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This rarely happens but I m happy to admit that the Mister was correct The third installment in the Lucas Davenport series was the best by far Granted I read the first two a few years ago but sometimes they read as if they were written about characters from the 80s 90s instead of the 2000s However Lucas and his police buddies are much less misogynistic than earlier books A little macho dude is to be expected but it s what kept me from revisiting this series Thank you Mr SandfordLooking forward to the next installment it s been awhile since I was looking forward to moving up a wait list This is the third book in John Sandford s long running series featuring Lucas Davenport and it features probably the most vile and complex villain of the entire series Actually there are two major bad guys One is much intelligent and much scarier than the other and not surprisingly he is the one pulling the strings in a series of murders inspired by the old Alfred Hitchcock film Strangers on a TrainThe mastermind s plan goes awry right from the start and the bad guys are left scrambling to clean up the mess and stay one step ahead of the cops That will not be easy because Lucas Davenport is hard on their trail and he s getting really pissedThis is probably the most gruesome book in the series and Davenport is at his darkest and most violent here He s working out of a major depression that has virtually paralyzed him and acting out as a rogue cop ala Dirty Harry without even a twinge of conscienceAs always Sandford puts the reader right in the middle of the action The writing is crisp the plot is fast paced and the action is non stop And even in a book this grim there is a fair amount of the humor that characterizes the seriesIt s hard to imagine that there could possibly be a fan of crime fiction who has not sampled this series yet but if that person should exist he or she should probably not begin with this book because while it is a very good read it s not really representative of the series as a whole Some readers who might otherwise enjoy the series might be put off by the violence that permeates this particular book As always but especially in this case the best place to begin would be at the beginning with the first book Rules Of Prey You won t be disappointed 4 Stars I wasn t excited by this one as I progressed through the opening chapters Not top drawer Sandford but then it took off as Lieutenant Davenport got hold of himself and this new case Lucas had been suffering serious depression for months following the Crow matter and importantly the breakdown of his relationship with Jennifer Carey and their daughter Sarah He ust couldn t seem to come to grips with who he was pursuing was it the obvious one Dr Michael Bekker A pathologist at the teaching hospital Bekker is so full of different drugs and criminal idiosyncrasies that he may be the most addled antagonist ever encountered in modern fiction Get set for a gruesome fixation about eyes Yet Lucas is aware that at least one of the murders could not have been done by Bekker as witnesses describe a man whose face was disfigured The doctor by his own admission is a beauty For one murder Davenport himself is Bekker s alibi Does actor Cassie Lasch Lucas new friend know the second murderer And who is Loverboy who may have been an on scene witness at one of the crimes It picked up wow did it ever June 2020 Most mental health professionals would probably tell you that a clinical depression needs to be treated with a combination of drugs and therapy but Lucas Davenport found his own method of pulling himself out of a funk by beating the snot out of a pimp and then trying to track down a pair of wacko serial killers I guess it s cheaper than ProzacAn insane pathologist Michael Bekker has teamed up with a deformed stage actor named Carlo Druze to pull a Hitchcock style Strangers On A Train arrangement in which Druze will kill Bekker s wife in exchange for Bekker murdering a theater manager that is about to fire Druze Their plan goes off the rails when the lover of Bekker s wife walks in on Druze after he ust finished killing her The lover escapes and calls the police but refuses to identify himself or come in as a witness Meanwhile Davenport has been fighting off suicidal thoughts and trying to pull himself out of a deep dark mental hole Bekker is such a weird and creepy person that almost everyone who knows him assumes he killed his wife or hired it done but his alibi is airtight The complicated case gets Davenport interested in something for the first time in months and he throws himself into the investigation while trying to find the witness who could identify DruzeThe beginning of this one makes it seem as if Sandford was using the burned out cop clich but what makes it interesting is the twist that he puts on it It isn t police work that ha. Lieutenant Davenport's sanity was nearly shattered by two murder investigations Now he faces something worse Two kil.
