Rules of Prey

Rules of Prey

John Sandford / Feb 27, 2021

Rules of Prey The maddog murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things insane and extremely intelligent He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police b

  • Title: Rules of Prey
  • Author: John Sandford
  • ISBN: 9780425205815
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The maddog murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things insane and extremely intelligent He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled Each clever move he makes is another point of pride But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport a dedicated cop and a serial killer s worst nightmare isThe maddog murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things insane and extremely intelligent He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled Each clever move he makes is another point of pride But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport a dedicated cop and a serial killer s worst nightmare is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.

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      • John Sandford

        See also John CampJohn 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 rehov 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.


    1. Okay, here's the deal: I like me some stupid thriller books every once in awhile, and so I thought I would take a chance with Lucas Davenport. He's a gritty rogue cop, yaddayaddayaddayou've heard it all before. But what you haven't heard is this story was so much fun. Granted it has all the cliches imaginable, and once or twice I really had to wince at the writing, but, overall, this story did exactly what it was supposed to do: ENTERTAIN. Lately, I've been reading some pretty heavy stuff at wor [...]

    2. This is the book that introduced Minneapolis homicide detective Lucas Davenport, a cunning, tough, and intelligent cop who is willing to bend the rules, if necessary, to get a dangerous killer off the streets. Davenport is independently wealthy, thanks to the fact that he writes video games in his off-duty hours. He drives a Porsche, wears Italian suits and reads Emily Dickinson. A former college hockey player, he's a man's man who is also very attractive to women. But he does have his standards [...]

    3. Read only if:1. You're John Sandford's A+ Number One Fan2. You are a completionist and must read every book in the Lucas Davenport series3. You're secretly in love with/wish you were Sonny Crockett, a spiffy dressed Extra Special Maverick Detective who loves clothes and women in equal proportions, with fast cars a close third4. You never tire of the serial killer character and their 'games' with the police5. You have no problem with detectives sexing the recent victim of an attempted rape/homici [...]

    4. Having just finished reading Gathering Prey, the #25 book in John Sandford’s brilliant Prey Series, I decided to go back memory lane and read the 1st book, Rules of Prey, where we were first introduced to Minneapolis nonconformist police officer, wealthy video games creator, great dresser and ladies man, Lucas Davenport, He was slender and dark-complexioned, with straight black hair going gray at the temples and a long nose over a crooked smile. One of his central upper incisors had been chipp [...]

    5. A smart and tough cop who drives a Porsche on the job as he hunts a sadistic serial killer in the late ‘80s. Yeah, yeah. I know this book should totally suck, but the amazing thing is that it doesn’t. Neither does the long-running series that followed.Lieutenant Lucas Davenport is officially the head of the intelligence division of the Minneapolis police force, but his real job title should be Head Rat Catcher. When big cases that get media attention happen, Davenport gets called in because [...]

    6. Intelligent nemesis and talented investigator - the author claims this many times throughout the book but there is no evidence of intelligence in the story or indeed in the author.Half of the story is devoted to detailing the serial killers life and killings leaving NO MYSTERY WHATSOEVER, when the reader is aware of the killers identity it only serves to make his adversary look slow. Really, taking pains to avoid leaving physical evidence does not make the serial killer overflowing with intellig [...]

    7. Nothing about Lucas Davenport was admirable or likeable or realistic. He's a womanizing attention whore with an inflated opinion of himself who doesn't seem to do much detective work what with all the trips up to his cabin (during a case?!) and working on the computer games he creates (what?). We do get lots of exciting phone calls where he uses his awesome skills to manipulate the press. So there's that.The fun begins as we learn that our "star" has the made-just-for-him title of Office of Spec [...]

    8. I will never read another John Sanford book. I stopped reading Bad Blood because it was so terrible. Rules of Prey was better, but not by much. I actually finished reading this one. John Sanford can write. I'll give him that, but his writing skills is not why I gave him one star. Many authors err on making their protagonist too perfect. He errs in making them too scummy so that the reader may have trouble identifying with his characters and caring/sympathizing with them. For example, his main ch [...]

