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Wicked Prey

(Lucas Davenport #19)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  12,740 Ratings  ·  650 Reviews
Danger stalks Lucas Davenport at work and all too close to home, in the superlative new thriller by the #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author.
For twenty years, John Sandford's novels have been beloved for their "ingenious plots, vivid characters, crisp dialogue and endless surprises" ("The Washington Post"), and nowhere are those more in evidence than in the sudden twis
Hardcover, 402 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by G. P. Putnam's Sons
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Aug 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Lucas Davenport, the Minnesota state cop featured in 19 John Sandford novels, has his hands full this time. The Republican National Covention in is in Minneapolis to nominate John McCain for the presidency so the police are stretched thin. Lucas is dealing with reports of a right wing radical test-firing a sniper rifle in the area, a professional robbery crew with a history of killing cops has come to town to steal the illicit slush funds that come with political events, an old enemy has targete ...more
James Thane
It's the summer of 2008, and the Republicans have selected Minneapolis as the host city of the convention where they will nominate John McCain for the presidency. Inevitably, the convention will bring to the Twin Cities, in addition to all the politicians, a gaggle of protestors, potential assassins and terrorists, street people, con artists, grifters and other assorted crooks. The cops will have their hands full, as will Lucas Davenport's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
I’ve been reading this series out of order, so I’m going back to catch up on the few I missed. This audio book was superb. Great narrator, great story. It keeps you engaged from beginning to end. There are three different storylines here, each equally engaging. He’s got a dry wit, on top of some very creative ideas.
I felt sorry for Lucas. Letty is fourteen and in typical fashion, thinks she knows so much more than the adults. Yes, she’s a very mature 14, but she still has a lot to learn. And at
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
3.5 stars
I've been enjoying the Prey series for about six or seven years now. Always fun for light reading. Lucas Davenport is sort of like Encyclopedia Brown---he never gets skunked.
I think my favorites in the series are the ones with Clara Rinker, girl assassin, but all of them are good.
This one has some laugh-out-loud guy banter, but Rosie Cruz gets the best line of all:

"Ahhh, God. Men and their penises. If they didn't have them, we'd have to sew one on, just to give them something to talk
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great set of bad guys this time & a wonderful setting - McCain's Republican convention. There's plenty of room for all sorts of trouble during the ensuing circus & Sandford made the most of it. Best of all, Letty is back in action. She's 14 & full of herself which she deserves to be.

I regret I didn't get to read the 2d Virgil Flowers book first, but it's still on hold. There were a few references to him & his case, but hopefully they weren't spoilers. Considering some of the r
Aug 19, 2009 rated it liked it
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The latest (19th?) Lucas Davenport novel is complicated. It starts off messy. It ends messy. And you're never quite sure that you believe what happened. But, as always, the indomitable Davenport holds it together.

This book intertwines four story lines: A paraplegic pimp Randy out for revenge on Davenport, decides to plot the kidnapping of his ward Letty. In thread 2, Letty, about to be adopted as a daughter by the Davenports, figures out the plot after a clumsy "introduction" by Randy at a fast
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
As the character Davenport has aged, he has become more involved in political work, and less in stand alone criminal cases. As such, he is the point man for the Republican convention in St. Paul. His almost-adopted teen age daughter Lettie gets involved with some unsavory people who want to hurt her, and she shows her cunning by trying to thwart them. Lettie is a true chip off the old block, and although not all her decisions are sound, she is a force to be reckoned with. She and her Dad are qui ...more
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
With a convention in town, Davenport is alerted by the FBI that a high-end robbery gang leader may be on the scene. And the culprit is - looking to hold up money men greasing the political skids.

Throw in an old antagonist, the handicapped pimp, Randy, and you have a full entertaining story.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure if I'm going to like Letty as grows into a know it all teen aspiring to be a self-centered reporter.
Why did Sandford choose to bring the Republic Convention to Minneapolis, the most Democratic city in a state that had not voted for a Republican since Nixon? What was he up to with mental manipulation?
Michael David Cobb
Ah Lucas.

