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Shadow Prey

(Lucas Davenport #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  20,773 ratings  ·  777 reviews
The #1 New York Times bestselling series. Lucas Davenport goes on a city-to-city search for a bizarre ritualistic killer.

A slumlord and a welfare supervisor butchered in Minneapolis . . . a rising political star executed in Manhattan . . . an influential judge taken in Oklahoma City . . . All the homicides have the same grisly method — the victim's throat is slashed with
Paperback, Mass Market Paperback, 449 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Berkley (first published June 28th 1990)
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Mike Agree with the other answers here. In this book especially his treatment of women is...not great. There are a couple chapters that read like soft-core…moreAgree with the other answers here. In this book especially his treatment of women is...not great. There are a couple chapters that read like soft-core porn. Sandford does mellow him out over the course of the series however.(less)

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James Thane
The second entry in John Sandford's Prey series barrels along at the same breakneck pace as the first, Rules of Prey. It opens with the ritualistic murder of a Minneapolis slumlord by one of his Indian tenants. That is quickly followed by the similar slaying of three other men known for their prejudicial treatment of American Indians. Lucas Davenport is assigned to lead the investigation, but he's hampered by the fact that he has few contacts in the Indian community.

The killings are being
Two aging radical Sioux named Sam and Aaron Crow have planned a murderous terror campaign in which they’ve sent their followers to several locations across the country to kill various government officials and other people they consider enemies of Native Americans. When throats start getting cut from Minnesota to New York, Lucas Davenport and the other Minneapolis cops find themselves in the middle of a national crisis.

While John Sandford greatly expanded the scale from the first book to the
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-books
Not quite as good as book one but still a great read. There were an awful lot of dead bodies, some excellent police work and a great story.

Problematically the author gives us a main character who is at once charming and talented and morally bereft. I wanted to like him, in fact I did like him, but I was frequently uncomfortable with his actions. Actually I coped with his attitude to women which is basically self serving but did not like some of his policing methods which included planting drugs
Apr 19, 2013 rated it liked it

I've read this book before. In fact, I've read many of the books in this series and I don't remember them being quite There, I said it. At first while I was listening to this I was appalled thinking, "and I wrote that I was really liking this series. I told people Sandford was writing a police procedural book that was fun too." Yikes.

This second book reads like a primer for how to have an affair.

Our hero, Lucas Davenport, feels a little bad about his behavior, but as he
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Sandford’s 2nd offering in the Lucas Davenport police procedural series is disjointed. There are great action scenes that foretell Sandford’s ability to write engaging thrillers. But Sandford flounders when handling the Native American aspect—his characters became caricatures that reflect poorly on the social commentary that Sandford is presumably trying to include. Plus, Sandford continues to have the lieutenant pursue other women despite the fact that he has a serious relationship with the ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Three stars is quite optimistic, but there. I find JS's books mediocre so far, not sure whether I will go on reading the series.
Aug 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, audiobook

Not as enjoyable as the first one in the series, the main antagonist here just isn’t as compelling as the first outing. The main character is still a massive ass and that is what makes this series stand out for me; where the drunk/loner cop routine has been done to death it’s not often I read about a cop who is sober, a game creator, rich and openly a dick and doesn’t apologise for it.

This book concentrates around the Native American (or whatever the PC term is, forgive me I’m not au faux
Sep 08, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: buddy-read
Book two starts off at least a year or so after the events in book one. Lucas and his sometimes girlfriend (when he's not looking for other women to sleep with) had a daughter together. Lucas still does something for the police department. It absolutely makes no sense that he kind of drifts around and is called in to help with cases. Lucas is called in once again when it appears that Native Americans are murdering those in the local community that have done them wrong. When a rising politician ...more
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
Sandford's writing has gained assurance in this, his second novel. The pacing is mostly very good, at least in the first half, and the main characters are well-developed. There is a superb action scene about half-way through, followed by more detective work and a romance that could have been good. The ending is satisfying, but perhaps a bit too-familiar (although avoiding cliché).

