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Eyes of Prey (A Prey Novel) Mass Market Paperback – March 6, 2007
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“Relentlessly swift...genuinely suspenseful...excellent.”—Los Angeles Times
“Sandford is a writer in control of his craft.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Excellent...compelling...everything works.”—USA Today
“Grip-you-by-the-throat thrills...a hell of a ride.”—Houston Chronicle
“Crackling, page-turning tension...great scary fun.”—The New York Daily News
“Enough pulse-pounding, page-turning excitement to keep you up way past bedtime.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“One of the most engaging characters in contemporary fiction.”—Detroit News
“Positively chilling.”—St. Petersburg Times
“Just right for fans of The Silence of the Lambs.”—Booklist
“One of the most horrible villains this side of Hannibal.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Ice-pick chills...excruciatingly tense...a double-pumped roundhouse of a thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons (March 6, 2007)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425214435
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425214435
- Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #23,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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In this one we find a much younger Lucas which is one of the things I like about the Prey series...the author allows his characters grow and age as each books is released. Here we find a Lucas who is establishing himself as a pretty violent no nonsense character who is not beyond bending the rules just a bit. We also find a Lucas who is a bit of a womanizer.
We have two very, very evil villains in this one – both serial killers, who have teamed up and gone into business together. This creates many twists and turns and surprises in the story and at times you never really know who the bad guy(s) are and who the good ones are. As you read the book you soon realize that not all is as it seems.
Action is good here and almost non stop. Pay attention to the end because this particular story has not been finished.
It is good if you can read these novels in order of publication (something I did not do) but on the other hand each is most certainly a stand-alone novel as the author gives you plenty of back ground as each book is finished.
This is a very good series and has given me much reading enjoyment over the years.
The novel revolves around two sadistic, psychotic serial killers who work in tandem. One, a drug addicted pathologist; the other, a small time local actor. Their crimes are brutal and on their trail of crime is Sandford’s protagonist, Det. Lucas Davenport.
The book is pretty much a page turner. It moves at a steady pace and contains no fluff. All is straightforward and to the point. Its very early on in the “Prey” series, but holds its own very well.
An epilogue is tacked on at the end. The main story, being ended; the epilogue serves to not only tidy up the characters lives going forward, it also provides a good twist in tying up a loose end in the story.
The plot is complex, made interesting by Sandford's view of the main villain high on a variety of drugs. Hospitals have people watching for internal drug abuse, a common problem. This does not slow down the main villain at all. That may be unrealistic. He is known as Dr Death. The primary mystery is whether Lucas and his friends can tie the villains to the crimes in court before they kill more people.
I rated this one 4 stars because I thought the author was not very fair with us. There was a key to the solution of the mystery that Lucas should have seen at least halfway though the book. This key was identified virtually on the last page. Otherwise, it is a good story, well-told as are most of Sandford's books. Without giving away anything significant, in the end Lucas spends his first day of retirement taking his TV journalist girlfriend, Jennifer, and their daughter, Sarah, to a Twins game.
John Sandford hit a home run in creating Davenport, along with his friends and associates. But a good guy so compelling needs a worthy adversary, and the bad guy in Eyes Of Prey is just such a person. A doctor with a morbid interest in just what happens when someone dies, he stalks and kills his victims in order to find out just what happens at the moment of death. Almost a Jeckyll-Hyde type of personality, this man is sick, sick, sick -- and only Davenport can bring him to justice.
Read this book. In fact, read the entire Prey Series. Sandford's characters are complex, the stories have unexpected twists, and Davenport is willing to do anything -- legal or otherwise -- to get the job done.
The lead character is Lucas Davenport....... an independently wealthy games inventor, who also happens to be a Minneapolis Police Detective.
In this book, we find Lucas investigating a string of particularly gruesome murders, notable for the fact that the eyes of every victim have been removed.
As is the case in every Sandford novel, the plot roars along at a cracking pace, with each character brilliantly drawn, and utterly believable.
If you have yet to read a 'Prey' book, my suggestion is to start at the beginning, with 'Rules of Prey', and read them all in order.
Enjoy - I know you will.
Top reviews from other countries
There's plenty to the plot, which really does keep twisting & turning right to the end. The pace is not quite as good as found in later works, but that's a minor niggle.
Recommended for Sandford fans and crime fiction readers generally.
My biggest issue is the author’s complete disregard for basic grammar, both in narrative and speech.
He never learned that it is would have, could have should have, but uses of in all cases. Painful.
Chasing a crazed Doctor and his evil partner in a complicated but well thought out plot.
Slowly working my way through these novels, not necessarily in order, and enjoying all.
Couldn’t wait for my time of day to sit read and enjoy, yes enjoy. Not much fun in my life but Lucas D brings it to me.
You won’t be disappointed, bring on the next chapter of Lucas D