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Offrets ögon (1991)

av John Sandford

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Serier: Lucas Davenport (3)

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Lt. Lucas Davenport, the heroic detective introduced in Rules of Prey, faces his most terrifying case when a series of gruesome mutilation killings shocks Minneapolis. Davenport's case will either bring him back to life--or send him over the edge.
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I recently decided to go back and visit the origins of this popular series. Eyes of the Prey is the third installment in the decades long Prey series featuring the iconic Lucas Davenport. In this novel, Davenport is still a detective on the Minneapolis police force, which leads a certain timeliness to the tale.

Written in the early 90's, one can't help but be struck by how much has changed. We don't like our cops to be cowboys anymore, the use of excessive force is frowned upon, and the appreciation of a beautiful girl is not something to be voiced aloud. Lucas is a character born of his time and in reading this installment, I wonder how long the series would last were it born today.

Davenport bends rules, delivers more than one beat down, and of course sleeps with the beautiful girl. Between it all he hunts for a duo of killers that are taking out their rivals.

Beyond the difference in the times, I couldn't help but be struck by the depth and quality of Sandford's writing. The characters are tighter drawn, the dialog crisper, and the plot much more believable. It's easy to identify the reasons for the long running popularity of this series, despite the perfunctory nature of the latest efforts.

Eyes of the Prey is a classic that set the tone for a classic series and is such is definitely worth revisiting. ( )
  norinrad10 | Jul 15, 2020 |
This review spoils the events in the first two books in the series, so skip over if you don't want to be spoiled. Though I think I am doing a PSA by spoiling this book anyway, for those that may hate themselves enough to start reading this series.

After a brutal murder of a woman in her home (and seriously, I can do without anymore horrible murders perpetuated by men against women for a while now) a witness is left who saw the murderer.

Lucas is called up to help lead the investigation. The captain believes that Lucas needs something to help him get over the events that happened in Shadow Prey.

Readers find that Lucas is living alone and barely able to get through his day. Apparently almost being killed twice (shame that) and losing his girlfriend has done a number on him. Though Lucas is still provided access to his 2 year old daughter, he is no longer sleeping with his girlfriend, so in Lucas's mind, that means that she (Jennifer) is playing games with him.

There is soon enough another murder which puts the police and Lucas on high alert that another serial killer in their midst (which would have me moving the hell out of the area)
and seems to be striking out against women.

So I gave this book 1/2 a star for a variety of reasons.

First, and foremost, the characters are just a joke at this point. I now feel bad for anything I ever said about how one dimensional characters since I feel like this book could give other books lessons on how to not write characters and motivations for said characters. I think this series has pretty much shown that men only care about women and seeing naked women.

Women only care about using their bodies to manipulate men to get what they want. If a woman tells a man she loves him, she is going to be dead or cheated on eventually in these books.

Oh and serial killers run amok in Minnesota. And if you are a serial killer, you don't care much for sex, except sometimes, when you can use sex to show a woman how worthless she is. Or you know, kill them afterwards.

Lucas is still a piece of crap. It would be different if this character had any redeeming parts at all, but he doesn't. He designs games (big whoop), he wears expensive clothes and drives a Porsche (goodie for you), and he stayed friends with a childhood friend even after she got ugly (by the way I hate, hate that this is always brought up in the books), and he has a daughter that he gets to see, though is angry that the relationship with the mother is cut off for now.

Lucas doesn't seem that smart. He is just an angry guy that does what he wants thinking that his badge affords him the right to rough people up, beat them to within an inch of their lives, and act as if he should be helped out when he messed up by his superiors and coworkers.

We also get insight into the mind of the perpetrators in this book (and no this is not a spoiler, the synopsis on Goodreads and elsewhere lets you know there are two killers) and it is boring.

Seriously, one person is so high and crazy one wonders how the heck he is able to function on a day to day basis with no one catching on to him.

The other person, it really didn't make much sense for him to keep staying involved with all of the killings that kept going on. We don't stay in this person's POV for much during the book which was a blessing.

If Sandford is going to always spoil who the killer or killers are right up front, it really doesn't make it interesting for me as a reader. I like figuring out who could have done it, and seeing how the main protagonist figures it out. Instead we know right away who did the killings and why. And you just get irritated with slow Lucas and the rest of the team is to figuring things out as well.

