Chosen Prey

Chosen Prey A New York Times bestseller Lucas Davenport returns in the most harrowing and unexpected Prey novel yet the story of a congenial man and his most uncongenial obsessionAn art history professor and wri

  • Title: Chosen Prey
  • Author: John Sandford
  • ISBN: 9780425182871
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • A New York Times bestseller Lucas Davenport returns in the most harrowing and unexpected Prey novel yet the story of a congenial man, and his most uncongenial obsessionAn art history professor and writer and cheerful pervert, James Qatar had a hobby he took secret photographs of women and turned them into highly sexual drawings One day, he took the hobby a step furthA New York Times bestseller Lucas Davenport returns in the most harrowing and unexpected Prey novel yet the story of a congenial man, and his most uncongenial obsessionAn art history professor and writer and cheerful pervert, James Qatar had a hobby he took secret photographs of women and turned them into highly sexual drawings One day, he took the hobby a step further and well, one thing led to another, and he had to kill her A man in his position couldn t be too careful, after all And you know something He liked it.Already faced with a welter of confusion in his personal life, Deputy Chief Lucas Davenport decides to take this case himself, hoping that some straightforward police work will clear his head, but as the trail begins to take some unexpected turns, it soon becomes clear that nothing is straightforward about this killer The man is learning as he goes, Lucas realizes, taking great strides forward with each murder He is becoming a monster and Lucas may have no choice but to walk right into his lair

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    1. A long Minnesota winter has left Lucas Davenport in one of his funks, but fortunately there’s a hunt for a new serial killer to put a spring in his step and a song in his heart.James Qatar is an art history professor who likes luring lonely women into romances and then strangling them. His other hobby is doing explicit pornographic drawings of females he’s angry with and sending them the pictures anonymously or posting them in a public place. So Qatar is a real peach of a guy.A recently disc [...]

    2. There is one drawback to being a master of your craft, of having the ability to create fascinating characters and situations, and build suspense, and make the routine seem interesting. What happens when you don’t carry it all the way through to the conclusion of the book? What happens when the last fifty pages read as if they’d been plotted by someone else? Those superior skills turn against you. Disappointment is magnified because enhanced expectations are not met.There are two major proble [...]

    3. The twelfth entry in John Sandford's acclaimed Prey series finds the world of the protagonist, Lucas Davenport, undergoing some major changes. His boss, Police Chief Rose Marie Roux, is about to lose her job since the mayor who appointed her is leaving office. This means, in turn, that Davenport will almost certainly lose his job as Assistant Chief as well. At the same time, Lucas's girlfriend, Weather Karkinnen, has decided that it's time for them to make a baby. Weather has been alienated from [...]

    4. I'm reading through the whole, "Prey," series. Chosen Prey, is not Sandford at his best. There is an excellent interview with the author on the audio version worth a listen. 6 of 10 stars

    5. 2nd read - Lucas is pulled into a strange case involving a decomposing body on a hillside. As the bodies pile up, it appears we have a serial killer. A crusty lawman joins Lucas's posse, looking for his lost niece and a few other young, blond ladies who've disappeared.I really enjoyed the police procedure, as our heroes try to tie the ends together. Some readers think this antagonist is one of Sandford's weakest, but in hindsight, he makes few mistakes, leaving Davenport frustrated.I had to re-r [...]

    6. Twelfth in the Lucas Davenport thriller series and revolving around an unorthodox cop in Minneapolis. It's been a year since Easy Prey, 11.My TakeWhat I like about this series is that it's standard mystery/thriller reading, but Sandford's characters come out so real. That encounter between Lucas and Jeff Baxter was great. They could be talking about golf or tennis, but they're batting around ideas for a deal for a scumbag that Baxter is representing. There are the political issues when Rose Mari [...]

    7. James Qatar is one of the creepiest things ever in a book. Right up there with Hannibal Lechter---almost Great ending, too. Totally unexpected.

    8. Starts out with real promise but then kind of just putters through. Missing the elements that made earlier books captivating.

    9. “All extremes of feeling are allied with madness.”― Virginia Woolf, OrlandoObsession.James Qatar is obsessed with small-town blond young women. But not because how they sparkle with life. Rather, it's how they look while dying being strangled by his favorite rope. As an art history professor and an intellectual, he has always been drawn to the beautiful deaths of asphyxiating women. Many many women.Blond Ellen Barstad is obsessed with sexual adventure. She thinks she has found the perfect [...]

    10. Two-haiku review:Mind of a killer,Strangling, burying small blondesOver many years.Lucas and WeatherTogether, thinking babies.Seems like about time.

    11. It has been two years since I read the previous book in the Prey series, but this was like hanging out with an old friend you haven't seen for a while - you fall back into old patterns like it was just yesterday. Another fast-paced search for a killer, another chilling glimpse into the killer's mind. I love the camaraderie between Davenport and his colleagues and chuckled out loud on many occasions. But the final sentence is a major cliffhanger! I do have the next book in the series on my booksh [...]

    12. Somewhat early in this heart pounding thriller one particular paragraph jumped out at me : "James Qatar was an art professor and a writer, a womanizer and genial pervert and pipe smoker, and a thief and a laughing man and a killer." - I knew that author John Sandford's twelfth Lucas Davenport entitled, "Chosen Prey" was going to be really good. In tracking James Qatar, Davenport has come across his most difficult case of his career. A series of outrageous drawings featuring women in really perve [...]

    13. Book 12 of Sandford's Lucas Davenport series.This book explores the demented mind of Professor James Qatar who is an art history professor at a small college in Minnesota. Qatar has a weird way of expressing his artistic side. He draws erotic photos of womend then he kills them. As he has moved throughout the Midwest the bodies are left in his wake.Davenport and his support team are called to find the killer. Added to the team is an older police officer from Wisconsin who has let the hunt for th [...]