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S sent Lucas spiraling down it s a brutal and gruesome case that perks him back up Like Sherlock Holmes Lucas lives for interesting problems and his mind turns on him when he doesn t have some puzzle to think about As usual in the Prey series there s some genuinely freaky bad guys and Davenport engages in all kinds of shady maneuvers as he tries to push them into a mistakeThe only problem with this one is that the Bekker character is a bit too much He s fascinating as a monster obsessed with death that literally breaks into a ig sometimes but it s kinda hard to believe that a guy who is that goddamn crazy can make the coldly logical moves that Bekker comes up with to throw the cops off their trail Sandford is great at creating villains who are chilling sociopaths but he generally also gives them motives like greed revenge or ealousy to go along with their insanity Bekker starts out like that but degenerates into this cartoonish version of a serial killer who is hooked on prescription drugs and has done everything from killing children in a cancer ward to torturing a paralyzed woman for his research into death Still it s another great thriller from Sandford with some genuinely surprising twists that changed the course of the entire seriesNext Lucas takes a trip to New York in Silent Prey For some reason the Lucas Davenport of Eyes of Prey seemed like a different man from the one in Shadow Prey and Rules of Prey From my point of view the first book in this series was great the second not so great and this one not very good at all I guess I expected better of a Pulitzer prize winning writer and of the Lucas Davenport character I met in Rules of Prey Lucas Davenport in this book has no continuity from the previous booksEven the villains in this book don t seem believable The act of Druze and Bekker running into each other much less thinking of each other as a friend is totally bizarre Carlos Druze has a face that even uncounted plastic surgeries couldn t put back the way it was In the book he is often referred to as the troll David Bekker on the other hand is referred to as beautiful Bekker is a doctor albeit a pathologist For some strange reason the author made Druze s profession an actor Bekker is constantly popping various mind altering pills that cause him to do a little ig and suffer blackouts and massive nose bleeds but this all seems to go unnoticed At times he Investigating the Supernatural just retreats for hours to his closet floor In the real world someone like this would not be able to function But together they concoct horrendous gruesome murdersThe I write about this book the frustrated I get I know this series is really popular and I know Sandford is still cranking them out Is the next book better Nothing in this book makes sense 25 stars When last I met Lucas Davenport the hero detective of John Sanford s long running and continually bestselling series I ll be honest I hated him In Silent Prey the book prior to Eyes of Prey the third in the series Davenport was cheating on his girlfriend who hadust given birth to his daughter The woman he was having an affair with was married and despite her attempts to end the affair Davenport kept pushing her into it He was a narcissistic and borderline sociopathic asshole with a badge and a sex addiction problem I hated him so much as a character that I almost gave up on the series Indeed I almost didn t want to finish the bookSomething compelled me to read further though It may have been my slightly obsessive compulsive need to finish a book I started regardless of how bad or infuriating the book is or it may have been the need to see closure to the mystery Say what you will about Davenport Sandford writes a pretty fucking intense thriller In any case I m glad I finished itIt began to dawn on me near the end that Sandford wasn t condoning Davenport s behavior at all He was attempting to paint Davenport as the incredibly flawed fucked up and unlikable police detective that we didn t get from the first book He was creating depth He was illustrating the fact that cops may not all be bastions of moral fortitude indeed some of them are complete assholes see Ferguson Cleveland LA New York etc but they nonetheless do a thankless ob and their moral flaws don t necessarily interfere with their success in stopping criminals In some cases their moral flaws are the hard to define edge that makes them exceptional cops I know it s fucked up Eyes of Prey begins to give Davenport some of his due comeuppance At the onset Davenport is suffering from clinical depression brought on by the fact that his girlfriend Jennifer left him and took his daughter with her He gets rare visitation rights and Jennifer wants to take those away as well He is beginning to realize that his history of philandering is a serious problem Of course thanks to the depression he hasn t had much des. Lers One hideously scarred The other strikingly handsome a master manipulator fascinated with all aspects of death