There was a fourth POV (yes there really was) introduced in this book, we get to read how the witness in the first murder felt and dealt with witnessing the murder of the first woman. That was supposed to be a huge shocking reveal I think in the end, too bad I figured out who the witness was about halfway through.

The writing was overwritten to the point of distraction.

Three hookers, two black, one white, huddled together on barstools, drinking beer and sharing a copy of Mirabella.
They'd all been wearing shiny vinyl raincoats in lipstick colors and had folded them down on the barstools to sit on them.
Hookers were never far from their coats.

A hundred people came to the funeral, people from the decorating world, from the university. They women, he thought, all in their dark dresses, looked at him speculatively as he walked slowly up the aisle. Women were like that. Stephanie not yet cold in the grave...

I would add in the countless comments made about women by the investigators and the killers, but I would be here all day. Let's just say that women are meant to be ogled and to throw themselves at Lucas, even after finding their friend dead in their home. Seriously, that happened.

The flow of the book was disjointed as well. Switching back between the investigation and then one killer, and then the other killer and back and forth just made it a book that you had to force yourself to get through. Eventually readers get to the climax and I just rolled my eyes.

The setting of Minnesota once again besides a few details here and there about spring coming, did not feel as solid as a place as it was in book one. Also I could have sworn that Lucas's place was set up differently (more secluded) than it was shown in this book. If I cared enough about this, I would just go back and read book one. I don't care enough to do that.

The ending was a joke. I literally laughed out loud (not in a good way) and said yeah sure, okay.

I think that readers are supposed to have a sense of outrage about what ends up happening to Lucas.

So Lucas ends up resigning, because one can't keep beating people up to the point of hospitalization and think that no one is going to investigate you. And of course we find out who the witness was in the first murder. Lucas uses that to point to why he was being investigated. I said, eh, that and the fact you really have no business holding a gun or being in charge of other people. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Three books in and Davenport has had a different "girlfriend" in each one. Not going to lie the fact that every woman he comes across is constantly throwing themselves at him takes away from what could have been an interesting plot point about how a hardened detective deals with the trauma of being attacked in his own home, and, as a result, losing access to his daughter. Instead, he appears to be cured by banging it out. ( )
  Jthierer | Mar 23, 2020 |
The more I listen/read the Lucas Davenport series, the more I like them and get excited for the next one in the series. In book 3, the author does a great job of showing us the effects of the events from Book 2 has on Lucas’ life and Sanford also does a good job of letting us see a cop on the edge dealing with some emotional turmoil. It was great to watch Davenport fight for his sanity and get excited about a case again. One of the highlights for me though was getting to know Lucas’ partners Dell and Sloan. Both are very different and have unique relationships with Lucas.

The mystery was very intriguing and I like how the author didn’t hide the answer from the readers. The best part of the book was watching Lucas solve the case and see how his brain thinks. The killers are deadly and you can see how each one of them reasons through their actions. The ending was mind blowing and leaves the reader itching for the next book.

My only problem with the book and I hope this isn’t too much of a spoiler for folks but in every book so far, the women in Lucas’ life is put into danger. This is becoming a cliché and if it continues is going to draw the series’ quality down for me.
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  TVNerd95 | Jul 6, 2019 |
Lucas Davenport is working as a detective with the Minneapolis Police Dep't. He is troubled by a failing relationship while attempting to solve the murder of a physician's wife. He suspects the doctor is involved despite an ironclad alibi, and clues from a possible witness who may have been with the victim prior to her brutal death which included the removal of her eyes.

Lucas Davenport was working as a detective with the Minneapolis Police Dep't. He is troubled by a failing relationship while attempting to solve the murder of a physician's wife. He suspects the doctor is involved despite an ironclad alibi, and clues from a possible witness who may have been with the victim prior to her brutal death which included the removal of her eyes.

The third novel of the "Prey" series is an excellent mystery of a deranged killer who is completely without a moral compass and becomes Lucas Davenport's worst nightmare. The story is full of action, violence and psychological suspense. It's better than a roller coaster ride! The characters, both the good guys and bad, are extremely well written. The ending was surprising and managed to tie up all the loose ends. ( )
1 rösta Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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