Davenport doesn't seem to be his usual sharp self in this novel. In fact, the bad guy is so bad, not so much sick and evil, but so absolutely relentless, that he outshines just about everyone in this latest adventure. Davenport is actually overwhelmed not only by the criminals but by his new adopted daughter who is something of a feral Hermione Granger of the streets. This story is loose limbed and gets all over the place rather than the more claustrophobic sorts of environments Sandfo
Lucas and his crew keep busy when the Republican National Convention comes to town. An enjoyable audio though the secondary plotline featuring Letty was a bit overdone. The narration by Richard Ferrone was excellent as usual.
Kathy Davie
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nineteenth in the Lucas Davenport mystery detective series set in Minneapolis and revolving around a get-things-done detective. It's set during the Republican National Convention when John McCain was nominated along with Sarah Palin.

My Take
It's a very clever twist on robbery. And I can't think of a better, ahem, class of people to be robbed. Meanwhile, Lucas has been making himself really "popular" by poking holes in convention security in every way possible, *lots of laughter*. Gotta hand it to
The Face of Your Father
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Multiple antagonists make this one of the most chaotic Prey novels since Shadow of Prey. There are the main antagonists, plus a couple of wildcards. The sense of danger rises for our protagonists as antagonists spread throughout this novel like a spider's web.

No one writes a shoot-out like Sandford, I am forever impressed by how cinematic his novels feel. 'Wicked Prey' is book nineteen in the Lucas Davenport series and it feels as fresh as book one. Sandford accomplishes this by constantly evol
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just when I've decided Sandford's "Prey" books get better as they go along, everything suddenly turned Wicked; this one is good, but definitely not one of my favorites. Most likely, that's because the plot involves the political scene - and frankly, reading about rock formations would be more interesting to me. Here, dastardly thieves and murderers are targeting folks who are passing out millions of dollars under the table on behalf of the political parties as the national convention comes to Mi ...more
Oct 12, 2009 rated it liked it

3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying but not thrilling..., October 12, 2009
By Denise "DC" (Missouri, USA) - See all my reviews

Another satisfying outing from John Sandford. The series has gone on for quite a long time, lost its edge as part of the psycho thriller chiller genre, but still an enjoyable read. John Sandford has quite the character in Lucas Davenport, but I do miss some of the old associates or past partners in crime, namely the nun. Anyway, this one is interesting but I feel that perhaps t
May 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rarely enjoy a character so much that I stick with them through 19 books. Wicked Prey is the 19th book in Sandford's Prey series and it's just as good as the first. I don't know what it is about Lucas Davenport that is just so intriguing but as long as the stories are good and Lucas is in them, I'm a fan. If we include Kidd and that fuckin' Flowers, Sandford creates characters that you have to follow.

Wicked Prey has the Republican convention in Minnesota, with McCain and Palin (ugh). I wonder
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the genre.
Recommended to Ron by: I'm just a fan of John Sandford.
Shelves: large-print-read
Another good one by Sandford. Not his best in the series, but, I'd still read one by him when he's not at his best than the best of several other authors.