    14. This is another of the better books in John Sanford's "Prey" series (they're all good, so I suppose my differentiation is mostly because the characters in some grab me more than in others). But I do love it when the bad guy or gal - in this case a serial killer - is revealed to the reader up front. A big part of the thrill of the read, then, is how and when the identity will be known by the "hero" as well - in this case, Minneapolis Deputy Chief Lucas Davenport. Needless to say, there are zigs a [...]

    15. Another great detective story by John Sandford. This story has the Assistant Chief of Police Lucas Davenport trying to figure out what and to who are strange murders happening. Obviously a mass murderer but who and why as each murder scene is totally cleaned by the criminal. Watching and experiencing the clue seeking and detective work of Lucas are spell binding and just plain hard to put down detective whodunit mystery work. I have come to really enjoy all of Sandford's writings. A must read.

    16. This time the serial killer is art history professor James Qatar. He is fixated on young blondes.This is a great Prey book. The reader knows the killer and gets to watch as Lucas Davenport and his team stumble their way through the clues.Davenport is back with Weather and a marriage is being planned and maybe even a child. Davenport seems to have settled down somewhat and even grown up a bit.Loved the book and the development of the characters

    17. We meet James Qatar early in this story and learn that he is a killer. How he has managed to remain undetected for lo these many years is a bit of a puzzle, because quite frankly, he is a creep. Nonetheless he slides under the radar for quite a long while.Eventually, though, he makes a mistake and his crimes come under the purview of Lucas Davenport. By now we all know, his days are numbered. Indeed, with the help of a Wisconsin law enforcement officer, James is identified as the suspect. Unfort [...]

    18. I like Sanford's books. The criminal is introduced early in his books and then you follow along as his main character, Lucas Davenport, tries to catch the criminal. Most of the criminals are killers and they never come to trial. The books are set in Minnesota and Wisconsin and since both states don't have the death penalty, justice is usually administered in another way. This apparently gets the ACLU in a twist.

    19. This one lost me in the middle. It was moving along keeping my interest then 2/3 through it slowed way down and meandered to an ending.

    20. Six stars if that was possible! misleading clues . . . very careful killer . . . sardonic dialogue among the cop crew . . . political currents threatening jobs . . . all circumstantial evidence . . . twists until the very end . . . expected action but not done the way I thought it would be and garnering unexpected results . . . a very satisfying read

    21. Loved it. Great characterisation on the villain. Twists & turns to the unusual end. And Weather and Lucas back together again :)

    22. found this at a bus stop. i was almost finished with what i was reading at the time and as i did not have anything lined up for my next book i decided to try it. generally i avoid jumping into the middle of a series, especially a long-running one like this (didn't find out until i was half way through that this was number TWELVE O.o). i have stalled out on a number of series due to difficulties finding the next installment (book 2 of stephen hunter's bob lee swagger universe and book 5 of the GR [...]

    23. #12 in the Lucas Davenport series. I give this average entry a 3-1/2 star rating - so round down to 3 stars if you are not a Lucas Davenport fan. I'll round up to 4 stars because even an average entry in this series provides superior entertainment. The killer, this time around, is drawn to young blondes. Only one is given much attention in the book and, as it turns out, she is certainly not typical prey. With a new mayor on the horizon, Lucas and the police chief are both likely to be out of a j [...]

    24. The bad guy in this 12th Prey book, is James Qatar, an art history professor and a repressed (although mild looking) psycho killer. He strangles his victims because that’s the only thing that pleasures him. At first a body of a young woman is discovered in a remote area, and the case is assigned to the local homicide team but when this site is suspected to be a graveyard where more murder victims are buried, Lucas Davenport and his team are tasked to find this serial killer. The investigation [...]

    25. I finish this book about a serial killer and then for some moronic reason I watch HBO's autopsy I suppose 8th episode it's exactly the same case a guy killing 15 year old girls but in the book the guy was killing blondes the book had Lucas and the autopsy case had Baden and othersNow about the book it was quite interesting series killer and Lucas is always a good combination. In this Kidd is introduced. The first I knew about Kidd was in silken prey now I can start on Kidd books Wonder when flow [...]

    26. I don't like Winter. (*nuff said)I listened to John Sanford's talk about this book a few days ago, and his process. I completely agree, if you want to critique a book, read it over and over, and figure out how they did what they did. I read this book with this in mind and was surprised to see its a pretty common layout to his styles. Here is my problem though. He makes an observation that Lucas looks like a sexual preadtor with a number of women racking up as the books number increases. So its t [...]

    27. This was the first John Sandford book I have read, and I have to totally disagree will all that say this is a stand alone book. It does quick well alone, and now that I know there are others in the series I will go back and read them as well.Lucas Davenport chases a serial killer through this novel who has more fashion sense then conscience. His only leads in the beginning are some poorly (at least in the eyes of the art community) sketched drawings of the now deceased women, and a hunch or two. [...]

    28. This is the 12th in John Sandford's Prey series, and once again Lucas Davenport has a serial killer to catch. This is a good procedural in showing the day to day grunt work that goes into solving a crime of this sort. I read one review that complained that the end was obvious half way thru the story, and it was, but I think that was intentional. The end was just as obvious to Davenport as to the readers, and letting us in on the secret just showed that knowing the end does not mean we can do any [...]

    29. After the let down of the previous book, this has got to be the best in the series so far. At times it felt like a noir novel, with great characterization, and wonderful humour. So far this is my favourite in the prey series, had everything, wit, tone, strong antagonist, and a driving plot which kept me enthralled to the very end. Good stuff Mr Sandford.

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