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Easy Prey

(Lucas Davenport #11)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  14,361 ratings  ·  459 reviews
In life she was a high-profile model. In death she is the focus of a media firestorm that's demanding action from Lucas Davenport. One of his own men is a suspect in her murder. But when a series of bizarre, seemingly unrelated slayings rock the city, Davenport suspects a connection that runs deeper than anyone had imagined - one that leads to an ingenious killer more ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Simon & Schuster (first published April 1st 2000)
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Joe King I realize it's been two years since you asked, but I just read it and it was awful. I've read the ten before this and usually can't put them down.…moreI realize it's been two years since you asked, but I just read it and it was awful. I've read the ten before this and usually can't put them down. I'll usually read them over two evenings. This took me several days to get through, I had to go back and re-read whole pages because I lost interest so frequently. (less)

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John Culuris
I guess it was inevitable. After the high quality of the previous two Prey novel, a drop off had to come sometime. Luckily Sandford’s average is still higher than most. This time Davenport and his people investigate the murder of a fashion model and a bystander during a party at a socialite’s mansion. The cops get everything wrong but each time still find enough to take the next step in the right direction. Nothing great but still worth the price of admission.
Diane Wallace
May 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Good series! intriguing,complicated but not a compelling storyline as the others..good writing as always (paperback!)
James Thane
Minnesota native Sharon Olson has blossomed into supermodel Alie'e Maison, and she now returns to Minneapolis for a very sexy photo shoot. Following a hard day's work, she spends a hard night partying at the home of a wealthy socialite. Alie'e shoots a little heroin, enjoys some playful sex with two other women, and then suddenly turns up choked to death. When the cops arrive, they discover yet another woman who has been killed and stuffed into a closet. Things are going to get very dicey in a ...more
Kemper
A supermodel is found strangled at a wild house party and her death is guaranteed to create a media frenzy. There are also two other factors complicating Lucas Davenport’s investigation. The first is that a another body is found in a closet at the house, and the second is that one of his cops, an undercover narcotics officer, was also at the party. Lucas will have to put a little overtime in on this one.

With a house full of drugged up fashion industry people there when the model was killed,
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Dotti Elrick
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Alie'e (Ah-lee-ah) is a young up and coming model. The new hottest thing in the fashion industry. When she is found murdered at an after shoot party, it is sure to become a media frenzy. Deputy Chief Lucas Davenport is called in to help control the situation and hopefully wrap it up quickly. When a second body falls out of a closet Lucas knows this is not going to happen. It doesn't take long to figure out that drugs play a role in both deaths. Lots of bodies are found over the course of the ...more
Obsidian
Dec 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gah. Why did Sandford even write this mess of a book?! It made zero sense plot wise, the development of characters was flushed down the toilet, and really we had pages and pages of Lucas angsting over sleeping with someone that had sex (willingly) with her own brother. I just needed a bleach bath after finishing this book.

Look, long story short, "Easy Prey" is about a model and another woman being found murdered. There are a ton of suspects. Nothing makes sense though because Sandford just wrote
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Lily Malone
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Love the ongoing back and forth for Lucas at this stage of the Prey series, between his bust-up with Weather, and his new interest in Jael and Catrin. Love how life just gets more and more complicated for him, never mind trying to find two killers.
The crime plot is solid as always with the typical twist after twist. This time the ending gets just a bit too crazy for me with the TV stations/hostage scenario, but I don't mind because it's Lucas, and its Sandford, and they're an
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Kathy Davie
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective, thriller
Eleventh in the Lucas Davenport thriller series and revolving around a cop who will do what he must to get the right bad guy. This is set in Minnesota.

My Take
It's plain old police work on this, but Sandford spiffs it up with all the oddities: the drugs, the relationships between all the partiers, Lucas' relationships with new and old girlfriends, and all the manipulating they had to do to keep the press off their backs. Sandford certainly pulled me in easy with this beginning, and it turned out
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Mahoghani 23
I wasn't too keen on this book. It kind of dragged on and on. This story started with 2 murders and ended with half a dozen dead. Lucas Davenport has a keen sense for justice but this story was not interesting to me.
Jim
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Kind of a disappointing letdown with author John Sandford's eleventh Lucas Davenport series book, "Easy Prey". After the previous two books in this series being extremely solid thrillers this one falls short. The plot itself kept confusing me. With the large number of characters in this yarn it's was sometimes difficult trying to remember who fits in with who. Also the uniqueness of the character's names didn't make it much easier to follow. Coming in at over 380 really too long pages ...more
Jim
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great mystery & depiction of the media dealing with the death of a celebrity. In the midst of this complicated case, Lucas is juggling his love life which was a lot of fun. A lot of action, great characters, & more as usual, especially if read in order. Totally enjoyable.

On to the next!
Snidely
Sep 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
An inexcusably lazy effort from Sandford. Here's perhaps a spoiler, the story's plot and character development get flushed down a toilet at the end.

It's a very mediocre book, I'm sorry I read it. While some authors grow in one's appreciation for their work over time, my experience with Sandford has been the opposite and I'll probably not read another of his works. I guess he gets well paid for putting enough words down to fill 400 pages or so, he doesn't seem to put much effort or creativity
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Maureen DeLuca
I love this series, and I love Davenport--- but, for me , this book just didn't measure up to the first 10- can't love them all - but still not sad that I read it-- on to book number 12 !!
Piker7977
Easy Prey finds Lucas Davenport on the trail of a killer who murdered a fashion model at a party and stuffed another victim in a closet. The model has some funky family connections that include a holy roller brother whose sermons involve the mysticism of stigmata. Our Porsche driving detective has his work cut out for him as he heads up the investigation while managing the political fallout of such a high profile victim. But...before you know it, suspects and associates are being killed too.