The strongest and most poignant aspect of the book is the plight of native Americans today, and in the past.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
"People die all the time. Now some folks are dying who were hurting the Indian people. That's too bad for them and it's a crime, but I can't get too upset about it."

We're right on the borderline between four and five stars here, and I'm holding back only because I have it on good authority that the series gets even better later.

Shadow Prey takes place roughly a year after Rules of Prey. Lucas Davenport has a new infant daughter and an affectionate but tenuous relationship with Jennifer, the
Jack Heath
5 Stars. Sandford is among the few authors I can turn to knowing that my read will be exciting, with good characterization and complicated situations, every time. This early Lucas Davenport fits the bill. He's still a detective in the Minneapolis PD, but there's already something special in the way he's treated. Someone, or is it a small group, is slashing the throats of slum landlords, judges, and the like in the mid-west. Then a rising political personality in New York falls to the same ...more
Oct 25, 2013 rated it liked it
The second book in the Lucas Davenport series is a little bit of a letdown from the first book, RULES OF PREY. This is not to say it isn't a good book, because it is. Unfortunately, its just not as good as RULES OF PREY was.

Most of the blame falls on the romantic subplot, which just isn't very compelling, and relies heavily on Davenport's apparent ability to have every woman in the world fall in love with him. It's just not all that convincing, and I found it distracting.

The A-plot of the book
Amanda McGill
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
Wasn't a huge fan of Shadow Prey (book 2), especially when you compare it to the first book in the series, Rules of Prey.

Native Americans are taking revenge on men who have harmed them in the past. The attacks seem to be random, however there is a common element, the victim's throat being slashed. Davenport as well as a team from NYC are on the case to catch whoever is behind these murders.

First of all, I wasn't too into the murders. I found that there was too many people getting killed and
I started reading this series as a buddy read and from all of the great reviews, I thought it was right up my alley, however, I just can't connect with the main character. He is an intelegent, womanizing, adulterous cad. The story was okay but tedious and I found myself loosing attention. The ending was exciting but not satisfying. I've been told Lucas becomes more interesting and not so demeaning in the next books, I'm just not sure I'm going to continue.
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've finished book 2 of the Prey series...and I'm so tickled that there are a LOT more for me to read. I'm learning that these books are not for the faint of heart, sometimes the violence and language are pretty rough, but written in such a way that I'm riveted to the page (or I guess I should say to the screen of my Kindle!) I'm immediately headed into Book 3 - Eyes of Prey.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As with anything by Sanford, great characters, great plot, lots of action. Always a great read!
Marty Fried
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This was my second Lucas Davenport (Prey series) book, and the second in the series. I'm a huge Virgil Flowers fan, another Sandford character who works for Lucas Davenport for most of the series. So I'm really hoping to get into the Prey series, but so far, I'm disappointed. A lot of people like this series, some better than the other, so I'm planning to continue for at least another few books, in the hopes that it will get better with experience - and hoping for an appearance from that damn ...more
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4 stars.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second book was as good as the first. It wasn't an easy task as Sandford explains in the afterword. New to writing a series, he wrote, submitted, & wound up completely rewriting it. The results are impressive. Similar pacing, expansion of characters, & a great ending.

I was rooting for the bad guys half the time. Is that strange? Even one of the worst had a rather admirable internal logic that made it tough to really hate him. As for some of the 'good' guys... Let's just say I was
Mahoghani 23
Being a cop is all about enforcing the laws that govern our cities, states and country. Being a seasoned investigator is about taking a little information and compiling it together to see the big picture. Lucas Davenport does that and some. He's not a bad cop but he does skirt along the edges of becoming one.

You must understand that Lucas does not play when it comes to getting to the bottom of any situation. This time he's trying to figure out why a particular group of guys are being murdered
May 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on

I did not complete this novel. It may have improved after the first 90 pages, but I couldn't wade through it.

I read the first of the Prey novels sometime back and remember liking the lead character...

