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Winter Prey

(Lucas Davenport #5)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  36,742 ratings  ·  556 reviews
Winter Prey is John Sandford's suspense masterpiece!  Following the international success of Shadow Prey and Silent Prey, Winter Prey creates another heart-pounding chapter in the career of Lucas Davenport, the brilliant, hard-bitten detective from the Twin Cities.

The Iceman is Lucas Davenport's most determined foe - a serial killer driven to cover his brutal tracks with b
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Berkley (first published March 24th 1993)
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Kemper
Since his New York adventure from the last book was wrapped up, Lucas Davenport is again bored and at loose ends. With nothing better to do, Lucas is riding out a long winter in his cabin in the woods of Wisconsin. Once again it’s the murder of innocent people that will give Davenport something to occupy his time. The guy really needs a hobby…

A vicious killer who thinks of himself as the Iceman is desperate to stop a compromising photograph becoming public so he butchers a family and burns their
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Luvtoread
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is excellent! My first book by John Sanford and I'll never forget it, just so crazy good!! A must for any John Sanford fans and any detective lovers!!
James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
The first of Elmore Leonard's famous ten rules for writing is, "Never open a book with weather." In Winter Prey, the fifth book in John Sandford's excellent Prey series, the author ignores the rule and opens the book with a blistering winter storm. Indeed, the severe weather that permeates the novel virtually becomes a character in and of itself, to the point that the reader might well want to be sitting in front of a blazing fire with a snifter of fine Brandy close at hand.

The book finds Sandfo
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Richard
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
8.5

The best of this fine series so far. The title is apt, winter really is at the forefront of everything. The chill factor of reading about The Iceman pales in comparison to the chills provided by the ongoing wintry conditions Lucas faces.

What really made this one stand apart was the complete shift in direction to the last book where Lucas is now helping a small town hunt down a serial killer and work out who the chuff it is. The added claustrophobia added by the wintry storm gives it a real u
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Nhi Nguyễn
Vào một đêm đông lạnh giá, ở một thị trấn heo hút thuộc bang Wisconsin, gia đình nhà LaCourt gồm 3 người đã bị sát hại một cách dã man, toàn bộ ngôi nhà của họ bị phóng hỏa, chỉ vì kẻ giết người – Người Băng – muốn tìm ra và thủ tiêu một tấm ảnh tạp chí chụp cảnh hắn ta trần truồng trên giường với cậu bé Jim Harper – người được cho là đã bị giết hại không lâu trước đó. Thanh tra Lucas Davenport nổi tiếng vùng Twin Cities đã được điều động để điều tra vụ án này, và anh cùng các đồng sự không thể ...more
Lauren
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
It's in the high eighties here this summer, and the best air conditioning is John Sandford's description of a brutal rural Minnesota winter.

Once again, Lucas Davenport finds himself shuttled in to consult on a particularly brutal case. This time, it's in a small town where the sheriff is mostly too devout to swear, whispers and rumors can drive a man out of town, and everyone knows everyone else's business... or so they think. It's the worry that everyone knows each other that drives the Iceman
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Jim
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The weather is brutally cold. Small town life where everyone knows everything about everyone else except one thing that is worth killing over. Lucas isn't too far away & the sheriff calls him in to help figure it out. Quite a good mystery with excellent characters & motivations. It really hung together well.

Lucas is a great main character. He's a tough, heroic type, but he's not invulnerable or perfect. He & the other police made some good deductions, but also quite a few that seemed
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Obsidian
Wow. It was like a light switch went on and the Prey series turned itself upside down. In the fifth book for once we have a more mature Lucas.

Lucas meets a surgeon, Weather that I really like. For once we didn't have a woman who seemed to debase herself to be with Lucas. She accepts him on her own terms and isn't running to have sex with him. Lucas cares about her and for once you see him actually having conversations with her.

And we also have Lucas showing what a good investigator he is. When h
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James Thane, a GR member, has the best review on this book. Check it out.

This is a chilling book.

The Iceman is the kind of guy who if he doesn't want a picture shown around, a picture of an unidentified nude man from the shoulders down, he will kill everyone in the house to find it. You really don't want to cross his path. Unfortunately, the LaCourt family does. Lisa LaCourt finds a magazine picture and shows it to her friends on the school bus. The nude man was weird, but even more shocking wa
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MaryG2E
My thoughts on this entertaining thriller are divided. One one level I loved it and thought it was a gripping suspense crime novel. On another level I was underwhelmed by it.

The killer, the Iceman, perpetrator of such evil crimes, is a genuinely sinister and mysterious character. He seems to have planned his actions with exquisite care, indicating a highly organised and intelligent person who can pass unnoticed in ordinary society. Without giving away any of the finale, I must say that, for me,
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Mary Drayer
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding! What a way to end 2017...Since I read these books out of order-the author introduces Weather, the love interest for Detective Davenport. The title says it all-even the action is “bone chilling”.
Mike
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is my third round of this episode in the crime-fighting series of Lucas Davenport. The story starts in the middle of a storm in Wisconsin and a figure who calls himself "The Iceman". He's looking for a picture a girl in the high school has of him in a compromising situation.
Lucas is in-between jobs after his dismissal in the Minneapolis crime bureau. The local sheriff asks for help in a triple homicide by our antagonist. I enjoy this particular story, especially the local characters Daven
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Joanne Freitas
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Foi o primeiro livro que li do autor e adorei completamente, leitura compulsiva e fácil.
Kathy Davie
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery
Fifth in the Lucas Davenport thriller series revolving around an ex-cop who misses the action. This story takes place in Grant, in northern Wisconsin, in the depths of winter.

