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Chosen Prey by John Sandford

Chosen Prey (edition 2002)

by John Sandford

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Title:Chosen Prey
Authors:John Sandford
Info:Simon & Schuster Ltd (2002), Paperback, 368 pages
Collections:Your library, To read
Tags:Mystery, Thriller, Lucas Davenport, TBR

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Chosen Prey is the twelfth novel by John Sanford that features Minneapolis Deputy Police Chief Lucas Davenport. Although it is the first that I have read, I didn’t feel that I needed to have read any others to understand the characters. Here Davenport is chasing a serial killer who likes to photograph young blonde women, render the photographs as a tracing or drawing, then, where possible, strangle and bury the women.

In some of the chapters, including the first, the narrator is the deranged killer. Thus the reader gets a direct insight into the mind of a psychopath.

Sanford is adept at describing the interplay among the various policemen and detectives working on the case as they try to identify the killer. Somewhat surprisingly, they focus on the actual killer as a suspect about two-thirds through the book, and then the rest of the book deals with their building the evidence for a compelling criminal prosecution. I was a little disappointed in the structure of the plot in that the final “smoking gun” of evidence is found in a manner reminiscent of a deus ex machina. This is particularly annoying in that we are often allowed into the mind of the killer, but not when he hides the key evidence.

I would characterize the book as more of a police procedure story and character study than a thriller, but Sanford does interject a bit of suspense at the end. Over all, I rate this a pretty decent read, but not the kind you just can’t put down.

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  nbmars | May 3, 2016 |
A killer has some serious cleaning up to do to keep from getting caught—and Davenport's detection skills make him number one on his hit list. ( )
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  Tutter | Mar 1, 2015 |
An art history professor with a taste for fine clothes and naive but curvy Scandinavian blondes, James Quatar might be just another pretentious, over-sensitive twit with tenure. Except he's a killer. His calling card, Photoshopped erotic drawings of his victims, has finally been spotted. Now, as Davenport and company close in, Quatar attempts to clean up. And the body count rises...

Sandford paints great characters, then weaves a heck of a story around them. ( )
  SunnySD | Apr 9, 2013 |
good read. Sandford never lets you down. ( )
  magentaflake | Aug 12, 2012 |
I enjoyed this mystery/thriller featuring Lucas Davenport. One of my favorite scenes was when Davenport meets the computer genius Kidd for the first time. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Mortal Prey. ( )
  krin5292 | Apr 13, 2012 |
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Een seriemoordenaar fotografeert zijn slachtoffers.
Hierna monteert hij hun gezichten in pornografische

foto's die hij van internet haalt.
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James Qatar dropped his feet over the edge of the bed and rubbed the back of his neck, a momentary veil of depression falling upon him.
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Lucas Davenport returns in the most harrowing and unexpected Prey novel yet -- the story of a congenial man, and his most uncongenial obsession...

Art history professor James Qatar's hobby was taking secret photographs of women. At night when he was all alone he'd dream about them and indulge his fantasies. Then one day his fantasy went too far. Now it's Qatar's turn to become an obsession -- of Davenport's. And for both men there's no turning back.
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When a spring thaw disinters the body of a young woman who's been missing for over a year, Minneapolis detective Lucas Davenport doesn't have much to go on except the victim's rumored connection with an unnamed man, who may be an artist and also, perhaps, a priest. But then the deserted property where her body was discovered turns out to be a killing field full of other young blondes last seen in the company of a man with a nasty habit of superimposing their faces on pornographic drawings. Davenport begins to close in on a serial killer whose perverted hobby provides the clues Davenport needs to stop him in his bloody tracks. James Qatar isn't a priest, and he's not really an artist, but he's definitely a monster, one who's met his match in Davenport.

Davenport is a smart, thoughtful cop whose girlfriend is pressuring him to make a commitment to parenthood and whose boss is about to lose her job in a political turnover. While the search for the killer is handled in author John Sandford's usual, crisp, procedural style, it almost seems to be a pretext for exploring the evolution of Davenport's relationship with Dr. Weather Karkinnen. This 12th adventure in the author's popular Prey series will undoubtedly rocket to the top of the bestseller list, though it's not a standout. The novel displays the solid craftsmanship and narrative drive Sandford's known for, but his hero seems a little dispirited and out of sorts. Perhaps fatherhood will give Davenport a new lease on life. In the meantime, check out Sandford's backlist featuring his other hero, Kidd (The Fool's Run, The Empress File, The Devil's Code), who has a nice little walk-on here in which he begins a romance with Davenport's partner Marcy Sherrill. --Jane Adams

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