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03 May 2010

Days of Prey Tour: Rules of Prey by John Sandford, Book One

Title: Rules of Prey
Author: John Sandford
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: August 2, 2005
Paperback: 496 pages
ISBN: 978-0425205815
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

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This tour has a slightly different format. There is one reviewer per book in the Prey series and then answering the same questions for each of the novels.

Days of PREY Tour Questionnaire:

Title and series number of the book you read: Rules of Prey by John Sandford, first in the series.

Year published: First published in July 1989

Tell us about Lucas Davenport: Lucas Davenport is a cop who happens to be quite wealthy, enjoys fine clothes, cars, and woman. He is highly intelligent and often works outside the rules.

What is Lucas doing when he first appears in the book? Set up the scene.
When the reader is first introduced to Lucas Davenport he is being tailed by IAD, buying a Daily Racing Form and has stumbled across an Emily Dickinson book. Davenport firmly believes poetry finds him, he should not search it out. He realises he is under surveillance and makes them wait while leisurely reading his newest book of poetry, eating lunch and then heading to the racetrack.

Give us a sense of time and place. Lucas Davenport lives in Minneapolis and is at the Hennepin County Government Center, which looks exactly as it is described.

Lucas’s occupation or professional role? Detective Lieutenant he also writes detailed and sophisticated role-playing commuter games, which bring in a fortune and allow him to live in such luxury.

Lucas’s personal status (single, dating, married): Lucas is a ladies man and currently single.

Lucas Davenport is a known clothes-horse; did you notice any special fashion references? All the time, Davenport appreciates the finest suits and clothing and is clothing is mentioned frequently.

Let’s talk about the mystery:
Avoiding spoilers, what was the crime/case being solved? A serial killer is on the loose,, however "maddog" is not the typical rapist/murder. He is playing a game, much as one would a chess game, only he is using women's lives and pitting himself against Lucas Davenport.

Does the title of your book relate to the crime?

Who was your favorite supporting character, good or evil?
Davenport’s friend Elle. She is witty, knows Davenport well, and profiles for fun.

What was your favorite scene or quote?
My favourite scenes in this novel are between Elle and Davenport. They work quite well with each other.

Finally, how do you envision Lucas Davenport?
If he were to be portrayed in a movie, what celebrity would play him? Lucas Davenport is a handsome, fit, intelligent man who works too hard to compensate for a childhood trauma. He only allows precious few to truly know him. He has a girlfriend, but he is a player, and does not get enough sleep due to working on constructing extremely complex video games while off the clock. I do not know of any celebrities young enough to play Lucas Davenport, which is to say, I watch very little telly or see few movies.

Additional thoughts: I have read every Sandford novel, save his latest release and have enjoyed each novel as they progress and build upon each other. The characters are well described and come to life for the reader. For those not familiar with Minnesota, Sandford does an excellent job describing the scenes, right down to the streets. I used to read Sandford's articles in the Star-Tribwhen he was a reporter and was thrilled when I discovered his Prey series. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys mysteries, his plots are some of the best I have come across.

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I received a complimentary copy of Rules of Prey by John Sandford from TLC Book Tours to be a part of this tour and offer my honest review of the novel. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Literary Feline said...

I am new to this series, and although I started with a later book, I definitely plan to go back and start at the beginning. Who can resist a man who reads Emily Dickinson, after all?

Felicia S. said...

I *heart* John Sandford. He is a fantastic read :)

trish said...

Wow! I didn't know you were such the Sanford fan! And I know what you mean about not watching much TV so not being able to pick out an actor who would play him. I'm woefully ignorant of pop culture! Thanks for being on the tour!

Robin McCormack said...

I read # 10 for the tour and glad I did. I like his writing and will be interesting to read the rest of the series.

stacybuckeye said...

I love Lucas. Can't wait to read the latest.