That
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William
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Not bad. Good narration pronouncing Porche and either correctly. Sandford comes up with another dissimilar plot with a hidden mystery.
Aron
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lucas-davenport
4.3 Stars. Another very good, well written "Prey" novel. I love these books & I haven't really read them in order like i probably should, but i dont think its hampered my enjoyment, you can just pick one at random and know its gonna be a fun read.
Mary Drayer
I always love dialogue-but the author went a little overboard...I got board, had to put the book down for awhile....I usually cannot stop reading! Huh? Of course the plot was GREAT, action packed, and the “chief” of detectives always has a few woman to juggle.
aPriL does feral sometimes
TEN STARS!!!!

Picture this: Dragnet starring Sean Connery with Bob Hope's writers punching up the dialogue. The last 100 pages have made John Sandford my number one mystery genre recommendation.

"You ever tried phone sex?" She asked.
"Tried once, but it doesn't work. I feel like a silly jerkoff."
"That's sort of inevitable," she said.
"On the other hand, I'm good at giving it. I wouldn't want to use the word brilliant, but then, I'm a modest kind of guy."
"Really? That's interesting," she said. "I
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ElaineY
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JULY 13, 2015
Narrator: Richard Ferrone


This was a mess and not even an exciting mess. It felt as if Sandford threw in a bunch of weirdos with Old Testament names, added lots of red herrings, his now-annoying love life, his entire police department and regurgitated the lot.

I couldn't follow it even though it's just a simple whodunit. Listening to this was like trying to see where the buckshot went - EVERYWHERE! And the choice of killer was so lame as to be laughable. C'mon,
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Monnie
Apr 17, 2012 rated it liked it
As may be evident from my previous reviews, I'm working my way through John Sanford's "Prey" series featuring Minneapolis Deputy Chief Lucas Davenport (I believe the total is 21 as of about a year ago, and a new one, Stolen Prey, is set for publication next month). It's fair to say I've loved them all so far; but this one, the 11th, a little less than the others. That's not to say it isn't good, because I enjoyed it. But that said, I finished it in less than two days more to get it behind me and ...more
Mike
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
My 2nd time through, and still enjoyable.

Davenport is pulled into the world of high fashion and art. A gorgeous model has been found dead in an upscale neighborhood during a party. Earlier that day, she had done a photo shoot that bordered on soft porn.

The players: her mom and dad, who pushed the small-town girl into her career and rode her coattails vicariously. Her brother, who is a charismatic preacher in the area. The partiers, where recreational drugs ran rampant. Her girlfriend and her
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Tim
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
As much as I like John Sanford, he can at times be predictable, racist, (who isn't)? cruel, angry, vengeful and appear to derive pleasure of torture and its description. Such is the case in the Prey story. Unless you can’t get enough of the aforementioned, the only parts worth reading or listening to is the last quarter of this novel which actually manages to be creative, exciting and less repulsive. It’s too bad the story didn't start there instead. Because the ending saves this from being a ...more
miteypen
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Not one of my favorites. The cops, including Davonport, had a hard time coming up with a coherent premise for their investigation. There were two many possible motives and too many suspects and not one of them turned out to be right. At the same time Davenport is also bungling his relationships with women. This felt more like a bridge book: it just doesn't stand up well on its own merits.
Rick
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A good read, but not great. Still recommended.
Carol
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really do like the Lucas Davenport Series. However, I could also do with about 300 less "F" words. They are so absolutely unnecessary. The plot on this one was good. Lots of twists and turns. About three different plots that keep us guessing. Kinda fun having Lucas with about three women expressing interest in him and he them. If I remember, he decides fairly soon whom he is most interested in. I'd like to clean up the language and it really is a good story. I've had a crush on Lucas' voice, ...more
Steve
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Again, read this one several times over the years (think this was the forth time) and I can't remember the bad guy. Either Sandford writes one hell of a mystery or I'm losing my mind (I'm going with option one)! Great read that keeps you wondering (even if you've read it before) until the very end.
Yolanda
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucas Davenport is a busy, busy deputy chief these days. A supermodel is found dead at a party, another woman dead in a closet. High fashion, drugs and all that comes with that life makes this one quick read. Just enough twists to keep it interesting, after that ending I'm glad I own this series and don't have to wait for it to be released.
Lauren
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
Sandford's introduction to this volume might be my actual favorite thing about it, because it's a massively endearing discussion of how he used to watch fashion shows while on an archaeological dig in Israel because they were one of the few things consistently airing in English, and the image of Sandford sacked out on the couch like a lizard watching a parade of couture is life-changing in its greatness.

Anyway, the novel itself:

This is a little bit of an oddity compared to the other Prey books
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Nate
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not one of my favorites, but the plot is so complex and dense that it’d be hard for any fan of mystery or crime fiction to not enjoy it. It’s ironic, because when I started the series I really didn’t like the Davenport-Antagonist twin perspective where we learn, if not the killer’s identity, a shitload about them from the getgo. I grew to relish these opposing perspectives and watching them grow ever closer to the always-awesome climax.

Well, Secret Prey kind of broke the formula and it ended up
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William
I wanted to like this book as I've enjoyed most of Sandford's other novels from the "Prey" series, but I took issue with a couple of things:
The ending. I won't ruin it for you, but given all that happens in the book, the ending is anticlimactic to say the least.
Detective Davenport's invincibility. He runs through speed traps in his Porsche, he uses multiple witnesses as bait, he strings along three women at a time. And gets away with it. Davenport is an interesting character, but this is
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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
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