He seems like such a nice man. You’d never guess what was going on in his mind…
Art history professor James Qatar has a hobby: he takes secret photographs of women to fuel more elaborate fantasies. When he’s alone. Behind locked doors. Then one day, he goes a step further and... well, one thing leads to another. Qatar has no choice. He has to kill her. And you know something? He likes it.
When Deputy Chief Lucas Davenport takes the case, he assumes it’ll be straightforward police work. He couldn’t be more wrong. As the investigation trail takes some unexpected turns, it becomes clear that nothing is straightforward about this killer, his victims, or his motives. And to stop him Lucas has no choice but to walk right into his lair.
WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY JOHN SANDFORD
The 13th title in the Prey series (Easy Prey, etc.) has wealthy Minneapolis Deputy Police Chief Lucas Davenport in up to his Porsche-driving fingertips. Lucas is trying to track an elusive serial killer while reuniting with former fianc e Weather Karkinnen who after a couple of years' estrangement following her narrow escape from a crazy biker in one of Lucas's former cases has suddenly decided she wants to have his baby. Weather is a formidable distraction, but the killer revealed to readers from the beginning as James Qatar, a suave professor of art history with a yen for strangulation proves to require even more attention. Soon after the body of a young blonde is found in a partially excavated grave on a remote wilderness hillside, a deputy sheriff from backwater Wisconsin shows up with a file containing case histories of several women reported missing in Wisconsin and Minnesota over a nine-year period. Fearing the worst, Lucas orders the hillside surveyed; subsequent excavation uncovers seven more bodies. The art world connections of some of the victims and the discovery of pornographic drawings suggests a link to the art community around the local Catholic university. As the net tightens, the usually coolheaded Qatar, already plotting the fate of a daring fabric artist in cahoots with the police, gradually loses control. With Lucas and his team watching his every move, he eludes surveillance and carries out a final desperate attack. Sandford is in top form here, his wry humor and his development of Lucas's combative, affectionate relationship with Weather lighting up the dark of another grisly investigation. Simultaneous audio.
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I loved this book. They story and characters are so interesting you would think Hollywood would have made a movie. It does not let go from beginning to end. I highly recommend!
Hittin the notes
If you know the oeuvre, you'll love the book; its the whole ball of wax. The enchilada. Wisecracks, off color jokes, a sense of style & sex, a violent guy and a handsome dick (well, detective) with a pretty girl on his arm.
From the get go, you're in for a too-fast ride in a cabriolet with the top down. Mute the phone, get a beer, and turn the key.
Will. Not. Disappoint.
Chosen Prey is a very well conceived and written novel. While we know who did it very early on, the weaving of details, personalities, and actions makes for a fascinating read. While not a "fun" read, it grabs you and doesn't let go until the end.