Twisted Prey

Twisted Prey

A Lucas Davenport Novel

Book - 2018
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"Lucas Davenport confronts an old nemesis, now a powerful U.S. senator, in the thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling Prey series. Lucas 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 neededanother 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 fromit, 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"--
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©2018
ISBN: 9780735217355
Characteristics: 387 pages ;,24 cm.


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Dec 02, 2018

This is my first book by the author. I made it about one-third the way through and then stopped. Stanford can write, but I quickly grew tired of the product name placements-- everywhere. Davenport didn't "pull out his cell phone," he pulled out his iPhone. He didn't "get out of his SUV," he got out of his Land Rover Evoq. He didn't "put on his black dress shoes," he put on his black, John Lobb dress shoes. You get the picture. Is the author getting kickbacks from these companies? Enough with the company name-dropping. It's unnatural and breaks the natural feel! Then there is the fact this is the 28th installment in the Lucas Davenport series. I think he needs to branch out, challenge himself, and write some stand-alone novels to sharpen his game. It's like Lee Child with his dozens of Jack Reacher novels: rote, point-and-click, formulaic, and derivative.

a return to form for sandford. but.....where are the dogs? ( I think I found an implausible plot point)....Sandford makes conspiracy seem like fun (general, overall comment about this author)

Jul 25, 2018

Fast-paced, action-packed and Virgil Flowers visits for some levity. John Sandford at his best!

As a US Marshall Lucas Davenport's political connections have him assigned to an unorthodox caseload. Rae Givens and Bob Matees are thrilled to join Lucas to prove the fatal car accident involving Senator Porter Smalls was attempted murder by Smalls rival Taryn Grant.

Black ops, military contracts, FBI and CIA & State Police all cross the Marshalls' paths as the target shifts to Lucas. Nice to see Taryn finally get what she deserves from book 20!

Jul 01, 2018

As anticipated.Always enjoy the throw-away comments. They'd all translate to a TV series. NCIS genre.

Jun 26, 2018

Surprised book received such high marks. I like to read plots that I can unravel with the writer. Was bored since I already knew who, when, where, alas, I will not pick up another by this author.

Jun 25, 2018

Not sure why so popular. I like to figure out who done its, myself as I read. Last time I pick up another one from this author.

May 20, 2018

I like all of John Sandford's books. TWISTED PREY is his latest in the "Prey" series starring Lucas Davenport, and one of his best among so many great ones. Davenport, now a US Marshall (in case you have gotten lost among his many job shifts), finds himself embroiled in the rivalry between both US Senators from Minnesota with far reaching implications. Most of this story takes place centered in the Washington DC area, except for a brief interlude when the bad guys make a run at Davenport's wife, Weather. The plot line is awesome and well developed. The bad guys are easily identified from the beginning, which is skillfully done and doesn't distract from the story line at all. The book is a great crime read, but also surfaces the underlying national issue of power grabbing in DC, and a corresponding lack of ethical standards among those in office who seek even great power and wealth at the expense of solving the real problems our country faces. Great read. Enjoy it!

May 11, 2018

This is one of those series that is kind of a sure thing. You may have favourites among the 28 books but if you like one, you'll enjoy them all.

In this outing Lucas Davenport runs up against an old foe while investigating the politically charged assassination attempt of a senator. Politics, secret military contracts & backroom guessed it. We're in Washington D.C. & the swamp is alive & well.

Luca again gets assistance from Bob & Rae, 2 characters I really enjoyed in the previous book & even that freakin' Flowers does a walk on. Sandford is a master storyteller & keeps you turning the pages with a tightly spun plot & expert pacing. As usual, a quick & entertaining read.

May 08, 2018

I liked Lucas better in his role as a local cop but this plot shows promise for his further development. You would think a investigator taking on a very old and nasty protagonist would remember that you have to protect family or get out of this sort of business but I'll let the author have a bit of license.

Apr 25, 2018

The psychopathic Minnesota Senator Taryn Grant and U.S. Marshall Lucas Davenport have faced off before in a murderous duel in the book Silken Prey. The best one can say is that is was a draw between the two.
But now Grant is becoming more powerful and is eyeing the White House. Holding on to her coattails, I mean skirts, are members of a private and lethal military contracting company. Fortunately, they aren’t completely successful in their assignment to eliminate another senator but they draw the attention of Davenport. Always a big mistake.
With whip smart dialogue, returning characters and a logical but a twisting plot, the fast moving Twisted Prey is a pleasure to read. A pleasure, but I have a few problems.
I’m not sure I understand why Davenport would need to use a computer maven to do research on the deep web. Davenport built his fortune on designing web games; you would think he would keep up with the computer world. I’m confused also; if he was trying to hide where the information was coming from, as to why he wasn’t allowed to do this kind of research.
I also found it annoying that Flowers and Kidd would show up for very minor appearances. A couple of paragraphs? Really? Why bother?
I’m also confused about all of the Marshals in this book. U.S.Marshals are politically appointed by the President and approved by the Senate. There are very few of them. Most people who work for the Marshal’s service are Deputy U.S. Marshals. In theory Davenport could be a Marshall, but I doubt the rest of the Marshals that show up are actually Marshals, more like Deputy Marshals. Stuff like this really bothers me in a book.
I’m also confused by why if the first person they plan to arrest is killed that they wouldn’t go eyes on with their next subjects. Oh come on, that’s not a spoiler, its obvious early on that he is a red shirt.
If y’all think I am being a bit bitchy about minor plot holes, think about this being book 28. This is a hugely popular series for very good reasons. Carelessness makes no sense.
Set mostly in the Washington DC area, Sandford amusingly portrays the disdain that most hold for the area. He managed to get in some terrific shots at the current political climate too.
Everyone is fair game in this book. Big mistake, because Davenport is nothing if not Machiavellian.

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