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Sudden Prey (The Prey Series) Kindle Edition

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Praise for EASY PREY:

'The 12th entry in Sandford's ever-entertaining Prey series finds Minneapolis Deputy Police Chief Lucas Davenport again rambling through a murky case with his unique combination of gutsy intelligence and aw-shucks attitude... As always, it's a joy to follow this rare cop who gets led more often by his gut instinct than by clues. His humour, understated and perverse, can be wildly funny, and the people he runs across are shrewdly conceived originals, cut from fabric way at the back of the bin' Publishers Weekly

'John Sandford is a brilliant writer' GUARDIAN

'Few do it better than Sandford' DAILY TELEGRAPH

'In a crowded market Sandford shines at the quality end' DAILY TELEGRAPH'

The stakes are high, the characters rich, the action relentless - here's a thriller that will make your hair stand on end' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

'Grabs you by the shirt from the start... You'll probably read it in one big gulp' CHICAGO TRIBUNE

'Sandford creates a cracklingly authentic atmosphere, a you-are-there sense of place, a sharp and sympathetic feeling for the details of the police at work' LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW

'Sandford has crafted the kind of trimmed-to-the-bone thriller that is hard to put down' CHICAGO TRIBUNE

'After ten thrillers in his series about Minneapolis cop Lucas Davenport, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp, writing under his Sandford pen name, hits a home run over the curve of the earth as the brilliantly swift Certain Prey sinks a meat hook under the reader's jaw on page one and never lets up...Top suspense' KIRKUS REVIEWS


After a vicious female bank robber named Candy dies in a shootout with police, her violent associates vow revenge, targeting the loved ones of the police officers involved, and it is up to Lucas Davenport to stop the nightmarish killings.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 916 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (1 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00134O02G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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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

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 19 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
John Sandford is an excellent writer. Need proof? Try reading `Sudden Prey', or nearly any other books in the Prey series, as they are of a great standard. Sandford works in the crime genre and it is one riddled with clichés and bland books. The fact is that as an author he does not shy away from the classic crime moments, but just writes them with a sense of energy, speed and excitement that few others can match. `Sudden Prey' is another novel starring maverick cop Lucas Davenport, but unlike in most of the series his team are the hunted, rather than the hunter. Davenport and co. have killed two women attempting to rob a bank and now the dead women's' relatives are out for revenge.

`Sudden Prey' is a rollercoaster of a ride and the book sets of quickly and never lets up. The levels of violence are high and the sense of injustice makes the book even more gripping. `An eye for an eye' is paramount in this novel and it means that no one (or their family) is safe. The tension builds up quickly and is very enthralling. For those who have never read a Prey book before `Sudden' will be a nice standalone crime thriller. For those who have gotten to know and like Davenport and his team the book will be the most suspenseful yet.

Sammy Recommendation
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisabeth Vefall on 4 Feb. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my favourites in the Prey series. Two people are shot in a bank robery, and the husband of one of them escapes from prison. Now he wants to get his revenge, but not by taking it out directly on the police officers. He wants them to suffer as he is, and wanting nothing by revenge, he's going after their families...
Sandford is a master of writing about different motives for the killings in all his thrillers. Previously I've read about someone killing because (s)he feels (s)he have to do it, another time I read about a much more dangerous motivation, the profit. In this book, Sudden Prey, the main character, Lucas Davenport, is facing the most simple and purest motivation, which is revenge. But can his killer-instinct, fast thinking and intelligence help him to solve this case?
Sandford has the ability of making you so curious about what will happen, that you simply can't put the book away. You have to finish it right away. And if you enjoy the Prey series, this book is a must. Certainly one his best. A great book also recommended to anyone who loves to read, and those who like thillers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Oct. 2004
Format: Paperback
John Sandford is an excellent writer. This is the 8th book in what's come to be known as the 'PREY' series. Sudden Prey begins at breakneck speed and never lets up. As in all previous prey stories Lucas Davenport is the main lead. He's a Minneapolis cop and this time round the action hits close to home. Dick LaChaise and his cohorts plan revenge for an incident earlier in the story. All the prey books contain strong language and scenes of graphic violence, so if your not up for that stay away. Great read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DiBosco VINE VOICE on 5 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
If you're familiar with the prey novels, this is a good as any of the others. Davenport's character is further developed; the other familiar characters crop up, making you laugh out as they quip one-liners that are funny because of who said them, not so much as what they said. "It's a trashy crime novel you're reading, you're not supposed to be laughing" I was told by a friend as I read. A crime novel it is, trashy - no.
The book certainly isn't a comedy; it's nasty, shocking, involving and draws you further into the ever unfolding world of Sandford's Minneapolis world of crime "solving". As ever with Davenport, there aren't always the solutions the play-it-by-the-rules-cops would possibly come up with.
If you like the Prey Novels, get it; if you haven't tried them yet, start at the beginning with the excellent "Rules of Prey".
Not for the faint hearted!
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