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4.00015875535799 out of 54.00015875535799 out of 54.00015875535799 out of 54.00015875535799 out of 54.00015875535799 out of 5 4.00 (6,299 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Sandford Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Prey Series Release Date:
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John Sandford’s bestselling Lucas Davenport series continues with the fast-paced, compelling thriller Night Prey.

He was the best at what he did—a chameleon, invisible, uncatchable. For how could you catch an invisible man?

It was a very cold, very clear morning in the Carlos Avery game reserve—cold enough to preserve the body lying there, clear enough so the state investigator couldn’t miss it. There was something familiar about the stab wounds, she thought, but the Minneapolis police dismissed her theories, and the city’s new police chief has problems enough of her own. The cops are wary of her, the public thinks she’s too political, the feminists think she’s sold out … and this damn murder just won’t go away.

Caught in the middle, the chief turns to Lucas Davenport for help, and he reluctantly agrees. Still recovering from his near-fatal wounds of the year before, trying for once in his life to settle down with one woman, Lucas has his own concerns, but something about this murder, and another like it—the body found in a dumpster this time—teases him. The more he looks into the deaths, the more he’s sure the investigator is right. There is something disconcertingly familiar about the wounds in these two cases, and maybe in several others as well.

Somewhere out there lurks a killer of unusual skill and savagery—and if Lucas is right, he’s just getting warmed up.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Finely written, atmospheric, excruciatingly tense.”

    Evening Standard (London)

  • “Sandford…keeps turning out better and better thrillers…[He] builds a compelling counter-rhythm of suspense. The narrative is sensitively embued with Davenport’s humaneness as, in awe, he watches Connell courageously fight to postpone her impending death.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Ferrone’s gravelly voice and calm tone add suspense to this shocking thriller…[He] empathetically portrays the various male and female characters, finding unique voices, pacing, and volume for each. The dialogue sizzles, and the tense scenes lead to a spectacular climax. Don’t listen alone.”


  • “Yes, the plotting seems lifted from dozens of interchangeable slasher flicks, but the dialogue crackles and individual scenes can be almost unbearably suspenseful. This may be the first good suntan book of 1994. A little sunblock, a tall cool one, and a serial killer—ah, summertime.”


  • Night Prey is a tight, fast-moving thriller with appealing good guys and a suitably evil villain. Especially fascinating among the characters is policewoman Connell, who is dying of cancer and whose fate becomes linked to Koop’s in the spectacular climax.”

    Library Journal

  • “Hair-raising and shocking…Strong on atmosphere and suspense, with a vivid cast of major and minor characters, this is a potent and compelling addition to the series.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by loveagoodthriller | 5/3/2016

    " Night Prey is #6 in the Prey series and one of my favorites. Lucas teams up with a dying detective to try a solve a series of seemingly unrelated deaths. Excellent story full of twists and turns. "

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

    " I liked the style and the story was good enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Suzanne | 2/13/2014

    " Sandford is now a new favorite. The tension just kept building and building...I almost most couldn't take it anymore. Excellent thriller! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christina | 2/7/2014

    " I love this series by John Sandford. Highly recommended! "

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