John Sandford (* 23. Februar 1944 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) ist das Pseudonym des US-amerikanischen Schriftstellers John Roswell Camp. In 29 seiner Romane ist die Hauptfigur der Polizist Lucas Davenport, der in und um Minneapolis und St. Paul (den sogenannten Twin Cities) schwierige Fälle zu lösen hat und später Marshal wird. Bemerkenswert sind die englischen Titel dieser Reihe, die alle das Wort „Prey“ (deutsch: „Opfer“, „Beute“) enthalten.
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Lucas Davenport had crossed paths with her before. A rich psychopath, Taryn Grant had run successfully for the U.S. Senate, where Lucas had predicted she’d fit right in. He was also convinced that she’d been responsible for three murders, though he’d never been able to prove it. Once a psychopath had gotten that kind of rush, though, he or she often needed another fix, so he figured he might be seeing her again.
2018 erschienen. “This one is straight “good guys” against the “bad guys” with a few characters being on both sides. Intrigue, politics, and high level law enforcement at its best, with a since of humor immersed throughout the entire episode. Everything fit together just right for my reading pleasure.” (Leser) (1.768 Rezensionen / 4,7 Sterne), 400 Seiten noch günstig?
Lucas Davenport has a job with the U.S. Marshals Service – an unusual one. He gets to pick his own cases, whatever they are, and follow wherever they lead him. And where they’ve led him this time is into real trouble. A house at the center of a drug-smuggling ring is attacked and briefcases full of cash are stolen. But whoever took the money left something behind: five bodies, including that of a six-year-old girl. Davenport vows to track down the cash and find the killers.
2017 erschienen. “While the story is done in the usual exciting format of the „Prey“ series this is probably the goriest. The chase for the thieves moves them from one part of the south to another.” (Leser) (2.386 Rezensionen / 4,7 Sterne), 402 Seiten noch günstig?
After the events in Gathering Prey, Lucas Davenport finds himself in a very unusual situation—no longer employed by the Minnesota BCA. His friend the governor is just cranking up a presidential campaign, though, and he invites Lucas to come along as part of his campaign staff. “Should be fun!” he says, and it kind of is—until they find they have a shadow: an armed man intent on killing the governor … and anyone who gets in the way.
2016 erschienen. “As always Lucas is brilliant, dogged, and humble.” (Leser) (3.573 Rezensionen / 4,6 Sterne), 418 Seiten noch günstig?
They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes – they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them. Lucas Davenport’s adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she’d befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody’s killing her friends, she’s afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing. She’s hiding out in North Dakota, and she doesn’t know what to do.
2015 erschienen. “Sandford is one of the few authors that can keep a chase going that long and keep it moving along as the story developes, meeting great characters along the way, and building the momentum.” (Leser) (4.125 Rezensionen / 4,6 Sterne), 434 Seiten noch günstig?
When a county deputy is called out to an abandoned farmhouse in the cornfields of Minnesota by a couple of terrified teenagers, he finds that a body has been stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport is called in, the police are up to fifteen bodies, and counting. And when Lucas begins to investigate, he makes some disturbing discoveries of his own. The victims have been killed over a great many years, one every summer, regular as clockwork.
2014 erschienen. “Suspenseful … Sandford has tricks to play to confound readers before the tension rises and leads to a violent and surprising conclusion.” (Publishers Weekly) (4.261 Rezensionen / 4,6 Sterne), 434 Seiten noch günstig?
Murder, scandal, political espionage and an extremely dangerous woman. Lucas Davenport’s going to be lucky to get out of this one alive. A Minnesota political fixer has hit the jackpot – or so he thinks. Hired to take down the incumbent U.S. senator with a vicious smear, to open the way for an ambitious, take-no-prisoners heiress who sees the Senate as merely a stepping-stone, he decides his payoff should be larger. The blackmail demand should yield some pretty large numbers, he thinks.
2013 erschienen. “The wit, the dialogue, the morphing plot all combine to make a stellar read.” (Leser) (2.213 Rezensionen / 4,5 Sterne), 417 Seiten noch günstig?
Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed – husband, wife, two daughters, dogs. There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’s cop instincts – it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit.
