Neon Prey

Neon Prey

eBook - 2019
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When a seemingly minor investigation leads to the discovery of trophies from a score of murders, Lucas Davenport lands on the trail of an enigmatic killer who has been able to operate below the radar for years.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2019]
ISBN: 9780525536598
0525536590
Branch Call Number: AXIS 360
Characteristics: 1 online resource (390 pages)
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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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maucarden
May 08, 2019

Neon Prey by John Sandford has easily passed my old lady reading test. I read a quarter of the book, put it down for two weeks, and then pick it back up to finish. The test: remembering everything I have read and not having go back to refresh my memory. Neon Prey was an easy A+, no going back to refresh my memory of the story or characters.
Yes indeedy ladies and gentlemen step right up and read Neon Prey. You won’t be sorry, unless you don’t like graphic crime stories.
There isn’t a crime I can think of that isn’t present in Neon Prey, and maybe one or two I wouldn’t have thought to include. This is just one more example of Sandford’s genius in keeping the Lucas Davenport series fresh. The other genius, making it possible to jump in anywhere in the series and read as a stand-alone. Be aware though, very aware that you will want to go back to read the prior twenty eight. If I were a new reader, by the end of this book I would be jumpin’ for joy.
Davenport is now a deputy U.S. Marshall without portfolio, so to speak. He has some serious political pull, on both sides of the political aisle and is allowed to do pretty much what he wants. What he wants is to bring in serious killers.
Rae Givens and Bob Matees, fellow deputy US Marshall’s bring Davenport just what he wants, a formerly unknown serial killer who is in the wind. Clayton Deese, has been arrested by the FBI, and has agreed to snitch on a New Orleans boss, Rodger Smith; a serious player in the swamp of New Orleans’s crime.
Instead, Deese, has cut his ankle monitoring device and hightailed it from his south Louisiana property. When Bob and Rae, along with the FBI agent Sandro Tremanty, go to re- arrest Deese, they find buried bodies; lots of buried bodies.
The chase for Deese lasts for months, collecting more cities, more criminals and more crimes.
The writing as always is meticulous, taking you along on Mr.Toad’s wild ride At the same time the easy humor and dry wit makes you want to ante up a pocketful of quarters and ask for a seat at the table.
Depravity, camaraderie, terror, warmth, distrust, humor are all present and accounted for in Neon Prey. There is a tender yet funny scene where Davenport meets with his eldest daughter who is pondering which path to take after college, a dream job or further education. He tells her he doesn’t like to talk about such things, but basically she is trust fund scum and money should never be a basis for her decisions. A lesson never learned by Deese and his partners.
Sadly, Davenport’s coworkers from the earlier books are barely present. Never fear though, Virgil Flowers, with his usual sobriquet, is present a few times, just not often enough. Sorry Mr. Sandford, I’m sure you hear this complaint in every Davenport book. But ‘me and Mr. Davenport, we got a thing going on’ and that will never change. Flowers is just my backdoor hero.
I have to admit to being intrigued by Deese's use of filé powder in his barbecue rub, but I would use a different meat source.
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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cnsreader
May 06, 2019

I always enjoy a Lucas Davenport story but this one tended to drag on a bit. When the gang arrived in Las Vegas, the story seemed to drag out, in my opinion. Also it seemed a little unrealistic that this gang of criminals remained active as long as they did! I still enjoyed the adventures of Davenport, so the author did a great job.

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