Somewhat different than the early Prey stories, in that this one did not center around a serial killer. Although, the story's biggest villain, Brute Cohn, has killed, and will kill, several times. The Republican National Convention is in town, in Minneapolis. This attracts a lot of criminals as a lot of people coming for the convention have a l
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the start of Wicked Prey, it seems like Lucas Davenport hasn’t got a big caseload, except to liaise with the St. Paul/Minneapolis police departments and other law enforcement agencies who are covering the security of the Republican Convention which happens to be in town. When he receives a phone call from Lily Rothenburg, a very old flame of Lucas’s and currently high up in hierarchy of the NYPD to warn Lucas that a gang of murderous high stakes robbers may be in the Twin Cities, Lucas feels ...more
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Republican Convention is rolling into the twin cities, the assistant to the Governor of Minnesota calls on Lucas Davenport to b e sure nothing goes wrong. They had received word that a assassin from Iowa was on his way to Minnesota to perform an assassination. Lucas begins following up on everything rumor wise but can find nothing. At the same time a group of robbers is in the area preparing to execute a daring robbery of all the high dollar influence peddlers who they plan to rob is a serie ...more
Carolyn (in SC) C234D
I have enjoyed many books in the Lucas Davenport series over the years (although I haven't gotten to all of them), and I rate this one pretty high up there. There is an interesting gang of professional thieves in town to rob people at the Republican Convention, and they'll not hesitate to kill anyone in their way. Lucas's fourteen-year-old, about to be adopted ward, Letty, takes matters into her own hands when she figures out that a pathetic, paralyzed pimp in a wheelchair, who has a severe grud ...more
Mal Warwick
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In most television cop shows, the clever detectives on the squad grapple with one baffling case. They solve it, of course. Then, in the next episode, they move on to another one. It's neat, clean, and easy to follow. By contrast, the printed page offers space to paint a more realistic picture. In real life, a big-city homicide detective is likely to be saddled with a dozen or more different cases—and then to be handed a fresh one as it rolls in the door. Some authors seize this opportunity to po ...more
Susannah Carleton
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book with a gang of experienced and lethal robbers who intend to rob money men at the Republican National Convention and to steal the contents of as many safety deposit boxes in the city’s poshest hotel as they can.

A criminal that Lucas has tangled with before is out for revenge, although Lucas was not responsible for the event that triggered the man’s misfortunes. The man has targeted Lucas’s ward (and soon to be adopted daughter), Letty, a task made easier by her unofficial internship at
Ellen Keim
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the author's strengths is the antagonists he creates. The protagonist, Lucas Davenport, is smart and relentless with an interesting back story, but it is the criminals and their crimes which keep the series fresh and fascinating. This book had the addition of a storyline involving Davenport's adopted daughter, Letty, which brought his personal life more to the forefront.
Gary Boyd
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lucas Davenport, a Republican political event with assassination or larcenous overtures, a soon-to-be adopted teenage daughter, and the usual twists and turns.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book!
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Brent Soderstrum
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the 19th book from Sandford's fantastic series regarding Lucas Davenport.

After taking a little break from the Lucas Davenport series and reading some other authors I got back into it with this one. I think reading some other authors made me more appreciative of the work Sandford does. Even though this one wasn't one of his best from the series, Sandford's subpar works are head and shoulders above most authors out there.

This story revolves around the 2009 Republican convention which was h
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
#19 in the Lucas Davenport series. The main plot has a murderous gang planning a caper at the Republic National Convention. The secondary plot has Lucas' old nemesis Randy Whitcomb plotting to kidnap Lucas' ward Letty to exact revenge on Lucas for his crippled condition. Letty is a great character and the sub-plot carried by her threatens to overtake the main plot. Some of the gang's set-up and backstory could be skipped without injuring the story. Recommended, especially for Lucas Davenport fan ...more
May 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of the Best Lucas Davenport Books So Far

In his nineteenth edition to the Lucas Davenport Prey series, John Sandford proves beyond a reasonable doubt that somethings will never grow old or tired. The hero, Lucas Davenport, is up to his neck in problems in WICKED PREY. WICKED PREY has three different crimes running at the same time that seem to weave in and out of each other, all the while the Republican Nomination Convention sets the stage for limited resources and manpower in the background.
Doug Cummings
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I haven't found a bad Sandford book and this one certainly is not, although "cumbersome" might apply. He juggles quite a bit, including the Republican Convention, a murder gang, his daughter Letty, and her misadventures with a pimp who wants to kidnap her to get back at her father for earlier transgressions.

It's tough for me to suspend disbelief with Letty. She's superteen here as she was in Naked Prey, the book where she was introduced. Hard to imagine a fourteen-year-old girl, even from her b
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