Golden Prey

Golden Prey

Large Print - 2017
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"The man was smart and he didn't mind killing people. Welcome to the big leagues, Davenport. Lucas Davenport's first case as a U.S. Marshal sends him into uncharted territory, in the thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series. Thanks to some very influential people whose lives he saved, Lucas is no longer working for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but for the U.S. Marshals Service, and with unusual scope. He gets to pick his own cases, whatever they are, wherever they lead him. And where they've led him this time is into real trouble. A Biloxi, Mississippi, drug-cartel counting house gets robbed, and suitcases full of cash disappear, leaving behind five bodies, including that of a six-year-old girl. Davenport takes the case, which quickly spirals out of control, as cartel assassins, including a torturer known as the "Queen of home-improvement tools" compete with Davenport to find the Dixie Hicks shooters who knocked over the counting house. Things get ugly real fast, and neither the cartel killers nor the holdup men give a damn about whose lives Davenport might have saved; to them, he's just another large target."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410498076
Branch Call Number: LP MYS SAN
Characteristics: 509 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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7626dee
Aug 11, 2017

Sandford may be getting out of his comfort zone with our hero wandering around the whole country as a Marshal. Sandford really knows Muskie Land, I am not to sure he has a handle on the Big Bend country and Marfa. He best tread very carefully in Texas Ranger country.

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njon38
Jul 23, 2017

What can I say I really like these Lucas Davenport novels.

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mrpizza
Jul 19, 2017

Another very good read from John Sandford. It lacked a lot of the witty repartee and politically incorrectness of previous novels. Time to bring back another book about that f........ Virgil Flowers!

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seeker472
Jun 05, 2017

Another great read by one of my favorite novelists. I look forward to his next one. He is a
talented story teller.

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jimg2000
May 30, 2017

Sanford's novels have been hit and miss of late. Loved his early books as "Invisible Prey 2007" and really loved "Saturn Run 2015." But not "Shock Wave 2011" or "Bad Blood 2010" primarily because of readers were force fed "new clues" that kept on coming; must be franchise fatigue. Another avid reader told me about this latest that Lucas has a new job as a US Marshall and I should read it. Well, agree with him that it is a very good read, that there were more colorful characters and Lucas detected instead of having clues hitting him between the eyes. Last, liked who got to live or die at the end. Best quote, off the wall but so true: Who in God’s name was the first guy to stick an okra in his mouth? Must have been a brave man, or starving to death . . . (More in "Quotes")

lindab2662 May 18, 2017

This is the 27th title in the Prey series with Lucas Davenport as a US Marshall. A great thriller with rich characters, twisting plot and even sprinkles of humor. Very well written which is why John Sandford is such a well respected author.

athompson10 May 14, 2017

After a couple of "Prey" books that felt like the author was treading water, this is back to a better-plotted, fast-moving Davenport with a new cast of characters now that he has moved to the marshal's office. Fast, exciting, entertaining.

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PaulaSuzanneLee
May 14, 2017

Love this book-definitely think it's one of the better Lucas Davenport books. My only complaint is the tag line about Virgil Flowers that I have come to expect was missing! Those of you who read these books know the line I am talking about in reference to Virgil. :-)

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USAF1969
May 08, 2017

Regular great read from John Sandford's PREY series. New job for Davenport as a US Marshall - and that add some interesting twists as he is not only chasing the bad guys, but is making adjustments to his new job. I like John Sandford's books generally (like the VIRGIL FLOWERS series the best, though) - all great reads. If you are a first-timer reading Sandford, you should be aware that his books can be just a little raw when it comes to violent crime scene descriptions.

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StarGladiator
Apr 29, 2017

Near the highest in the Davenport series and back to the author's best form. Entertaining repartee. [Interesting that in this fictional universe the criminals have far greater loyalty than one ever comes across in the typical American criminal corporation?]
It is highly curious why someone is now flagging me all the time, and the fact that they have only recently signed on to bibliocommons and have one book on their Oregonian shelf???