My Take
Man, another good one from Sandford. It’s terrifying how easy it is for someone like the Iceman to exist within a community, to abuse and murder people without being caught. It’s such a small community that I bet every person could name off every other citizen in the area. And yet, the Iceman hides within it.

I’d sure
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Deana M
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The story takes place in Wisconsin; Lucas Davenport is summoned from his cabin to take a look at a murder. The murders are gruesome; a man, woman, and teenage daughter were murdered, but not only that, the house was set on fire after the murders occurred. The Iceman, who is the killer, is searching for a picture that could incriminate him in a child sex ring. The murders needed to happen so his identity could stay a mystery. Father Bergen, the local priest is their number one suspect. From the b ...more
Monnie
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reading any of John Sanford's "Prey" series is always a treat, but as with most series books, I prefer to start at the beginning. Given the rather large number here, of course, it's possible I won't finish for another few years; I also like to read one or two, then a book by someone else, then back to a Sanford book, and so forth.

This one is somewhere around No. 5, and prior to this, I much preferred Sanford's books featuring Virgil Flowers. But my husband Jack, also a Sanford fan who likes to s
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Nancy
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the "Prey" series.....have lost track of how many I've read and have never been disappointed... had to reach back to 1994 for this one, and can now attest that John Sandford's earlier books were just as good as his more recent ones. Hoping there are more to come!
Peter
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-thriller
Winter Prey—John Sandford’s fifth of twenty-four Lucas Davenport novels—finds Lucas early in his career, just fired as a detective at the Minneapolis Police Department because of a tendency to bloody resolution of difficult cases. A North Country sheriff calls him for help on a multiple homicide in which the LaCourt family was found in the burned-out remains of their isolated house during a winter snowstorm. We learn early on that the couple had come across a photograph showing a shadowy pedophi ...more
Kristin
This one felt a bit reminiscent of Eyes of Prey (#3) and Silent Prey (#4) in regards to the antagonist - Iceman - thinking in terms of himself and “the Beast inside”. As in “the Beast wanted to go kill them now”. The antagonist in the previous books thought of himself in terms of ‘Beauty’. Too similar for my taste and maybe when the books were first published, it wasn’t so bad given the lag in publishing dates, but since I’m reading them almost back to back, it popped out at me.


I was also disap
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D.
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting change of pace for the PREY series. Instead of being set in a big city, the setting is a small Wisconsin town, which finds itself with a multiple homicide. Lucas Davenport, recuperating in the area and still dealing with the effects of the last few books, is called in for help. In addition to the change in setting, the antagonist of the book is NOT the usual "super-smart bad guy," which is a nice change from previous novels. Davenport's love interest is actually a well-rou ...more
William
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Absolutely excellent mystery. Nothing super natural. I could believe this story happening.
In the 90's friends of mine moved from San Jose, Ca. (big city), to the rural Sierra Nevada town of Grass Valley. They really thought that they were safe from all the big city crap. Their teenage daughter and her friend were murdered by the friends boyfriend. My point, they were lulled into non-survival complacency.
Piroska
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I caught a cold reading this, that can't be a coincidence... I don't know how anyone can live in conditions like this, it was interesting to read about it but I definitely do not want a first-hand experience.
I liked the freelancing thing and the involvement of the Iceman's "girlfriend", creepy, sad and too real.
Rick
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Maybe 4.5 stars. A well-plotted story. Recommended.
Emily
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010-book-list
Rated R
Have you ever read a book that started with an introduction from the author about how fantastic the book is and how proud they are of the work you're about to read??
It's interesting.
If you want to experience that, you probably want to try it on a different book.
This one brushed the edges of an atrocity without really calling out the atrocity.
The author introduced the killer once, which is fine... unless you brag about the surprise ending in your introduction. I'm sorry, but a "surprise" i
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Josh
Mar 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-legal
A decent outing that sets up Davenport into a different type of job. Sandford really likes getting inside the heads of his killers, and I have to admit it's the least interesting aspect of these books for me. Diving deeply into the dark heart of murder isn't all that interesting for me. That said, he has gotten away from revealing the killer immediately and then making the entire book a big chase. It's been much more fun trying to figure out who the killer is, even as we get a peek inside the nu ...more
Steve
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can't remember the last time I read this book, but man!!! what a great book!!! This is the one where Lucas get the scar on his neck that your read about later and also where he meets Weather.
Nate
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS IS THE ONE! Listen, I’m about as jaded as they come. Lifelong interest in morbid shit and history in general will kind of desensitize you to the cruel depths to which the human can sink. There’s hardly any fucked up stories, real or fictional, that would really throw off my emotional balance. I mean, it is what it is. I’m really not bragging, I just got into weird shit too early.

But this book got to me. From literally the first couple pages to the bitter end I was sucked into this pitch-dar
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Luc Boogers
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Carolyn
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-carolyn
As others have said, I feel this is the best so far. You feel the weather and the emotions of the characters. Once started, hard to lay these page turners down.
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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 Univer
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