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Invisible Prey

By John Sandford

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Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 04 June 2007
In the richest neighbourhood of Minneapolis, two elderly women lie murdered in their home, beaten to death with a metal pipe, the rooms ransacked, only small items stolen. It's clearly a random break-in by someone looking for money to buy drugs. But as he looks more closely, Davenport begins to wonder if the items are actually so small or the victims so random, if there might not be some invisible agenda at work here. Gradually, a pattern begins to emerge - and it will lead Davenport to somewhere he never expected. Which is too bad, because the killers - and there is more than one of them - the killers are expecting him.

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John Sandford is the pseudonym of Pulitzer prize-winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of seventeen PREY novels, four KIDD novels and the stand-alone thriller, DEAD WATCH. He lives in Minnesota. Visit


Bestseller Sandford opts for a contemplative procedural rather than a high-octane nail-biter for his 17th novel to feature Minneapolis detective Lucas Davenport (after 2005's Broken Prey). The brave and intelligent Davenport, one of contemporary crime fiction's more congenial sleuths, is working a politically sensitive case-state senator Burt Kline is on the edge of being arrested for having sex with a minor-when he's called in to investigate the beating death of wealthy widow Constance Bucher and her maid. Bucher lived in a mansion stuffed with antiques, though it's unclear if robbery was the motive for the murders. Several run-of-the-mill suspects are dealt with before the reader learns the identity of the two killers, who continue to murder a string of folks all variously connected to the Bucher slaying. Eventually, the Bucher and Kline cases come together in an unexpected way. Interesting and unusual supporting characters, good and bad guys alike, enhance an intriguing puzzle. (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Is Lucas Davenport losing his edge? In his 17th outing, the Minnesota lawman seems to spend more time delegating than detecting. First, he has an intern investigate the untimely deaths of some wealthy St. Paul senior citizens. The break in the case comes when the cops connect the victims to a set of antique quilts. That's right; the rugged detective's taking on quilt cases now. When he's not pouring over The Antiques Price Guide, Davenport organizes Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's investigation of a state politician accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. By far the more interesting of the two story lines, speculation about the sleazy politician gives Davenport and his cronies plenty of opportunity for the crude and clever shoptalk at which Sandford excels. Series fans will miss the adrenaline rush they usually get from his books but will appreciate the cameo by Sandford's other series character, Kidd. Sandford's popularity makes this an essential purchase for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/07.]--Karen Kleckner, Deerfield P.L., IL Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9780743276252
ISBN: 0743276256
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.3 centimetres (0.49 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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John Sandford is a quality writer who produces books that are solid if unspectacular reads. I have read all of his Lucas Davenport series and they have been generally excellent.

With Invisible Prey, I felt that the author mailed the book in, so to speak. It was readable and not boring, but it did not enhance the writers reputation at all. It was the kind of novel that you will read and once it is finished, you won't touch again.

Having a pair of characters called Widdler makes one think that the author is not writing a serious novel rather playing for laughs. The main character Lucas Davenport is a person who could be used so well, he has the killer in him and I wonder if the author is toying with the idea of making Davenport a darker character than he is.

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