Masked Prey

Masked Prey

Large Print - 2020
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Lucas Davenport pursues a prolific serial killer who has gone undetected for years in the newest nail-biter by best selling author John Sandford. It was a relatively minor criminal matter, but enough that the U.S. Marshals obtained a warrant to enter the home. They didn't expect to unearth trophies from a score of killings. Now Davenport is on the trail of a serial murderer, one who was able to operate for years without notice or suspicion. But there's even more to this killer than meets the eye.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Random House Large Print,, [2020]
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780593171653
Branch Call Number: FIC Sandf
Characteristics: 511 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
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Liked this better than most of the recent Sandford books. The plots about far right-wing politics make me sad because they are too close to recent items in the news but at least the book is timely. Especially liked Sandford drawing the parallels and showing the similarities between Davenport and the current villain. Also liked that the current villain was humanized in a number of ways instead of just being an “other”.

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drjoanv
Oct 18, 2020

I have read many of John Sanford books. This is really not very good.

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NonnieRCL
Aug 29, 2020

Tried very hard but just couldn’t get into this one. Slow start and very disappointing churn.

Davenport comes across as old and weary. Maybe it’s time to retire him.

Not at all among Sandford’s best.

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CL_kcls
Aug 04, 2020

'Masked Prey' was probably being written long before the insanity of 2020. The publishers probably picked a release date for 'Masked Prey' long before the political insanity of 2020. I could have done without the predictable, clichéd politics. Personally, I am sick to death of politics and all it's iterations and machinations.

This Prey lacked the normal wit we have between Lucas and his fell0w crime fighters. It seemed forced and not very witty. Masked Prey is much more thinking and running down whatever ideas the thoughts produced. I don't think the plot was especially fast-paced. I do enjoy Rae and Bob and am glad they are back even while they reluctantly have to sit on their hands and weapons while Lucas thinks.

I've been reading John Sanford/John Camp since 1995. John needs to find himself again by re-reading his earlier books. And bring back Kidd!

3.5 Stars

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maipenrai
Aug 01, 2020

I have read every Lucas Davenport mystery since 1989. One of the reasons I was drawn to the books was that they were set in the Twin Cities. I could picture the settings and this was a plus. In the later books Lucas is working as a federal marshal and is no longer working in Minnesota. Plus his family is no longer a large part of the story line. I miss them. This book is timely with its investigation of right wing extremist groups, but it was definitely not a favorite for me from the series. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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maipenrai
Aug 01, 2020

I have read every Lucas Davenport mystery since 1989. One of the reasons I was drawn to the books was that they were set in the Twin Cities. I could picture the settings and this was a plus. In the later books Lucas is working as a federal marshal and is no longer working in Minnesota. Plus his family is no longer a large part of the story line. I miss them. This book is timely with its investigation of right wing extremist groups, but it was definitely not a favorite for me from the series. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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avidFVreader
Jul 23, 2020

Well developed story line with lots of twists and turns. The usual violence and as always diet coke. Think Coca-Cola must be a paying advertiser. Not his best work.

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TechWriter1
Jul 08, 2020

This is a super-page turner-hard to put down-addictive Prey series read that I thoroughly enjoyed. One quibble though with the author regarding Lucas Davenport considering himself to be a "hunter." Lucas needs to admit that he is more of a "hunter-killer."

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USAF1969
Jul 05, 2020

John Sandford's latest "prey" novel, MASKED PREY, starring Lucas Davenport is another very good read. Lots of interesting themes and characters. What happens when someone secretly uses social media anonymously to post dangerous stuff? How many dangerous people are really out there hiding behind radical groups? Lots of interesting twists and turns. Worth the read. Looking forward to his next book in the series. Usual warnings about some violent portions of the book.

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kaymar
Jul 03, 2020

Not his best worth a read though.

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