. However, the quality we've come to expect from John Sandford is evident in this novel, and I love watching Davenport's character continue to
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Michael by: Kemper
A very satisfying read for me. Sandford is at the top of his game with this police procedural featuring Lucas Davenport of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Lucas is at the top of his game too, a supervisor of detectives who has mastered the art of leading his team, marshaling information sources, and playing the political angles. A family man with independent wealth, he is not worried about losing his job. He still likes to drive flashy cars, but he is no longer driven by his emoti ...more
Albert Riehle
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
What do you want me to say? Sandford writes another great Prey novel that I read in just a few sittings and was into from start to finish? Okay. There. I said it. Should I mention how good the pacing is and how, once again, the book seems to roll downhill the way all of his books do? Because it does. In it's most simple terms, if you like John Sandford, you'll like this book. If you don't, you're not reading correctly and you're somehow defective. Take up a different hobby.

The real question is
Gerry Bartlett
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Sandford is an auto-buy for me and has been for years. Sorry to say this one let me down. It's a Lucas Davenport book but he decided to invite the characters from all three of his series. So we see Virgil Flowers(love him!) briefly and Kidd(wish there had been more of those books) with his wife. Of course all his other cop sidekicks showed up as well. This was not the problem. Instead, I'm afraid Sandford's own disillusionment with our political system made this mystery into an indictment of how ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: john-sanford
First a rant. Del Capslock ? Really ? I have been a fan of John Sanford for a few years now and thoroughly enjoy the Lucas Davenport series, but I can't abide this name perversion any longer. I know it must be hard for writers to come up with memorable character names but this one is ridiculous. Capslock? Are there generations of Capslocks that have preceded Del; does their family coat of arms contain a wireless mouse crest emblazoned on a keyboard shield with the famous motto "Please wait..." t ...more
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Silken Prey is the 23rd in the "Prey" series, which follows the adventures of Lucas Davenport, Minnesota cop. Any of the Prey novels could stand on their own as a great summer read, and they're all very well-written thrillers, incredibly well-paced, with just the right touches of humor splashed on top of suspense. Sandford has penned a couple other series, all within the same basic universe, featuring other protagonists, Kidd (just Kidd) and Virgil Flowers, over the years. Lately, he's alternate ...more
Jun 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, fiction, library, mystery
John Sandford’s Prey series focus on Lucas Davenport, an independently wealthy detective for Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. In this role, he takes on complicated and politically charged cases, and in this latest installment Davenport is in the thick of the politics, helping out the governor with a potential scandal in the upcoming Senate race. With a missing political operative and no one offering up information, Lucas calls in his friends to help out. Appearing from other Sandford ...more
Michael B
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This came out yesterday. Sanford has hit another home run with his latest of the "Prey" series. His protagonist is what one would call a man who knows what he's about. Sanford writes at a level which assumes his audience is sophisticated enough not to have everything explained. Sanford is brilliant at nailing the quirky sides of people - often in one or two lines which provide a belly laugh. His characters are believable though I suspect as in every Davenport the number of bodies will build up w ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
First Read: I enjoyed this one more than some of the others. The plot didn't let up for a minute, and the language was some cleaner than other books of his. Not perfect, but better. The intrigue, the political arena and all the happenings that went on with it. Kinda reminds me of current world situations. Pretty good afterall.

Second Read: Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he's waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plas
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sandford is in top form in this excellent audiobook read by Richard Ferrone. Lucas is asked by the governor to look into allegations that the Republican Senator has been set up. Kiddie porn was found on his campaign computer by a volunteer, and the governor, who has known Porter Smalls all his life, is sure he’s innocent. He’s worried some zealous advocate from his own party might be responsible for having set up Smalls and if that came out, the political backlash could hurt him as well as Small ...more
Paula Kalin
Love all the Lucas Davenport books.
Mal Warwick
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Politics in Minnesota: Murder, scandal, and psychopaths at play

Here’s Lucas Davenport again, that brilliant, multimillionaire, Porsche-driving cop, a friend of the governor, who takes on the most difficult criminal cases in the state as the top agent in the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. This time around, Lucas is caught up in a murder case that’s somehow tied to the U.S. Senate campaign between the loony right-wing incumbent and the beautiful young billionaire psychopath who markets
Ray Palen
Jun 12, 2013 rated it liked it
John Sanford knows a good formula when he sees it. Why else would this prolific thriller author have released twenty-two ‘Prey’ thrillers? Now, along comes number twenty-three with the release of the latest Lucas Davenport novel entitled SILKEN PREY.

Lucas has received a well-earned reputation as a person you can call on to get almost anything done. From killing to crime solving to stakeouts to personal protection --- Lucas Davenport is your man. As a member of the BCA --- the Bureau of Criminal
Franklin Atherton
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to Franklin by: Long-time fan
John Sandford's newest effort, Silken Prey, clearly defines him as a craftsman of fine literary entertainment. A quarter of the way through you will be so intrigued you can't put it down. Halfway through you will absolutely crave a resolution to all of the intricate criminal insanity, and at the three quarters mark, the pace becomes breathlessly frantic, as the clues begin to close circle, Davenport circles the wagons, and the bad guys circle the drain.

