Neon Prey

Neon Prey

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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 : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2019
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525536581
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Sandford
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 16, 2020

I liked everything about this book except the antagonist, who was too violent for my taste. This was the first book I ever read by Sandford, and I was pleasantly surprised at what a good writer he is.

Oct 02, 2020

Wow. Brutal. Classic Sanford. Great read.

Sep 17, 2020

'Neon Prey', by John Sandford is a Lucas Davenport mystery thriller. Lucas is a US marshall whose main agenda is hunting down the worst of the worst. The criminals in this novel are the worst of the worst! Clayton Deese, strong arm for Roger Smith, all round crime boss, is also a cannibal! When his farm is searched by the police and FBI, they find grave after grave and all of the occupants are missing body parts, that Deese removed, BBQ'd and ate! Clayton his hiding out with his 1/2 brother Marion Beauchamps, Marion's girlfriend, Genie Cox and three other members of Beauchamps gang. The Beauchamps gang engage in violent home invasions, often killing the home owners and raping the wives.
During a SWAT raid on the house, Beauchamps and two other gang members are killed. Davenport is severely wounded and is out of action for months.
When Davenport recovers, the hunt is on for the escapees.. Deese, Cox, and Cole. During the SWAT raid, the gang lost hundreds of thousands of dollars and are desperate to get a big haul and go into hiding. These people are absolutely degenerate and have no qualms about killing whomever they feel is 'in their way'.
The story is kind of disjointed. As the chapters flip between the hunters and the hunted, the time sequence gets a bit confusing. The criminals make some serious missteps as does the law, which makes for interesting reading. Once the law starts closing in on the three, the story gets really exciting.
The novel has some pretty graphic descriptions of the home invasions, the murders and lots of crude language. But I'm pretty sure that is how things are in the world of the lawless and law enforcement.
I think I prefer Sandford's other lawman - Virgil Flowers - to Lucas Davenport. Nevertheless, Neon Prey is a good read.

May 06, 2020

Great read.

Jan 26, 2020

Good read. Action packed cliff-hanger ending.

Jan 05, 2020

find the bad guys.

Dec 22, 2019

John Sandford continues to evolve through, by now, a late middle-age career. In Neon Prey he ups his game in channeling Elmore Leonard with this deliciously twisted tale of murder and mayhem. Lucas Davenport, 52 and slightly more vulnerable, operates in a nationwide landscape now that he has escaped Minnesota for a U.S. Marshall's badge.

Nov 12, 2019

Lucas Davenport novels are always satisfying to me, and this one does not differ. There is an innovative use of a reptile, as a plot point; female characters figure importantly to the narrative; Las Vegas and the desert is the new locale. Lucas travels well. Sandford keeps the violence to the minimum necessary. Another winner!!!

Oct 26, 2019

Typical Lucas Davenport mystery - fast moving murder & mayhem with a high body count and an typical conclusion.

Sep 09, 2019

I just re-read this one. I enjoyed it to a degree. There was enough action to keep my interest growing as the story progressed. Not one of my favs, and perhaps wouldn't recommend it.

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