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The company chairman lay on the cold ground of the woods, his eyes unseeing, his orange hunting jacket punctured by a rifle bullet at close range. Around him stood the four executives with whom he had been hunting, each with his or her own complicated agenda, each with a reason not to be sorrowful about the man's death. If he read it in a book, Lucas Davenport thought, it would seem like one of those classic murder mysteries, the kind where the detective gathers everyone together at the end and solves the case with a little speech.
But it wasn't going to be that easy, he knew. There were currents running through this group, hints and whispers of something much greater than the murder of a single man. He had felt this way not long before, sensed the curling of an indefinable evil, and not only had it nearly gotten him killed, it had lost him his fiancee, who'd never been able to recover from the violence of the encounter. Sometime soon, unless he could stop it, there would be another death, and then still another, and Davenport couldn't help but wonder if maybe this time, the final death might not be his own....
John Sandford has written extraordinary thrillers before, but nothing to top the startling twists and unrelenting suspense of Secret Prey.
©1998 John Sandford (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks
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4 out of 5 stars
By Phillip on 03-20-13

Very good Davenport take.

I thoroughly enjoy the "Prey" series by John Sandford, starring Lucas Davenport. I find that I usually read these in clumps. I'll read a number of books that are more literary in nature and then desire something that I can just enjoy and have fun with.

For this purpose, Sandford's novels are perfect. The characters, Davenport in particular, are well developed and have all grown as the series has progressed. The stories are different than most detective fiction, in that we almost always know who the killer is early in the plot's development. It's not a whodunit but rather a how do we catch them.

I wholeheartedly recommend this and all the "Prey" novels as an excellent escape from mundane daily life.

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4 out of 5 stars
By R. Pontiflet on 07-15-16

Murder? Who You Gonna Call? Lucas D.... Of Course

Who do you trust? No one, especially while on a hunting trip with a group of "friends". Everybody has guns and everybody has something to gain by the death of the Chairman, somebody pulls the trigger killing the "top man" and nobody is sorry that he's dead.... wow! a murder mystery for Lucas Davenport to solve.

This is where the skills and intuition of Lucas Davenport steps in to solve the case. But it was not going to be easy because the same people who are supposed to be the man's friends contains at least one man or woman who was willing to pull the trigger, and would benefit from the man's death. There are twists and turns in the storyline that keeps the story interesting and the listener guessing whodunit.

Ferrone, the narrator, is the voice of Lucas Davenport. An enjoyable listen.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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