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Neon Prey (A Prey Novel) by John Sandford

Neon Prey (A Prey Novel) (original 2019; edition 2019)

by John Sandford (Author)

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Title:Neon Prey (A Prey Novel)
Authors:John Sandford (Author)
Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons (2019), Edition: 1st Edition, 400 pages
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Tags:Lucas Davenport, heist, cops, audio book

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Neon Prey by John Sandford (2019)



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The United States Marshals went to pick up Clayton Deese after he failed to show up for trial. Everyone knows Clayton Deese did the crime he is wanted for and if it was not for bureaucratic issues they would not already be at least three days behind me. His ankle monitor went dark at about the same time that he failed to show up for court. No doubt he has left his home in a rural area of Louisiana. Still, Marshals Rae Givens and Bob Matees and F. B. I. Agent Tremanty have to raid the house Deese was living in to make sure he really left. If he is gone, a manhunt will begin as they need to apprehend this guy, not only for what they know he did, but because he is a link to a far bigger target.

When law enforcement hits the house, it is clear that Deese is long gone and is never coming back. The house sits on a large piece of land that has a swamp like area outback that is thickly wooded with at least one trail back into the woods. A trail that clearly gets frequent use. A trail that goes quite a distance back in where there is thick ground cover and clearly more open areas that could be more than one shallow grave. Maybe many graves.

What is found means US Marshal Lucas Davenport is soon on the way to help track down the missing Clayton Deese. A hunt for a contract killer who occasionally indulges in a taste for human flesh. A contract killer who happens to be in close contact with some other folks in another part of the country that also need to be stopped as soon as possible.

The latest in a long line of thrillers by John Sandford, Neon Prey, is another good one. As true with earlier books in the Lucas Davenport series in recent years, the bad guys and girls are known to the reader from their first introduction. Unlike the way it was when this series started when there was a complexity to the reads and there was a solid mystery, there is no mystery at all here expect for the fact Law Enforcement does not know from the start just how bad Clayton Deese is or the identities of some other folks who also need to be stopped. This book is a straight action read where the pace is fast, chapters are short, descriptions of locations are kept to a minimum, and the clock to prevent more carnage is always ticking. For writers, this read, as has the last several in the series, fits the old adage ascribed to Elmore Leonard about leaving out the parts that readers tend to skip.

Pure escapism, Neon Prey, is another good one in the Lucas Davenport Series.

Neon Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel
John Sandford
Random House Large Print
April 2019
Paperback (also available in hardback, audio, and digital formats)
480 Pages (461 pages are the actual story)

Material supplied by the good folks of the Dallas Public Library System.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2019 ( )
  kevinrtipple | Jun 7, 2019 |
I still enjoy the Lucas Davenport series, but the last couple of entries have been a bit more gruesome and crude than usual. I like the repartee among the characters but some of the regular cast of characters were missing. Lucas and his U.S. Marshall's sidekicks, Bob and Rae, follow bad guy Clayton Deese from New Orleans to Los Angeles to Las Vegas and beyond. They always seem to be one step behind until the very end, but besides that there isn't much suspense. ( )
  terran | May 28, 2019 |
20 minutes after I'm done reading, I've usually forgotten the plot which doesn't change the fact that I like Sandford's Davenport novels. Quick and easy, not complicated suspense stories. This time US Marshall Davenport is hunting down the cannibal killer Clayton Deese. From New Orleans to LA to Las Vegas, the game of cat and mouse is on. ( )
  phoenixcomet | May 28, 2019 |
It's May and for the last nearly 30 yeaers that has translated into another visit with Lucas Davenport. Hard to believe it'sbeen that long.At this point Davenport and crew seem as realistic as family. This is a series that started off uniquely strong. Set in the Twin Cities, Davenport was a charismatic protagonist on par with the greats of literacy. Over the years the quality of the series has ebbed and flowed,while never quite reaching the exalted levels of those first 5 books.

There was a period that it felt to me like Sandford's grasp of Davenport had slipped, and he focused more on his other serial series's protagonist Virgil Flowers. Flowers often appears in both books. Gone were the days that found Davenport wrestling with depression and always teetering on the edge of violence. What saved the series during that time was the strong supporting characters. Many of whom have since fallen to the wayside to be replaced by new less interesting characters.

The good news is that Neon Prey's Lucas is a little more Lucas-like, the bad news is that the supporting characters in Neon Prey are the extremly less interesting Bob and Rae instead of Shrake and crew. The weak supporting characters coupled with some weak plotting, results in a less satisfying visit with Davenport. In the end the book is still better than most and I'm already markingthe calander for next May. But can Davenport please bring his old friends along? ( )
  norinrad10 | May 12, 2019 |
You would think that after 29 books...all two-word title with one of those words being "Prey"... that John Sandford would have run out of situations to write about that puts Minnesota cop turned U.S. Marshall...Lucas Davenport... in the path of all this prey...but seemingly this hasn't happened. I for one, hope that it never does. From book 1 Lucas has been one of my favorite fictional detectives. He has been joined in this venture by two fellow Marshalls... Rae Givens and Bob Matees...who would make wonderful additions to the already great team. This time not only are they hunting the usual serial killer but a serial killer with a taste for cannibalism. Lucas needs all the help he can get. Keep'em Lucas. ( )
  Carol420 | May 7, 2019 |
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