Silken Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

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Silken Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

by John Sandford

Penguin Publishing Group | May 6, 2014 | Trade Paperback

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Murder. Scandal. Politics. And one billionaire heiress so dangerous in so many ways.

It’s the explosive new Lucas Davenport thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.


All hell has broken loose in the capital. An influential state senator has been caught with something very, very nasty on his office computer. The governor can’t believe it—the senator’s way too smart for that, even if he is from the other party. Something’s not right.

As Davenport investigates, the trail leads to a political fixer who has disappeared, then—troublingly—to the Minneapolis police department itself, and most unsettling of all, to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons in manipulation. She has very definite ideas about the way the world should work—along with the money, ruthlessness, and cold-blooded will to make it happen.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 7.5 × 4.25 × 0.94 in

Published: May 6, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425267768

ISBN - 13: 9780425267769

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Silken Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

by John Sandford

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 464 pages, 7.5 × 4.25 × 0.94 in

Published: May 6, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425267768

ISBN - 13: 9780425267769

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CHAPTER 1 Squeak. Tubbs was half-asleep on the couch, his face covered with an unfolded Star Tribune . The overhead light was still on, and when he’d collapsed on the couch, he’d been too tired to get up and turn it off. The squeak wasn’t so much consciously felt, as understood : he had a visitor. But nobody knocked. Tubbs was a political. In his case, political wasn’t an adjective, but a noun. He didn’t have a particular job, most of the time, though sometimes he did: an aide to this state senator or that one, a lobbyist for the Minnesota Association of Whatever, a staffer for so-and-so’s campaign. So-and so was almost always a Democrat. He’d started with Jimmy Carter in ’76, when he was eighteen, stayed pure until he jumped to the Jesse Ventura gubernatorial revolt in ’98, and then it was back to the Democrats. He’d never done anything else. He was a political; and frequently, a fixer. Occasionally, a bagman. Several times—like just now—a nervous, semi-competent black mailer. Tubbs slept, usually, in the smaller of his two bedrooms. The other was a chaotic offi ce, the floor stacked with position papers and reports and magazines, with four overflowing file cabinets against one wall. An Apple iMac sat in the middle of his desk, surrounded by more stacks of paper. A disassembled Mac Pro body and a cinema screen hunkered on the floor to one side of the desk, along with an abandoned Sony desktop. Boxes of o
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Murder. Scandal. Politics. And one billionaire heiress so dangerous in so many ways.

It’s the explosive new Lucas Davenport thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.


All hell has broken loose in the capital. An influential state senator has been caught with something very, very nasty on his office computer. The governor can’t believe it—the senator’s way too smart for that, even if he is from the other party. Something’s not right.

As Davenport investigates, the trail leads to a political fixer who has disappeared, then—troublingly—to the Minneapolis police department itself, and most unsettling of all, to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons in manipulation. She has very definite ideas about the way the world should work—along with the money, ruthlessness, and cold-blooded will to make it happen.

About the Author

John Sandford is the pseudonym of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of the Prey novels, the Kidd novels, the Virgil Flowers novels, The Night Crew, and Dead Watch. He lives in Minnesota.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for John Sandford and the Lucas Davenport novels

“If you haven’t read Sandford yet, you have been missing one of the great summer-read novelists of all time.”—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

“Relentlessly swift…genuinely suspenseful…excellent.”—Los Angeles Times

“Sandford is a writer in control of his craft.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Excellent…compelling…everything works.”—USA Today

“Grip-you-by-the-throat thrills…a hell of a ride.”—Houston Chronicle

“Crackling, page-turning tension…great scary fun.”—New York Daily News

“Sandford is a master.”—Detroit Free Press

And Praise for Silken Prey

“Sandford’s...gallows humor and whip-smart dialogue seems fresher than ever in this tale of murder and political dirty tricks.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Dirty political tricksters give Lucas Davenport his most satisfying case in years… Sandford keeps every stage of the investigation clear, compelling and suspenseful.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Sandford expertly ratchets up the suspense and delivers some nifty surprises.”—Publishers Weekly