    9. Another Lucas Davenport weekend. After reading #21 in the series I had a hankerin' to go back to some of the early ones. Sandford has certainly improved his delivery over the years. This first one is heavy on the nonessential narrative summaries, especially in the first 100 pages or so. Rules of Prey introduces Lucas Davenport, the badass Minneapolis cop who plays by his own rules but gets the job done when no one else can. He goes head to head with a smart lawyer who is also a serial killer. Th [...]

    10. Wow! Okay, I can say that Davenport is not like anything other cop character I've ever read before. He's definitely an original, and I don't know how much I should say for fear of blowing it for those who haven't read it and wish to. Lucas is intelligent and handsome in his own way, has a lot going on, but I found him to be well, the only word I can think of is insecure when it comes to his personal life (women). He has the 'you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours' attitude when it comes to his [...]

    11. 8/10This was an enjoyable read even if the main guy is, well, a grade A dickhead. There are a few things from this story that stick out and the fact that Lucas Davenport comes across as likeable at times and then a downright twat the next made it quite an interesting tale in what is a well saturated detective series market. There is a little bit of outdatedness in this one but it's not heavily prevalent and doesn't detract overall.The serial killer aspect has been done lots of times before and w [...]

    12. I read this book as a buddy read with a friend. I have had these books for quite some time, so it was time to read it. I found the book very engaging so it was an easy read for me but I did have a few issues with it as well.SynopsisThe "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. B [...]

    13. This book is filled with the opposite of what the summary suggests! No one in the book can be described as half way intelligent and the author repeating continuously that they are doesn't change the fact that they're not. Couldn't take it anymore, had to quit about two thirds of the way through; only reason I lasted that long was the hope that all the characters would be killed off thereby redeeming the blasted book.

    14. ! ! ! ! !Is Lucas Davenport a scumbag or a hero? This is the first in the classic 'Prey' series, and Intow.Independently wealthy, he doesn't need the job of police lieutenant, detective in the Minneapolis police department. He is also a designer of video games, a gambler and a womanizer. He is willing to marry a woman having his child, and able to drive to his other lover's bed after proposing to the first woman, telling neither about the other. He is a gun nut, and he carries unregistered guns [...]

    15. 5 starsI really love reading pure suspense books (not romantic suspense), it was my favorite genre before I got sucked in by romance books. So, I decided to try this series, as a change of pace. Good decision.Right now, I'm up to book seven, and I liked (a lot) every single one of those books.Lucas Davenport is an incredible hero. A cop and a game designer, he is also wickedly smart, rich (drives a Ferrari around). While his attitude towards relationships is not something I find all that great, [...]

    16. This book is the first of series that has been recommended to me quite a few times here on GR so when I found a copy I decided to give it a go and I was not disappointing at all. The Main character Police Lieutenant Lucas Davenport he is an very unconventional person. He sleeps easily around with women, to prove he has some standard he does not sleep with dumb ones how gorgeous they are. He does not mind circumventing the law at his own behest and framing somebody if it suits the case. And he do [...]

    17. 4.5 stars for the book, PLUS an extra half-star because this was the First Book by this author. Well Done! NOTE: My advice is to skim the first chapter from the viewpoint of the serial killer. It's very unpleasant and detailed stuff, both action and thinking. Brrrrr! There are perhaps 2-3 other short brutal sections from the villain's viewpoint, you can safely skim the brutal plans and actions, they don't really advance the plot.After chapter 3 or so, the book picks up speed. The police and peri [...]

    18. Serial killer stalks women. Cop stalks serial killer. It’s been done before, sometimes better, sometimes worse. This entry, fortunately, falls in the category of better crime novels. It’s the first in the Lucas Davenport series, which has the distinction of not only providing us with the protagonist’s side of the story, but we also get to follow the killer as he plans and executes his horrendous deeds. The reader is never really in the dark about the serial killer’s identity, but it’s [...]

    19. Jphn Sandford's Rules of Prey is an action-packed, fast moving book about the hunt for a serial killer known as Maddog; it features a brilliant, womanizing and interesting detective, Lucas Davenport as the protagonist, but equally important is the reader gleans an inside glimpse into the mind of the anti-hero who is identified at the onset and a good portion of the novel is conveyed throught the perspective of the killer. The novel also carefully paints a portrait of Davenport's proclivity towar [...]

