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Twisted Prey

(Lucas Davenport #28)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  18,948 ratings  ·  1,491 reviews
Lucas Davenport confronts an old nemesis, now more powerful than ever as a U.S. senator, in the thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling Prey series

Lucas Davenport had crossed paths with her before.

A rich psychopath, Taryn Grant had run successfully for the U.S. Senate, where Lucas had predicted she’d fit right in. He was also convinced that she’d been resp
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
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Linda Leaman No, it is not just you. I need to go back and read some other prey books again to compare, but this one is really bad. I can't "feel" Lucas at all, he…moreNo, it is not just you. I need to go back and read some other prey books again to compare, but this one is really bad. I can't "feel" Lucas at all, he seems stilted and wooden, perhaps that is the result of the quality of writing in this book, which is basically bad. Characters mirror each other in the dialogue and I'm finding more cliches. I'm bored to tears at not even a third of the way into the book. It's by far the worst book I've read all year.(less)
Susan I took the title to mean that the "prey" Lucas is after in this book is twisted, as in a twisted, not psychologically stable individual.…moreI took the title to mean that the "prey" Lucas is after in this book is twisted, as in a twisted, not psychologically stable individual.(less)

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May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I think John Sandford has outdone himself with this book. Where he shines is in getting the details exactly right. Lots of dry humor here, especially when it comes to DC and politics.

There’s a wonderful sense of tension throughout. Even though Davenport knows who’s behind the foul play, that doesn’t mean he can prove it for a court of law. Watching him put the pieces of the puzzle together kept me riveted. You can see the ending coming, but it was the perfect ending.

I have to give Sandford cre
I received a free advance copy of this from NetGalley for review.

Me in 2013: “I love John Sandford novels, but this Silken Prey seems a bit outlandish. Could a rich person with a narcissistic personality disorder who engages in criminal behavior really hope to win an election to an important position in the US government? That seems highly unlikely.”

Me on Election Night 2016: “Why didn’t we heed John Sandford’s warning?!?”

Back in Silken Prey Lucas Davenport tangled with a crazy woman named Taryn
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! One of my favorite "Prey!" 10 of 10 stars! ...more
Andrew Smith
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucas Davenport is one of my favourite characters in crime fiction. Good looking and rich (some time ago he designed some software that made him his pile) he’s also mean and funny. Sandford has cleverly managed Davenport’s career in law enforcement, finding him new jobs that provide him with ever more freedom to chase down villains anywhere he chooses to roam. His latest job is that of a U.S. Marshall and this time around he receives a call from Minnesota Senator Porter Smalls who has just survi ...more
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After 28 books, the Lucas Davenport series is still going strong. This was a very enjoyable read. Lucas is asked to investigate the attempted assassination of a U. S. Senator, and he calls on Bob and Rae for assistance. Along with local law enforcement and the FBI, the U. S. Marshals follow leads and try to put together a case. There are several deaths as the investigation is thwarted time and time again.

Both Virgil (of “that fuckin' Flowers” fame) and Kidd make minor appearances in this book. G
James Thane
I confess that I'm having more trouble than I would have expected warming up to the idea of U.S. Marshal Lucas Davenport. When I first heard John Sandford explain his rationale for moving Davenport out of Minnesota and freeing him up to move about the country taking on interesting cases, it sounded like an appealing idea. And apparently, for many readers, the approach is working. But not so much for me, at least not yet.

While Davenport is still much the same character, I find that once he's unmo
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-e-book
I do like that Davenport is now a U.S. Marshall, and he travels around the States now. I enjoyed the story, but hated that it was in D.C., and somewhat political. Still a good story with some genuinely funny moments!
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can this possibly be the 28th book in the Prey series? I know I haven't missed many, so guess that makes me an oldie (but goodie). And so is the series; even if "star" character Lucas Davenport, now a federal marshal, seems to be a bit more laid back these days, there's plenty of action here that kept me reading until my Kindle battery insisted it needed a recharge.

