Neon Prey

Neon Prey

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"Lucas Davenport tracks a prolific serial killer ... Clayton Deese looks like a small-time criminal, muscle for hire when his loan shark boss needs to teach someone a lesson. Now, seven months after a job that went south and landed him in jail, Deese has skipped out on bail, and the U.S. Marshals come looking for him. They don't much care about a low-level guy--it's his boss they want--but Deese might be their best chance to bring down the whole operation. Then, they step onto a dirt trail behind Deese's rural Louisiana cabin and find a jungle full of graves. Now Lucas Davenport is on the trail of a serial killer who has been operating for years without notice. His quarry is ruthless, and--as Davenport will come to find--full of surprises"--
Publisher: New York :, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525536581
Branch Call Number: FIC SANDF J

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red_beetle_206
Oct 16, 2020

I liked everything about this book except the antagonist, who was too violent for my taste. This was the first book I ever read by Sandford, and I was pleasantly surprised at what a good writer he is.

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ferm_dawg
Oct 02, 2020

Wow. Brutal. Classic Sanford. Great read.

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LolaTony
Sep 17, 2020

'Neon Prey', by John Sandford is a Lucas Davenport mystery thriller. Lucas is a US marshall whose main agenda is hunting down the worst of the worst. The criminals in this novel are the worst of the worst! Clayton Deese, strong arm for Roger Smith, all round crime boss, is also a cannibal! When his farm is searched by the police and FBI, they find grave after grave and all of the occupants are missing body parts, that Deese removed, BBQ'd and ate! Clayton his hiding out with his 1/2 brother Marion Beauchamps, Marion's girlfriend, Genie Cox and three other members of Beauchamps gang. The Beauchamps gang engage in violent home invasions, often killing the home owners and raping the wives.
During a SWAT raid on the house, Beauchamps and two other gang members are killed. Davenport is severely wounded and is out of action for months.
When Davenport recovers, the hunt is on for the escapees.. Deese, Cox, and Cole. During the SWAT raid, the gang lost hundreds of thousands of dollars and are desperate to get a big haul and go into hiding. These people are absolutely degenerate and have no qualms about killing whomever they feel is 'in their way'.
The story is kind of disjointed. As the chapters flip between the hunters and the hunted, the time sequence gets a bit confusing. The criminals make some serious missteps as does the law, which makes for interesting reading. Once the law starts closing in on the three, the story gets really exciting.
The novel has some pretty graphic descriptions of the home invasions, the murders and lots of crude language. But I'm pretty sure that is how things are in the world of the lawless and law enforcement.
I think I prefer Sandford's other lawman - Virgil Flowers - to Lucas Davenport. Nevertheless, Neon Prey is a good read.

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LuvReadingStuff
May 06, 2020

Great read.

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Bokan
Jan 26, 2020

Good read. Action packed cliff-hanger ending.

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debbietaylor289
Jan 05, 2020

find the bad guys.

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Davesbooks_0
Dec 22, 2019

John Sandford continues to evolve through, by now, a late middle-age career. In Neon Prey he ups his game in channeling Elmore Leonard with this deliciously twisted tale of murder and mayhem. Lucas Davenport, 52 and slightly more vulnerable, operates in a nationwide landscape now that he has escaped Minnesota for a U.S. Marshall's badge.

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candlesticktroughs
Nov 12, 2019

Lucas Davenport novels are always satisfying to me, and this one does not differ. There is an innovative use of a reptile, as a plot point; female characters figure importantly to the narrative; Las Vegas and the desert is the new locale. Lucas travels well. Sandford keeps the violence to the minimum necessary. Another winner!!!

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avidFVreader
Oct 26, 2019

Typical Lucas Davenport mystery - fast moving murder & mayhem with a high body count and an typical conclusion.

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Eil_1
Sep 09, 2019

I just re-read this one. I enjoyed it to a degree. There was enough action to keep my interest growing as the story progressed. Not one of my favs, and perhaps wouldn't recommend it.

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