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The 11th appearance of Minneapolis Police Chief Lucas Davenport is set in late fall. Supermodel Alie'e Mason returns to Minnesota for a photo shoot; later she is found dead, strangled during a party attended by socialites and awash in illegal drugs. Davenport arrives on the scene as a second body surfaces, that of a hotel hostess with a fractured skull. When a second wave of murders occurs, there is the indication that the original killer and a copycat are at work. The investigation leads the chief through a maze of religious fervor, drugs, and sex. In addition, his private life is complicated by three womenDa former fiance, an old college sweetheart, and a beautiful ex-model. The seemingly simple plot evolves into a complex and engrossing mystery. Eric Conger's clear reading adds depth to this riveting tale. Recommended.DDenise A. Garofalo, Mid-Hudson Lib. Syst., Poughkeepsie, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

The 12th entry in Sandford's ever-entertaining Prey series (Certain Prey, etc.) finds Minneapolis Deputy Police Chief Lucas Davenport again rambling through a murky case with his unique combination of gutsy intelligence and aw-shucks attitude. Fashion model Alie'e Maison has been found dead in a back bedroom, seemingly strangled at a chic party. Then--typical of Davenport's luck--the body of a second woman tumbles out of a closet just as the investigating cops get ready to leave the scene. There's no shortage of suspects who could have killed Alie'e: her boyfriend, for instance, recently dropped in favor of a lesbian lover, or her brother, a backwoods holy man who disapproved of his sister's lifestyle. There are Alie'e's parents, who could be trying to cover up a history of sexual abuse; the local drug dealer who supplied Alie'e with heroin; and the oily banker who appears to be the money behind the drug dealer. As many of these suspects get murdered, one by one, including those connected to the second victim in the closet, it's clear that the killer remains at large. That makes Davenport and his colleagues look foolish in the eyes of the media horde descending on the case. To make matters worse, Davenport's having women trouble again, torn among three beauties who want to bed him. As always, it's a joy to follow this rare cop who gets led more often by his gut instinct than by clues. His humor, understated and perverse, can be wildly funny, and the people he runs across are shrewdly conceived originals, cut from fabric way at the back of the bin. BOMC main selection; simultaneous Putnam Berkley Audio; author tour. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

You won t want to miss it. Los Angeles Times Captivating. Chicago Sun-Times When you come out of the twists and turns that are Easy Prey, it is a marvel how [Sandford] could do this...he s a writer in control of his craft. Chicago Sun-Times Crackerjack suspense...[Sandford s] at the top of his game again with Easy Prey. New York Post Wildly successful...contains all the elements fans have come to expect: solid plot, gallows humor...sex, and the likeable, self-assured Davenport. Booklist A grand guignol of a climax. Kirkus Reviews Rapid-fire action...sharply evocative. Minneapolis Star Tribune Easy Prey is hard to put down. Richmond Times Dispatch The dialogue is deft, the melodrama masterfully orchestrated and the conclusion truly culminant. As secrets explode, as bullets fly and bodies fall, and as the ground keeps shifting, there s hardly time to keep up with the spectacle. The Los Angeles Times [An] ever-entertaining series. As always, it s a joy to follow this rare cop who gets led more often by his gut instinct than by clues. His humor, understated and perverse, can be wildly funny, and the people he runs across are shrewdly conceived originals. Publishers Weekly Here s hoping that John Sandford never retires Lucas Davenport or stops dreaming up diabolical killers for the supersleuth to battle. The author s unbeatable at juggling suspense, comedy, sex...and [his] plots seem to be moving faster than ever. The New York Post Lucas Davenport is always in top form, and with Easy Prey, Sandford has another winner to add to the Prey books. The Orlando Sentinel"

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