Happily - and in one case, unhappily - a few other characters make return appearances in this one. There's Weather, Lucas's surgeon
Maureen Carden
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
The psychopathic Minnesota Senator Taryn Grant and U.S. Marshall Lucas Davenport have faced off before in a murderous duel in the book Silken Prey. The best one can say is that is was a draw between the two.
But now Grant is becoming more powerful and is eyeing the White House. Holding on to her coattails, I mean skirts, are members of a private and lethal military contracting company. Fortunately, they aren’t completely successful in their assignment to eliminate another senator but they draw th
This is one of those series that is kind of a sure thing. You may have favourites among the 28 books but if you like one, you'll enjoy them all.

In this outing Lucas Davenport runs up against an old foe while investigating the politically charged assassination attempt of a senator. Politics, secret military contracts & backroom guessed it. We're in Washington D.C. & the swamp is alive & well.

Luca again gets assistance from Bob & Rae, 2 characters I really enjoyed in the previous book
The 28th book in the series and a strong entry. Part of what I enjoy about a John Sandford novel is his humor and he doesn't disappoint in Twisted Prey. With Washington D.C. and politics as the backdrop he has plenty of opportunity. And a favorite (?) foe, Taryn Grant, is back.

Taryn Grant was first introduced in Silken Prey. Lucas Davenport couldn't prove she was guilty of three murders then and now she is a powerful U.S. senator. She has a seat on the Senate intelligence committee and eyes on
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Back in Silken Prey Davenport faced off against Taryn Grant: a psychopath who was running for senator , in order to ensure her victory she framed her opponent by planting child pornography in his computer , she also killed to cover other murders she orchestrated in the past .... Despite our charming and stylish detective's best efforts he couldn't find any evidence linking her to any crime and everything was blamed on her security team , he proved the innocence of the other candidate but it was ...more
Connie Rea
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgallery, 2018-read
Lucas, you dirty dirty dog, you...I love you so much! Another Prey book that I started one day and finished the next, finding it very easy to want to pick up where I left off and harder still to put down. I found the 'S' sink thing a bit far fetched, but at the end of the day I don't really give a crap.

I was so happy to see more of Rae and Bob.

I really worried about having Davenport in the middle of politics, not that Sandford has ever been quiet in that regards, but having Davenport as a US M
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Twisted Prey is a perfunctory and disposable entry into John Sandford’s usually stellar Lucas Davenport mystery series. Consider it the foil-lined wrapper your takeout hamburger comes in. Or better yet, imagine you have just driven your hungry self to the nearest Shake Shack (it’s easy if you try) and ordered a double Shack Stack and a large black and white shake. You unwrap your burger only to dismay at finding inside just another wrapper! You wanted a Shack Stack, not some throwaway paper. Dis ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
To begin with, I think it is only appropriate that I admit to being a fairly avid reader of John Sandford, especially a fan of his Lucas Davenport “Prey” series. A pretty big fan to be honest. However, I am coming off the last book, “Golden Prey” with a bit of disdain and disappointment. The plotting was one of his weaker ones and the last hundred pages was an overly drawn out, anti-climactic ending. Because of that I have been worried about how this one was going to turn out. Turns out I was wr ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
Back when he was still at the Minnesota BCA, Lucas Davenport tangled with sociopath Taryn Grant, who while running for the Senate, framed her rival (Porter Smalls) for child pornography and killed a few people to cover it up. Lucas cleared Smalls, but did not have evidence to arrest Grant, who was elected. Senator Smalls is coming back from his cabin with a female political supporter/girlfriend when a pickup runs them off the road, killing her. When the police cannot find evidence of another veh ...more
Karl Jorgenson
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe it should be five stars. The writing is smooth and and laced with humor. The characters all come alive, good guys and bad guys, fools and stuffed-shirts. And the plot! Here, as always, Sandford (Camp) crafts a twisty, surprising, satisfying plot.
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book has it all. Psychopaths, murders, humor, Lucas being a dick, fine tailored suits, and all the weaponry that Sandford loves to describe. Another Sandford masterpiece that ends with Lucas and Flowers having a beer and barbeque, talking childcare. I love how at the end, he wants our last image to be of the guys just being normal guys. I also loved Grant being brought back for another book, she is just wicked!