Here are some reasons why I did not like what I was reading:

1) With very few exceptions I don't like novels which switch back and forth between villain and good guy. I want to know pretty much what the detective knows.. with few exceptions. The Columbo mystery television series worked
Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The debut book in John Sandford's Lucas Davenport series, Rules of Prey, was expertly done but still really just a high grade Thomas Harris knockoff with all the expected trimmings: ingeniously loopy serial killer, obsessed and messed-up detective hero, twisty plot full of investigative arcana. The follow-up, Shadow Prey, was something entirely different. Sandford, a former newspaper reporter, used his knowledge of the Indian population in and around Minneapolis to create a villain (or villains) ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
The Lucas Davenport novels have been really entertaining thus far. They've got a 90s action drama movie feel, including the not so subtle view on what's sexually appropriate or not. I can't wait to see how Davenport and Sandford mature with the times, especially being this novel was originally written as social commentary.

The first entry was considerably better than this one, the second, but even still I couldn't put it down. I really like Lily's character and the deepening of recurring
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
I was disappointed with this one because I loved the first one. In this one, the author gives more description of the main character, Davenport, which totally conflicted with the image I had built of him. Plus Davenport wasn't as suave in this novel-- he cursed way more than I remembered from the first one and he spent half the book trying to get another character into bed (there was much philandering in the first one but it was more like women just fell in with him-- not that he connived it). I ...more
Janie Johnson
Feb 22, 2016 added it
Shelves: 2016
I had to DNF this book because I just could not get into. There are several reasons why. One I just can't connect to the protagonist, Lucas Davenport. He has an attitude of nonchalance it seems, like his sh*t don't stink, he is a player, and he is as much of a criminal as the criminals are.

Also I don't enjoy that there really is not any mystery to the book. You see the crimes happen, but you already know who the culprit is. I want a mystery that holds mystery, and I get to help solve it. I just
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
The 2nd installment in the Lucas Davenport storyline. The Minneapolis detective is pulled into the hunt for someone who is killing people who have no connection to one another. The only link is that it seems to be Native Americans doing the killing.
Lucas is balancing his girlfriend, their new baby and his net of informers. Soon, a female detective arrives from New York City, and his already chaotic life accelerates towards the deep end.
These stories are an andrenaline ride, mixed with humor and
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read several of the Davenport books and am now going back and reading the ones I have missed in order. It is amazing to think how Lucas grows in the series. For those who are upset with his behaviors in this book, for cripes sake it's a book of fiction. People have affairs, people kill people...the Indians were savagely abused by the whites... I live in Minnesota and it is a very sad part of our history. This was a great read. Wonder if Leo shows up later?
Feb 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Overall - 4/5 : Gripping

Plot - 4/5 : A web of characters. 2 Indian cousins, who cal themselves The Crows, along with their assosiates goes out to kill famous and politically important persons, to take revenge on the cruelty done to their community and at the sametime, their own blood Shadow Love has something else in mind. Lucas has to track down these Crows as well as tackle the malevolent Shadow Love.

Writting - 4/5 : Finely woven

Hero - 4/5 : Lucas Davenport. Moving strong

Villan - 3/5 : The
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-us, thriller
Shadow Prey is the 2nd book in the Prey (Lucas Davenport) mystery / cop series by John Sandford. Davenport is a cop in Minneapolis; he's a computer game creator, a hard-nosed cop and a bit of a lady's man. In this story, a group of native Americans begin a guerrilla war against various powerful people, aiming for a certain man who has harmed them in the past.
The murders take place across America and bring a female NY police officer to Minneapolis as part of the investigation. Davenport finds her
Contrary to when I read this book in the nineties, I find it less riveting. My taste in thrillers and detectives stories has clearly evolved. This is one of the early Lucas Davenport stories (2nd Prey book), and maybe these books haven’t aged so well for a reader like me? Nowadays, I prefer the emphasis on police procedural, cleverness of writing & engaging protagonists, and not a thriller based on senseless violence.
I’m also quite irritated with Lucas wanting to seduce and sleep with
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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

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