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jimg2000
May 30, 2017

“I been up for three hours, nervouser than a nun at a penguin shoot,” she said.
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He’d laid off for a while, but killing is like riding a bicycle: once you got it, you got it.
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“I got a place so far out in the woods that the fxckin’ owls get lost.”
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" ... Gar. Where’d we go that we’d like?”
He shook his head. “I don’t know. Someplace crookeder than here.”
“You know a place crookeder than Dallas?”
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Women liked him: he couldn’t go to Whole Foods without picking up a conversation.
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LUIS SOTO was a bad man and liked being a bad man. The badness rolled off him like a malaria sweat, a mean little rat-bastard who could walk into a bar and order a shot of Reposado Gold and everybody in the bar would figure him for a gun and a razor and an eagerness to use them.
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If someone told him that an unknown X had murdered a known Y, he’d usually know a Z that he could talk to, to begin figuring out what had happened.

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jimg2000
May 30, 2017

When Soto got back to Miami from Jepsen County he couldn’t run or lift anything too heavy, and had finally taken up killing people for a living.
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Jimmy here spent more time in the county jail than most of the jailers.”
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Kort moved on from hammers and drywall—though the extra-large side-cutters still had a place in her tool bag—when she discovered the wonderful world of electricity, and all those battery-powered Japanese saws and drills and nail-drivers. Her redneck employers called her “the queen of home-improvement tools.”
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With twenty-eight years of unrelieved poverty and bitterness following her like an incurable disease, she’d found her calling when she murdered an assistant manager at the Dollar Store where she was working the overnight shift as a stock girl.
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She’d once gotten dressed up to apply for a job, and asked her tweaker father how she looked. He’d said, “Like you caught on fire and somebody stomped you out with golf shoes.”

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jimg2000
May 30, 2017

Who in God’s name was the first guy to stick an okra in his mouth? Must have been a brave man, or starving to death . . .
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Another thing is, he’s got a girlfriend named Pandora Box . . .
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He was sent to the Mountain View Youth Development Center, where he spent nine months working the woodshop and talking to other teenage felons about the best way to proceed with a life of crime.
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The last time he’d looked, less than four percent of the Minnesota population was licensed for concealed carry. In Alabama, twelve percent of the population was licensed for concealed carry, a half-million permits, more than twice as many as in Minnesota, with a smaller population.
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He didn’t know Tennessee or any of the territory worked by the Dixie Hicks. The culture was different, attitudes toward cops were different, and even the food was strange. He’d already crossed grits, collard greens, okra, and black-eyed peas off his menu possibilities, and suspected he’d find others.

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jimg2000
May 30, 2017

“I got nothing to do with any of this, but I don’t want them coming for me. I’m crawling in a hole and pulling the dirt over my head.”
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“You know why they call them cell phones? ’Cause people who use them wind up in cells.”
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The Jeep would eventually drive him crazy, he thought, as he headed north. The thing was rattling like a Brazilian maraca, tracking like an aluminum fishing boat. The steering wheel wasn’t adjustable and threatened to crush Lucas’s chest even without an accident.
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“So you got two sets of maniacs chasing each other around the countryside.”
“That’s about it,” Lucas said. “In a nutshell, so to speak.”

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jimg2000
May 30, 2017

“We got more guns and armor in our truck than a Humvee in Iraq.”
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“That sounds kinda far-fetched,” Hart said.
“Doesn’t to me,” Rae said. “Think about all the files that have been hacked during the presidential campaign and how high up the hackers got. Seems like everybody can hack everybody . . . "
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“Listen, guys, when you did what I did, you were expected to carry a shotgun. It was like a lawyer with a briefcase . . . or a cop with a pistol. ..."
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She was pissed, but didn’t exactly say, “I told you so.” She said, “Be more careful. I keep telling you . . .”
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They’re sending down a couple heavies from the Special Operations Group. Sounds like the federal government’s equivalent of Jenkins and Shrake.
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Dean said, “That’s not something you see on a routine basis.”
Lucas glanced at him: “If you’re gonna barf, do it outside.”

