Days of Prey Tour and Giveaway! Night Prey by John Sandford

Prepare yourselves..the STORM is coming!

On May 18th, the highly anticipated 20th book in John Sandford’s bestselling Prey series, Storm Prey, will hit the shelves.  Leading up to this latest release, each blogger on the Days of Prey tour was asked to read one book in the series and fill in a questionnaire, creating a timeline.

If you’re not familiar with these books, you can follow the tour in order of the dates the books were published and get to know Lucas Davenport, the brilliant detective/ladies man who is the star of the Prey series.

I was not familiar with this author or these books (where have I been??)  Let me tell you.. John Sandford and his very smooth character, Lucas Davenport, have a brand new fan!!

The book I read is the sixth in the series, called Night Prey.

Year published: 1994

Tell us about Lucas Davenport:

Lucas is described as “a tall man with heavy shoulders, dark-complected, square-faced, with the beginnings of crow’s feet at the corners of his eyes.  His dark hair was just touched with gray; his eyes were a startling blue.  A thin white scar crossed his forehead and right eye socket, and trailed down to the corner of his mouth.  He looked like a veteran athlete, a catcher or a hockey defenseman, recently retired.”  He knows everybody, is liked by all kinds of people, both men and women, and all types of people from street people to politicians respect him.

  • What is Lucas doing when he first appears in the book? Set up the scene.

Lucas is pulling up to a crime scene in his Porsche.  There’d been a fire at a machine shop that turned out to be a front for an illegal gun running operation.  It fell outside of his Minneapolis jurisdiction, but because a cop had been killed, and it was one of his contacts, he was called in.

  • Give us a sense of time and place.

The story takes place in the present and is set in and around Minneapolis/St. Paul.

  • Lucas’s occupation or professional role?

Lucas has recently been appointed Deputy Chief of the Minneapolis PD.  He’d left the department two years earlier and had gone full time with his own company, designing games and writing simulations for police dispatch computers.  He’d been making a fortune (thus the Porsche) when the new chief asked him to come back, with two objectives: put away the most dangerous and active criminals, and cover the department on the odd crimes likely to attract media attention.  So he hired a full time administrator to run his company and took the chief’s offer.  When this book opens, he’s only been back on the street for a month.

  • Lucas’s personal status (single, dating, married):

Lucas is in love.  He has a live in girlfriend, Weather Karkinnen, a surgeon in her late thirties.  He thinks they’ll get married, but she has said to him, “Don’t ask yet.”  He’s never experienced this kind of closeness and passion with anyone.  She makes him happy and he thinks about her all the time.  And yet, he’s still a bit flirty with other women, particularly an on camera news reporter for TV3, Jan Reed.  Lucas really likes and appreciates women.

  • Lucas Davenport is a known clothes-horse; did you notice any special fashion references?

There are many.  Right away you notice his attention to detail.  When he enters his office, he hangs his suit jacket carefully on a wooden hanger.  He buys his suits in New York.  At a crime scene, he takes a plastic raincoat out from the trunk of his car and lays it on the edge of a dumpster before hoisting himself up to look inside, protecting his clothes.  Once during an investigation, a woman flipped his designer tie over to check the tag.. Hermes.

Let’s talk about the mystery:

  • Avoiding spoilers, what was the crime/case being solved?

A psychopathic serial killer is killing women in a ripper/slasher fashion and has started carving the initials S J into their bodies.  Meagan Connell, an investigator who has a personal interest in the case and has painstakingly documented every detail of several murders trying to find a connection, is anxious to see the case solved quickly, as she is dying.  She teams up with Lucas Davenport to catch the maniac.

  • Does the title of your book relate to the crime?

It does.  The killings are all committed at night.

Who was your favorite supporting character, good or evil?

I really liked Meagen.  She’s tough, carries a gun and knows how to use it.  She’s focused and won’t take no for an answer.  But she also has a mile-wide chip on her shoulder and is almost militantly feminist with Lucas at first, calling him a “macho asshole.”  She relaxes a bit later on but at first her guard is up (WAY up).  After a tense initial meeting, they shake hands, and then..

