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Neon Prey

(Lucas Davenport #29)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  19,922 ratings  ·  1,548 reviews
Lucas Davenport pursues a prolific serial killer who has gone undetected for years in the newest nail-biter by #1 NewYork Times bestselling author John Sandford.

It was a relatively minor criminal matter, all things considered, but enough that the US Marshals obtained a warrant to enter the home. They didn’t expect to unearth trophies from a score of killings.

Now Davenport
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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RachelW (BamaGal) Yes, you can. There are running side characters and mentions here and there of previous cases; but the storyline and case being investigated is very m…moreYes, you can. There are running side characters and mentions here and there of previous cases; but the storyline and case being investigated is very much self-contained.(less)

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I received a free advance copy of this from NetGalley for review.

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. And if what happens is that you get eaten by a cannibal while there you'll definitely be staying in Vegas.

Clayton Deese was an enforcer/hired killer for a loan shark in New Orleans who gets arrested after one of his jobs go wrong. Since Deese has a lot of skeletons in his closet he jumps bail and disappears. Actually, the skeletons are in graves behind his house, and Deese had a habit of cutti
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to interest and action, there are few better authors than John Sandford. Neon Prey is no exception and another superb effort. 10 of 10 stars
Paula K (on hiatus)
I am such a Lucas Davenport fan!

I’ve read all 29 books. Lucas Davenport has been a staple in my life forever...

He is brilliant. Dresses well. Likes to hunt killers. What more could you ask for?

If you are not into this series yet, but like homicide detective stories. This is one of the best.

I’m not a big fan of his current US Marshall partners though. Can we have Lukas just going back to being a homicide detective, please ? Otherwise, this book would have gotten 5 stars...

4 out of 5 stars
Maureen Carden
Neon Prey by John Sandford has easily passed my old lady reading test. I read a quarter of the book, put it down for two weeks, and then pick it back up to finish. The test: remembering everything I have read and not having go back to refresh my memory. Neon Prey was an easy A+, no going back to refresh my memory of the story or characters.
Yes indeedy ladies and gentlemen step right up and read Neon Prey. You won’t be sorry, unless you don’t like graphic crime stories.
There isn’t a crime I can
James Thane
I've said in previous reviews that I think this long-running series has lost a bit of its luster now that Lucas Davenport has left Minnesota and joined the Marshal's Service, and there's nothing about this book that would lead me to alter my opinion. I continue to believe that Davenport's new running buddies, Bob and Rae, are a pale substitute for the rich characters like Sloan, Del, Shrake and others who inhabited the earlier novels. Additionally, Sandford has long been known for creating compl ...more
Sheyla ✎
Lucas is on the hunt for a cannibal in Neon Prey.

Yes, you heard it right. A man by the name of Clayton Deese is arrested after beating up another man for not paying his debt to a loan shark named Rodger Smith. Instead of cooperating with the police, once he is out on bail, he disappears.

Rae and Bob who are US Marshals and have worked with Lucas on prior cases called him to come over to New Orleans after they find shallow graves on Deese's property. They also find enough evidence that suggests he
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport has become one of my favorite series to listen to. The plots are fast paced, with great villains. They are complicated enough to hold my interest but not so convoluted that I can’t keep up on audio. This one is one of his better ones (and I’ve read them all). I highly recommend for anyone looking for a great audio book.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Only a couple of authors have written separate serial books featuring two different characters I absolutely love, and John Sandford is one of them. For years, law enforcement agents Virgil Flowers and Lucas Davenport have been never-miss favorites. It is the latter who takes center stage here (although happily, Virgil makes a couple of appearances as well).

That said, most characters in long-running series - at least in my experience, and I'll cite as examples works by both Jonathan and Faye Kell
May 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
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.

