Wicked Prey : Lucas Davenport

  • by John Sandford
  • Narrated by Richard Ferrone
  • Series: Lucas Davenport
  • 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Danger stalks Lucas Davenport at work and all too close to home, in the superlative new thriller by the number-one New York Times best-selling author. For 20 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 twists and shocks of Wicked Prey.The Republicans are coming to St. Paul for their convention. Throwing a big party is supposed to be fun, but crashing the party are a few hard cases the police would rather have stayed away. Chief among them is a crew of professional stick-up men who've spotted several lucrative opportunities, ranging from political moneymen with briefcases full of cash to that armored-car warehouse with the weakness in its security system.All that is headache enough for Lucas Davenport - but what's about to hit him is even worse. A while back, a stray bullet put a pimp and petty thief named Randy Whitcomb in a wheelchair, and ever since, the man has been nursing his grudge into a full head of psychotic steam. He blames Davenport for the bullet, but it's no fun just shooting him. That wouldn't be painful enough. Not when Davenport has a pretty 14-year-old adopted daughter that Whitcomb can target instead.And then there's the young man with the .50 caliber sniper rifle and the right-wing-crazy background, roaming through a city filled with the most powerful politicians on earth....

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Another winner for Davenport fans

I have listened to many of the Davenport novels from Audible as well as Sandford's companion Flowers series. From reading prior reviews I expected to be a satisfied Sandford returning customer and I was not disappointed. This story moves along quickly and is not difficult to stay with as long as you don't try to remember all the details of each character (of which there are many, as other reviewers have pointed out). There are two weaknesses that I saw here, which I agree on with other negative reviewers. There is a lot of profanity and violence; for sure this is characteristic of the Davenport/Flowers novels and if you don't like that then you won't like this book. Second, and more importantly, the plot is a little thin ... this book is tied in very closely with the last Davenport and Flowers novels in the series and it almost feels like Sandford was trying to crank out as much as possible in as short a time as he could. I would have liked to seen a little more intricacy in the plot line. That said, though, I liked the book and would recommend it and purchase it again.
No review of this book or the other Prey novels would be complete without mention of Richard Ferrone's narration. Ferrone's voice is perfect for these stories. He can portray the bad guys really eerily and gets the tough good guys nailed. His voice sounds like he's been gargling with gunpowder and it's perfect for these books. With this novel I found that I was looking forward to more Richard Ferrone as much as I was to more John Sandford and Lucas Davenport.
Overall a great combination. In spite of some weaknesses, five stars.
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- Tony B.

Not that wicked

Two distinct subplots with little connection between them. One was excellent, the other was OK. Probably neither was enough for a complete novel, so ...
But, I always enjoy Sandford's books, especially the Prey series. I 'prey' that he'll write more of them.
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- William

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-12-2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio