Twisted Prey (Lucas Davenport #28)
Lucas Davenport confronts an old nemesis, now more powerful than ever as a U.S. senator, in the thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling Prey seriesLucas Davenport had crossed paths with her before.A rich psychopath, Taryn Grant had run successfully for the U.S. Senate, where Lucas had predicted she’d fit right in. He was also convinced that she’d been responsible for three murders, though he’d never been able to prove it. Once a psychopath had gotten that kind of rush, though, he or she often needed another fix, so he figured he might be seeing her again.He was right. A federal marshal now, with a very wide scope of investigation, he’s heard rumors that Grant has found her seat on the Senate intelligence committee, and the contacts she’s made from it, to be very…useful. Pinning those rumors down was likely to be just as difficult as before, and considerably more dangerous.But they had unfinished business, he and Grant. One way or the other, he was going to see it through to the end.

Twisted Prey (Lucas Davenport #28) Details

TitleTwisted Prey (Lucas Davenport #28)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 24th, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam’s Sons
ISBN-139780735217355
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Crime, Fiction

Twisted Prey (Lucas Davenport #28) Review

  • RachelW (BamaGal)
    January 1, 1970
    Competent, by-the-numbers read; but dry and not overly compelling. Davenport just isn't fun anymore, and I find I much prefer the Virgil Flowers books these days. The ending was anticlimactic and unsatisfactory. Maybe it's time to wrap this series up...
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  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsLittle does Lucas know at the beginning of this story that he has an appointment with an old nemesis of his. Psychopath Taryn Grant is back. She is now a United States Senator and very powerful, as well as being very rich. She can buy just about anything – or anybody – she wishes. When US Senator Porter Smalls and his sometimes lover and his wife’s best friend Cecily “CeCe” Whitehead are having a planning session at his out-of-the-way cabin in the woods outside of Washington, DC. While on 4 starsLittle does Lucas know at the beginning of this story that he has an appointment with an old nemesis of his. Psychopath Taryn Grant is back. She is now a United States Senator and very powerful, as well as being very rich. She can buy just about anything – or anybody – she wishes. When US Senator Porter Smalls and his sometimes lover and his wife’s best friend Cecily “CeCe” Whitehead are having a planning session at his out-of-the-way cabin in the woods outside of Washington, DC. While on their way home, they are sideswiped by a pickup and driven off the road and down an embankment. CeCe is killed. Porter contacts Lucas and tells him the story, He is certain that it is Taryn Grant who is trying to kill him as revenge for some earlier perceived hurts on her part. Lucas takes the case and begins his investigation. He is going to have to be careful, for Grant is relentless is pursuing her targets. While Lucas is conducting his investigation, with a little help from his friends, including Virgil Flowers, tempers flare and the going gets hot – very hot. I must admit, like another reviewer, that while I very much like all of John Sanford’s novels, I particularly like the Virgil Flowers series. He has definitely stolen my heart. This book is well written and plotted as are all of Mr. Sanford’s novels. But, I didn’t care for this one quite as much as some of the previous stories. Politics…meh. The tension in the book began immediately with the wild car chase and tumble down the hill. It continued throughout the book as the reader got drawn into the chase and machinations of the “bad girl.” I liked the book, and will continue to read John Sanford’s novels as long as he continues to write them. I want to thank NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam/G.P. Putnam’s Sons for forwarding to me a copy of this great book to read and enjoy.
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  • Richard
    January 1, 1970
    Apt Title. I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Written by John Sandford and published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York in 2018, this novel is the latest in the Lucas Davenport “Prey” series. We have known Lucas as a police detective in Minnesota, but now he is a U.S. Marshall investigating the attempted murder of a U.S. Senator in the Washington, D.C. area, and the murder of his aide. Porter Smalls is the Republican junior s Apt Title. I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Written by John Sandford and published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York in 2018, this novel is the latest in the Lucas Davenport “Prey” series. We have known Lucas as a police detective in Minnesota, but now he is a U.S. Marshall investigating the attempted murder of a U.S. Senator in the Washington, D.C. area, and the murder of his aide. Porter Smalls is the Republican junior senator from Minnesota who was defeated in a reelection bid two and a half years earlier by Taryn Grant. She did it by having child pornography planted on his computer. Smalls was able to clear himself, but not before Grant won the election. Two years later, Smalls ran for the other senate seat from Minnesota and won. His colleagues in the Senate awarded him his seniority and committee chairmanships back, so he was now nearly as powerful as when he had served before being defeated. He knew that the vehicle crash that took the life of his aide was not an accident. When West Virginia police thought otherwise, Smalls used his influence to get Lucas Davenport and the U.S. Marshall’s Service to investigate. Senator Taryn Grant wants to be President, and she will stop at nothing to achieve her goal. We know from the beginning of the story that she is responsible for the murder and the attempted murder, but what we do not know is whether Lucas will be able to prove it. Grant has a cadre of mercenaries on her payroll who are all former U.S. military special operators—men who had served in the Navy Seals and Delta Force. They are ruthless professionals, and Lucas might just have met his match. Even though we already know who the players are, and which of them is guilty, the author saves a couple of plot twists for the end of the story. He ties up all of the loose ends and doesn’t reveal how the story will end until it does. The action is non-stop, the dialogue is believable, and the plot is only mildly less-than-credible. This is an easy, entertaining read. It is not Sandford’s best work, but pretty good, anyway. I liked this book, and I think you might like it, too. I award four stars and recommend the book.
