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It seemed to be a cold case like any other. So much so that Stone and Dehan hadn’t even considered reviewing it – until private investigator Karl Baxter requested a copy of the police file. Then Stone got curious. Why did a second rate PI in the Bronx want to look into the case of a low life petty criminal found tied to a chair in his apartment, beaten and shot through the It seemed to be a cold case like any other. So much so that Stone and Dehan hadn’t even considered reviewing it – until private investigator Karl Baxter requested a copy of the police file. Then Stone got curious. Why did a second rate PI in the Bronx want to look into the case of a low life petty criminal found tied to a chair in his apartment, beaten and shot through the heart? And that question led to other questions, like, whose was second pool of blood on the floor? If there was a second victim, where was the body? Unfortunately, a chat with Baxter only raises more questions that threaten to drive Stone crazy: who is the mysterious Tamara Gunthersen? And what was the gig she did for the even more mysterious Geronimo dos Santos, back in 2015? At every turn the questions get deeper, and the women more tempting - and more dangerous. Until the strain on Stone and Dehan’s partnership threatens to make it snap. Then Stone will be on his own…


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It seemed to be a cold case like any other. So much so that Stone and Dehan hadn’t even considered reviewing it – until private investigator Karl Baxter requested a copy of the police file. Then Stone got curious. Why did a second rate PI in the Bronx want to look into the case of a low life petty criminal found tied to a chair in his apartment, beaten and shot through the It seemed to be a cold case like any other. So much so that Stone and Dehan hadn’t even considered reviewing it – until private investigator Karl Baxter requested a copy of the police file. Then Stone got curious. Why did a second rate PI in the Bronx want to look into the case of a low life petty criminal found tied to a chair in his apartment, beaten and shot through the heart? And that question led to other questions, like, whose was second pool of blood on the floor? If there was a second victim, where was the body? Unfortunately, a chat with Baxter only raises more questions that threaten to drive Stone crazy: who is the mysterious Tamara Gunthersen? And what was the gig she did for the even more mysterious Geronimo dos Santos, back in 2015? At every turn the questions get deeper, and the women more tempting - and more dangerous. Until the strain on Stone and Dehan’s partnership threatens to make it snap. Then Stone will be on his own…

30 review for Let Us Prey

  1. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Another excellent entry in this entertaining series. Banner has a really good thing going here in the partnership between Stone and Dehan, platonic so far, but constantly teetering on the edge of becoming a relationship. They work well together and their dialogue is always amusing. Each book introduces us to a new cold case. The case may be cold and old, but once our intrepid duo start looking into it new murders pop up all over the place. There's a clever twist which I was beginning to suspect s Another excellent entry in this entertaining series. Banner has a really good thing going here in the partnership between Stone and Dehan, platonic so far, but constantly teetering on the edge of becoming a relationship. They work well together and their dialogue is always amusing. Each book introduces us to a new cold case. The case may be cold and old, but once our intrepid duo start looking into it new murders pop up all over the place. There's a clever twist which I was beginning to suspect shortly before it happened. This is all packed tightly into just over 200 pages. Well done Mr Banner. Another winner and I still have so many to read:)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Val

    I liked Let Us Prey better than I liked the prior book. The errors that weren't caught when the book was edited continue to distract me, however. I find cold cases to be fascinating and I love the Stone/Dehan team!! I liked Let Us Prey better than I liked the prior book. The errors that weren't caught when the book was edited continue to distract me, however. I find cold cases to be fascinating and I love the Stone/Dehan team!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Angela Verdenius

    Another mind-puzzler with engaging characters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    A weak link in this great mystery series, mainly due to too many characters, coincidences and a convoluted plot I had to back track a lot to remind myself who was who from previous books

  5. 4 out of 5

    Logan Horsford

    Weakest book in the series so far. You have to suspend a lot of disbelief. It becomes painfully obvious that the writer doesn't know much about police procedure, guns, etc. You bring together a couple people who have done some murders with zero precautions? What the actual F? The ending is made silly by cars going 120-150 MPH through an occupied city - near the docks. Apparently, all of the other cars, pedestrians and such had gone somewhere else to allow 'large numbers to make chase scene seem m Weakest book in the series so far. You have to suspend a lot of disbelief. It becomes painfully obvious that the writer doesn't know much about police procedure, guns, etc. You bring together a couple people who have done some murders with zero precautions? What the actual F? The ending is made silly by cars going 120-150 MPH through an occupied city - near the docks. Apparently, all of the other cars, pedestrians and such had gone somewhere else to allow 'large numbers to make chase scene seem more dramatic'. Quote from the book: "It's a less than satisfactory outcome...it isn't up to your usual standard..." Quote from the captain at the end of the book mirrors my review! The ending was so bad (and predictable) I didn't even bother listening to the last six minutes of the audio book. Seriously.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Asteropê