Sandford is one of the few authors who can give us the bad guys first, and still k
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I believe this is book 28 in the Prey series, and what a fantastic addition to the series this is. Like me, many of you have followed Lucas Davenport from the beginning and he keeps getting better with age. With each Prey book I feel like I'm back with a dear old friend. There are quite a few humorous parts where I actually was laughing out loud, even though the topic of the book was very serious. Don't wait so long to come back to your friends, Lucas. ...more
Chris Conley
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the way Lucas Davenport’s mind works. I certainly would never to be on his bad side.
LInda L
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's a toss-up if I love Lucas Davenport or Virgil Flowers the most. But -- in this book, Lucas was outstanding. He is wonderful as a Marshal and this case was just fascinating. There were SO MANY bad guys, but all directed in some way by the worst guy of all -- an old enemy of Lucas. He gets help from fellow-marshals Bob and Rae and together, they meet all the many challenges thrown at them. John Sandford has such a way with words -- so clever, so funny, so insightful. I would not miss one of h ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a solid Sandford book: maybe not his best work, but still very enjoyable. The plot gets a bit convoluted, but you can still keep track of it all. There is a lot of his dry humor which is always refreshing.
If you want a mystery/ thriller that is easy to read and you can just relax and enjoy, then this is your book.
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not much more to say than that this is my forty fifth John Sandford novel that I have read and I still thirst for the next one. Some people have strange addictions but mine is lawful. Lucas Davenport has become a U.S. Marshall and the only change is that I have already learned every town and backroad in Minnesota and now am learning towns and backroads throughout the country.
Not too much to say about this one except it really didn't work for me (Lucas's family in danger again) and that the ending was pretty lackluster. Having Sandford bring up Clara Rinker in reference to Senator Taryn Grant was hilarious to me. Clara would have eaten Grant for breakfast. Lucas a marshal does not interest me much anymore. Most of the time he is just driving or flying someone and now with his two side-kicks (Rae and Bob) it just makes me miss the Minnesota cops much more.

"Twisted Pre
Cindy Newton
I don't think John Sandford could write a bad book if he tried. The man just knows what he's doing! That being said, this one just seemed a little flat to me. Plenty of action, but it just wasn't one of his best. I think the difference is that usually the reader knows who the villain is, but Lucas doesn't. We watch with anticipation as he works the clues, getting closer and closer to the killer. This time, he knew from the beginning who the killer was--it was just a matter of finding the proof. ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-eaudio
Another Great Lucas Davenport! Like his new role as a Federal Marshall, too! Next. . .
Cameron Wiggins
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
John Sandford is back with Twisted Prey, book #28 in the Prey series, and boy has he scored a winner with this one. I hate to use cliches, but I literally could not put this one down, and read it very fast, considering my health. This book simply amazed me.
Lucas Davenport is a U.S. Marshall now, and he is called into action by an old friend, Senator Porter Smalls. Smalls is returning to Washington, DC, with his associate and lover Cecily Whitehead after a relaxing getaway at Small’s West Virgina
Janet Newport
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgalley and the Penguin Group/G P Putman & Sons for this ARC.

I love Lucas as a US Marshall. He seems to really enjoy it as well. Seems like there's less bureaucratic red tape for him (no employee overtime sheets to approve) yet he still has the autonomy to work a case as he sees fit and the ability to get the resources he needs. Twisted Prey was the usual fast wild ride one expects from John Sandford with the usual suspects and supporting characters. I'm still giggling at the thought
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read John Sanford since I became aware of him as an author and watched him grow. Lucas Davenport and his wife are two characters at times. This was a political thriller with turns and twists and I couldn't read it fast enough in between daily business. The last sentence is unexpected and don't read ahead! ...more
RachelW (BamaGal)
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Competent, by-the-numbers read; but dry and not overly compelling. Davenport just isn't fun anymore, and I find I much prefer the Virgil Flowers books these days. The ending was anticlimactic and unsatisfactory. Maybe it's time to wrap this series up... ...more
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