She’d opted for peace, Lucas thought; but her hand was cold.  “I read your file,” he said.  “That’s nice work.”

“The possession of a vagina doesn’t necessarily indicate stupidity,” Connell said.

What was your favorite scene or quote?

One favorite scene was when they’d just left a bookstore, where the owner had mentioned to Lucas that he’d been beefing up the poetry section.  Meagan asks Lucas about it and he tells her he reads poetry.  She doesn’t believe him, calls him a liar and demands he recite a poem.  So he does- Emily Dickinson, no less.

Another scene I liked is when Lucas observes Weather performing surgery and has all kinds of new insight into her personality.

But the best and most memorable scene came at the end, and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.  Let’s just say it’s a satisfying conclusion to the story!

Finally, how do you envision Lucas Davenport? If he were to be portrayed in a movie, what celebrity would play him?

I think Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would portray Lucas perfectly!  He’s got that rugged/sexy thing going and cleans up great.  You can picture him working a case in an alley, talking to drug dealers in a junkyard, or all dressed up for a night out.  Or in a towel after a shower.  He’s.. umm.. versatile in that way.

Night Prey is a wild thrill ride of a novel and John Sandford is hugely talented with this genre.  I wondered at first if I’d like it because you know the identity of the killer from the very first chapter, however as it turns out it wasn’t a problem.  The reader doesn’t know what the killer is going to do next or how it will all play out, which keeps you turning the pages.  This was my first time reading a series out of order and I worried about that too, but again it was no problem.  These books can stand alone.  Like I said earlier, I’ve become a brand new John Sandford fan, and can’t wait to read more of this series!

Be sure to check out the other stops on this tour:

Monday, May 3rd:

Rules of Prey:  Rundpinne

Shadow Prey:  Boarding in my Forties

Tuesday, May 4th:

Silent Prey:  Chick with Books

Wednesday, May 5th:

Winter Prey:  The Bluestocking Guide

Night Prey:  Books on the Brain

Thursday, May 6th:

Mind Prey:  Jen’s Book Thoughts

Sudden Prey:  Starting Fresh

Friday, May 7th:

Secret Prey:  Fantasy & SciFi Loving News & Reviews

Certain Prey:  My Two Blessings

Monday, May 10th:

Easy Prey:  Lesa’s Book Critiques

Chosen Prey:  Reading with Monie

Tuesday, May 11th:

Mortal Prey:  Musings of a Bookish Kitty

Naked Prey:  Dan’s Journal

Wednesday, May 12th

Hidden Prey:  Novel Whore

Broken Prey:  You’ve GOTTA read this!

Thursday, May 13th:

Invisible Prey:

Friday, May 14th:

Phantom Prey:  The Novel Bookworm

Monday, May 17th:

Wicked Prey: A Bookworm’s World

Tuesday, May 18th:

Storm Prey:  Bermuda Onion

Follow The Days of Prey Tour and follow the Lucas Davenport timeline! While you’re checking out The Days of Prey Tour at the Penguin Group site, you can also read an excerpt from every single Prey novel there.  Read an excerpt of the latest release,  Storm Prey!  And here’s the direct link to read an excerpt of Night Prey.  Learn more about John Sandford at his website,

ENTER TO WIN a copy of Night Prey PLUS an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) of the new book, Storm Prey, right here!  Just leave a comment and let me know what you think of my choice of Dwayne Johnson to play Lucas Davenport.  I personally think it’s genius 🙂  Hollywood, are you listening??


35 Responses

  1. Oh, I do so love these books and am thrilled to be a part of the tour. I’m about 2/3 of the way through Storm Prey and it is living up to the series’ reputation. I really love Weather. I think she is the only one who can control Lucas…she is feminine but ballsy. I never thought of The Rock for Lucas. This was the hardest part of the “questionnaire” I think. I spent hours and hours thinking about it!

