Rules of Prey - John Sandford

Rules of Prey

By John Sandford

  • Release Date: 1989-07-24
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,285 Ratings


#1 New York Times bestselling author John Sandford's “haunting, unforgettable, ice-blooded thriller”* that introduced Lucas Davenport...
The killer was mad but brilliant.
He left notes with every woman he killed. Rules of murder: Never have a motive. Never follow a discernible pattern. Never carry a weapon after it has been used...So many rules to his sick, violent games of death.
But Lucas Davenport, the cop who’s out to get him, isn’t playing by the rules.

“Terrifying...Sandford has crafted the kind of trimmed-to-the-bone thriller that is hard to put down…scary...intriguing...unpredictable.”—Chicago Tribune
Rules of Prey is so chilling that you’re almost afraid to turn the pages. So mesmerizing you cannot stop...A crackle of surprises.”—*Carl Hiaasen

“Sleek and nasty...A big scary, suspenseful read, and I loved every minute of it.”Stephen King

“A cop and a killer you will remember for a long, long time.”Robert B. Parker


  • Another thriller. Always taut and detailed. Hard to put down. Lucas is flawed but irresistible.

    By Jonmark 0316
    Great read.
  • Really good!

    By MattiaDesign
    This was my first John Sandford's book and it was such a great read! Kept me engaged and wanting to know more the entire time. Loved it!
  • Rules of Prey

    By Irishgal1934
  • Top notch

    By joylpc24
    I love the Prey novels so much, I am rereading them, starting at the beginning. Lucas Davenport is an amazing character.
  • Read them in Paper - OMG!!!

    By Mzldysth1
    John Camp (aka John Sandford) is a storyteller. That is the highest praise I can give an author. He weaves a story that draws from not only plotline, but from the character development. Each character is fully developed into an individual personality you can cheer for or cheerfully boo. There is nothing left to chance when crafting the personality of Lucas Davenport - Detective extraordinaire. These books are not fast or slow paced; they are methodically laid out to draw you into the suspense of the underlying crime(s) and hook you with the deviations into Lucas' personal life. When you know anything, you're trapped in the world of Lucas Davenport as told by John Camp.
  • Wonderful

    By Mattquist
    This is my second John Sandford book, and I'm hooked. Masterful storytelling and a eye toward detail that just draws the reader in!
  • Great read

    By BWDSon
    Couldn't put it down. Very entertaining. Thrilling.
  • Rules of Prey

    By RocK_sTaR 101
    I have never been disappointed with any of the Prey Books, by John Sandford . . The character of Lucas Davenport is so compelling and always, I am completely intrigued...Great reading! I hope Lucas always stays in these stories, because I have become quite attached to him.. Thank You, Georgia Wade
  • Slow book

    By Matt bu
    The book dragged on forever. I was just trying to finish the book. It doesn't pick up until chapter 28. Not my type of author.
  • See why?

    By Basil Bakhshi
    Always wanted to read his first, figured it would clue me in on why there were so many in the series. A well executed lift-off for the rest. Thus far, my favorite way to visit Minnesota. Well worth the $!