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Naked Prey (Lucas Davenport #14)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  12,956 Ratings  ·  397 Reviews
Lucas Davenport finds some changes — and some nasty surprises — in store, in the chilling new novel by the number-one-bestselling author.

After thirteen years and thirteen Prey novels, John Sandford's writing is as fresh as ever. His last book, Mortal Prey, was "a model of the genre" (People) and "the cop novel of the year" (Kirkus Reviews). In the words of the Washington P
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 7th 2004 by Simon & Schuster (first published May 12th 2003)
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Life has changed for Lucas Davenport. Now that he’s a newlywed with an infant son and a new job with the state as the head of a research department one might think that Lucas has left his days of hunting deadly criminals behind him. But the new gig is with Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the title is just a bureaucratic cover for what he’ll really be doing as the guy who ‘fixes shit’.

The governor needs someone to deal quickly with crimes that can be sensitive politically, and i
James Thane
The fourteenth installment in John Sandford's Prey series finds that some major changes have transformed the life of the series protagonist, former Minneapolis cop Lucas Davenport. Lucas is now married and the father of an infant son. And, in the wake of a political shakeup, Davenport's long-time boss, police chief Rose Marie Roux is now the head of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Rose Marie has taken Lucas along with her and he is now head of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. (Whe ...more
Kathy Davie
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense
Fourteenth in the Lucas Davenport suspense series set in Minneapolis and revolving around a smart cop with a strong sense of justice. This particular story is set in Broderick, Minnesota.

My Take
Jesus. I know the world needs to be in balance, but does it have to balance like this?

This is the first story with Lucas with the governor's public safety department, and it starts with a bang. Literally. It's vengeance, and I can't blame the big man for taking it. It was brutal. It took awhile, and I mig
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
2nd read - A favorite character and story of mine from John Sandford. Along with Michael Bekker and Clara Rinker, Letty is a great character study. On the brink of being a teenager, a young girl stumbles on two bodies hanging from a tree, an African American man and Caucasian woman. Lucas, part of Minnesota's Public Safety group, is dispatched by the Governor to put a lid on any talk of "lynching."

As in Sandford's "Storm Prey", the weather takes on an added dimension that is palatable, and beco
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
John Sandford at his Lucas Davenport best. I had read this one before when it first came out but had to go back and read it again. It involves a troubled city in Northern Minnesota, kidnappings, assassinations, and great tension filled plots all bundled in a Sandford plot. For those Lucas fans this is the one that introduces Letty into his life, Weather and Lucas have been married and have a baby when he is called to go to this distant Northern town where two people are found in a small forest, ...more
Aug 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of detective thrillers.
John Sandford has again crafted another superb detective thriller,in the Prey series,with Naked Prey. As ever,the bold, brash,to the point detective, Lucas Davenport, deftly peels back layer after layer of the murder scenario's,townspeople, suspects,and victims, with the kind of twists and turns, that rival those of a roller coaster. Young,tough as nails,Lettie West, a threat to the killer, keeps you rooting for her, and tugging at your heartstrings, until the very end. Her precocious ways, toug ...more
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the second half much more than the first due to good action. 8 of 10 stars
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
In a somewhat different type of Lucas Davenport book from author John Sandford, "Naked Prey", Lucas and Del have clearly moved on from careers as police officers in Minneapolis to now top specialty state investigators. Now that the Minnesota governor has hired Rose Mary Roux away from Minneapolis both Lucas and Del realize it's time for them to move along with Rose Marie. In their first case as top flight state investigators the governor has sent Lucas and Del to the very northern portion of the ...more
John Culuris
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book had to be a challenge for John Sandford. His previous novel, Mortal Prey, was his most successful to date, both critically and in terms of reader popularity. And while you can never predict how the public will react to any particular piece of work--and he almost certainly started on Naked Prey before the verdict started coming in on Mortal--Sandford had know Mortal Prey had come out really, really good. How do you match that? Particularly since most of that previous success came from f ...more
Terri Lynn
I am hooked on John Sandford's (real name John Camp who is a Pulitzer prize winning journalist) Lycas Davenport and Virgil Flowers books and this one was quite satisfying. They are always set mostly in small towns in Minnesota and near by states and in this one top state cop Lucas Davenport and his physician (surgeon) wife Weather have a new baby boy just as Lucas is now working for the BCA taking on the hardest cases.

Right away, he gets a very hard case. In a tiny rural town, he finds himself
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was looking forward to this 14th Prey book, and wasn’t disappointed, as it introduces Letty West, a very smart, resourceful 12-year old who will become the Davenports’ ward, and will so be a fixed feature in Lucas’s family life. Letty is living in a really small town in northern Minnesota with her drunken mother, and it’s in that town that the story begins when two people (a black man and a white woman) are being hanged by an unknown man somewhere in a remote field.
Since Lucas is now official
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This exciting page-turner in Sanford's "Prey" series starts as central character Lucas Davenport starts a new job working for the governor of Minnesota as a married man with a baby son. The story moves along quickly as he tries to make sense of kidnappings, murders, nuns on a mission from God and a recalcitrant teenager who's wise way beyond her years. Another winner for sure!
aPriL does feral sometimes
"Letty, in the back seat, thought about it for a second, then said, ""It's not nice to fuck with kids."" Del twisted and said, ""Jesus Christ. Watch your mouth, little girl.""