2012 erschienen. “Stolen Prey is my favorite in the Prey series. It kept me up all night reading and laughing. John Sandford really had some fun with this detective story.” (Leser) (1.112 Rezensionen / 4,5 Sterne) 417 Seiten noch günstig?
When a whole block is torn down in central Minneapolis to make way for a new housing development, an unpleasant surprise is unearthed – the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic, underneath an old house. It looks like they’ve been down there a long time. Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long. In 1985, Davenport was a young cop just about to be promoted out of uniform, despite a reputation for playing fast and loose with the rules.
2011 erschienen. “Hard to put it down for a minute. It moves right along. Bam, bam, bam, one odd turn after the next. You keep trying to guess and anticipate what is going to happen. Ha!” (Leser) (967 Rezensionen / 4,6 Sterne) 481 Seiten noch günstig?
Theories abound when a Russian gets himself killed on the shore of Lake Superior – not just killed, but shot with fifty-year-old bullets. And his identity remains a secret: his personal papers say one thing; the FBI thinks something else entirely — ex-KGB. Whoever he is, the dead man had very high government connections, so Lucas Davenport gets the call to investigate. Well, Lucas and a mysterious Russian cop with secrets all her own.
2004 erschienen. “Hard to put it down for a minute. It moves right along. Bam, bam, bam, one odd turn after the next. You keep trying to guess and anticipate what is going to happen. Ha!” (Leser) (363 Rezensionen / 4,4 Sterne) 450 Seiten noch günstig?
Two bodies are found hanging from a tree in the woods of Northern Minnesota. ‘Lynching’ is the word everybody is trying not to say. But when the bodies are those of a black man and white woman, it’s hard to see how it could be anything else. Lucas Davenport, now married and a new father, has moved up to state level. His new job is to work on those cases too complicated or politically touchy for others to handle.
2003 erschienen. “This was a very good mystery with three different crimes going on intermixed with each other.” (Leser) (402 Rezensionen / 4,6 Sterne) 450 Seiten noch günstig?
Five men go hunting. Only four come back alive. It’s up to Lucas Davenport to untangle the secrets that bind these men together and uncover his prey… The company chairman lay on the cold ground of the woods, his eyes unseeing, his orange hunting jacket punctured by a rifle bullet at close range. Around him stood the four executives with whom he had been hunting, each with his or her own complicated agenda, each with a reason not to be sorrowful about the man’s death.
1998 erschienen. “This killer is a brilliant piece of work—intelligent, clever, bold, and sneaky… vivid and satisfying” (The Denver Post) 400 Seiten noch günstig?
Lucas Davenport is battling with depression, barely able to get through each day. When a woman is brutally murdered in her home, it looks like the case might be exactly what he needs to pull him out of his funk. But it won’t be easy. Because this time there are two killers. And they know just how to make a murder untraceable …
1991 erschienen. “Relentlessly swift…Genuine suspense.” (Los Angeles Times) (501 Rezensionen / 4,5 Sterne) 466 Seiten noch günstig?
A slumlord and a welfare supervisor butchered in Minneapolis. A rising political star executed in Manhattan. An influential judge taken in Oklahoma City. All of the homicides share the same grisly method — the victim’s throat is slashed with an Indian ceremonial knife. And in every case the twisted trail leads back through the Minnesota Native American community to a man known as Shadow Love.
1990 erschienen. “The characters are very vivid and the action is keen. It is a mystery to some degree, but also an action filled tale.” (Leser) (531 Rezensionen / 4,2 Sterne) 462 Seiten noch günstig?
The killer was mad but brilliant. He left notes with every woman he killed. Rules of murder: Never have a motive. Never follow a discernible pattern. Never carry a weapon after it has been used…So many rules to his sick, violent games of death. But Lucas Davenport, the cop who’s out to get him, isn’t playing by the rules.
1989 erschienen. “Terrifying… Sandford has crafted the kind of trimmed-to-the-bone thriller that is hard to put down… scary… intriguing… unpredictable” (Chicago Tribune) (1.230 Rezensionen / 4,4 Sterne), 448 Seiten noch günstig?