The entire Sandford ecosystem comes out to
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Like its many predecessors, this latest in John Sandford's series featuring Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Lucas Davenport is a winner - but with a couple of flaws that kept me from going all out with 5 stars.

One thing I noticed early on is a lack of background on some of the characters; generally, authors find a way to provide a bit of a backstory on most of the people who have appeared in previous books. I suppose those who are reading a Davenport book for the first time won't
Terri Powers
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’m a Prey fan. I’m a fan of the Prey series. I have been a Prey reader since Eyes of Prey back in 1991. Once I got hooked on the life of Lucas Davenport, the lead character of the series, I purchased the two prior Prey books and every one since 1991 to the present, Silken Prey.

Lucas has aged, he’s changed jobs a couple of times, he’s had two children and married and remains an interesting character with more stories to tell. I admire John Sanford for his ability to build upon such an iconic fig
Jerry B
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
We’ve long enjoyed Sandford and have 100% of his bibliography on our already read shelf – even the now somewhat obscure Kidd novels. And while we’re also fond of the author’s more recent Virgil Flowers stories, the “Prey” books are still the first class entrees – with “Silken” no exception. Despite Lucas Davenport now more of an fifty-ish executive in the Minnesota BCA, he pretty much works the interesting case herein himself when the governor personally asks Lucas to find out if a hot Senate ra ...more
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've read most of Sandford's Prey books and this is one of the best in recent memory. Lucas Davenport is no stranger to politics, but up until now it usually involved the police department. Silken Prey dumps him into a political maelstrom involving dirty tricks, covert operatives and murder.

During a tight race for the U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota, kiddie porn shows up on the computer of the Republican candidate. Is it for real or is it a dirty trick? His Democratic opponent is a beautiful woman
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another Lucas Davenport crime novel, this time involving a hotly contested Senatorial race that involves nasty dirty tricks and murder. The story opens with the murder of a political fixer and moves on from there. The politics here is not pretty. In fact it's quite cynical, in line with much of what we see and hear from Washington and our state capitols on a daily basis now.

The essential mystery/crime novel is burdened at times with the telling of the political tale...all the details of the pol
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
2nd reading - Lucas is on the trail of a mystery politico who has put child porn on the computer of a guy who is running for the senate. He was in the lead, now he's fighting for career life, hoping to prove it wasn't his. The challenger for the office may be it - a rich, beautiful lady with some shadowy fellas on her payroll.

1st reading - Sandford included characters from his other two series, Virgil and Kidd, in this latest story. Good setup, psychotic lady running for senator from Minnesota w
Mike French
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After 23 Lucas Davenport novels one would think they would be getting stale. WRONG!! Like a fine wine they keep getting better with age.
As always, entertaining with great plotting and interesting characters. This is one of my favorite ongoing series and the author has kept up the high standards with each book. Listened to the audio version which was narrated by Richard Ferrone who did his usual excellent job.
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dirty politics has Lucas trying to unsnarl a real mess created by child porn pictures appearing on a candidate's computer screen. It's a hot button a critical time & Sandford shows well how people lose all reason when even the suspicion is attached to a person. There is a sense of reality surrounding this entire mess that's almost disheartening, but Lucas & company do a great job. I'm definitely looking forward to the next mess involving some of these people. This is one of the better of ...more
Doug Cummings
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this, the 23rd entry in the Prey series, Sandford handles multiple points of view and an intricate plot so well that I took as much pleasure from seeing his characters interact as I did watching Lucas Davenport fit together the pieces of the complicated political dirty trick slash murder investigation.
Actually, "characters interact" is too formal a description. Most of these folks seem like old friends...Davenport, Weather, Del, Shrake, Jenkins and Flowers . . . and they're so well drawn, th
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: criminal-mystery
This was not so much a criminal mystery book as it was a book about greed and political machinations. And while I don't really care for stories involving politics, this one kept me interested throughout, especially from the halfway mark onward.

From the beginning, the reader knows who did what and why. The story is all about the criminals playing cover up while law enforcement plays catch up in order to crack the case. Even so, the author managed to write a very suspenseful story, with the reader
May 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest John Sandford Lucas Davenport novel "Silken Prey" wasn't one of my favourites of the ongoing Prey series which is otherwise one of the most reliable that I know. I don't want to create any spoilers so I'm just going to bullet-point the areas that were a letdown.
- Davenport wasn't enough of the central force of the plot. This was mostly because:
- The case has Davenport recruiting Sandford's otherwise abandoned series characters Kidd & Luellen (the last book in their series was 200
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“NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER: Has excessive feelings of self-importance. Reacts to criticism with rage. Takes advantage of other people. Disregards the feelings of others. Preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, and intelligence. •   •   •” 4 likes
“What joke?” “The one about the guy who rolls a wheelbarrow full of sawdust out of a construction site every night.” “I don’t know that one,” Cochran said. Lucas said, “The security guy keeps checking and checking and checking the wheelbarrow, thinking the guy had to be stealing something. Never found anything hidden in the sawdust, and nobody cared about the sawdust. Couple of years later, they bump into each other, and the security guy says, ‘Look, it’s all in the past, you can tell me now. I know you were stealing something. What was it?’ And the guy says, ‘Wheelbarrows.” 4 likes
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