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Invisible Prey

(Lucas Davenport #17)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  14,433 ratings  ·  563 reviews
In the richest neighbourhood of Minneapolis, two elderly women lie murdered in their home, killed with a pipe, the rooms ransacked, only small items stolen. It's clearly a random break-in by someone looking for money to buy drugs. But as he looks more closely, Davenport begins to wonder if the items are actually so small or the victims so random, if there might not be some ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Putnam Adult
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With this one, I have now reviewed all 23 of John Sandford’s Prey series. I really feel like I should get a nicely framed certificate or perhaps a medal along with a ceremony commemorating the occasion….Maybe a small gathering with some cake and punch?…. No? Nothing?

Fine, ya bunch of ingrates….

A rich old lady and her housekeeper have been brutally killed in what appears to be a home invasion burglary of the type that small time crooks might pull. However, when there are indications that a few v
John Culuris
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are few tasks as straightforwardly simple as naming a literary series, particularly a mystery series. Easiest and most obvious is to name it after the protagonist. If the series is ensemble in nature, then it’s named for the organization for which they work. If the prominent characters interact frequently but do not necessarily work together, then the most common fallback is the area or region in which they operate. But there is one obvious exception to the obvious, and it’s usually starin ...more
James Thane
In any long-running series, even one as good as this one surely is, inevitably some books have to be better and some weaker than others, and although I certainly enjoyed reading Invisible Prey, it's not among the best books in John Sandford's Prey series.

In every one of the books, at least thus far, the lead character, Lucas Davenport, and his supporting cast have always been consistently excellent--witty, intelligent, and always a lot of fun to hang out with, even if only vicariously. Given tha
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: robert-s-reads
I love “That Fuckin’ Flowers.” He may not be the main show or even a Romeo, but he’s one hilarious bastard. He may need to spend a bit more time at the range, and there’s the distinct possibility he’s more interested in writing and fly fishing than he is detective work, but that just makes him memorable and interesting.

The usual suspects populate INVISIBLE PREY, so if you’re familiar with Lucas Davenport and Weather and Kidd, you’ll feel right at home. But if this is your first rodeo, then I sho
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Virgil Flowers is introduced in this book, a big deal since he has a spin-off series of his own. (I've already read the first one & it was great.) Early on, Sandford tried "that fucking Davenport" a couple of times, but it never fit all that well. Virgil is best known as "that fucking Flowers" & it fits to a tee. He didn't have a huge part in this book, but there was enough contrasting with Lucas to introduce him well. While he's an odd-ball like Del, he travels better.

There wasn't much
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
No. 17 in the series down; I'm closing in fast with five more to go! I admit I'm always a bit skeptical of writers who churn out this many books; it's not uncommon to see the quality drop off - sometimes considerably - as they seem to be writing almost by rote (James Patterson comes to mind). But so far, Sanford hasn't fallen into that trap. Although I've enjoyed some better than others, not a single one has been disappointing.

This one, I think, is among his best so far. It centers on the murder
Mike French
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Somehow I missed this one when it was released. Thru the magic of Goodreads, I spotted that this was the only one not read and quickly rectified the situation. The Lucas Davenport series is one of my favorite series of all time and Invisable Prey didn't disappoint!
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This book wasn't unique in any way for me, although I was entertained. I believe this book had the first introduction to Virgil Flowers, who now has his own book series. That counts for something.
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Lucas Davenport, special agent for Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, is trying to deal with the sensitive investigation of a local politician who has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor when his boss calls him in on another case that occurred in one of St. Paul’s richest neighborhoods. Two elderly women have been found bludgeoned to death in a home filled with antiques. Although robbery is the suspected motive, not much has been taken, so Lucas asks his intern, S ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
'Invisible Prey' is the 17th book in the Minnesota state detective Lucas Davenport series. I found this book to have a mellower Lucas, married with a young son. This story integrated a local murder investigation with an unseemly investigation of a Senator having sex with a minor in an election year. Several times, the murder was put on the back burner to free up Lucas for the political investigation.

When a rich elderly woman and her older maid are both bludgeoned to death, Lucas is asked to hel
aPriL does feral sometimes
'Invisible Prey' is the 17th book in the Minnesota state detective Lucas Davenport series. It allows us a small peek at the intersection of how the crime occurs, and how politics and multiple police departments define the applied tactics and resources of the investigation of the crime, and how the identity of the victim determines whether police are thorough or superficial in their interest of solving a case. Old people who are poor and alone are just below the crimes of the underclass in where ...more
At first I was a bit lost with all of the law enforcement characters and agencies involved but the cob webs cleared. As always, well written with an excellent plot!
Mar 09, 2014 rated it liked it
2nd reading - An elderly, wealthy St.Paul lady is murdered, along with her live-in maid/helper. Missing - some home items that make it look like a drug related robbery. But - there could be some high end antiques gone.

Thus begins Davenport's journey through a twisted labyrinth of dead bodies and lost treasures.

1st reading - Davenport tale involving art swindles, theft, and murder. Not one of his tighter spun tales, but always enjoy the characters.
Kathy Davie
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Seventeenth in the Lucas Davenport series and revolving around a maverick detective determined on justice no matter how or who. It's based in Minneapolis.

