“Mind Prey” by John Sandford

Sandford, John. Mind Prey (1995)Berkley, 354 pages, $6.99 paperback  ISBN 0 425 15289 8 Mind Prey opens with a memorable simile: “The storm blew up late in the afternoon, tight, gray clouds hustling over the lake like dirty, balled up sweat socks spilling from a basket” (p. 1). Soon Andi Manette, a psychiatrist, and her …

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“Night Prey” by John Sandford

Sandford, John. Night Prey (1994)   Berkley, 400 pages, $6.99 paperback  ISBN 0 425 14641 3 Back in Minneapolis, Lucas Davenport’s new business producing police training simulation software is making a fortune when Rose Marie Roux, the new police chief, asks Davenport to come back to the force. Roux, who has her eye on an …

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“Winter Prey” by John Sandford

Sandford, John. Winter Prey (1993)   Berkley, 343 pages, $5.99 paperback   ISBN 0 425 14123 3 Lucas Davenport is spending the coldest winter anyone can remember in his cabin in northern Wisconsin. When a multiple murder occurs in a nearby small town, the local sheriff realizes he’s in over his head and calls in …

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“Silent Prey” by John Sandford

Sandford, John. Silent Prey (1992)Berkley Books,  $6.99 paperback   ISBN 0 425 13756 2  This book opens with the escape of Michael Bekker on the day the jury begins deliberation at his trial.  Soon bodies with no eyelids start turning up in New York City and scientific journals begin receiving long, scholarly papers from Bekker …

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“Eyes of Prey” by John Sandford

Sandford, John. Eyes of Prey (1991). In John Sandford: Three Complete Novels G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 725 pages, hardcover  ISBN 0-399-14007-7 At the end of Shadow Prey Jennifer, Davenport’s former girlfriend, and Sarah, their baby, are wounded in a shootout. After this experience Jennifer has withdrawn from Lucas and now allows him to see Sarah only …

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“Shadow Prey” by John Sandford

Sandford, John. Shadow Prey (1990). In John Sandford: Three Complete Novels G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 725 pages, hardcover   ISBN 0-399-14007-7 A slumlord in Minneapolis, a politician in New York City, and a judge in Oklahoma City are all murdered in the same way.  All are connected back to Minnesota’s Native American community, where Lucas Davenport …

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“Rules of Prey” by John Sandford

Sandford, John. Rules of Prey  (1989).  In John Sandford: Three Complete Novels G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 725 pages, hardcover ISBN 0-399-14007-7 In this introductory novel Minneapolis homicide detective Lucas Davenport, creator of computer games in his spare time, faces an intelligent serial killer who leaves behind messages stating his rules for avoiding detection. As the chase …

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John Sandford: Introductory Notes

John Sandford is the pseudonym of author and journalist John Camp, who won the Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 1986 and the Distinguished Writing Award of the American Society of Newspaper Editors for 1985. Camp was born in 1944 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the University of Iowa, where he received a bachelor’s degree …

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“Crack Down” by Val McDermid

McDermid, Val. Crack Down (1994)Harper, 246 pages, $4.99 paperback   ISBN 0 06 104394 X British private investigator Kate Brannigan is one half of the firm Mortensen and Brannigan, which specializes in white collar crime, particularly financial and computer fraud.  The book opens with Kate and her boyfriend, freelance rock journalist Richard Barclay, posing as …

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“M” is for Malice by Sue Grafton

Grafton, Sue. “M” is for Malice (1996)Henry Holt and Company, 300 pages, $25.00 hardcover   ISBN 0 8050 3637 7 “M” is for melancholy, the mood in which we find Kinsey Millhone at the beginning of this book: Ah, January. The holidays had left me feeling restless and the advent of the new year generated …

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