A Lucas Davenport thriller by internationally bestselling novelist John Sandford
The first corpse is found on the riverbank. The second in an isolated farmhouse. Both have been savagely beaten, the skin flayed from their bodies, their throats cut.
For both victims, there’s a DNA match. Charlie Pope, a convicted sex offender, has cut himself free from his court-imposed ankle bracelet and disappeared. Now all Davenport has to do is find him.
But something doesn’t smell right. The killings were calculated and methodical. Pope is of low mental intelligence, incapable of careful forethought and planning.
All the evidence points to Pope – but Davenport has his doubts. To find the answers, he must track down his key suspect. And to do that, he’ll need the help of the Big Three: three vicious serial killers locked up in the state security hospital. Three killers as cunning as they are deranged . . .
***READERS LOVE THE PREY SERIES***
‘John Sandford knows all there is to know about detonating the gut-level shocks of a good thriller’ The New York Times Book Review
‘The best Lucas Davenport story so far. The man has a fine touch for outlaws’ Stephen King on Golden Prey
‘Sandford’s trademark blend of rough humor and deadly action keeps the pages turning until the smile-inducing wrap-up, which reveals the fates of a number of his quirky, memorable characters’ Publishers Weekly on Golden Prey
‘It appears there is no limit to John Sandford’s ability to keep new breath and blood flowing into his Lucas Davenport series. This is a series you must be reading if you are not already’ Bookreporter.com
‘Sandford has always been at the top of any list of great mystery writers. His writing and the appeal of his lead character are as fresh as ever’ The Huffington Post
‘Sandford is consistently brilliant’ Cleveland Plain Dealer
"John Sandford delivers yet another blistering tale from the life of Lucas Davenport, surely one of the most attractive cops on the crime-fiction beat today...The plot is complex and full of red herrings."--The Associated Press "Sandford ratchets up the tension and suspense in tough, spare prose that shows us rather than tells us what is going on...Broken Prey more than lives up to its predecessors in what has become a bestselling franchise in the mystery/thriller genre."--Minneapolis Star Tribune "Nonstop tension."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "The plotline twists (just when you think you have everything figured out, you don't) will surprise even the most jaded reader of thrillers...Broken Prey is taut and tangy. A reader who expects to read half one night and half the next may find his or her light on well into the small hours, unable to stop till the final page. That's Sandford's trademark, and a fine one at that."--Richmond Times-Dispatch "Sandford is probably the best thriller writer working today, and his 'Prey' series is proof. In this one, Lucas Davenport tracks a particularly disturbing serial killer."--San Antonio Express-News "A real whodunit...it contains supersized servings of all the elements readers have come to treasure in the series: Davenport's quirky, self-deprecating, and ironic worldview; plenty of graveyard humor; and a dynamic sense of place, from the Minnesota countryside to the foreboding gothic architecture of the asylum. An extra treat is Davenport's ongoing mental gyrations as he compiles a list of rock's 100 greatest tunes for his new iPod. His musical critiques are pure rock-fan, and the final list is a hoot. Byzantine plot, memorable characters, and a subliminal soundtrack of classic rock 'n' roll. What's not to like?"--Booklist (starred review) "A tale so fast-moving you won't even notice the unobtrusively expert detective work till the se
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