When we last saw our fearless hero, Lucas Davenport, he was getting comfortable in his federal marshal job which afforded him lots of freedom in cases he investigates. He had two agents assigned to him – Bob and Rae - both of whom are witty, hard-working and never lack an opinion. When this book begins, we
Andrew Smith
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If Michael Connelly is the most readable crime fiction writer operating today, and I believe he is, then John Sandford must stand proudly in second place. His Prey series is approaching its 30th book and his offshoot series, featuring Minnesota cop Virgil Flowers, is now into double figures. I grab a copy of the latest book from either series whenever I can. Lucas Davenport is now employed by the US Martials Service and thanks to his political connections he gets to largely pick his own cases. I ...more
Bit of a disappointment, I'm afraid. Although the mystery/manhunt aspect is good, the dialogue is dull & seems like we've read it all before. There's nothing new here, just a darker plot with vicious bad guys & little humour to alleviate a more violent than usual story line. ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Clayton Deese is an enforcer for a New Orleans loan shark, Roger “Rog” Smith. Rog wants Deese to send a message to someone who has fallen behind on his payments but things don't work out as planned. Deese gets busted but skips bail. Deese is small time. The FBI would really like to get Smith so an FBI agent along with U.S. Marshall's Bob and Rae go to Deese's home. They don't find Deese but they do discover several graves behind his house. The remains show evidence of cannibalism. Suddenly Deese ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
Lucas Davenport is now a full-fledged U.S. marshal, who is called upon for special assignments. In Book #29, he is called on for his expertise in tracking down a serial killer, Clayton Deese, who is a hit man for a New Orleans thug. After ditching his tracking device, a slew of dead bodies are discovered in his swampy backyard in Louisiana, with some showing signs of being eaten. Lucas manages to track him to L.A. where he has hooked up with some other nasty dudes in wealthy home invasions. In a ...more
Karl Jorgenson
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sanford wins the award for consistency. His writing is crisp, his story-telling briskly-paced, and his characters pop. Every novel is the same: vicious bad guys are loose, and Marshal Lucas is on their trail, tracking, questioning, shooting. Every Sandford novel is also unique, in that Sandford comes up with a different crime wave for each new story, complete with interesting twists. In Neon Prey, the violence is a bit more ubiquitous, the chases more frequent, and the brutality turned up a notc ...more
Janet Newport
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and G.P. Putnam's Sons for this arc.

I've always enjoyed John Sandford's Prey novels and this one (# 29) didn't disappoint. Lucas is still with the Marshall's service and it was great to see Bob and Rae back too as his trusted sidekicks. In Neon Prey, they has to scramble from New Orleans to LA to Las Vegas and points beyond, interacting with all sorts of law enforcement agencies. The action was non-stop and at time pretty grisly. The were bad guys galore, good guys, bad guys
Alan Teder
Only half of a book, and a repulsive one at that
Review of the Audible Audio edition (2019) narrated by Richard Ferrone
TW = brutal violence, cannibalism, assault

I’m not going to bury the lead here. This book mostly consists of several set pieces where Lucas Davenport and the U.S. Marshals with occasional other police forces are closing in on/and or confronting the villains. These scenes are then completely repeated from the other point of view i.e. first we get the police side in its entirety and
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have never been disappointed by a John Sandford novel. But with this book, I am flabbergasted. The villain is dumb but lucky, Lucas Davenport shows no special insight and the repartee between Lucas and his colleagues Rae and Bob is flat. Unless you have a compulsion to read every 'Prey" book, avoid this one. 2* because I managed to finished it. This is really strange, considering his previous 'Prey' book - Twisted Prey was excellent. ...more
Apr 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucas Davenport doesn’t do snakes. Neither do I! Thank goodness, the threat of snakes does not materialize until....Can’t tell that part, can I? Davenport, a former Minneapolis police detective and BCA investigator, is now with the U.S. Marshalls based in his home city of Minneapolis. He’s wealthy, thanks to a gaming system he developed. When he’s called upon to assist with a case involving a serial killer for hire, he is happy to be reunited with his old pals, Bob Matee and Rae Givens. Their jo ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
Trigger warning: Graphic depictions of rape.

