Book Review: Silent Prey (Lucas Davenport) by John Sandford

Posted July 17, 2017 by @Angelized_1st in Books, COYER Summer Reading List, Entertainment / 5 Comments

Book Review: Silent Prey (Lucas Davenport) by John SandfordSilent Prey by John Sandford
Series: Lucas Davenport #4
Published by Penguin on March 1st 1993
Genres: Fiction, Crime, Thrillers, Suspense, Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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.

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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5 responses to “Book Review: Silent Prey (Lucas Davenport) by John Sandford

    • @Angelized_1st

      It was pretty good. I loved all the complications with his various relationships in this one.

    • @Angelized_1st

      Yeah, his covers leave a lot to be desired, but the stories are pretty great. If you love mysteries you should check him out.

  1. Frederick P Horan

    I found this blog when I Googled the question, “How did Lucas Davenport get a badge in Silent Prey” as I didn’t remember reading about him getting a NYPD badge in the beginning of the book and he had given up his Minneapolis one in Eyes of Prey. On page 194 of Silent Prey it says “Fell and Lucas flashed their badges and went through”. Great series as is the Virgil Flowers spinoff.

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