    This will be a general review for why I like this series. If I have any specific comments for each book, I will add to it. Here's why I'm liking this series (not in order or importance): [This is after reading #1-5] 1. Likable MCs that aren't one dimensional 2. Though it is told through Stone's POV, we get a good sense of Dehan 3. Multi-layered, interesting mysteries that are not (IMO) easy to guess and figure out 4. Interesting dynamics between Stone and Dehan. The (view spoiler)[romance (hide spo This will be a general review for why I like this series. If I have any specific comments for each book, I will add to it. Here's why I'm liking this series (not in order or importance): [This is after reading #1-5] 1. Likable MCs that aren't one dimensional 2. Though it is told through Stone's POV, we get a good sense of Dehan 3. Multi-layered, interesting mysteries that are not (IMO) easy to guess and figure out 4. Interesting dynamics between Stone and Dehan. The (view spoiler)[romance (hide spoiler)] between them is going to happen (I happened upon the blurb of book #11, LOL) and it plays out really well. Not rushed, natural. I also like how things are written where you can read the subtext and know what is sort of doing on with their thoughts/feelings for each other without it being obvious and shoved in your face. 5. Things are well written and they make for compelling reads. I find myself reading many back to back like binging on a TV series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is the last of the 4 books in the box set I bought, and I have already bought the next set. I am really enjoying this series. The relationship between the two cold case cops - Stone and Dehan - is very entertaining. And so far the plots have also been fascinating. In this one, they get interested in an old case because a local P.I. wants a copy of the file and they wonder why. A criminal was found shot in his apartment, but there is blood on the floor that is not his. So who does it belong This is the last of the 4 books in the box set I bought, and I have already bought the next set. I am really enjoying this series. The relationship between the two cold case cops - Stone and Dehan - is very entertaining. And so far the plots have also been fascinating. In this one, they get interested in an old case because a local P.I. wants a copy of the file and they wonder why. A criminal was found shot in his apartment, but there is blood on the floor that is not his. So who does it belong to? They end up following a myriad of trails and meeting some very interesting people, from a billionaire to some sleazy criminals, and their associated women. A well-tangled plot and well-written.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michele Girard

    Not the author's best I enjoyed reading books 1, 2 and 3 but this one is definitely not the author's best work. The story is unbelievable even if you suspend your disbelief, it's so far out of the realm of possibility that I ended up losing interest. The supposedly smart detective keeps acting like he's dumb as a rock. The criminals are caricatures of comic book vilains. Vermont by the sea? Really? Whatever...it's a good thing that I already had bought a box set of books 5, 6, 7 and 8 because I d Not the author's best I enjoyed reading books 1, 2 and 3 but this one is definitely not the author's best work. The story is unbelievable even if you suspend your disbelief, it's so far out of the realm of possibility that I ended up losing interest. The supposedly smart detective keeps acting like he's dumb as a rock. The criminals are caricatures of comic book vilains. Vermont by the sea? Really? Whatever...it's a good thing that I already had bought a box set of books 5, 6, 7 and 8 because I don't think I would have read another book in that serie otherwise. Let's hope the next ones are better than this one. I

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kim E Smith

    Hooked I've waited until book 4 to review just to be sure. So yes, I do so enjoy the interaction and banter between the partners and am very curious to see how their relationship plays out. Oh, the plots are good, too. Hooked I've waited until book 4 to review just to be sure. So yes, I do so enjoy the interaction and banter between the partners and am very curious to see how their relationship plays out. Oh, the plots are good, too.