I almost put this one down a few times. It was very grim reading from beginning to end. Not only do you have a serial killer who eats people (not shown) you then have said killer and others deciding to become robbers and the rape. This book was too all over the place. We have Lucas dealing with getting shot (again) and him trying to get past it. I also felt let down by the ending.

In "Neon Prey" Lucas is sitting around bored. That is until Rae and Bob c
Jeff Dickison
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another good Davenport story. In this one his team goes after a gang of home invaders which includes one cannibalistic serial killer. The action starts in Louisiana and winds up in the neon city of Las Vegas and the nearby desert. Recommended to Davenport fans.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blackstone Audio had this available on their site, so I grabbed it even though the library will get it. Likely it would be 6 months before I got it & I didn't want to wait. Glad I didn't. It was good, about the same as the rest of the later novels. I know some don't like his move into trouble-shooting US marshal. It is a bit over the top, but I like the idea.

One of the things I really appreciated was a really stupid move on Lucas' part & the cooperation with the locals. One time they share & ge
David Putnam
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a great deal and any other author it would be five stars (more than five stars) but Sanford is up there with my favorite authors and to be fair (and to keep track for my own reference) I rate his books against his others.
This one isn't so much a mystery where Davenport is trying to figure out who is doing all the heinous things to the good people of a small town (or different state) and then trying to catch them. This is just a straight up chase novel. Davenport and his crew ar
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ll admit that it took me a little bit to get into Neon Prey.

While I love Lucas (and dearly loved our little Virgil “ahem” Flowers cameo), our villain wasn’t exactly the sort we love to hate. Despite his…proclivities…I actually found him a little dull.

However, the action amped up when our chase after one man became a chase after a group of very interesting characters. I was in.

(And a little aside: props on your descriptions of Altadena. I mean, it kind of weirded me out when you basically wrot
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was written with excitement the whole way through. A new twist on the main bad guy and his demise was gruesome. The detective team together with a new addition working synchronized with a new romance thrown in. I thoroughly enjoy this modern but old style detective writing!
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Terrific read! From the swamp of Louisiana to Las Vegas strip, Lucas Davenport was on the hunt for a hit man who didn't let good meat go to waste.
The only reason it's not a 5 star is because he didn't beat his previous book goodness: Twisted Prey which I love. Read it if you like crime novels!
RachelW (BamaGal)
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Good ending; but it was a long, dry read getting there. I know I have said the last couple of books that I feel this series has gotten routine, boring, and I prefer Virgil Flowers. Yet here I am again...
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nothing like reading this book where it is HOT and it is HOT here at the same time...
Another great read :) Only now I am sad as I have to wait till next year for a new book.
Fred Shaw
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like reading how scumbag, low life criminals get whats coming to them, then read any of John Sanford’s Prey series novels. His key protagonist is super cop Lucas Davenport and I always enjoy his unorthodox ways of catching criminals.

This book is about a particularly nasty scum bag who kills for money, but he also does more with the corpses than is “socially acceptable”. The story begins in New Orleans, moves to LA and then Vegas. Lot’s of continuous action and edge of the seat nail bitin
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sandford is one of a handful of authors that, when a new one comes out, I am a glutton. Lucas, a recent hiring as a US Marshall, is asked to look at a case outside New Orleans. His deputy buddies, Rae and Bob, have helped discover several bodies, linked to a local hit man.

Thus ensues a trek to California and Nevada, with a strong armed robbery gang, a serial killer, a dirty attorney and his henchman, and of course, several gunfights.
4 stars.

I have not read the series in order. I started reading this series in order. Most of that was before I join Goodreads.

Interesting and full of action as others stated. Also as others stated, this was a novel of a chase. I like the parts ( not a lot) where we interact with Virgil Flowers. Folks have probably stated that as well. I only read a few reviews.

If you like action and this author, grab this book.


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