Rules of Prey

Rules of Prey

Book - 1989
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Louis "Maddog" Vullion is a young attorney - and a murderer. He kills for the sheer contest, playing an elaborate game for which he has written terrifying rules. Police Lt. Lucas Davenport, a brilliant video games inventor, is going to have to outmanoeuvre the killer's clever plan - to beat the mad dog at his own deadly craft.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons ; London : Grafton, c1989
Branch Call Number: FICTION SAN
Characteristics: 317 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 14, 2019

Unlike his Virgil Flowers books, Davenport is a unlikable creep. Jumps around with women even though one of them is having his baby. He does unethical and illegal things, tampers with evidence.

Jul 16, 2019

This book was gross. It felt like the playing out of a teenage fantasy. "I was to be a badass cop who gets rich playing D&D and has a lot of sex." Violence and sexual assault can and should be depicted in fiction but it was handled so ham fistedly that it seemed like encouragement for those horrible acts rather than an indictment. Just awful.

Mar 07, 2019

Slightly above average detective book and fast read. Rich detective driving Porsche who is good at solving crimes and is smooth with the ladies. Not much twist or plot other than Detective Davenport joining forces with another sector of the police department tracking down a lawyer/serial killer who rapes and murders his victims. I'll be checking out the 2nd book in the series "Shadow Prey" and will most likely instill these light reads in my mix.

Jun 03, 2018

5 chapters in and I am not into it. I'm not a prude but don't care for bad language when reading a book and this one is full of it.

Mar 20, 2018

This book is excellent, I highly recommend the whole Prey series to anyone who loves thrillers/mysteries or to anyone who is looking to try this genre. This book is an easy and fast paced read, so be ready for excitement! The cop talk and the misogyny get a little old throughout the series, but this one (the first of the series) is the best of them.

Mar 09, 2018

The first look at our "different" detective and you will probably not like him very much but he does grow on you. I find myself wishing we had a couple of these out in my neck of the woods. The power of the police is poorly understood by the people who pay them to "Protect and Serve" but they are a cross section of our society good and bad but they can and do legally kill, this is one of the killers.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jan 18, 2017

First in the long-running Lucas Davenport series has Davenport on the tail of a serial killer who enjoys playing games with the police nearly as much as killing. As many have noted, this is a cliche-filled novel, and series--independently wealthy police officer plays by his own rules and loves the ladies--that shouldn't work but does. The writing is fun and can pull you in, allowing for suspension of disbelief until suddenly you've read the whole thing.

Dec 10, 2016

I liked it as the first in the series with Lucas Davenport. Lucas has his faults as the story progresses. The *horrible* villain preys on women. Lucas has sex with multiple female partners without commitment. For another gritty series about a detective who thinks with his brain, not his lower extremities, read about Detective David Robicheaux by James Lee Burke. If you have not read him, start with Neon Rain because his personal life changes considerably as the books progress. Despite my misgivings, I am looking forward to reading more in the PREY series, I just hope that Lucas grows up, finds a loving relationship with a woman he respects, and leaves his adolescent period behind. I recommend Rules of Prey for excellent writing and plot that ratchets up the tension as it progresses. But as I read the book, I began to think who the "prey" refers to in the series title: the villain? Or is it Lucas himself?

Jan 05, 2016

This is my first John Sandford novel. The fact that his books are set right here in the Twin Cities is down right exciting! I feel like I am right there. I keep going "I know that place, I know where that road goes, etc." There is a lot of cursing - which is a bit of a downer for me, but the story was so good that I just breezed right through.

Jun 21, 2015

I enjoyed the book, the story, the chase, but I have to say that I didn't enjoy the character of Lucas Davenport very much. I'm not sure how many of this series I'm going to be able to read if the character doesn't become more likeable. I have to be able to root for him. Right now, I'm not sure if I care if he lives or dies.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 29, 2009

A young attorney plays an elaborate game of murder, a contest for which he has written terrifying rules. It is up to a game playing police detective Lt. Lucas Davenport to bring him in.


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Dec 27, 2010

... ''Three hundred feet out, a musky fisherman was working a surface lure...'' [Ch. 12] Doesn't this beg the question: was the fisherman sorely in need of a shower or was he hoping to land a musky (a.k.a. muskie or muskellunge)? :)

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