Book Review: Eyes Of Prey (Lucas Davenport) by John Sandford

Posted July 14, 2017 by @Angelized_1st in Books, COYER Summer Reading List, Entertainment / 2 Comments

Book Review: Eyes Of Prey (Lucas Davenport) by John SandfordEyes of Prey by John Sandford
Series: Lucas Davenport #3
Published by Berkley Books on 2007
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense, General
Pages: 358
Format: eBook
Source: Library
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

Lucas Davenport, "one of the best hard-case cops on the crime scene today" (Houston Post) returns in John Sandford's #1 New York Times bestselling Prey series...

Lieutenant Davenport’s sanity was nearly shattered by two murder investigations. Now he faces something worse…Two killers. One hideously scarred. The other strikingly handsome, a master manipulator fascinated with all aspects of death. The dark mirror of Davenport’s soul…This is the case that will bring Davenport back to life. Or push him over the edge.  With a New Introduction by John Sandford

After reading a somewhat disappointing Shadow Prey, I was a little hesitant to begin Eyes of Prey. I’m glad I was wrong! Eyes of Prey focuses on Lucas Davenport out to bring two killers to justice. Having seen Strangers on a Train one too many times, these killers believe they’ve constructed the perfect crime. However, it isn’t long before they realize that they’ve met their match in Davenport. Grisly, suspenseful, and full of mystery Eyes of Prey was one book I had a hard time putting down.

What I enjoyed mot about this novel was the mystery. Not the story about the killers, though that was pretty fun to watch, the mystery that wraps around the main story. In every John Sandford novel, I’ve read thus far, the killer is always revealed from the very beginning. Yet, there’s always a secondary story that weaves throughout his novels that are shadowed in mystery. In this novel, we learn from the back cover that there are two killers. However, the mystery that Lucas must solve in order to catch them is discovering the identity of the witness. I loved trying to find clues in the book to the witness’ identity and was totally surprised when it was revealed. This aspect of Sandford’s storytelling is like getting the prize out the Cracker Jack box.

Another aspect of the story I loved was the main case. The murders were grisly and Davenport’s cat and mouse with the killers made for a fun read. They were different from the ones in the previous novel. Though they were a bit terrifying, I enjoyed learning about what made them tick. Of course, the flip side of that is reading Davenport’s investigation of the case. Davenport is a formidable opponent, and he made the novel for me. I really like him as a character and a cop, and how Sandford juxtaposed Davenport with one of the killers.

Readers also get an update on Davenport’s life. When we last saw him he was fooling around on his baby mama with a visiting detective. Now both of those relationships are pretty much done, he’s got scheduled time with his baby girl, and Davenport is still struggling with the PTSD he began suffering in Shadow Prey. Davenport’s mental status keeps coming up throughout this mystery, and colors some of his actions during the investigation. This adds more depth to the character and makes him even more complex. Of course, this wouldn’t be a Lucas Davenport mystery if the cop didn’t have a new love interest. However, this romance is integral to the story and an important part of it. Not just something that was thrown in, leaving you wanting to skip those chapters to get back to the main story.

Eyes of Prey was a fun read, and one I never wanted to end. It does end on a cliffhanger, so if you decide to read it you’re going to want the next novel, Silent Prey waiting in the wings. Normally cliffhangers infuriate me, especially if they seem unnecessary, but not so with this book. The story and the killers in Eyes of Prey are just too good to exist in only one novel. While I like to read series in order, you don’t have to read this series in order. However, you definitely are going to want to read Eyes of Prey and Silent Prey in order.

About John Sandford

John 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 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.


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