Buried Prey

Buried Prey A house demolition provides an unpleasant surprise for Minneapolis the bodies of two girls wrapped in plastic It looks like they ve been there a long time Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long In

  • Title: Buried Prey
  • Author: John Sandford
  • ISBN: 9780399157387
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A house demolition provides an unpleasant surprise for Minneapolis the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic It looks like they ve been there a long time Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long In 1985, Davenport was a young cop with a reputation for recklessness, and the girls disappearance was a big deal His bosses ultimately declared the case closed, but he neverA house demolition provides an unpleasant surprise for Minneapolis the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic It looks like they ve been there a long time Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long In 1985, Davenport was a young cop with a reputation for recklessness, and the girls disappearance was a big deal His bosses ultimately declared the case closed, but he never agreed with that Now that he has a chance to investigate it all over again, one thing is becoming increasingly clear It wasn t just the bodies that were buried It was the truth.

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    • John Sandford

      See also John CampJohn Sandford was born John Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962 He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor s degree in American Studies in 1966 In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa He was in the U.S Army from 1966 68, worked as a reporter for the Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian from 1968 1970, and went back to the University of Iowa from 1970 1971, where he received a master s degree in journalism He was a reporter for The Miami Herald from 1971 78, and then a reporter for the St Paul Pioneer Press from 1978 1990 in 1980, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Pulitzer in 1986 for a series of stories about a midwestern farm crisis From 1990 to the present he has written thriller novels He s also the author of two non fiction books, one on plastic surgery and one on art He is the principal financial backer of a major archeological project in the Jordan Valley of Israel, with a website at rehov In addition to archaeology, he is deeply interested in art painting and photography He both hunts and fishes He has two children, Roswell and Emily, and one grandson, Benjamin His wife, Susan, died of metastasized breast cancer in May, 2007, and is greatly missed.

    621 thoughts on “Buried Prey

    • In the best of the John Sandford s Prey novels, there are usually two or three scenes where he brings the reader to a kind of momentum nirvana This is a point where you re turning the pages as fast as your eyes can scan the words These aren t necessarily action scenes, although Sandford can do action as well as anybody More often these are times in the story where some break in the case has happened or some other critical event has left the police scrambling People are being rousted out of bed P [...]


    • The best thing about this installment is the 170 pages or so when you get to go back to 1985, three years before the first Prey novel takes place Lucas is 23, and he s spent three years as a uniformed patrolman He finally gets his chance to make his bones as a plainclothes homicide dude This is when he s first getting to know some of our favorite characters like Del Capslock and Sloan Loved it That first case from 1985 resurfaces so to speak, heh heh in the present day, and Lucas is all over it [...]


    • With all the grocery store thrillers cramming the wire racks, few are really worth the time and effort BURIED PREY is not like those cheap knock offs Unlike those other stories, John Sandford s novel has depth, great characterization, superb plotting, and enough twists and turns to keep the reader thinking and engaged This is only my second Lucas Davenport novel, so my expertise in this series is limited The other one I read was RULES OF PREY In the review for RULES OF PREY, I lauded Sandford s [...]


    • I chose a John Sandford Lucas Davenport book to cleanse my palate after reading too much of a contemporary novel Sometimes a girl just has to go slumming Delving into a Lucas Davenport book is like eating a big double cheeseburger You know you should choose something chic, but the dialogue and the internal monologues of the character just can t leave your mind I read the dialogue in Sandford s books with a certain amount of awe He could write a book with only dialogue and it would be exception [...]


    • This is the twenty first John Sandford novel to feature Minnesota detective Lucas Davenport, and it s one of the best books in a truly great series.Twenty five years ago, Davenport was a beat cop with a taste for fine clothes, fast cars and attractive women He was also smart, ambitious and determined to excell, preferably as a detective, but if not, perhaps as a lawyer He gets the chance to prove himself when two young girls go missing Lucas, along with some other patrolmen, is assigned temporar [...]


    • I finished John Sandford s Buried Prey yesterday and immediately ordered Dark of the Moon, an early addition in the Virgil Flowers series Buried Prey, from the get go is a thrill ride, NO kiddingLucas is drawn back into a case that has troubled him since his early days as a detective, and troubled him plenty The bodies of 2 young girls, missing for many years turn up suddenly beneath a house being torn down for new construction Politics, egos and attitudes played a big part in the wrongful assum [...]


    • I newer realize the depth of my midwestern roots so keenly as when I read John Sandford In every one of his novels he includes a description or reference which makes me think, Oh, yes, I know what you mean, or the place you re describing In this one, near they end, Lucas Davenport describes a motel clerk who speaks with a Fargo accent The details adds nothing to the plot, but I love such reminders of my old home This novel begins with a horrifying opening scene, followed by a long flashback to t [...]


    • Lucas Davenport just knows how to find his guy and solve a mystery doesn t he I really love this novel for so many reasons, let me count the ways But first, let s just jump into the synopsis A house demolition provides an unpleasant surprise for Minneapolis the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic It looks like they ve been there a long time Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long.In 1985, Davenport was a young cop with a reputation for recklessness, and the girls disappearance was a big deal [...]


    • Sandford cranked it up a notch in this book, first by using and interesting then now structure to the book He uses the modern day event of uncovering two girls bodies to bring us back into Lucas Davenport s life as a patrol man just starting to get exposure with the homicide s detectives The author obviously has great affection for the Eighties time frame, and writes of it effectively with nice musical grace notes like when Madonna first got hot Sandford continues to push this book above his usu [...]


    • Probably my favorite Prey book so far I think this is mostly due to the fact that the format was a bit different Sanford brings us back to the late 80s when Davenport was new to the force and 2 young sisters go missing Nearly the first half of the book involves the beginning of that investigation and the revelation that investigation is a natural ability for Davenport He also meets and works with Del for the first time While he learns alot, there is one major mistake made I think I just like tha [...]


    • Bodies of two young girls are found in a building being demolished, and they date back to the mid 80 s when Davenport was a new police officer on that case Although the case was officially declared solved, he never felt right about who was pegged as the killer With new evidence the case is reopened and Davenport tries to re solve the case We have a lengthy flashback to his early years, which was interesting, as the author has slowly aged his character, so we get to see a younger original Lucas T [...]


    • One of the better entries in this always good series I really liked the segment set back in 1985 with the young Lucas on patrol trying to make detective I thought the present day plot was also good and I always enjoy the supporting characters Listened to the audio version which was narrated by Richard Ferrone who did his usual excellent job.


    • the truth has laid buried for over 25 years the bodies of 2 sisters r finally discovered underneath an old house in the concrete when it is torn down for a new development lucas davenport knows exactly who they r as he investigated their disappearance when he was only a rookie cop, first on patrol, then drugs and now called in for this it seems like a dead end but when the prime suspect was killed in a shoot out the case was closed but lucas is far from sure that he was the culprit like a dog wi [...]


    • I am a huge Lucas Davenport fan so any book about him is going to be great and this one is no exception Fast paced, great characters, interesting setting all typical of the author John Sandford This story begins with the uncovering of two bodies while a hole is dug for a new building The bodies turn out to be a case that Lucas worked on 25 years ago that he never felt settled about The story goes back and forth from then to now with lots of twists and turns As always there is a question of wheth [...]


    • This book shows how a long running series can become new again, ironically, by looking backward at where it all started, if not farther back When the bodies of twin girls turn up under a foundation during a large scale demolition project, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Agent Lucas Davenport flashes back to his first case as a plainclothes detective, when the girls first went missing 30 years ago It s a case that brings back guilty memories of a failure that perhaps led to deaths duri [...]


    • John Sandford is the author of a series I ve followed for many, many years His latest book in the Lucas Davenport series is Buried Prey Released today Davenport has been a cop in the Minneapolis area for many years, working his way up the ladder He currently works for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension BCA, often troubleshooting for the governor But a case from the past is literally unearthed and Davenport is forced to confront the unthinkable Was the wrong man convicted of the murder [...]


    • Although Sandford s one of my favorite writers, I ve found the last few entries of his Prey series kind of flat At first, I chalked it up to his starting the new Virgil Flowers series one which has to grow on you, I think and then to exhaustion Buried Prey is his 21st novel featuring Lucas Davenport and even a writer as inventive as Sandford must be running out of tricks So I wasn t expecting a great read, just a good one.I was wrong and I m so glad.Buried Prey revolves around the discovery of t [...]


