CHOSEN PREY by John Sandford


Email this review


Twelfth in Sandford’s wildly successful Deputy Chief Detective Lucas Davenport series (Certain Prey, 1999, etc.), all set in Minneapolis and many being New York Times #1 bellringers. (Sandford is the pen name for Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist John Camp.) Davenport drives a Porsche and dresses up to keep his car from blushing. His new nemesis is a historian, James Qatar, whose joy first is in secretly photographing naked women until he finds an even greater pleasure: the aesthetics of cool, clear strangulation, which Sandford describes in convulsively graphic prose. And the more Qatar kills, the wiser and more refined he becomes about it. But does Morris Ware, a pervert back out on the street with his Brownie, whose art book of photos, Little Woman on the Edge, about naked girls coming into puberty, have contact with Qatar?

Sandford’s legion of female readers may find this one hard to take. But spellbinding? You bet.

Pub Date: May 7th, 2001
ISBN: 0-399-14728-4
Page count: 416pp
Publisher: Putnam
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2001

Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >


MysteryBLOODY GENIUS  by John Sandford
by John Sandford
FictionNEON PREY  by John Sandford
by John Sandford
MysteryHOLY GHOST  by John Sandford
by John Sandford
MysteryTWISTED PREY by John Sandford
by John Sandford


FictionTHE BOOK OF MIRRORS by E.O. Chirovici
by E.O. Chirovici