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Rules of Prey (Lucas Davenport) (edition 1990)

by John Sandford

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Title:Rules of Prey (Lucas Davenport)
Authors:John Sandford
Info:Berkley (1990), Kindle Edition, 372 pages
Tags:thriller, kindle, read, 2012

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Richard Ferrone
  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
This is a gritty and action-packed police procedural that really keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is also very dated, but that kinda adds to the fun.
  bookwyrmm | Feb 11, 2016 |
Lucas Davenport is a police officer who is assigned to the maddog serial killer case. The maddog attacks and murders women with no discernible pattern and leaves rules of how to kill at each murder site. Along with being a police lieutenant Davenport is also a wealthy video game develoepr and a womanizer. I liked the serial killer storyline but I really didn't like Davenport. He does way too many unethical things for my taste and comes accross as a supermacho guy. Not sure If I will read any more in this series. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
While I enjoyed the book, I didn’t love it. I realized at the end that I disliked all of the characters, especially the women. Really cool to read something set in Minneapolis though. ( )
  melaniefaith | Dec 2, 2015 |
Audiobook: Rules of Prey is the first in a long series of Lucas Davenport police procedurals set in Minneapolis. I’ve read about ten of them, not in order and for some reason never got around to the first, an oversight I have now remedied. The Sandford Davenport books are all quite good, although Lucas’s relationships with women I sometimes find superficial and irritating.

Lucas is independently wealthy having sold the rights to a software game he had developed and he drives around in a red Porsche. In this one, he’s been tasked with finding the “Mad Dog Killer,” a man -- whose predations and POV we are subjected to -- who is killing women.

One aspect puzzled and put me off a little. That was Lucas’s manipulation of the press. He’s sleeping with (and has impregnated) one of the star reporters of a local paper. She has no qualms about using things she has overheard during his private phone conversations even though she has been asked to leave the room. (His relationship with her is highly improper, in my view and hardly necessary since he’s sleeping with a victim of the Mad Dog Killer - also extremely unprofessional and irregular.) Then he uses a TV reporter (whom he regards as dumber than a rock) to leak all sorts of incorrect information clearly to irritate the killer. Whether that encourages the killer to kill in a different way I’ll leave up to the other readers. I understand that some writers feel it’s necessary for cops to break the rules to catch the bad guys but imho then they become bad guys as well. (Not a spoiler since we know who the bad guy is almost from the beginning, unfortunately participating in his predations via his POV that becomes gross as the book progresses.)

Richard Ferrone does his usual brilliant job reading. ( )
  ecw0647 | Nov 20, 2015 |
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The killer was mad, but brilliant.

He left notes with every woman he killed. Rules of murder. Never have a motive. Never follow a discernible pattern. Never carry a weapon after it has been used... So many rules to his sick, violent games of death ...

But Lucas Davenport, the cop who's out to get him, isn't playing by the rules.
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The haunting, unforgettable, ice-blooded thriller that introduced Lucas Davenport is so chilling that you're almost afraid to turn the pages and so mesmerizing you cannot stop.

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The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport--a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare--is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.… (more)

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