Rules of Prey

Rules of Prey

eBook - 2002
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Lieutenant Lucas Davenport is determined to track down a diabolically clever serial killer who leads a double life, carefully picks out his female victims, and taunts the police with notes signed "Maddog."
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2002
Edition: Electronic ed
ISBN: 9780786508532
0786508531
9781101146217
1101146214
9780399134654
0399134654
9780425205815
0425205819
Characteristics: 1 online resource (375 pages)

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quest598
Jun 03, 2018

5 chapters in and I am not into it. I'm not a prude but don't care for bad language when reading a book and this one is full of it.

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Smac11
Mar 20, 2018

This book is excellent, I highly recommend the whole Prey series to anyone who loves thrillers/mysteries or to anyone who is looking to try this genre. This book is an easy and fast paced read, so be ready for excitement! The cop talk and the misogyny get a little old throughout the series, but this one (the first of the series) is the best of them.

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7626dee
Mar 09, 2018

The first look at our "different" detective and you will probably not like him very much but he does grow on you. I find myself wishing we had a couple of these out in my neck of the woods. The power of the police is poorly understood by the people who pay them to "Protect and Serve" but they are a cross section of our society good and bad but they can and do legally kill, this is one of the killers.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jan 18, 2017

First in the long-running Lucas Davenport series has Davenport on the tail of a serial killer who enjoys playing games with the police nearly as much as killing. As many have noted, this is a cliche-filled novel, and series--independently wealthy police officer plays by his own rules and loves the ladies--that shouldn't work but does. The writing is fun and can pull you in, allowing for suspension of disbelief until suddenly you've read the whole thing.

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Dreamstime
Dec 10, 2016

I liked it as the first in the series with Lucas Davenport. Lucas has his faults as the story progresses. The *horrible* villain preys on women. Lucas has sex with multiple female partners without commitment. For another gritty series about a detective who thinks with his brain, not his lower extremities, read about Detective David Robicheaux by James Lee Burke. If you have not read him, start with Neon Rain because his personal life changes considerably as the books progress. Despite my misgivings, I am looking forward to reading more in the PREY series, I just hope that Lucas grows up, finds a loving relationship with a woman he respects, and leaves his adolescent period behind. I recommend Rules of Prey for excellent writing and plot that ratchets up the tension as it progresses. But as I read the book, I began to think who the "prey" refers to in the series title: the villain? Or is it Lucas himself?

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Judithn333
Jan 05, 2016

This is my first John Sandford novel. The fact that his books are set right here in the Twin Cities is down right exciting! I feel like I am right there. I keep going "I know that place, I know where that road goes, etc." There is a lot of cursing - which is a bit of a downer for me, but the story was so good that I just breezed right through.

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kendrabain
Jun 21, 2015

I enjoyed the book, the story, the chase, but I have to say that I didn't enjoy the character of Lucas Davenport very much. I'm not sure how many of this series I'm going to be able to read if the character doesn't become more likeable. I have to be able to root for him. Right now, I'm not sure if I care if he lives or dies.

jimbedley Jan 25, 2015

This book made me want to become a bestselling author - because if drivel like this can sell then I want to get in on the gravy train. Here's the formula: ignorant rednecks, guessable plot, predicable violence. I could go on but what's the point? For an actual good read give yourself a treat and read Lee Child's Reacher series. (Skip the movie, however.) Of course if you haven't read everything John D. MacDonald has written then please do that first.

JasonAT Dec 17, 2014

The Coolest male cop in Literature today. One of the Best Crime writers today, Yet He is under rated among His Peers. Read this Book and I promise you'll want to read the whole series.

P.S Sandford is also the most consistent Writer in His Feld. Almost all of His Lucas Books are Great Books.

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rahmmie
Nov 18, 2012

I am working through Sandford's books but I didn't realize this was the first one of the Davenport series until well into it. Nice introduction to the great character

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FavouriteFiction Oct 29, 2009

A young attorney plays an elaborate game of murder, a contest for which he has written terrifying rules. It is up to a game playing police detective Lt. Lucas Davenport to bring him in.

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MeReneG
Dec 27, 2010

... ''Three hundred feet out, a musky fisherman was working a surface lure...'' [Ch. 12] Doesn't this beg the question: was the fisherman sorely in need of a shower or was he hoping to land a musky (a.k.a. muskie or muskellunge)? :)

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