My Take
Lucas Davenport is an interesting character. Definitely a complex one. I recently read that Sandford thought of him as a kind of sociopath but that Lucas has mellowed out since. And there is a line early on in the story that makes me think that Sandford is too right. I also suspect it's part of what makes him such a good cop.
"…he'd be pl
A realistic, non-memorable crime event in this series.
The good: I am getting used to Sandford's anti-Republican attacks since he tosses some softballs at Democrats. Also, Sandford continues with his strength,which is his character creations.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this mystery/suspense story so much, I am going to have to read other books by the author.
Laura Belgrave
May 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
I’ve probably read all of the “Prey” books that Sanford wrote. There are a lot of them. But I’ve found Sandford to be an uneven writer. Sometimes his stuff is close to brilliant. Sometimes, well, you get the impression that deadlines were looming and he just had to bash the thing together and get it out the door. Also, he has a habit of writing in really brief chunks -- kind of like “mini chapters” -- and although there’s nothing inherently wrong with that technique, I find it annoys me from tim ...more
Shane Phillips
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice to have "fuckin" Flowers show up in this story.
Jenn M
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I really liked this 17th book in the Lucas Davenport series. John Sandford's character development, plot creation, and overall writing just gets better and better!

Great characters in long-running multi-book series, like the Lucas Davenport series, should grow on readers, and hopefully, become as familiar as family members or best friends. As the characters' fame increases, readers clamor to know more about them, just as readers would seek to learn more about close friends or favorite celebr
J.T. Lewis
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
John Sanford’s ‘Invisible Prey’ is the 17th installment of his Lucas Davenport series…17th!

Wow, I can’t imagine, I’m only on my second book of my 1st series.


Anyway, you can’t write 17 books about the same character without doing something right. Mr. Sanford has again shown that he has the skills to get this accomplished. The synopsis of the story:

In the richest neighborhood of Minneapolis, two elderly women lie murdered in their home, killed with a pipe, the rooms tossed, only small items s
Laura Elisabeth
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
One of Sandford's many Lucas Davenport titles, this book features more of a when-the-hell-will-the-investigators-notice-whodunnit than a simple mystery. The killers are revealed almost right away, and the rest of the book follows Davenport as he and other investigators try to piece the complicated crime (involving murder, antiques, quilts, inheritance, fraud, theft, and many, many more different aspects). After reading reviews of his other books in the series, it seems that this one is a bit of ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Not as exciting as some of the other Lucas Davenport novels, because this one is about quilts and artwork. Still, Sandford's writing is always seamless and tight. He always tells a good story, just some better than others.

Loved this observation:

"The thing about Botox is that when you've had too much, you then have to fake reactions just to look human--and it's impossible to distinguish real fake reactions from fake fake reactions."
Susannah Carleton
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book with a tightly-knit plot involving antiques stolen by supposedly respectable antique dealers, who may have killed and robbed people whose items they had appraised, as well as quilts with an unusual provenance.

Lucas, Virgil Flowers, and the St. Paul police, as well as an intern in Lucas’s office, connect a series of robberies and deaths, despite the fact that the killing methods were not identical. But the suspect(s) elude them initially, particularly since in one case, they were called
Cheryle Fisher
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the richest neighbourhood of Minneapolis, two elderly women lie murdered in their home, killed with a pipe, the rooms ransacked, only small items stolen. It's clearly a random break-in by someone looking for money to buy drugs. But as he looks more closely, Davenport begins to wonder if the items are actually so small or the victims so random, if there might not be some invisible agenda at work here. Gradually, a pattern begins to emerge — and it will lead Davenport to somewhere he never expe ...more
Jeffrey West
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I liked the book. It did drag on a bit longer than necessary, but Sandford ties it all together nicely.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading John Sandford books by reading the Virgil Flowers series, then started reading the Lucas Davenport series. This book introduces Virgil Flowers. As always, a good story, well told!
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Notwithstanding I have no interest in the commerce of antiques (I do like art, but not the price put on it), this was quite an original back-drop for this 17th Prey book. The book begins when two elderly women living in a grand home containing many valuable and not so valuable art-works are being coldly murdered and robbed. The robbery is a puzzle, because the thieves made a rather peculiar choice in what they took.
At the same time, Lucas Davenport is dealing with a politically sensitive investi
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just re-read, actually re-listened, John Sandford's Invisible Prey, narrated by Richard Ferrone, and wow, I have only one word to describe it: a Treat! It's simply delicious. The book is excellent, one of John Sandford's best in my opinion, although Broken Prey is still my favorite in the series. Dear good old John Sandford. He's probably my most favorite thriller author. I wish him many more prolific years. He knows how to write crime fiction (those many years spent as a crime reporter come t ...more
Charissa Wilkinson
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers, adult
Overview: Lucas Davenport is on a dual mission this time around. A few elderly women in Minnesota have been killed in what appears to be home invasions. Here’s the deal, somehow all three were fans of vintage quilts. Could there be a connection here: And is there anyway to solve a politically charged sexual assault without getting the reputation of being the Governor’s hatchet man?

Likes: Lucas has a pretty good attitude. He get’s a kick out of the chase. Weather gave a lot of advice when Lucas n
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“Flowers said, “I got two bottles of water in the car.”
“Get them. And get your gun,” Lucas said.
“The gun? You think?”
“No. I just like to see you wearing the fuckin’ gun for a change,” Lucas said. “C’mon, let’s get moving.”
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