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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,103 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Sandford Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Prey Series Release Date:
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Six months ago, Lucas Davenport tackled his first case as a statewide troubleshooter, and he thought that one was plenty strange—but that was before the Russian got killed.

On the shore of Lake Superior, a man named Vladimir Oleshev is found dead, three bullet holes in his head and heart. Though nobody knows why he was killed, everybody—the local cops, the FBI, and the Russians themselves—has a theory. When it turns out he had very high government connections, it all hits the fan. A Russian cop flies in from Moscow, Davenport flies in from Minneapolis, law enforcement and press types swarm the crime scene, and in the middle of it all, there is another murder. Is there a connection between the two? What is the Russian cop hiding from Davenport? Is she—yes, she—a cop at all? Why was the man shot with fifty-year-old bullets?

Before he can find the answers, Davenport will have to follow a trail back to another place and another time and battle the shadows he discovers there—shadows that turn out to be both very real and very deadly.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sandford has outdone himself, plotwise, not only in terms of ingenuity but also in sheer perversity…It’s just good, dark, perverse, bloody fun. There are crime writers who are more challenging than Sandford, who plunge more deeply into the human condition, but it’s hard to think of anyone who is more consistently entertaining. You want to know the only thing wrong with this guy? He makes it look easy.”

    Washington Post

  • Hidden Prey is a welcome change from the avalanche of thrillers about Islamic terrorists.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Intriguing…That Sandford makes this unlikely plot believable is a mark of his mastery of the technical aspects of the mystery form and a testament to his overall writing skills. Readers will be pleased with this relaxed version of the moody Minneapolis investigator.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Deft, action-packed, and slyly funny. Just when you thought the silky smooth Sandford couldn’t possibly get better, he does.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “The sixteenth Prey novel is less harrowing and not as dark as many of its predecessors. It’s also more humorous…with deft Davenport observations on the curious behavior of the opposite sex in general and on Russian women in particular. Similarities to previous Preythrillers: high entertainment value; deftly rendered characterizations; and clever, believable dialogue.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jonathan Butcher | 2/18/2014

    " More like 3 and 1/2 stars. This was a random grocery store pick up and well worth the read. I don't normally read crime novels but I will read more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ann | 2/17/2014

    " Old crimes lead to new murder. Impossible to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by A.g. | 2/12/2014

    " Not too bad, but if you're reading John Sandford for the first time, don't read this. It's slow moving compared to the others and the plot is a tad more complicated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Glynda Roy | 2/8/2014

    " Excellent. I am on a roll. I love this series. So exciting. Cannot put down. "

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