Gathering Prey

The extraordinary new Lucas Davenport thriller from 1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner John Sandford They call them Travelers They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes they just like to stay on the move And now somebody is killing them.Lucas Davenport s adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone cThe extraordinary new Lucas Davenport thriller from 1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner John Sandford They call them Travelers They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes they just like to stay on the move And now somebody is killing them.Lucas Davenport s adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she d befriended in San Francisco The woman thinks somebody s killing her friends, she s afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing She s hiding out in North Dakota, and she doesn t know what to do.Letty tells Lucas she s going to get her, and, though he suspects Letty s getting played, he volunteers to go with her When he hears the woman s story, though, he begins to think there s something in it Little does he know In the days to come, he will embark upon an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever seen, a trip that will not only put the two of them in danger but just may change the course of his life.
Gathering Prey The extraordinary new Lucas Davenport thriller from New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner John Sandford They call them Travelers They move from city to city panhandling commi

  • Title: Gathering Prey
  • Author: John Sandford
  • ISBN: 9780399168796
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Hardcover
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    About the Author

    John Sandford

    See also John CampJohn Sandford was born John Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962 He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor s degree in American Studies in 1966 In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa He was in the U.S Army from 1966 68, worked as a reporter for the Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian from 1968 1970, and went back to the University of Iowa from 1970 1971, where he received a master s degree in journalism He was a reporter for The Miami Herald from 1971 78, and then a reporter for the St Paul Pioneer Press from 1978 1990 in 1980, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Pulitzer in 1986 for a series of stories about a midwestern farm crisis From 1990 to the present he has written thriller novels He s also the author of two non fiction books, one on plastic surgery and one on art He is the principal financial backer of a major archeological project in the Jordan Valley of Israel, with a website at rehov In addition to archaeology, he is deeply interested in art painting and photography He both hunts and fishes He has two children, Roswell and Emily, and one grandson, Benjamin His wife, Susan, died of metastasized breast cancer in May, 2007, and is greatly missed.

    380 Comment

    • Kemper said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      Lucas Davenport relentlessly tracks down a murderous gang of hippies?!? It’s not even my birthday!Davenport’s adopted daughter Letty befriends a young woman, Skye, who is part of a subculture called Travelers who wander around the country living like hobos. After her friend is murdered Skye contacts Letty for help and tells her that the people responsible are a pack of jackals led by a guy named Pilate. Skye is convinced that Pilate’s gang roams around in an RV torturing and killing people [...]

    • Andrew Smith said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      According to a web site I was checking out last week, the four personal traits that define an effective leader are: honesty, openness, decisiveness and conscientiousness. Of all the cops in all the crime fiction I’ve read (quite a lot), Lucas Davenport is the one who most obviously possess all of these – and he does so in spades! You can also add humour, personal gravitas and a huge dose of charisma to the list. I guess you could say I’m a fan.It’s a pleasure to welcome him back for his [...]

    • Alex is The Romance Fox said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      What is the secret to keeping a long-running series successfully going for 25 books? Some of the challenges facing any author are keeping a character fresh and interesting and continuously having to come up with new, inventive and great story ideas.John Sandford has certainly met these challenges in Gathering Prey, the #25 installment in his superb The Prey Series.If you are a fan of this series like I am, you will not be disappointed in the latest story of the Lucas Davenport that we have seen [...]

    • James Thane said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      The twenty-fifth book in John Sandford's Prey series opens when his adopted daughter, Letty, befriends a pair of Travelers while at college in California. The two are a couple and, like other Travelers, they move from place to place, most often camping out and living as cheaply as possible, sometimes panhandling to make ends meet. The two tell Letty that they are planning to be in Minnesota later in the summer en route to a series of festivals. After treating them to lunch, Letty gives them her [...]

    • Liz said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      This Davenport mystery is based on a Charlie Manson like cult, traveling the country and leaving dead bodies in its wake. Extremely entertaining, with a great mix of humor and suspense. I listened to this and the narrator was superb.

    • Lesa said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      There have been twenty-five Prey novels by John Sandford, and he's still at the top of his game with Gathering Prey. The latest book featuring Lucas Davenport is gritty and brutal, but I read it straight through in seven hours.Lucas' daughter, Letty, attends Stanford, and it's in California that she first meets Skye and Henry. The two young people are Travelers, panhandlers who move from city to city because they like to stay on the move. But, she's back home in Minnesota for the summer when Sky [...]

