Series: Lucas Davenport #4
Published by Penguin on March 1st 1993
Genres: Fiction, Crime, Thrillers, Suspense, Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural
Reading Challenges: 2017 COYER Summer Reading List
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Dr. Mike Bekker, a psychotic pathologist, is back on the streets, doing what he does best?murdering one helpless victim after another. Lucas Davenport knows he should have killed Bekker when he had the chance. Now he has a second opportunity?and the time to hesitate is through.
Dr. Mike Bekker is back, and it’s up to Lucas Davenport to stop him once and for all. Silent Prey is the continuation of John Sandford’s Eyes of Prey. Davenport’s life has drastically changed following the events of the last two novels. Davenport and his longtime love are over for good, and Lucas is looking at a future where his daughter may call someone else “daddy.” He no longer has good ties with the police department, and now is taking his gaming business to another level. When Lily Rothenburg asks for Lucas’ help in New York, the veteran cop can’t help but jump at the chance to catch his old nemesis.
I really enjoyed Eyes of Prey, but I’d have to say I found Silent Prey even more interesting. Davenport is out of his element in Minneapolis and is now thrown into the Big Apple. The two cities are very different, and Lucas feels like a fish out of water for most of the book. Not knowing who to trust, having no stool pigeons, and no NYPD badge puts Lucas in a position he’s never been in before. As Lucas hunts Dr. Bekker, he’s also thrust into an internal investigation of “Robin Hood,” a suspected gang of cops who are ridding the city of undesirables. After reading several books, this new setting really ratcheted up the suspense as I never knew who may double-cross Lucas. I also enjoyed seeing the self-assured Davenport acting insecure.
On the personal front, Lucas is once again working with Lily. These two have made a lot of history over the last several books, and it was interesting to see how they handled the current state of their relationship. Of course, this wouldn’t be a Lucas Davenport book with out a love connection (and a bit of a triangle). Lucas meets a new lady friend in the novel, but this time doesn’t know if she’s caught up with “Robin Hood,” or not. Lucas has always walked a fine line between moral and immoral in his romances, and this one is no different. While the books don’t necessarily have to be read in order, you definitely don’t want to read Silent Prey unless you’ve read Eyes of Prey first. Overall, Silent Prey was a very compelling mystery that offers lots of action and tons of suspense.