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10 thoughts on “Eyes of Prey

  1. says:

    Book three in the series and I am liking Lucas Davenport and In one of my earlier reviews I described him as morally bereft He is getting better in this regard although he still has a way to go He has another event in this book where anger management therapy would be advisable but he still manages to be charming and smart as his depression starts to lift.Eyes of Prey has an excellent story line with two totally reprehensible murderers and a lot of blood and gore Lucas manages to rise above his personal problems and performs some excellent police work He also delivers a major surprise at the end with a twist I did not see coming at all So Charming main character Tick Interesting story Tick Murders and mayhem Tick Major twist at the end TickAll that I desire from a murder mystery I am already looking forward to the next one.

  2. says:

    Most mental health professionals would probably tell you that a clinical depression needs to be treated with a combination of drugs and therapy, but Lucas Davenport found his own method of pulling himself out of a funk by beating the snot out of a pimp and then trying to track down a pair of wacko serial killers I guess it s cheaper than Prozac.An insane pathologist, Michael Bekker, has teamed up with a deformed stage actor named Carlo Druze to pull a Hitchcock style Strangers On A Train arrangement in which Druze will kill Bekker s wife in exchange for Bekker murdering a theater manager that is about to fire Druze Their plan goes off the rails when the lover of Bekker s wife walks in on Druze after he just finished killing her The lover escapes and calls the police but refuses to identify himself or come in as a witness Meanwhile, Davenport has been fighting off suicidal thoughts and trying to pull himself out of a deep, dark mental hole Bekker is such a weird and creepy person that almost everyone who knows him assumes he killed his wife or hired it done, but his alibi is airtight The complicated case gets Davenport interested in something for the first time in months, and he throws himself into the investigation while trying to find the witness who could identify Druze.The beginning of this one makes it seem as if Sandford was using the burned out cop clich , but what makes it interesting is the twist that he puts on it It isn t police work that has sent Lucas spiraling down, it s a brutal and gruesome case that perks him back up Like Sherlock Holmes, Lucas lives for interesting problems and his mind turns on him when he doesn t have some puzzle to think about As usual in the Prey series, there s some genuinely freaky bad guys, and Davenport engages in all kinds of shady maneuvers as he tries to push them into a mistake.The only problem with this one is that the Bekker character is a bit too much He s fascinating as a monster obsessed with death that literally breaks into a jig sometimes, but it s kinda hard to believe that a guy who is that goddamn crazy can make the coldly logical moves that Bekker comes up with to throw the cops off their trail Sandford is great at creating villains who are chilling sociopaths but he generally also gives them motives like greed, revenge or jealousy to go along with their insanity Bekker starts out like that but degenerates into this cartoonish version of a serial killer who is hooked on prescription drugs and has done everything from killing children in a cancer ward to torturing a paralyzed woman for his research into death Still it s another great thriller from Sandford with some genuinely surprising twists that changed the course of the entire series.Next Lucas takes a trip to New York in Silent Prey.

  3. says:

    Sandford offers up a double header with not just one, but two psychopathic killers the Beauty and the Beast Lieutenant Lucas Davenport is vulnerable in this third offering of the highly successful series The plot is darker than his previous two novels, but it is also cohesive Warning the murders are described quite graphically definitely not suitable for the squeamish The Lieutenant delivers his own justice entirely too often and too violently in this thriller written nearly thirty years ago As a result, it seems dated The nation has become much aware of police brutality resulting in death or severe injury and prefers to have the criminal justice system play out in seeking justice It will be interesting to see how Sandford s Lucas character develops in future offerings Recommend.

  4. says:

    For some reason the Lucas Davenport of Eyes of Prey seemed like a different man from the one in Shadow Prey and Rules of Prey From my point of view, the first book in this series was great, the second not so great, and this one not very good at all I guess I expected better of a Pulitzer prize winning writer and of the Lucas Davenport character I met in Rules of Prey Lucas Davenport in this book has no continuity from the previous books.Even the villains in this book don t seem believable The act of Druze and Bekker running into each other much less thinking of each other as a friend is totally bizarre Carlos Druze has a face that even uncounted plastic surgeries couldn t put back the way it was In the book he is often referred to as the troll David Bekker on the other hand is referred to as beautiful Bekker is a doctor albeit a pathologist For some strange reason the author made Druze s profession an actor Bekker is constantly popping various mind altering pills that cause him to do a little jig and suffer blackouts and massive nose bleeds but this all seems to go unnoticed At times he just retreats for hours to his closet floor In the real world someone like this would not be able to function But together they concoct horrendous, gruesome murders.The I write about this book, the frustrated I get I know this series is really popular and I know Sandford is still cranking them out Is the next book better Nothing in this book makes sense 2.5 stars.