    • Mike French said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      Another 5 star Lucas Davenport novel! This series by John Sandford is one of my all time favorites. If you haven't read any of the PREY books, do yourself a favorite and start ASAP! Best if you start at #1. You have a lot of enjoyable reading ahead, as this is #25

    • Albert Riehle said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      I'm going to break this review up into two parts. In the first part, I'll review the book itself, and by that, I mean the plot line that is unique to this book only. In the second part, I'll talk about the series as a whole and how this book plays into it--I'll warn you in advance, while the first part won't have any spoilers, the second part--the part about the overall series plot arc--will have spoilers. You've been warned.This Book: This book starts with Letty and for my two cents, that's som [...]

    • Cindy Newton said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      This is the 25th book in the Prey series, and I've been reading them pretty much since the first one came out. When the new book appears on the shelves, I buy it--no need to read the jacket, no need to flip through the pages, no need to even check the reviews. What's to check? It's a Sanford--the quality is guaranteed! This book is no exception.Now, I know there are a lot of detective/crime books out there--a LOT. And I know that some of them are probably really good. For some reason, they don't [...]

    • Paula Kalin said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      The Prey series by John Sandford is one of my favorite crime thrillers in fiction. Love Lucas Davenport. This is # 25 in the series and I've read all of them. Gathering Prey is different from Sandford's usual story line where Davenport is solving a crime in Minnesota. This time the book centers on daughter Letty. I do like Letty, but I couldn't get past her meeting up with Skye, a Traveler, on the streets of California. Too contrived. We are introduced to a Charles Manson type of character named [...]

    • Skip said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      #25 in the Prey series. Davenport's adoptive daughter Letty befriends some drifters, who tell her about a vicious band of sadistic killers preying on the helpless. Lucas dismissed this as "legend," but then one of two disappears, and Letty helps the other get to Minneapolis. When the other goes off on her own, Letty follows, forcing Lucas to follow. With much of the book based in the UP (Upper Peninsula), author Sandford does a very good job of portraying the hearty locals, including the police [...]

    • Judy said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      Another episode with Lucas Davenport as he searches for a group of travelers who care very little for the lives of anyone who get in their way. What is interesting is that Lettie, Davenport's adopted daughter plays a significant part in introducing her Father to the group. She also does some sleuthing on her own. Language is crude as usual and events are gruesome as expected, but following Davenport as he pursues his prey is exciting.

    • Brenda said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      This was a wonderful addition to the Lucas Davenport saga! In typical Sanford style, the bad guys got what was coming to them. Everyone on the team showed up in this book. I'm really looking forward to the next Davenport book, and I won't be surprised if Sanford's next book is a Virgil Flowers edition!! Grrrre wait!

    • Jean said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      Lucas Davenport has had a long and storied career as a Minneapolis cop and a Minnesota BCA detective. In Gathering Prey, John Sandford’s 25th of the “Prey” series, Davenport hops, skips, and jumps from Minnesota to Wisconsin to Michigan and back to the Twin Cities in pursuit of a band of crazed killers.Letty, Davenport’s stepdaughter, befriends a young “traveler” called Skye. Travelers are peaceful hobo types who never stay in one place very long, and when her male companion goes mis [...]

    • Monnie said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      Hard to believe this is the 25th book in the "Prey" series - most of which I've read - and while I won't call it the best of the bunch, it's well worth reading as usual. Also as usual, author Sandford manages to get in a guest appearance by one of his other cool characters, Virgil Flowers.The story begins when Letty, the daughter adopted by Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent Lucas Davenport and his surgeon wife, Weather, is home from college. Letty gets a call from a panhandling wom [...]

    • Cameron Wiggins said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      One of my favorite authors is undoubtably John Sanford and Gathering Prey is a classic example to support this favoritism. I have read 24 of the 25 “Prey” novels, and this is definitely my favorite series, too. John Sanford, a former Minneapolis newspaper reporter, is an excellent police procedural/thriller writer IMHO, and Sanford’s creation, policeman, and then Minnesota BCA Agent Lucas Davenport is definitely one for the ages.Lucas’ adopted daughter is now away at Stanford University. [...]

    • Truman32 said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      The jacket description to Gathering Prey, John Sandford’s 25th (Twenty-fifth!!!) Prey novel I must admit made me a little nervous. “They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes—they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them.” Oh, great, I thought, Sandford wants to educate us on the homeless. Happily, while Sandford probably could teach us about the plight of the homeless, he chooses not to go down this route in his novel, [...]

    • Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews) said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviewsby GeminiGathering Prey was a very involved and in-depth look at some disturbing criminals that traveled the country like nomads leaving dead bodies along the way. The Travelers have a leader named Pilate that could easily be compared to Charles Manson or any other cult leader. They are as evil as evil gets and Pilate had to be the devil himself. As with all stories like this, someone has to play the hero. In this case, that person is Lucas Davenport. He [...]

