Neon Prey

Neon Prey

Large Print - 2019
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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 Lucas 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: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
Edition: Large Print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781432860271
1432860275
Branch Call Number: L.P. Fic Sand
Characteristics: 521 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
large print,16 point

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emerge
Jul 16, 2019

Bit of a disappointment, I'm afraid. Although the mystery/manhunt aspect is good, the dialogue is dull & seems like we've read it before. There's nothing new here, just a darker plot with vicious bad guys & little humour to alleviate a more violent than usual story line.

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Bookworm2228
Jun 29, 2019

4-4 1/2 star read. The 29th book in Sandford's Prey series was a great read. Clayton Deese is what seems to be a small time criminal in Louisiana, until he skips his bail and the US Marshals are looking for him. And when they follow a trail behind his cabin, they find what looks like a lot of graves. Turns out that Deese is a serial killer and a cannibal so everyone is looking for him. Lucas, Bob and Rae track him to Las Vegas, where they lose him and his gang and they play a tight game of cat and mouse trying to figure out where he and his gang might be. Tracking him down to a Las Vegas mall, they almost have him but there is a shoot out and bystanders are shot. Will they ever catch this guy? And how many more people will be killed or injured before they do? This was a fast paced read and well up to Sandford's standards and I found it a really good read.

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MB_kcls
Jun 26, 2019

John Sanford and Lucas davenport never let me down. The books are fun and exciting, and 'Neon Prey' continues that winning formula. I like that Lucas evolves in his career as he matures, but also that he doesn't lose his edge or his sarcasm.

'Neon Prey' is full of mayhem trying to catch a cannibal killer and the killer trying to kill him, with some high stakes robbery thrown in. My one negative is that the book kept going back and forth calling characters by their first names or their last names. It made for confused reading at times.

And yes, that %@%$^& Virgil made a quick appearance.

4.5 stars

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TechWriter1
Jun 21, 2019

This is an entertaining read for Lucas Davenport fans. The plot mostly fits in the Sandford model, the body count is up there, and the bad guys mostly get the big hurt in the end.

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workhorse6491
Jun 16, 2019

I've been reading the Prey series for a long, long time... and I swore with the last one in the series, I wouldn't be back. I'd stick with F__king Flowers as his coworkers call him. Davenport and his clothes, his cars, etc. etc. So I absentmindedly grabbed Neon Prey. At least in Neon Prey, he's not having to be a fashionplate. Story's OK, cops are bumblers, the bad guy basically catches himself. But it's at least a fast-mover. But I think I'll just stick with Flowers... maybe the author ought to kill off Davenport and invent some one new... maybe just an ordinary Minnesota cop.

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KASL
Jun 16, 2019

I had to skim through the last few chapters in order to finish the book. The "chase" through Las Vegas was getting tiresome and the bumbling cops (or Keystone Kops as described in some of the reviews I've read) were hard to believe. The final demise of the cannibal was ridiculous.

After 30 years of Prey, maybe it's time for Davenport to retire from the US Marshalls. He's getting rather old and stale. I wonder if that might happen since the Virgil Flowers series seems to be coming on a bit stronger. The characters in the older Prey books were so much more fun and relatable. I've always felt Davenport was starting to lose his edge once he got married.

I'm glad I got this book from the library and didn't waste my money purchasing it.

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7626dee
Jun 11, 2019

Lucas is not in his element wandering in the glittery west and seems out of step as a Marshal. The usual blood and gore and strange serial killers and worse but not up to the standards of the early Prey series. I think our author is getting bored and needs to drop this character as Lucas has lost his edge and is going to get himself and others killed. There are no old bold gunslingers!

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carolsonder
May 28, 2019

i have been a long time reader of John Sanford starting with the 1st in the Prey series. and once again was not disappointed with this one. great book! i kind of had the feeling like Lucas and Virgil might be working together in the next installment? would love all those great characters together again.

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USAF1969
May 18, 2019

NEON PREY is another great novel by John Sandford. Good story line, lots of action, and the continuing evolution of Lucas Davenport from Minnesota based law enforcement to US Federal Marshall. In his new role he is not assigned a specific territory, but is called on as needed by headquarters. In this book, he and his team. Rae & Bob, are sent to Baton Rouge to help the FBI and local law enforcement deal with a macabre set of crimes. In this case, Davenport and the FBI agent in charge, form a decent working relationship. Before long however, the Davenport's team finds itself heading to Los Angeles in pursuit of the culprit in the Baton Rouge crimes. The spend a lot of time there trying to run him down, but eventually lose him. Then they pick up a thread and head for Las Vegas, where the story ends. One reason I like Sandford is that he doesn't short-shrift the story line along the way. Happenings in Baton Rouge, LA and Las Vegas all are well thought out and very interesting, and each city's escapades get about the same amount of attention. No spoilers from me - except to say this is another one of Sandford's great novels and a very fun read. PS - for those of you like his Virgil Flowers series (and I really like those books too), Virgil gets a cameo appearance in NEON PREY early and late in the book.

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maipenrai
May 11, 2019

I have read every Lucas Davenport book since the first one in 1989. Although I still enjoy the personality of Lucas, I have liked the books less ever since he left Minneapolis and became a U. S. Marshall. The books were more fun when you knew the locations and there was more story lines involving his family. Mild recommendation. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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