    20. Okay, so this book is a little dated, however, the plot line was fast moving, it had great characters and an interesting, complicated villain. I ended up developing a love/hate relationship with Lucas Davenport, he is an overindulgent, brainy, macho, cad, but I still liked him a lotLol. We started this series as a buddy-read and from all of it's great reviews I am looking forward to it getting better and better. I hope as Lucas's character matures he turns into more of an upstanding individual w [...]

    21. There’s a serial killer at large who calls himself maddog. He preys on attractive women with dark hair and eyes and leaves a note attached, outlining his “rules” for eluding capture when killing someone. Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a seasoned investigator with unorthodox methods, is asked to work with the homicide cops to find maddog and bring him down. Maddog is actually pleased as he sees Davenport as a worthy adversary.I enjoyed this case and having the killer’s perspective as the inv [...]

    22. I finally lost it for this book when the police officers murder an innocent man who was protecting his property. I'm pretty sure the cops weren't uniformed because they were undercover at the time. So the man didn't know they were cops when he shot at them in self defense.The cops flippant attitude about it annoyed me. They murdered a civilian and left his wife a widow. The cops only cared about how it looked and how the media would react to it, not that they ended a man's life because of their [...]

    23. Audiobook: Rules of Prey is the first in a long series of Lucas Davenport police procedurals set in Minneapolis. I’ve read about ten of them, not in order and for some reason never got around to the first, an oversight I have now remedied. The Sandford Davenport books are all quite good, although Lucas’s relationships with women I sometimes find superficial and irritating. Lucas is independently wealthy having sold the rights to a software game he had developed and he drives around in a red [...]

    24. Unlike 70% of crime novels written in the 1980s, this one still works, mostly. There were a few things that were so awful that I almost laughed, specifically that anyone in law enforcement really thought that a-mostly-open gay man would be raping and murdering women. I mean, these crimes were more akin to Bundy than Dahmer. Then there was the referring to a victim as a "cripple," and honestly I am glad I don't remember the 1980s all that much - a rural childhood will do that. The stuff I thought [...]

    25. Assim que li a sinopse de "Sem Regras" quis lê-lo e ainda bem que o fiz. Foi refrescante e muito interessante ler um policial "à antiga" (mais ou menos). Escrito no final da década de 1980, em "Sem Regras" acompanhamos Lucas Davenport e uma equipa de polícias e detetives na busca por "cão raivoso", o nome dado a um assassino em série, isto numa altura em que não existiam telemóveis, Internet, bases de dados policiais, análises de ADN Lucas revelou-se um personagem original, no mínimo, [...]

    26. Este género de literatura proporciona-nos um retrato psicológico credível do serial killer. Essa é a principal razão que me leva a ler estórias deste tipo!

    27. Finally dipping my toe in the waters of this long running and generally respected series. There are some detractors out there who seem to greatly dislike the unrealistic character and behavior of Lucas Davenport, the detective and protagonist of the story. I read the introduction to this edition by the author, and I'm glad I did, because it really puts things into perspective. Sandford acknowledges that Davenport behaves more like a movie star a detective, and that his actions in reality would p [...]

    28. First in the Lucas Davenport suspense series and revolving around a slightly crooked cop, Lucas Davenport, who is based in Minneapolis.My TakeWow, truly excellent. Davenport is a slightly crooked cop but he does it to protect, to take out the bad guy. He writes games and makes a really good living from their sales, so why he stays a cop I don't know. But Sandford makes it really real with a protagonist you love. He is at least honest in his way and provides excellent insight into how police real [...]

    29. Weak 3 stars. Nothing surprising, but I was curious enough to keep reading. This will probably appeal to guys, not female readersORY BRIEF:Lucas Davenport is a police detective who creates computer video games in his spare time. He makes a lot of money. He drives a Porche. He dresses well. The ladies like him. His childhood friend is a psychologist nun who provides profiling information.Louis Vullion is a serial killer attorney referred to as maddog. He kills women. He stalks, plans, attacks, ti [...]

    30. John Sandford is one of those best-selling authors whose name appears on his book covers in bigger letters than the title. I have always been leery of writers like that. It's usually because they are ridiculously prolific and popular, two qualities that don't necessarily equate with "good". After reading "Rules of Prey", though, I can say with certainty that Sandford is good. "Rules" was published in 1989. It does what "CSI" and "Criminal Minds" does just about every week. I have seen "Criminal [...]

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