    • Sarah Darwin said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      Something missingSomething was going on. Not a big something. Something, though.Lucas called up Shrake who said: “What’s up? “Got a bunch of conjunctions gone missing.” Said Lucas.“And?”“Yeah, that’s one of them.” Shrake took a moment. “People go missing all the time. Mostly turn up. Imagine it’s the same with words.”Lucas thought about that. “Maybe.” He said. “Keep an eye out, all the same.”“Where you figure they’re gonna be?” Said Shrake.“There’s a rum [...]

    • Darlene said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      I have read every book in this series. Bravo to another winner. After so many years I truly feel I personally know all the characters. I was originally drawn to this author so many years ago because he is from my home state of Minnesota, and the majority of his writing takes place here. Knowing exactly where he is makes the story a more personal connection for me.After all these years what will Lucas do next?

    • Ed said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      Lucas Davenport in hot pursuit through Northern Wisconsin, Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Minnesota after a gang of Charles Manson-like thrill killers from California. Another solid John Sanford "Prey" thriller but the endless chase became somewhat tedious.

    • Peter said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      Gathering Prey is the twenty-fifth in John Sandford's “Prey” series of down south crime thrillers starring either Lucas Davenport, Virgil Flower, or both. Lucas is Virgil’s boss at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). The series has been very popular, and for good reason: the books are well written, nicely platted and paced, and often very funny. Well, usually.Skye and Henry are traveling street buskers who know a bad dude with a hot car and a blonde—his name is Pilate bu [...]

    • Pamela said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      Rip-Snortin' AmazingI was right to be excited when "Gathering Prey" was released. Well worth the wait. And, while waiting, I listened to an audio interview with the author, John Sanford, courtesy of my husband's preference for audio books. Sanford confirmed my experience of him as a top-notch writer with some skills that not all writers possess. One is that his journalistic background gives him a great appreciation for hands-on experience. That said, it is like the reader becomes embedded in the [...]

    • Sandi said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      I am always impressed at how consistently good this series is and this book was no exception. Lucas is at his best tracking down bad guys and this had and entertaining plot with lots of action. Listened to the audio version which was read by the always superb Richard Ferrone.

    • Viccy said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      Letty, Lucas Davenport's adopted daughter, meets Skye and Henry in California, where she is attending Stanford. Skye and Henry are travelers, similar to hobos, back in the day. When they hit Minnesota, Skye calls Letty to tell her that Henry may have been killed by Pilate, a crazed, Charlie-Manson style ringleader. Lucas goes on the hunt and what transpires is one edge-of-your-seat crazy manhunt across three states. And the ending will leave you hanging. Great job, as always from John Sandford.

    • Connie said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      If I've said it once I've said it a thousand timesSandford is the absolute master of dialogue. This latest edition to the long running Davenport series is no disappointment in terms of dialogue. The banter between the characters leaves me chucking at times and feeling like I am right there as part of the group. I've never experienced any other writer than can nail it so completely. Maybe it's the sarcasm that pops up from time to time that I relate to so well.First all, I've been an avid and yea [...]

    • Mal Warwick said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      Now, 25 novels into John Sandford’s excellent Lucas Davenport series, I’m beginning to wonder whether the population of Minnesota includes a wildly disproportionate number of psychotic serial killers. Of course, that’s the case only in the author’s fevered imagination — which might lead me to suspect his own mental stability were it not for the skill and good humor with which he writes these novels. Also because they invariably feature not just wildly imaginative violence and improbabl [...]

    • Lady*M said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      When I thought about the book, I realized there is not much to say: if you are a Lucas Davenport fan, then the only thing you need to know is that book is good. If you are not a fan yet, start at the beginning of the series and you will not be disappointed. It is almost unheard of for the series to have 25 books and that the worst of them are - average. When Sandford is at his best, he serves unbridled entertainment and one of the best cops in fiction. When Lucas is at his best, he is the hunter [...]

    • Gerry Bartlett said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      I've read every Prey book and thought the last one was a little disappointing. With this one though, Lucas Davenport and Sandford were back on track. There's a group of killers travelling across country led by a preacher called Pilate. He's crazy but just charismatic enough to attract followers. He loves to torture and kill and he's gotten away with it so far. When he crosses paths with a traveler and her friend, he manages to get Davenport and his daughter involved. I enjoyed seeing Lucas actua [...]

    • Larry said:
      Sep 25, 2018 - 00:02 AM

      Sandford still has it. So does Lucas Davenport, hot on the trail of a murderous Manson-like family across the Midwest. Having been a police lieutenant, a politically-appointed assistant chief, and a BCA senior investigator, it's pretty clear that Davenport is on the edge of another transition. I'll be there for it when it happens as long as Sandford keeps writing.

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