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  • Naked Prey

  • Lucas Davenport, Book 14
  • Written by: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In Naked Prey, John Sandford puts Lucas Davenport through some changes. His old boss, Rose Marie Roux, has moved up to the state level and taken Lucas with her, creating a special troubleshooter job for him for the cases that are too complicated or politically touchy for others to handle. In addition, Lucas is now married and a new father, both of which are fine with him: He doesn't mind being a family man. But he is a little worried. For every bit of peace you get, you have to pay - and he's waiting for the bill.

It comes in the form of two people found hanging from a tree in the woods of northern Minnesota. What makes it particularly sensitive is that the bodies are of a black man and a white woman, and they're naked. "Lynching" is the word that everybody's trying not to say - but, as Lucas begins to discover, in fact the murders are not what they appear to be, and they are not the end of the story. There is worse to come - much, much worse.

Filled with the rich characterization and exceptional drama that are his hallmarks, this is Sandford's most suspenseful novel yet.

©2003 John Sandford (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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a good John Sanford book but with the usual flaws

The thing I don't like about Sanford's books, is when he displays his ignorance about Canada. He does this through his Lucas Davenport character. and that makes me want to kick Lucas's butt, hard, though he isn't real. But I'd settle for Sanford. His writing is good, but he poisons it a little bit with the anti Canadian sentiments in his books. I think we all know what I'm talking about. I doubt that Sanford has ever been to Canada.

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  • Ted
  • 2017-06-25

It's Sanford and Your Money's Worth

Holy Moley! This is my 21st Sandford/Audio Book and I've never given one less than 13 stars. Have you heard someone say, upon leaving a $100 million plus summer action/adventure movie, "Well, regardless of everything, you can totally see the money they spent up there on the screen."? Well that's the thing about Sanford's novels - he gives me back the money and time I've invested in his books - and more.

Naked Prey's plotted tighter than a beach bunny's bikini with character's sharp as a gossip's tongue. Plus Richard Ferrone's partnered with Sanford often enough to execute the twists and turns of Lucas Davenport's adventures like a Top-Gun pilot.

'Naked Prey' introduces Letty West, a new character who I really wanted to survive 'Naked Prey's ending... But knowing Sandford, you never know... Nope, never. As always, even though 'Naked Prey' stands alone as a story, I recommend that you start listening to Lucas Davenport from the beginning. That's the strength of Audible, the books are never "out-of-print" so a series character can mature right along with us.

If you like cop-plots - I recommend 'Naked Prey' with 15 stars.

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  • Wendy Ruth
  • 2012-11-01

Meet Letty West!

Loved this book. Letty West is one of the best character additions to this great series. She appears in subsequent novels in the series and she is a fabulous character. And this is the book where she makes her debut.

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  • Jeannine Yoder
  • 2015-01-12

Love Lucas Davenport

I hope this series continues until Lucas and Weather are grandparents. Their children can take up where the parents left off.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2014-12-11

The Best one!

What made the experience of listening to Naked Prey the most enjoyable?

I have listened to all 24 Davenport books and Virgil Flowers books. This one is hands down the best Stanford book ever.

What other book might you compare Naked Prey to and why?

All the other Davenport and Virgil flowers books are great .

Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

Lucan Davenpor, Del and introcused two new wonderful charactors with the BCA.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, the fires at the West house.

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  • Scott
  • 2013-03-28

Just can't get enough Sandford!

I love Sandford books but recently been hesitant to purchase them thinking that Lucas Davenport is going to get old and boring. Sandford Never Disappoints. this book is excellent even if you read the later books where he already has some characters introduced by the story you'll still love it. I am not going to hesitate in getting a Sanford book in the future and now going through my library to see if there are any I haven't listened to yet.

Im suprised there isn't a whole slew of movies based on Davenport.

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  • Hill
  • 2014-09-07

Another great one

Sandford just gets better. Each one of the Prey series is fantastic to me. I love they way they build on each other. Sandford doesn't leave a cliff hanger like the old serials did in the movies but his books sure lead you to wanting to read the next book in the series. Davenport or Mitch Rapp. Maybe they are equal in my mind. Both are dynamite character's. Enjoy.

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  • C. W. Caldwell
  • 2018-07-19

Best Davenport to date and

Having read all of the previous Davenport novels, I was prepared for a good read - and boy was I not disappointed. The action was well paced and tight. The story line kept me on the edge of my seat. Addition of Letty as a continuing character conjures up lots of new plot lines. A great listen.

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  • ocarolan
  • 2014-02-10

Interesting opening; lame finish

Years ago, I read some of the early books in the Lucas Davenport series and had found them diverting. And it was on that basis, and the high reviews here (coupled with the fact I had six credits), that I bought this as an audio book. Suffice it to say the book was a disappointment. It starts with an interesting premise and then descends into foolishness. Everyone in rural Minnesota, it seems, including nuns and the police, are involved, to one degree or another, in criminal enterprises. And our intrepid hero, Mr. Davenport, even buys a 12-year-old girl a rifle! But, of course, she’s no ordinary 12-year-old, and as the story plays out, events beg us to thank god she had that rifle. (By the book's end, the author has positioned the 12-year-old, Lettie West, who appears to have won the hearts of many of Mr. Sandford’s devoted readers, myself not included, for more adventures with our hero.) There is little mystery regarding the identity of the perpetrators - we learn who they are relatively early-on. The mystery is whether and how they will be revealed. The former was no mystery at all (of course they will be exposed for what they are!); the latter was not a riveting one. The dialog in the book may work better on the printed page, but much of it fails to pass muster when read aloud. All in all, this is a pretty mediocre story.

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  • nancy
  • 2013-06-24

finally available

This book has not been available for purchase as an audio book for a long time. I know because I tried. It is one of two nearly perfect Lucas books. The other book is Mortal Prey and Sandford has written about his emotional regret when he had to close his relationship to Clara. I think the writer's joy in finding another charater, Lettie, that he could continue shows in the book. It is a speculation about when he knew, but, as a writer can rewrite and edit the moment, the guess is more celebration for a writer's recognition than actual need to know. The story is interesting and the characters vivid. It hardly matters what one says about a Sandford book. A fan will read in any case and those on the fence are choosing for reasons a fan can not address. This is one of my favorites though and I am glad to see it available on audible.

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  • bebe
  • 2018-08-21

Hello Letty West - one of my favorite characters

This is the book where Letty West enters the story. She is a 12 year old girl living with her alcoholic mother in the middle of nowhere. She traps animals to make money for the family. She is a tough and mature young lady with icy blue eyes, similar to Lucas Davenport's eyes. They have similar fearless personalities also - hard, determined and fierce. Lucas and Del are investigating the hanging of a man and woman in this very small and isolated community. There are two "businesses" in town that are unusual - a vehicle repair shop that only deals with Toyotas and a church of sorts that delivers food and other things to poor people. Lucas and Del deal with the local sherif's office, highway patrol and the FBI. Lucas and Del are special agents for the Governor's office. The hanging is a tough and complicated crime that seems to grow as the story unfolds.

A really great book, and is even better due to the entrance of Letty, who appears in many of the series later books. Also is great due to the fantastic narration by Richard Ferrone.

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