  5. says:

    This review spoils the events in the first two books in the series, so skip over if you don t want to be spoiled Though I think I am doing a PSA by spoiling this book anyway, for those that may hate themselves enough to start reading this series After a brutal murder of a woman in her home and seriously, I can do without any horrible murders perpetuated by men against women for a while now a witness is left who saw the murderer Lucas is called up to help lead the investigation The captain believes that Lucas needs something to help him get over the events that happened in Shadow Prey Readers find that Lucas is living alone and barely able to get through his day Apparently almost being killed twice shame that and losing his girlfriend has done a number on him Though Lucas is still provided access to his 2 year old daughter, he is no longer sleeping with his girlfriend, so in Lucas s mind, that means that she Jennifer is playing games with him There is soon enough another murder which puts the police and Lucas on high alert that another serial killer in their midst which would have me moving the hell out of the area and seems to be striking out against women So I gave this book 1 2 a star for a variety of reasons First, and foremost, the characters are just a joke at this point I now feel bad for anything I ever said about how one dimensional characters since I feel like this book could give other books lessons on how to not write characters and motivations for said characters I think this series has pretty much shown that men only care about women and seeing naked women Women only care about using their bodies to manipulate men to get what they want If a woman tells a man she loves him, she is going to be dead or cheated on eventually in these books Oh and serial killers run amok in Minnesota And if you are a serial killer, you don t care much for sex, except sometimes, when you can use sex to show a woman how worthless she is Or you know, kill them afterwards Lucas is still a piece of crap It would be different if this character had any redeeming parts at all, but he doesn t He designs games big whoop , he wears expensive clothes and drives a Porsche goodie for you , and he stayed friends with a childhood friend even after she got ugly by the way I hate, hate that this is always brought up in the books , and he has a daughter that he gets to see, though is angry that the relationship with the mother is cut off for now Lucas doesn t seem that smart He is just an angry guy that does what he wants thinking that his badge affords him the right to rough people up, beat them to within an inch of their lives, and act as if he should be helped out when he messed up by his superiors and coworkers We also get insight into the mind of the perpetrators in this book and no this is not a spoiler, the synopsis on Goodreads and elsewhere lets you know there are two killers and it is boring Seriously, one person is so high and crazy one wonders how the heck he is able to function on a day to day basis with no one catching on to him The other person, it really didn t make much sense for him to keep staying involved with all of the killings that kept going on We don t stay in this person s POV for much during the book which was a blessing If Sandford is going to always spoil who the killer or killers are right up front, it really doesn t make it interesting for me as a reader I like figuring out who could have done it, and seeing how the main protagonist figures it out Instead we know right away who did the killings and why And you just get irritated with slow Lucas and the rest of the team is to figuring things out as well There was a fourth POV yes there really was introduced in this book, we get to read how the witness in the first murder felt and dealt with witnessing the murder of the first woman That was supposed to be a huge shocking reveal I think in the end, too bad I figured out who the witness was about halfway through The writing was overwritten to the point of distraction Three hookers, two black, one white, huddled together on barstools, drinking beer and sharing a copy of Mirabella They d all been wearing shiny vinyl raincoats in lipstick colors and had folded them down on the barstools to sit on them Hookers were never far from their coats A hundred people came to the funeral, people from the decorating world, from the university They women, he thought, all in their dark dresses, looked at him speculatively as he walked slowly up the aisle Women were like that Stephanie not yet cold in the grave I would add in the countless comments made about women by the investigators and the killers, but I would be here all day Let s just say that women are meant to be ogled and to throw themselves at Lucas, even after finding their friend dead in their home Seriously, that happened The flow of the book was disjointed as well Switching back between the investigation and then one killer, and then the other killer and back and forth just made it a book that you had to force yourself to get through Eventually readers get to the climax and I just rolled my eyes The setting of Minnesota once again besides a few details here and there about spring coming, did not feel as solid as a place as it was in book one Also I could have sworn that Lucas s place was set up differently secluded than it was shown in this book If I cared enough about this, I would just go back and read book one I don t care enough to do that The ending was a joke I literally laughed out loud not in a good way and said yeah sure, okay I think that readers are supposed to have a sense of outrage about what ends up happening to Lucas view spoiler So Lucas ends up resigning, because one can t keep beating people up to the point of hospitalization and think that no one is going to investigate you And of course we find out who the witness was in the first murder Lucas uses that to point to why he was being investigated I said, eh, that and the fact you really have no business holding a gun or being in charge of other people hide spoiler

  6. says:

    This is the third book in John Sandford s long running series featuring Lucas Davenport, and it features probably the most vile and complex villain of the entire series Actually, there are two major bad guys One is much intelligent and much scarier than the other and, not surprisingly, he is the one pulling the strings in a series of murders inspired by the old Alfred Hitchcock film, Strangers on a Train The mastermind s plan goes awry right from the start and the bad guys are left scrambling to clean up the mess and stay one step ahead of the cops That will not be easy, because Lucas Davenport is hard on their trail and he s getting really pissed.This is probably the most gruesome book in the series, and Davenport is at his darkest and most violent here He s working out of a major depression that has virtually paralyzed him and acting out as a rogue cop ala Dirty Harry, without even a twinge of conscience.As always, Sandford puts the reader right in the middle of the action The writing is crisp the plot is fast paced, and the action is non stop And, even in a book this grim, there is a fair amount of the humor that characterizes the series.It s hard to imagine that there could possibly be a fan of crime fiction who has not sampled this series yet, but if that person should exist, he or she should probably not begin with this book because, while it is a very good read, it s not really representative of the series as a whole Some readers who might otherwise enjoy the series might be put off by the violence that permeates this particular book As always, but especially in this case, the best place to begin would be at the beginning with the first book, Rules Of Prey You won t be disappointed.

  7. says:

    When last I met Lucas Davenport, the hero detective of John Sanford s long running and continually bestselling series, I ll be honest I hated him In Silent Prey , the book prior to Eyes of Prey the third in the series , Davenport was cheating on his girlfriend, who had just given birth to his daughter The woman he was having an affair with was married, and despite her attempts to end the affair, Davenport kept pushing her into it He was a narcissistic and borderline sociopathic asshole with a badge and a sex addiction problem I hated him so much as a character that I almost gave up on the series Indeed, I almost didn t want to finish the book.Something compelled me to read further, though It may have been my slightly obsessive compulsive need to finish a book I started, regardless of how bad or infuriating the book is, or it may have been the need to see closure to the mystery Say what you will about Davenport, Sandford writes a pretty fucking intense thriller In any case, I m glad I finished it.It began to dawn on me, near the end, that Sandford wasn t condoning Davenport s behavior at all He was attempting to paint Davenport as the incredibly flawed, fucked up and unlikable police detective that we didn t get from the first book He was creating depth He was illustrating the fact that cops may not all be bastions of moral fortitude indeed, some of them are complete assholes see Ferguson, Cleveland, L.A., New York, etc but they nonetheless do a thankless job and their moral flaws don t necessarily interfere with their success in stopping criminals In some cases, their moral flaws are the hard to define edge that makes them exceptional cops I know, it s fucked up Eyes of Prey begins to give Davenport some of his due comeuppance At the onset, Davenport is suffering from clinical depression brought on by the fact that his girlfriend, Jennifer, left him and took his daughter with her He gets rare visitation rights, and Jennifer wants to take those away, as well He is beginning to realize that his history of philandering is a serious problem Of course, thanks to the depression, he hasn t had much desire to screw around, so he s been going the celibate route.He refuses psychiatric treatment, however, preferring instead to deal with his depression the old fashioned way completely unhealthy violence and acts of police brutality It s actually his recent spate of violent episodes with criminals that has gotten him in hot water with Internal Affairs.All of this is simply background to the real meat of the story a serial killer who violently gouges out the eyes of the victim The twist There are two serial killers in this one One is an antisocial actor named Druze He commits the murders The brains behind the two man serial killing operation is an incredibly handsome and sociopathic doctor named Bekker He doles out the orders and sets up the kills while he is away, ensuring that he always has air tight alibis.Davenport knows the doctor is dirty, and he knows that there is a second killer, but he doesn t have any evidence upon which to build a case.Sandford does some interesting things in this book First, having two serial killers is interesting, logistically In everything I have read, two serial killers working together is extremely rare but not completely unheard of I like how Sandford sets up the relationship between the two killers, with one being the alpha dog and the other simply following orders.Second, the dynamics between Davenport and Bekker They meet in several key scenes throughout the book, and what s interesting is how much they seem to have in common It s telling that, initially, Bekker actually likes Davenport In Davenport, he seems to find a kindred spirit What that potentially says about Davenport is extremely disturbing.I m glad that I decided to give Sandford another chance I still don t necessarily like Davenport as a character, but he is certainly growing on me, and Sandford clearly gives him room to mature There are roughly 20 books in this series, and based on its popularity, I m guessing many other readers have taken an interest in Davenport s emotional and spiritual growth.

  8. says:

    This might be the best one yet I thought it was good all the way through, although the bad guy was a little too weird, but Lucas was very well done He s not a complete Iron Man, but the way depression is handled described is perfect And then, there is the very end Wow I did not see that coming Usually I have a clue there were several, but I missed them since it wasn t the major thread It was handled just beautifully I can t gush enough I was just stunned still am Masterful.I m really glad I waited until I could read these books in order There is so much history in the characters I think each would stand well enough alone, but certainly wouldn t pack the same punch.On to the next

  9. says:

    A typical well done crime novel featuring Davenport, his demons, along with a psycho killer or two 8 of 10 stars

  10. says:

    I normally would give this book a 4 but since I have read several other books written later with Davenport, I am amazed at how he grows with the series so I give this a 5 Also Sandford does the best job of making you totally hate a bad guy.