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Invisible prey, John Sandford

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Invisible prey
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Invisible prey
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John Sandford
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eng
Summary
From the Publisher: A wealthy woman and her maid are murdered. Robbery would seem the likely scenario, except that none of the clues are coming together for Lucas Davenport. At least not those he can see
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  • Constance Bucher is in her eighties, wealthy, and lives in a lovely Twin Cities home brimming with antiques. Bucher and her maid slip into past tense when intruders bludgeon them to death and trash the house. The victims social standing is enough for the governor to assign his top investigator, Lucas Davenport, to investigate. The easy solution would be to label the crime a junkie killing, but when a painting stored in the attic (and worth a cool half-million) turns up missing, its clear that this was no random attack. Aided by an imaginative intern, Davenport uncovers a series of similar crimes across the Midwest in which the victims were all old, wealthy art collectors. Concurrently, Davenport is working on a politically sensitive case in which a local politician has been accused of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old. And maybe her mother. Or maybe theyre angling for a civil payday as opposed to criminal justice. The latest in the Prey series is more thriller than mystery; the villains are revealed early, and the plot is advanced through the bad guys' point of view. Davenport unravels their scheme by pulling on a small thread, and it's his immersion into the murky world of art, antiques, museums, and donors that gives this one its cachet. As always for Sandford, entertaining and intelligent reading. -- Wes Lukowsky (Reviewed 02-15-2007) (Booklist, vol 103, number 12, p5)
  • Bestseller Sandford opts for a contemplative procedural rather than a high-octane nail-biter for his 17th novel to feature Minneapolis detective Lucas Davenport (after 2005's Broken Prey ). The brave and intelligent Davenport, one of contemporary crime fiction's more congenial sleuths, is working a politically sensitive case—state senator Burt Kline is on the edge of being arrested for having sex with a minor—when he's called in to investigate the beating death of wealthy widow Constance Bucher and her maid. Bucher lived in a mansion stuffed with antiques, though it's unclear if robbery was the motive for the murders. Several run-of-the-mill suspects are dealt with before the reader learns the identity of the two killers, who continue to murder a string of folks all variously connected to the Bucher slaying. Eventually, the Bucher and Kline cases come together in an unexpected way. Interesting and unusual supporting characters, good and bad guys alike, enhance an intriguing puzzle. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 5, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 10, p40)
  • Is Lucas Davenport losing his edge? In his 17th outing, the Minnesota lawman seems to spend more time delegating than detecting. First, he has an intern investigate the untimely deaths of some wealthy St. Paul senior citizens. The break in the case comes when the cops connect the victims to a set of antique quilts. That's right; the rugged detective's taking on quilt cases now. When he's not pouring over The Antiques Price Guide , Davenport organizes Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's investigation of a state politician accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. By far the more interesting of the two story lines, speculation about the sleazy politician gives Davenport and his cronies plenty of opportunity for the crude and clever shoptalk at which Sandford excels. Series fans will miss the adrenaline rush they usually get from his books but will appreciate the cameo by Sandford's other series character, Kidd. Sandford's popularity makes this an essential purchase for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/07.]—Karen Kleckner, Deerfield P.L., IL --Karen Kleckner (Reviewed March 15, 2007) (Library Journal, vol 132, issue 5, p63)
  • Lucas Davenport goes up against a pair of antiques thieves who kill for love and money.The crime scene—a posh St. Paul house trashed, electronics hardware looted, important jewelry untouched—indicates that wealthy Constance Bucher and her maid were the victims of opportunistic thieves, maybe kids, who bashed them to death for no good reason. But Lucas, aided by the sharp observations of his suspect, the maid's nephew, gets a hint of something more organized and sinister: a criminal conspiracy that may stretch back to a similar theft and murder in Chippewa Falls four years ago, and broaden to include a fraudulent set of quilts that were sold to area museums even though they weren't quite museum quality. Lucas's chances of spotting the killers, antiques dealers Leslie and Jane Little Widdler, who use murder as foreplay, are seriously compromised by the fact that he's using them as expert consultants on the case. But even as they're hiding in plain sight, they can feel the unwitting Lucas breathing down their necks. So they look around for a distraction and come up with a honey. The other big case Lucas has in hand is the ambitious Minnesota State Senate president's admitted romance with Kathy Barth and his alleged liaison with her daughter Jesse, 16. If only something could happen to Jesse, reason the Widdlers. When their scheme creates some unexpected blowback, they methodically turn their minds to getting rid of each other. It sounds as if things will be almost too easy for Lucas (Broken Prey, 2005, etc.), but Sandford still has a few surprises in store en route to the satisfyingly vengeful conclusion.The villains are cartoon monsters, but Sandford unfolds his unlikely tale with a pro's command of pace, mixing his pitches like an All-Star. (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2007)
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161139
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1944 February 23-
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Sandford, John
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3569.A516
LC item number
I58 2007b
Literary form
fiction
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Sandford, J.
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True
Series statement
  • The Prey
  • Lucas Davenport novel
Series volume
  • 17
  • [17]
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  • Davenport, Lucas
  • Davenport, Lucas
  • Private investigators
  • Minneapolis (Minn.)
  • Private investigators
  • Minnesota
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Invisible prey, John Sandford
Link
http://www.johnsandford.org
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocm85822556
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
388 pages
Isbn
9780743276252
Lccn
2007008802
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780399154218
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)85822556
Label
Invisible prey, John Sandford
Link
http://www.johnsandford.org
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm85822556
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
388 pages
Isbn
9780743276252
Lccn
2007008802
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780399154218
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)85822556

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