    • Every time I read a John Sandford book I try to figure out what it is about them that makes them so great It s not the type of book I usually read but I find myself devouring them and waiting anxiously for the next one comes out.Typically, we know who the bad guy is by page 50 We know what he s done, and sometimes even why, long before Lucas Davenport does The adventure in these books lies in watching as Lucas finds the various threads that we know will inevitably lead him to the man he s lookin [...]


    • I always look forward to reading up on Lucas and company, but this book was especially fun to read because a great portion of it takes place when Lucas is a young cop transitioning from patrol to plains clothes What is fun is that you can see hints of what Lucas is to become, his love of women, fast cars, computer things, clothes, the way his mind works, meeting other cops, and his not being able to play well with other cops all the time Another great aspect of this book was the way Lucas s frie [...]


    • I almost feel badly rating this book at three stars since others, for whom I have great respect, have rated it four or, even, five stars, but like the old baseball umpire maybe Bill Klem said, I call em like I see em The plot was pretty interesting in that the bodies were discovered of two young girls killed many years earlier As luck would have it, they were the victims in Lucas Davenport s first real murder case and he felt that he flubbed it my word, not his As a result, about half of the boo [...]


    • I borrowed this book from a friend and it was my first venture into the world of Lucas Davenportd I was not impressed This being the 21st book I m sure there is established character development that I had missed out on But in this particular book I didn t get much of a feel for him Well I did but I didn t much care for him After the introduction of the bodies, the book is divided into two different time frames We see Lucas at the beginning of the crime in his younger days and then we return to [...]


    • Fans of Sandford will not be disappointed with Buried Prey, another fine, 3 Star addition to the Lucas Davenport saga With the discovery of 2 murdered girls beneath a house foundation, Lucas is propelled back to a case he worked 20 years prior as a young patrolman The first half of the book is a flashback and we watch a young Lucas investigate and meet up with some of the gang that will become his partners in his future cases In fact, the girls disappearance launches Lucas detective career He ha [...]


    • I ve read all of the prey books by John Sanford this one is the twenty first Lucas Davenport novel.Davenport, an investigator at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, is on another case, this one a cold case that has haunted him since being a rookie police officer.Buried Prey, like all of the prey books, is a fast moving, solid story that did not let me down If this story has a weak point, the section of the book titled Then, which highlights the original case of two missing girls, is a [...]


    • Sandford remains in great form in this, the 21st in his Prey series It begins with the unearthing literally of the bodies of two young girls who were believed to be kidnapped and murdered in 1985 a case to which neophyte cop Lucas Davenport was assigned A killer was unearthed figuratively as well, but Davenport had his doubts.The discovery means a second chance to find the real killer, who Davenport is sure hasn t stopped his murdering ways In an interesting plot twist, Sandford spends several c [...]


    • The series is still going strong after all this time and books Interesting how it went back to Lucas s early days to tie in with the current crime Also offered a moral question of how lives could have been saved if the case had been solved all those years ago The banter was as amusing as ever and it had just the right level of action and police procedural Although, much as I like the characters, I still dislike how perfect Lucas is haha.


    • This is the most awesome book I ve read in quite a long time I can t stress enough how great this book is I can t wait for other people to read this so we can talk about how awesome it is This book was awesome John Sandford simply NEVER fails to impressever this one was well above the cut.


    • Boring Flat Commercial This is the lowest rating I have given to a Sandford novel and I have read them all John must have had a contract obligation to fulfil this was so not his style just a story that you might hear at the park no surprises just a flat story and flat plot and a flat ending Booooooo


    • John Sandford was my inspiration to become a writer, so I may be a bit biased, because I love all of his work That said, I thought BURIED PREY was incredible A quantum leap into character development seeing the young Lucas Davenport being shaped into the man he is was fascinating Highly recommend this one, it s my favorite of the past several years.


    • Lucas Davenport is back and a rookie Great read with some seriously funny passages Guest appearance of Virgil Flowers too.


    • Twenty first in the Lucas Davenport detective mystery series and revolving around a cop who does it his own way in getting the bad guy The story takes place in Minneapolis and involves a cold case.My TakeWe all have regrets, and Lucas has a big one It s a place we ve been ourselves, questioning our bosses in our heads, not wanting to make waves, worrying about the right move It s this case that helps push Lucas into learning to be a better cop A case whose end provides extra weight to the dichot [...]


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