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Neon Prey (A Prey Novel) by John Sandford
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Neon Prey (A Prey Novel) (original 2019; edition 2019)

by John Sandford (Author)

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Clayton Deese looks like a small-time criminal, muscle for hire when his loan shark boss needs to teach someone a lesson. Now, seven months after a job that went south and landed him in jail, Deese has skipped out on bail, and the U.S. Marshals come looking for him. They don't much care about a low-level guy--it's his boss they want--but Deese might be their best chance to bring down the whole operation. Then, they step onto a dirt trail behind Deese's rural Louisiana cabin and find a jungle full of graves. Now Lucas Davenport is on the trail of a serial killer who has been operating for years without notice. His quarry is ruthless, and--as Davenport will come to find--full of surprises.… (more)
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Title:Neon Prey (A Prey Novel)
Authors:John Sandford (Author)
Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons (2019), Edition: First Edition, 400 pages
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I'll listen to just about anything read by Richard Ferrone and he's perfectly matched to Sandford's books. Neon Prey is the 29th in the Lucas Davenport series, which, I thought for a while was beginning to get stale, unlike his Virgil Flowers series that I run, not walk, to buy, but Sandford has written into this one that same insouciance and repartee that's so endearing of the Flowers character.

Davenport is now a U.S. Marshal who has managed to work out a deal with Washington that permits him to more or less have some control over the cases he works on. The cases themselves I find less interesting; this one involves a particularly depraved hoodlum with cannibalistic tendencies. It's the interaction of characters that's appealing, and this is a good one even though the bad guys consume themselves without much assistance from the cops.

Be that as it may, it's difficult not to like any book read by Richard Ferrone who always does a super job ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 26, 2019 |
A good read overall but it seemed to follow along the same cookie cutter plot line like the last few Prey novels. I also noted a number of proofreading problems as well as some continuity errors involving pronouns, names, and locations. ( )
  aace | Sep 15, 2019 |
Good but not his best ( )
  shazjhb | Aug 24, 2019 |
Deese, A ruthless, unsophisticated enforcer for a New Orleans loan shark, is injured and photographed while beating a victim. That leads to his easy identification and arrest. Upon making bail Deese heads to Los Angeles to join his half brother, the leader of a home invasion gang.

The U. S. Marshall’s Office is asked to apprehend Deese and Lucas Davenport and his team (Bob Matees and Rae Givens) take the assignment. They begin by searching Deese’s property for information that might point to where he is hiding and discover a burial ground with over a dozen bodies. Some have had been partially “butchered” and tests of Deese’s barbeque grill reveal human DNA. The popular media label Deese, “The Cannibal.”

Davenport’s team quickly traces Deese to Los Angeles and determines where the invasion gang is living. However, Davenport manages to get himself shot during a SWAT team assault on the house and most of gang escapes to Las Vegas. After his recovery, Davenport, Givens, and Matees again set out on the trail of Deese and the home invasion gang.

Neon Prey gets off to a slow start but in fairness I have to mention that this is the first ebook I have read. Part of my reaction may be due to my getting used to reading on an iPad. Another factor may be that Davenport is not introduced until page 21 and his meaningful involvement in the case does not begin until somewhat later. Like bookends, the end of the book again tails off over ten pages after the primary story concludes.

It is interesting that some typos still appear in this edition of the book: a double “a” in one place for instance. I encountered a couple other similar proofreading errors along the way but did not think to make note of them until the final instance.

Despite the slow beginning, prolonged end, and imperfect proofing, this is a solid addition to the Lucas Davenport series. ( )
  Tatoosh | Aug 11, 2019 |
A non stop thriller from the first page to the last. Davenport and his fellow Marshals are joined by other law enforcement as they track down a serial killer and cannibal. ( )
  lewilliams | Jul 18, 2019 |
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