Search Results: "John Sandford"


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SUDDEN PREY by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Complete with gross cop humor and villains who, for all their vicious resolve, have credibly redemptive traits: another winner for the accomplished Sandford and his growing legion of fans."
The fine and chilling eighth in Sandford's series featuring top cop Lucas Davenport (Mind Prey, 1995, etc.), this pitting him against a trio of revenge-minded killers. Read full book review >

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EXTREME PREY by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"An efficient and unremarkable treatment of a story that keeps threatening to leap the gap from paranoid fantasies to tomorrow's headlines."
Forget the Iowa caucuses. The real way to effect political change in the nation's heartland, according to Lucas Davenport's latest antagonist, is a carefully calibrated assassination. Read full book review >

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RULES OF PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 24, 1989

"Neither as psychologically astute as Ridley Pearson's Undercurrents (1988) nor as flat-out terrifying as Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs (1988), but for ingenuity and sheer entertainment Sandford's first far outclasses most other recent serial-killer novels, marking him a thriller writer to watch."
First-rate cat-and-mouse thriller—cop vs. serial killer—that's the fiction debut of a pseudonymous Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Read full book review >

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SHADOW PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 28, 1990

"Less brainy but more muscular than Sandford's first two: a double-pumped roundhouse of a thriller."
A crackling sequel to Sandford's ingenious Rules of Prey (1989), in which Minneapolis homicide cop Lucas Davenport made his memorable debut tracking a serial killer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Quiet but affecting."
Nonagenarian Sanford, who most recently memorialized his wife, Maggie (Maggie: A Love Story, 1993), recalls his childhood in Harlem in a memoir that is also a bittersweet apology to his father. Read full book review >

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STOLEN PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 15, 2012

"Despite the high mortality rate, the procedural work is more grueling than fascinating, and the criminals are mostly as nondescript as their monikers. But the climactic gunfight is deeply satisfying, and the very last line of dialogue is perfect."
Lucas Davenport takes the scenic route toward a confrontation with the two practiced crooks who had the bad luck to rob him. Read full book review >

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HEAT LIGHTNING by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Although the prose sounds like Sandford, the plotting is a letdown: The trail to the last act is rich in incident, but not original, urgent or compelling. On the other hand, the very last surprise, climaxing a turf war between the BCA and the Department of Homeland Security, is a honey."
Sandford, who seems determined to keep Lucas Davenport's latest cases secret, allows him to be upstaged once more by his junior colleague Virgil Flowers, though this time there's no great honor in star billing. Read full book review >

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CHOSEN PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 7, 2001

"You bet."
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. Read full book review >

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SHOCK WAVE by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"The tale drags at times, but the mystification and detection are authentic and the solution surprisingly clever. Virgil fully deserves to have Willard Pye kiss his ass."
A methodical bomber gives Virgil Flowers a welcome chance to recover from his atypically bombastic last outing (Bad Blood, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

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PHANTOM PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 6, 2008

"As usual, there are lots of moves by both good guys and bad, but this time the moves seem old and forced."
Lucas Davenport goes after a clever, ruthless killer hiding in plain sight. Read full book review >

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BURIED PREY by John Sandford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 10, 2011

"Most interesting for its long look at the young Lucas, who's considerably more humorous, profane and loosely wrapped than the peerless agent of Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension he becomes."
A macabre discovery at a demolition site sends Lucas Davenport back to 1985, and his very first homicide. Read full book review >

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STORM FRONT by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Quite a departure for Virgil and Lucas, but this is not a case that plays to their considerable strengths."
Virgil Flowers (Mad River, 2012, etc.) chases after a biblical relic that turns every person whose path it crosses into a criminal. Read full book review >