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3.637 out of 53.637 out of 53.637 out of 53.637 out of 53.637 out of 5 3.64 (30 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: October 2012 ISBN: 9781101617045
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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.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 Glynda Roy | 2/8/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily White | 2/1/2014

    " I thought the book was very interesting and well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John J. | 1/24/2014

    " Interesting premise, but difficult to swallow. I like Sandford's writing style and the main character, Lucas. This story line seemed a bit implausible, but still entertaining. Tho one ended with some open issues that perhaps could surface in later novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ethan | 1/22/2014

    " Yet another Johns Sandford, Lucas Davenport novel. It was as good as all the rest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marguerite | 1/20/2014

    " This is another mystery series I read when I can't settle on something else at the library. I'd place John Sanford with James Lee Burke and early Elizabeth George at the top of my mystery series heap. The characters are complex, the stories not too predictable, the pace breakneck. Necks are broken, too. I've read four or five of the "Prey" series. They don't disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Martins | 1/14/2014

    " Really enjoyed it! Very well written! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 1/2/2014

    " I liked the whole "spy" thing and the way Lucas has a double standard for himself and everyone else "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Anderson | 12/25/2013

    " An awesome story of murder, espionage, sex and did I mention murder? Sandford's Lucas Davenport at his crime solving best! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 12/3/2013

    " It was a good mystery with some surprises ... fun read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 12/3/2013

    " Admittedly, this wasn't my favorite book among the Prey series. This one involves a murdered Russian, spy rings, and a Russian cop tagging along with Davenport to catch the killer. It moves along quickly enough, but the storyline just wasn't as interesting to me as past Prey books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 11/27/2013

    " This is a good one! It's one of those books that you can't seem to put down. Great character development and a gripping plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I hope Sandford's other "Prey" books are just as good. I can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Herzog | 11/23/2013

    " Though I liked the Russian idea, I thought this was a bit weaker than the previous couple of books in the Prey series that I've read. It was a bit difficult to get behind the complex group of family bad guys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renne | 11/6/2013

    " As usual, John Sandford delivers a fast pace book with characters that you can root for, as well as a few twists thrown in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine Gould | 10/3/2013

    " The first John Sandford I've read. There will be more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara Johns | 9/29/2013

    " One of the better one's in the middle. None will be as good as Rules of Prey. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 9/23/2013

    " I'm sure it's fine, but when the tape I was listening to broke, I couldn't get into the book on the page. I usually like his stuff, but the Russian angle wasn't super compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 9/16/2013

    " This was a fun read for me-like mental floss for a rainy day. I'm guessing I jumped into the middle of a series, but it can stand alone I think. Like I said-perfect mental floss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitch | 8/3/2013

    " This is the second "Prey" book I've read (the first was Mortal Prey). I like this character. He's a straight up cop with a talent for solving crime. I plan on reading more of these. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 7/23/2013

    " Another solid Lucas Davenport thriller. The ending felt too sudden, but the plot was original and Sanford created another great villain in Burt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 5/8/2013

    " I have read almost all of John Sandford's Lucus Davenport books. The lanuage gets pretty rough in some of his books, not so much in this one so it was easier to read. A secret Soviet cell in Minnisota? Humm interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 4/29/2013

    " My second reading as I go through the bookks in the order he wrote them "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/26/2013

    " Good book, writing is a little disjointed at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 4/3/2013

    " Really great and kept me coming back for more. Wonderful character development, even cameo characters. Would definately read another from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roman | 3/18/2013

    " Russian spies and Davenport? Of course it works! Another brilliant book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 2/18/2013

    " As always, another fine Prey book from the master of action-packed thrillers, John Sandford. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elvis | 2/2/2013

    " Parts of it was really good but then Mr. Sandford would get off track and start on something to me that wasn't even relevant to the story but whenh he followed the plot it was very intense. "

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About the Author
Author John Sandford

John Sandford is the pseudonym of John Roswell Camp, an American author and journalist. He won the Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 1986 and was one of four finalists for the prize in 1980. He also won the Distinguished Writing Award of the American Society of Newspaper Editors for 1985. He is the author of more than thirty published novels, all of which have appeared, in one format or another, on the New York Times bestseller lists. His books have been translated into most European languages, as well as Japanese and Korean. He is the principal sponsor of a major archaeological dig in Israel and is on the board of directors of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research.

About the Narrator

Richard Ferrone, an Audie Award winner, has consistently received high praise from critics and fans alike for his audiobook performances for over twenty years. He has performed on and off Broadway and in regional theaters. His television appearances include Law & Order, Against the Law, Guiding Light, and One Life to Live.