    • I’ve picked up 3 or 4 books since I finished this one a couple nights ago, and everything seems so boring in comparison!! I want to read another Prey book, right now!! I really like Weather, too. She’s unemotional, undemanding, not clingy, yet very loving and supportive. I really like her a lot.

      The Rock doesn’t have the blue eyes.. but he could wear colored contacts, right? I was thinking Christian Slater for a long time but I couldn’t get past the description of Lucas being dark complected and kept coming back to The Rock.

  2. I haven’t read a book like this in a long while, but it sounds great! Count me in for the giveaway. This is a fun blog tour-really different.

    The Rock does seem to fit the description you gave. He’s very suave-looking.

  3. I came over from the TLC website and would love to win Storm Prey. Pick me!

    I’ve been reading this series for years and years, and I recently re-read this one. I know what scene you’re talking about at the end (the fingers in the eyes, and the balcony, am I right?)

    The Rock is right-on- a perfect Lucas Davenport! Good call!

  4. Ah, a good looking man who reads poetry. What’s not to love?

    I’m not sure I’d pick the rock. I don’t know. Maybe Clooney?

    Pls count me in for the giveaway.

  5. Good choice, Lisa! He is a versatile actor.
    Please enter me in the giveaway. The book sounds exciting!


  6. I can definitely see The Rock as Lucas. I picked George Clooney because I just love George Clooney! Thanks again for the opportunity to participate on the tour.

  7. Dwayne Johnson would be perfect! Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. I’ve been reading this series since book one and I can’t wait for Storm Prey. I like the embodiment of Dwayne Johnson as Lucas with a hint of George Clooney.

  9. I hadn’t thought of the Rock as Lucas Davenport before! He has the physicality and good looks down, but the blue eyes part is tough. The movie doesn’t have to absolutely mirror the text, though. He’s a good choice!

    I’d selected very different types for Lucas. I liked Josh Charles, the guy who plays Will Gardner in The Good Wife, and Kevin McKidd, from Rome & Grey’s Anatomy.

    • I know.. the blue eyes are a problem. But maybe with contacts..

      I checked out your post and had to Google your ‘guys’ because I didn’t know them!! I’m so out of it!

  10. I think Dwayne Johnson would be a good choice. I could also see Pierce Broznan or George Clooney.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

  11. I love the Rock in whatever he is in, so I’m in favor! Please enter me!

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  12. I’ve always felt that no “known” star could play the Lucas I have in my mind, yet your idea of “The Rock” playing Lucas is a great idea!!! Dwayne Johnson has just the right mix of a good guy/bad guy reputation.
    Thanks for the great post!
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  13. The Rock is an interesting choice, but I’ve always pictured Tom Hanks as Lucas Davenport.

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  14. I could definitely see The Rock as Davenport!


  15. I think your choice of Dwayne Johnson is a great one. He would certainly do the part justice. Please enter me. Thanks!

  16. Thanks for this interesting giveaway. Ralph Fiennes would portray him well.

  17. I’ with you cause I SMEEELLLLLL what the ROCK is cookin’ !!!

    Love Dwayne !!

    I would love to be entered. I heard someone else mention Hugh Jackman for this part.. Either would be fine with me ! 🙂

  18. I’ve read the whole Prey series in order and love them. Not sure about the Rock as Lucas. But now you’ve got me thinking…

  19. I am so glad I got to take part in this tour and FINALLY read a John Sanford book. Now I’m kicking myself for waiting so long. I look forward to exploring the series further.

    Dwayne Johnson would be great as Lucas Davenport, I think. Great choice!

  20. Dwayne Johnson has the body and the looks. He could pull off playing Lucas to a T. Please enter me.

  21. I would go with Dwayne Johnson. Please enter me. Thank you!

  22. I will go with youyr choice but Clooney is a great back up if it doesn’t work out!!!!

  23. I think you choice is pretty good. Looks like a hero:)
    Would love to win the books.

    harvee44 at

  24. Your choice is wonderful….

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