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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,794 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: May 2009 ISBN: 9781101053003
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For twenty years, John Sandford's novels have been beloved for their "ingenious plots, vivid characters, crisp dialogue and endless surprises" (The Washington Post), and nowhere are those more in evidence than in the sudden twists and shocks of Wicked Prey.

The Republicans are coming to St. Paul for their convention. Throwing a big party is supposed to be fun, but crashing the party are a few hard cases the police would rather stayed away. Chief among them is a crew of professional stickup men who've spotted several lucrative opportunities, ranging from political moneymen with briefcases full of cash to that armored-car warehouse with the weakness in its security system. All that's headache enough for Lucas Davenport-but what's about to hit him is even worse. 

A while back, a stray bullet put a pimp and petty thief named Randy Whitcomb in a wheelchair, and, ever since, the man has been nursing his grudge into a full head of psychotic steam. He blames Davenport for the bullet, but it's no fun just shooting him. That wouldn't be painful enough. Not when Davenport has a pretty fourteen-year-old adopted daughter that Whitcomb can target instead. 

And then there's the young man with the .50 caliber sniper rifle and the right-wing-crazy background, roaming through a city filled with the most powerful politicians on earth…Rich with his brilliant trademark suspense and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, Wicked Prey is further proof that "Sandford is one of the most consistently entertaining crime writers working today" (Booklist).

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra Dark | 2/9/2014

    " Okay, I'm a major Sandford fan, so I'm not going to pan Lucas Davenport. But this was one of the best Prey books in awhile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Talbott | 2/6/2014

    " 20 novels in, the fact the Sandford continues to deliver fun, pithy crime drama with such force and humor is a tiny little miracle. Lucas Davenport is back, and he's as enjoyable as ever. It's no surprise the book is released in May each year; got to get the summer reading list going. Now back to my regularly scheduled book pile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 1/16/2014

    " Lucas Davenport...what more is there to say?/ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megowen | 1/15/2014

    " Another author I haven't read in a long time. It really is summer, isn't it? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 1/10/2014

    " Another great Prey book from John Sandford. Lucas Davenport just gets better and better with age! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 1/10/2014

    " A pretty good read... Not the best by John Sanford but pretty good. The story is somewhat engaging with very real bad guys who are out to rob politicians gathering at the Republican convention. My favorite character is actually the main character's daughter, letty. She's smart and brave with a take no prisoners attitude, all at 14 years old. The plot is good but not fabulous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cary Hatteberg | 1/6/2014

    " It had great intertwining story lines and a real easy read. There's a lot of detail that helps you connect. Great Read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 12/31/2013

    " Another fun Lucas Davenport tale. Intersting idea for a new challenge facing our intrepid detective. We also get a little more fleshed out info on his family life, plus a look at the seedy underbelly of St Paul. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 12/29/2013

    " My least favorite in the Lucas Davenport series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 12/21/2013

    " Loved this one. Now I need to start the Virgil Flowers series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 12/12/2013

    " I really like listening to this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 12/12/2013

    " Excellent, as Sandford always is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 12/8/2013

    " the republican convention is in town- brutus cohn and his group are in town planning a series of robberies, and a man who blames his paralysis on lucas are also in town. this is another page turner from sandford. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dr. Stanley | 12/6/2013

    " Extraordinarily gripping with interlocking plots which come together, his descriptive phrases making the characters believable.The psychological difficulty of leaving an abusive relationship are well described, perhaps more clearly here than in many true storys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnny Williams | 12/6/2013

    " If you are not A Lucas Davenport series reader -- don't start here -- If you are don't miss it-- it is a has to be read for those of us hooked on Lucas --Other go back start from scratch -- "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 angrykitty | 11/22/2013

    " as with all the prey books, this one was quick read and a nice summer read kinda book. sometimes the book got to be a little formulaic, but overall it was worth the time.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky Beltz | 10/27/2013

    " Lucas is after a robber who has been in hiding for 2 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John L Evans | 6/17/2013

    " Sanford's Minnesota crime novels are probably to me like formula romance novels are to the women who read those. I devour them. This one is much like the others. Rarely disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 6/10/2013

    " I actually give this one a three and a half, good book. Interesting that he brings his adopted teenage daughter into a sub-plot. Makes one wonder if she's going to replace Lucas Davenport as the main character in the years to come . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 4/8/2013

    " Another good Lucas Davenport story...I enjoyed this one a lot b/c it was so recent...remembering the Republican National Convention in the cities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 3/21/2013

    " 3.5, though it flirted with something higher. Usual Lucas Davenport though too little of Weather. Liked Republican National Convention setting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 2/15/2013

    " I love Lucas Davenport. I really do. So I'll read every Prey book that comes out but this one didn't really blow up my skirt. Letty was entirely annoying and not really believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 5/16/2012

    " John Sandford writes tense, fast paced thrillers that are both plot and character driven. What could be better than that? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/9/2012

    " interesting plot, well crafted. Lucas da man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickie | 11/22/2011

    " Read this book in one day, could NOT put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Aldergate | 10/14/2011

    " good, rattling yarn. Read this for my mystery book group. Wouldn't say it is a real mystery, more a thriller, but really liked the characters and the humor. . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 10/7/2011

    " Two plots. Lucas Davenport's adopted daughter is out to get the man who thinks Lucas is the reason he is in a wheelchair. Lucas is out after the bad guys who are robbing and killing people while the republican convention is going on. Great story. Love Lucas. Good writing. A very fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 8/21/2011

    " Excellent as always. I like that they are set in the Minneapolis area. It makes them seem a little more real. Of course, this one is set near the hotel where the wedding we are going to this weekend is being held....hmmm. Maybe a little too real??? A great read and Lucas Davenport is always fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Betz | 8/9/2011

    " Entertaining mystery set around the republican national convention "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 5/14/2011

    " Just as good as some of the earlier books in this series. (My favorite is still Winter Prey.) I enjoyed this one, and in no small part because I love Letty's character. She's a real badass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 5/12/2011

    " Some very creepy bad guys in this one. Sandford has created a plot and characters that grab your attention. Great light reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genevieve | 5/11/2011

    " John Sandford does it again in another brilliant Lucus Davenport novel. I'm also loving reading more of Letty. This is another excellent thriller that really delivers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 3/30/2011

    " I like the Lucas Davenport novels. This was a quick read and less gory then some in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 3/28/2011

    " Typical twisty thriller by Sandford. More so than several of his books, Wicked Prey included several threads in the plot and I was pleasantly surprised by how well they all came together in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ella | 3/12/2011

    " How many more adjectives are there to explain pure enjoyment? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 2/24/2011

    " Another great read from the Lucas Davenport series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandon | 1/24/2011

    " This book started out really interesting and then it just dragged the story out too much for me. I didn't even bother to finish. This is the first John Sandford book that I've had any trouble with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 1/5/2011

    " I have never been disappointed reading a book from this series - and this book is no exception! Fast paced and hard to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barrett | 12/15/2010

    " Very engaging story, but a bit too graphic for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 11/21/2010

    " I'd give this a 3.5. Pretty good. It's been awhile since I've read any John Sandford books and I'm afraid I missed a few of the Lucas Davenport books before this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dette | 11/16/2010

    " Absolutely brilliant. John Sandford never fails - and after all these years, I'm still in love with Lucas Davenport. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 11/8/2010

    " I really like Lucas Davenport's character. Good series books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia | 11/1/2010

    " Not much excitement after reading "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" but, still, a pretty good story. "

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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.