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Ire to screw around so he s been going the celibate routeHe refuses psychiatric treatment however preferring instead to deal with his depression the old fashioned way completely unhealthy violence and acts of police brutality It s actually his recent spate of violent episodes with criminals that has gotten him in hot water with Internal AffairsAll of this is simply background to the real meat of the story a serial killer who violently gouges out the eyes of the victim The twist There are two serial killers in this one One is an antisocial actor named Druze He commits the murders The brains behind the two man serial killing operation is an incredibly handsome and sociopathic doctor named Bekker He doles out the orders and sets up the kills while he is away ensuring that he always has air tight alibisDavenport knows the doctor is dirty and he knows that there is a second killer but he doesn t have any evidence upon which to build a caseSandford does some interesting things in this book First having two serial killers is interesting logistically In everything I have read two serial killers working together is extremely rare but not completely unheard of I like how Sandford sets up the relationship between the two killers with one being the alpha dog and the other simply following ordersSecond the dynamics between Davenport and Bekker They meet in several key scenes throughout the book and what s interesting is how much they seem to have in common It s telling that initially Bekker actually likes Davenport In Davenport he seems to find a kindred spirit What that potentially says about Davenport is extremely disturbingI m glad that I decided to give Sandford another chance I still don t necessarily like Davenport as a character but he is certainly growing on me and Sandford clearly gives him room to mature There are roughly 20 books in this series and based on its popularity I m guessing many other readers have taken an interest in Davenport s emotional and spiritual growth Book three in the series and I am liking Lucas Davenport and In one of my earlier reviews I described him as morally bereft He is getting better in this regard although he still has a way to go He has another event in this book where anger management therapy would be advisable but he still manages to be charming and smart as his depression starts to liftEyes of Prey has an excellent story line with two totally reprehensible murderers and a lot of blood and gore Lucas manages to rise above his personal problems and performs some excellent police work He also delivers a major surprise at the end with a twist I did not see coming at allSo Charming main character Tick Interesting story Tick Murders and mayhem Tick Major twist at the end TickAll that I desire from a murder mystery I am already looking forward to the next one Sandford offers up a double header with not ust one but two psychopathic killers the Beauty and the Beast Lieutenant Lucas Davenport is vulnerable in this third offering of the highly successful series The plot is darker than his previous two novels but it is also cohesive Warning the murders are described uite graphically definitely not suitable for the sueamishThe Lieutenant delivers his own Make Me Yours (Make Me, justice entirely too often and too violently in this thriller written nearly thirty years ago As a result it seems dated The nation has become much aware of police brutality resulting in death or severe injury and prefers to have the criminalustice system play out in seeking ustice It will be interesting to see how Sandford s Lucas character develops in future offerings Recommend This review spoils the events in the first two books in the series so skip over if you don t want to be spoiled Though I think I am doing a PSA by spoiling this book anyway for those that may hate themselves enough to start reading this series After a brutal murder of a woman in her home and seriously I can do without any horrible murders perpetuated by men against women for a while now a witness is left who saw the murderer Lucas is called up to help lead the investigation The captain believes that Lucas needs something to help him get over the events that ha This might be the best one yet I thought it was good all the way through although the bad guy was a little too weird but Lucas was very well done He s not a complete Iron Man but the way depression is handled described is perfect And then there is the very end Wow I did not see that coming Usually I have a clue there were several but I missed them since it wasn t the major thread It was handled ust beautifully I can t gush enough I was ust stunned still am MasterfulI m really glad I waited until I could read these books in order There is so much history in the characters I think each would stand well enough alone but certainly wouldn t pack the same punchOn to the next. He dark mirror of Davenport's soul This is the case that will bring Davenport back to life Or push him over the edge.
John CampJohn Sandford was born John Roswell 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 US 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