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    It's always fun to pick up a book with Lucas Davenport. While I miss him working in MN, he has built up a crew to support him that are just as fun to read about. The other Marshalls, Rae and Bob fit in well with Lucas, they can talk about common things and are just as blood thristy, but not quite as sneaky as Lucas.I liked that this book brought about some familiar faces in the case they worked, the 2 Minnesota Senators from a case that Lucas worked on in the past. I know it bothered Lucas that It's always fun to pick up a book with Lucas Davenport. While I miss him working in MN, he has built up a crew to support him that are just as fun to read about. The other Marshalls, Rae and Bob fit in well with Lucas, they can talk about common things and are just as blood thristy, but not quite as sneaky as Lucas.I liked that this book brought about some familiar faces in the case they worked, the 2 Minnesota Senators from a case that Lucas worked on in the past. I know it bothered Lucas that he knew what happened in the past, but couldn't prove it, allowing the bad guy to go free. With that knowledge you knew that Lucas wasn't about to let that happen again. Lucas and his crew slowly started to unravel things, each lead found something bigger. Soon it seems like so much was going on, so many alphabet groups were in on things, so much bigger than the original crime of a car being run off the road.Towards the end it seemed to me that Lucas wasn't going to get his bad guy himself, but he might be letting someone else do the work for him. It was only on the last page that I realized I was right and more than just me knew it.
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  • Stephen
    January 1, 1970
    Another winner by John Sandford!!!
  • Sherry
    January 1, 1970
    Another great entry in the Prey series. When Porter Smalls is involved in a car accident that kills his companion, he calls Lucas to investigate. They both are convinced that Taryn Grant has once again set her sights on Smalls, but can Lucas prove it? With some help from Kidd, Flowers, Ray, and Bob, Lucas does what he does best. Great read, highly recommend.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I swear John Sanford is improving with age. The last 3-4 Lucas Davenport books have been his best and this is no exception. Great story, edge of your seat typical Lucas - it was great!
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Seriously, #28 in John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport/Prey series? Wow – I am pretty sure I have read them all. Some of them knocked me out, while others were more in the better-than-average-and-sufficiently-entertaining vein. Twisted Prey, which I received from Penguin Group Putnam and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, falls into the second category. Lucas Davenport is the protagonist in all Sandford’s “Prey” books. Formerly part of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, he is now Seriously, #28 in John Sandford’s Lucas Davenport/Prey series? Wow – I am pretty sure I have read them all. Some of them knocked me out, while others were more in the better-than-average-and-sufficiently-entertaining vein. Twisted Prey, which I received from Penguin Group Putnam and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, falls into the second category. Lucas Davenport is the protagonist in all Sandford’s “Prey” books. Formerly part of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, he is now part of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, still living with his physician wife Weather while their daughter Letty is at school at Stanford. Senator Porter Smalls of Minnesota is on his way back from a “meeting” (illicit rendezvous) at a cabin in the woods, when his vehicle is run off a cliff, down a ravine into the woods, and slams into a tree. His female “aide,” who is driving, is killed. Senator Smalls, fearing he was the intended target, calls on Lucas to investigate (he suspects Senator Taryn Grant), She beat him in a prior election after planting kiddie porn on his computer) and is now a powerful member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, eyeing a run for the White House. Lucas and Taryn have met before, and once he becomes convinced that she is behind the “accident,” he is determined to see this investigation through to the end. It’s an entertaining ride, and along the way, we get a glimpse of Virgil Flowers and quite a lot of Ray and Bob, two other associates of Lucas’s.Despite knowing who the bad guys are, there are a couple of good twists at the end, and the sharp dialogue combines with the action to keep the reader’s interest. Fans of Lucas and the Prey series will LOVE this one Although it is the 28th Prey book, it can be enjoyed as a standalone, and will likely send the reader in search of earlier books in the series. I give it four stars because it didn’t knock my socks off, but it is a good, solid, and enjoyable read.
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  • Sue Kelso
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book a bit more than the last couple in the series. I feel like I've been reading Lucas forever. I enjoy the character and the writing. Lucas comes up against an old nemesis in Taryn Grant. Someone tries to kill a senator from Minnesota. Could it be the other senator from that great state who believes he is standing in her way to becoming president? The characters, especially Taryn are a bit over the top but there probably are people this vile in our world. Lucas gets together wit I enjoyed this book a bit more than the last couple in the series. I feel like I've been reading Lucas forever. I enjoy the character and the writing. Lucas comes up against an old nemesis in Taryn Grant. Someone tries to kill a senator from Minnesota. Could it be the other senator from that great state who believes he is standing in her way to becoming president? The characters, especially Taryn are a bit over the top but there probably are people this vile in our world. Lucas gets together with his fellow US marshalls to solve the case. It takes you back and forth between Minnesota and DC. A fun read.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Lucas Davenport is back and doing what he does best, now as a U.S. Marshall and facing an old enemy that makes the politicians of today seem tame. Join him as he investigates the attempted assassination of a U. S. Senator and opens up a whole can of worms where all kind of malignant things slither out. But you know Lucas...he always gets his man...or woman.Highly recommended! This book is due to be released in April 2018.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Lucas Davenport is still going strong and so is the writing of John Sandford. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and love the Lucas as the U.S. Marshal.
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I like Davenport as a US Marshall - It isolates him a bit from day to day department politics and gives him a broader range of cases.
  • D.E. Heil
    January 1, 1970
    I thought that this was a good novel and made Lucas Davenport's transition to a new agency relatively believable. There was enough action with new characters, and that was refreshing to see.
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