Rules of Prey

Rules of Prey

Book - 2008
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The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport--a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare--is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, [2008]
Edition: Berkley premium ed
ISBN: 9780425205815
Branch Call Number: FICTION SANDFORD 2008
Characteristics: xi, 479 pages ; 20 cm


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Lieutenant Lucas Davenport is determined to track down a diabolically clever serial killer who leads a double life, carefully picks out his female victims, and taunts the police with notes signed "Maddog."

Lieutenant Lucas Davenport is determined to track down a diabolically clever serial killer who leads a double life, carefully picks out his female victims, and taunts the police with notes signed "Maddog."

This haunting thriller introduces us to Minneapolis Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a handsome ladies’ man who designs video games on the side. He puts his investigative and design skills to use tracking down the Mad dog killer, a frightening, violent killer who tries his best to outwit the rising st... Read More »

The haunting, unforgettable, ice-blooded thriller that introduced Lucas Davenport is so chilling that you're almost afraid to turn the pages and so mesmerizing you cannot stop. .

Lieutenant Lucas Davenport is determined to track down a diabolically clever serial killer who leads a double life, carefully picks out his female victims, and taunts the police with notes signed "Maddog." The first book in the Prey series.

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PimaLib_ChristineR Jan 18, 2017

First in the long-running Lucas Davenport series has Davenport on the tail of a serial killer who enjoys playing games with the police nearly as much as killing. As many have noted, this is a cliche-filled novel, and series--independently wealthy police officer plays by his own rules and loves the ladies--that shouldn't work but does. The writing is fun and can pull you in, allowing for suspension of disbelief until suddenly you've read the whole thing.

Dec 10, 2016

I liked it as the first in the series with Lucas Davenport. Lucas has his faults as the story progresses. The *horrible* villain preys on women. Lucas has sex with multiple female partners without commitment. For another gritty series about a detective who thinks with his brain, not his lower extremities, read about Detective David Robicheaux by James Lee Burke. If you have not read him, start with Neon Rain because his personal life changes considerably as the books progress. Despite my misgivings, I am looking forward to reading more in the PREY series, I just hope that Lucas grows up, finds a loving relationship with a woman he respects, and leaves his adolescent period behind. I recommend Rules of Prey for excellent writing and plot that ratchets up the tension as it progresses. But as I read the book, I began to think who the "prey" refers to in the series title: the villain? Or is it Lucas himself?

Jan 05, 2016

This is my first John Sandford novel. The fact that his books are set right here in the Twin Cities is down right exciting! I feel like I am right there. I keep going "I know that place, I know where that road goes, etc." There is a lot of cursing - which is a bit of a downer for me, but the story was so good that I just breezed right through.

Jun 21, 2015

I enjoyed the book, the story, the chase, but I have to say that I didn't enjoy the character of Lucas Davenport very much. I'm not sure how many of this series I'm going to be able to read if the character doesn't become more likeable. I have to be able to root for him. Right now, I'm not sure if I care if he lives or dies.

jimbedley Jan 25, 2015

This book made me want to become a bestselling author - because if drivel like this can sell then I want to get in on the gravy train. Here's the formula: ignorant rednecks, guessable plot, predicable violence. I could go on but what's the point? For an actual good read give yourself a treat and read Lee Child's Reacher series. (Skip the movie, however.) Of course if you haven't read everything John D. MacDonald has written then please do that first.

JasonAT Dec 17, 2014

The Coolest male cop in Literature today. One of the Best Crime writers today, Yet He is under rated among His Peers. Read this Book and I promise you'll want to read the whole series.

P.S Sandford is also the most consistent Writer in His Feld. Almost all of His Lucas Books are Great Books.

Nov 18, 2012

I am working through Sandford's books but I didn't realize this was the first one of the Davenport series until well into it. Nice introduction to the great character

Oct 08, 2011

What an excellent beginning to a five star career. This is the one that compells you to keep reading, and reading, and reading...and never wanting them to end. Fabulous!

Dec 27, 2010

Quite enjoyed this one; plan to work my way through the "Davenport/Rules" series and check out Sandford's other works.
This edition includes an author foreword/intro which provides interesting commentary on how the news gathering process can adversely affect journalists.

Oct 24, 2007

Don't waste time reading this. I hated it.


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FavouriteFiction Oct 29, 2009

A young attorney plays an elaborate game of murder, a contest for which he has written terrifying rules. It is up to a game playing police detective Lt. Lucas Davenport to bring him in.


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Dec 27, 2010

... ''Three hundred feet out, a musky fisherman was working a surface lure...'' [Ch. 12] Doesn't this beg the question: was the fisherman sorely in need of a shower or was he hoping to land a musky (a.k.a. muskie or muskellunge)? :)


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