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jimg2000
May 30, 2017

“Okay. Not Vegas. How about California?”
“About a billion cops,” Darling said. “You move there, you’ll have fifty government workers looking at you, checking your tax records, asking where you moved there from, where you work now, how long you’ve been there. California is like a Nazi state with palm trees—‘Papers, please.’..."
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He’d been in the bathroom taking a leak, came out and said, “That took some pressure off my brain. Look—we’re thinking too much about right now. ..."
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... wonder how many houses sold in this area five years ago?”
“Thousands,” Bob said. “People were pouring in here like rats around a Pizza Hut dumpster.
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“Get an old car from some crappy rental place, colored girl with a do-rag, he’d see me as a maid.”
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... got behind a car with a bumper sticker that said “OLD AND RETIRED” and in smaller letters “Go Around Me.”
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The big cop, Davenport, ran across the lot and disappeared into the town house like an actor in a silent movie, ...

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jimg2000
May 30, 2017

Off in the distance, a couple of farms away, a train was rolling by, like a bunch of golden caterpillars racing to lunch.
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Kort, on the other hand, looked like she’d just been wheeled out of a Salvation Army store, after cutting her own hair with a jackknife. She could have spent three days in a beauty salon and it wouldn’t have changed her face, her body, or the scowl she’d worn since birth—part of the burden she’d carried with her.
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She didn’t see the highway patrolman until she was right on top of him. She’d crossed a bridge, where low trees crowded right up to the highway, and there he stood, a radar gun in his hand.
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Mafia and cartel movies, and accepted the movie premise that organized crime was like a huge FBI or CIA, that they would find you everywhere, that they had eyes on every street corner and every bar.
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“I was afraid chunks of lead would be coming back at me.”
She shook her head: “Low penetration rounds. They hit that brick wall and turn into dust.

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jimg2000
May 30, 2017

Lucas had been in any number of flat towns on the northern plains, and Marfa would fit right in there: more pickups than sedans; a venerable county courthouse with a diminutive dome; a brick, concrete, and pole-building main street, no buildings higher than three or four stories; white houses made of concrete block with stucco, and wood-and-plaster; and vacant lots overgrown with weeds.
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“I got shot in the hip one time. Six inches over, would have hit me in the balls. Sort of clarified my thinking about shoot-outs.”
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“Although nobody’s calling it the highway patrol, they call it the DPS.”
“That’s short for Dipshits?”
“Could be, but it’s actually the Department of Public Safety,” the College-Sounding Guy said.

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jimg2000
May 30, 2017

“I’m not a problem. I’m a solution.”
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“Gotta go right now, sweetheart. Take care, forever.”
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He lay on his back, loosened his belt, and used the leather to protect his fingers as he plucked two dozen sandburs from his hands and fingers. Hurt worse than when that dealer in Biloxi shot him. He had dozens more scratching at his legs, right through the denim.
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“You’re gonna be all right, pal. We’ve seen worse than this at a Saturday night cockfight.”
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“I got shot in the hip one time. Six inches over, would have hit me in the balls. Sort of clarified my thinking about shoot-outs.”
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I’m standing in the desert in a pair of Cleverley calfskin loafers that are slowly melting into the sand, so you know . . . cherish the air-conditioning.

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jimg2000
May 30, 2017

Cancún is to Mexico like Miami is to America. Hard to figure out.
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Lucas took a phone from his pocket and held it up, then looked at it, at the shiny black glass. “They’re so great, these little machines are, that we all agree to be spied on for the privilege of carrying them. The phones know where we’ve been, when we were there, and lots of time, what we were doing there—what we were buying, who we were talking to, and where those people were. They can even tell how fast you were moving, in case somebody wants to prove you were speeding. They know who you talk to, who your contacts are, what credit cards you have, where you bank. We all know that, but we can’t get away from them. Even crooks know it, and even they can’t get away from them.”

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