Letty West is 12 years old. Her mother is an alcoholic, and her father left a long time ago, so Letty has raised herself. They live in the tiny town of Broderick, Minnesota. It has two streets. To make money, Letty hunts muskrats by traps near a ditch by an unused road across the way from her mother's almost derelict house,
Jane Stewart
3 stars. Questions not answered. Letty could have been better. Last half was good entertainment.

I read book #1 in the series and did not like the womanizing element of Lucas. In this book #14 he’s married, so that should be less. But his female characters come across as cardboard. Part of it is women desiring men, but I don’t see men having intense desire for women. The men are magnets and don’t do anything to earn the attraction. It’s male wishful thinking. It’s a subtle undercurrent. I accept
Dirk Grobbelaar
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another series that I've only now picked up, and it's really good too. I've been dabbling in the thriller genre lately and its been a blast. John Sandford, which is actually a nom de plume for John Camp, knows his stuff when it comes to keeping readers glued to the pages. As with other series' I've dug into lately, such as John Connolly's Charlie Parker books (Every Dead Thing), after sampling this novel I'm hooked and will certainly check out the series from scratch, starting with Rules of Prey ...more
Dan Darragh
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A must-read for fans of the Lucas Davenport series, as it tells how he and his wife came to adopt their daughter, Letty. She's a major character in this mystery about the murders of some young girls. As Sandford has done in some of his other novels, the bad guys get their comeuppance not only from the law but from a character or characters who are not exactly paragons of law and order.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sandford
finished this one yesterday. another good story. letty arrives in this one.
Johnny Williams
Feb 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Really Like this John Sanford-- my 14th but Sanford at his best-- Don't miss this one-- it starts Davenport's new State level job--
Gloria Bernal
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hadn’t read a “Prey” novel by Sanford in some time. This one is #14 released in 2004. Former Minneapolis detective, Lucas Davenport, is now reporting directly to the State of Minnesota through the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). His old boss, Rose Marie Roux was promoted to this state level taking Lucas along with her. They report directly to the Governor and his assistant. Politics and the media must now be considered in solving crimes, which is what Lucas does best, enlisting his old pa ...more
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love the book, love our new character Letty. the only issue I have is that the ending seems a little rush. I will be happy to read another two chapters.
William Howle
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A real page turner, one of the best "Prey" books I have read. There is a lot of suspense and many twists, with interesting characters. The character who is the racial inciter jumps right out of today's headlines. The good thing is that the evil people get their just rewards.
I have read all of the Lucas Davenport books, except the one where he pulled a James Patterson deceptive advertising gig, and put his name on a book that was written, or partially written, by someone else. Not saying anything about that except that I'm not paying for it... so I may or may not buy more.

Anyhow, I have just come off of a week-long biker-book binge, preceded by a week-long werewolf-book binge and couldn't figure out what to read next. It was beginning to get too time-consu
Jerry B
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Davenport solves crime spree with help from 12-year-old !

We were wondering how Sandford would top his just prior novel, "Mortal Prey", in which a female assassin is so clever we almost wind up rooting for her instead of our leading man, Lucas Davenport. Starring in his 14th "Prey" story, Lucas now works pretty much at the pleasure of the Minnesota Governor (NOT a wrestler in this case!), concentrating on particularly sensational crimes. So when a mixed race couple are found naked and literally
Paula Kramer
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good murder mystery with lots of other stuff going on in this small town. The hanging of a black man and white woman begin the investigations that lead to the involvement of many people in the town. Of course, who would suspect the police?? I would definitely read more by this author!
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
First Sandford book I have read in several years. I have forgotten the first title that I read years ago so I have that to look forward to coming upon again someday. I am sure I will enjoy it a second time when I do find it again.

Two frozen naked bodies hung in a tree in rural north Minnesota. Where hale and hardy souls eek out an existence and everyone knows everybody else and their business. Maybe a suspect setting but it is what we have. Our bodies are that of a man and a woman, of course no
Dotti Elrick
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lettie West is an eleven year old who has been forced into an adult role having to care for her alcoholic mother. She brings in extra money trapping and selling muskrats. On one of her trapping runs, out before the sun has come up, she finds two bodies hanging in a tree. A black man and a white woman.
Lucas Davenport, has a new wife, a new baby, a big new house and a new job, fixing problems for the governor. He is sent to fix the situation in northern Minnesota where two bodies have been found
Brent Soderstrum
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the 14th book of Sandford's Lucas Davenport series.

This book starts out with Lucas at the beginning of big changes in his life. He is now married to Weather and has a little boy. He has also tore down his old home and built the Big New House for the family. Finally he has taken a new job working for the State "kickin' ass for the Governor".

One of his first duties for the new job is to go with Del up to northern Minnesota and investigate what looks like a lynching. A black man and a white
Eve Nolon
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have been rewarded for my perseverance! I've been overly annoyed with the last few Sandford books but NAKED PREY highlights everything I love about the series: the (usually) well-developed characters and Sandford's writing. This is first-rate thriller with nuanced characters to love and to hate, a wonderfully well-written pre-teen character (Letty almost makes up for the damage I've suffered at the hands of Deaver and Hurwitz), stakes that keep rising all the while giving the reader answers as ...more
Mar 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Really a 3.5 star-- but a few things prevented me from giving it a higher rating. For the most part, I prefer murder mysteries in which I don't know the identity of the killer. In this case, I thought the story began with a strong opening and I settled in for a fun ride. But somewhere around a third of the way through, I began thinking that Lucas and Del were a bit dimmer than they should be for this reputed reputations. I thought that Letty, a young and adorable character was smarter than all t ...more
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