  10. 5 out of 5

    RaChelle Holmberg

    FOUR OF FIVE in a set I bought - let me say, I read a LOT of mysteries. These EXCEL. I dint have a clue about the end twist, on all five! personal note, I HATE REVIEWS THAT REGURGITATE STORY LINES - why read the book after reading the spoilers...? Suffice it to say that this book (and series) is a real page turner, enough to keep ME turning pages as I burned through all five in a row. This series has a distinct enjoyable feeling of the old tv series Remington Steel and the chemistry between the ch FOUR OF FIVE in a set I bought - let me say, I read a LOT of mysteries. These EXCEL. I dint have a clue about the end twist, on all five! personal note, I HATE REVIEWS THAT REGURGITATE STORY LINES - why read the book after reading the spoilers...? Suffice it to say that this book (and series) is a real page turner, enough to keep ME turning pages as I burned through all five in a row. This series has a distinct enjoyable feeling of the old tv series Remington Steel and the chemistry between the characters is just phenomenal. Still somewhat unrequited, but that's the energy. I see there are more books available - gonna go snag them. .. and believe me, there are so may freebie books out there it takes something a little extra to get me to pop ;-)

  11. 4 out of 5

    James Romanow

    More or less a police procedural, although he takes liberties with police procedure in the series. This particular novel in the series is less of a procedural and rather more of an homage/satire on noir dectective novels, in particular using some of Spillane's writing style and some of the Maltese Falcon for a plot. If you know both you'll get a kick out of the novel. I was a little peeved at the marked change in style of Let Us Prey, but by the end I was giggling at the tropes he employed. I al More or less a police procedural, although he takes liberties with police procedure in the series. This particular novel in the series is less of a procedural and rather more of an homage/satire on noir dectective novels, in particular using some of Spillane's writing style and some of the Maltese Falcon for a plot. If you know both you'll get a kick out of the novel. I was a little peeved at the marked change in style of Let Us Prey, but by the end I was giggling at the tropes he employed. I also suspect there is a small salute to McBain in Banner`s placing of the series in the 43rd precinct. (A little less than half the 87th, but the 43rd really exists.) Highly recommended to fans of noir and whodunnits and thrillers.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Young

    A psycho thriller. There's nothing like trying to figure out the next move of a psychopath, but then, what are thrillers for but to map out human behavior at its weirdest? this time, Stone and Dehan face an unlikely killer with a twist. Who goes in search of the Holy Grail in the twenty first century? Our dynamic duo, of course. Throw in a tease of the idea of a love interest and you have a puzzling but engrossing tale. I'm seeing a pattern here of impressive interpretation of human nature at lea A psycho thriller. There's nothing like trying to figure out the next move of a psychopath, but then, what are thrillers for but to map out human behavior at its weirdest? this time, Stone and Dehan face an unlikely killer with a twist. Who goes in search of the Holy Grail in the twenty first century? Our dynamic duo, of course. Throw in a tease of the idea of a love interest and you have a puzzling but engrossing tale. I'm seeing a pattern here of impressive interpretation of human nature at least up until the last minute, when everything goes awry and the sky's the limit. However, in true detective tale form, the partner comes to the rescue just in time to save the day.

  13. 5 out of 5

    dennis barron

    Let Us Prey Blake Banner A beautiful young lady Actually she has the ability to play, out manuver, deceive anyone. Well all most everyone, except detective John Stone and his partner detective Dehan. Actually it took them a while to figure it out. This cunning psychopath pretended to be her deceased sister at times, very convincingly. Killing people who stood in her way was not a problem for her. She was drained of any kind of emotional reactions from a traumatic childhood. Another excellent read Let Us Prey Blake Banner A beautiful young lady Actually she has the ability to play, out manuver, deceive anyone. Well all most everyone, except detective John Stone and his partner detective Dehan. Actually it took them a while to figure it out. This cunning psychopath pretended to be her deceased sister at times, very convincingly. Killing people who stood in her way was not a problem for her. She was drained of any kind of emotional reactions from a traumatic childhood. Another excellent read, a marvelous who dunnit!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bethanne

    Great stories The series revolves around Detective Stone and his partner Detective Dehan in the cold case department of the NYPD. Every case is different and the characters are well written. Each case gets more convoluted than you can imagine. It's virtually impossible to figure out who did it! My only concern is that the writer is going to make this couple have a romantic relationship and that would destroy the friction because them. Great stories The series revolves around Detective Stone and his partner Detective Dehan in the cold case department of the NYPD. Every case is different and the characters are well written. Each case gets more convoluted than you can imagine. It's virtually impossible to figure out who did it! My only concern is that the writer is going to make this couple have a romantic relationship and that would destroy the friction because them.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    Wanted to give 5 stars but.. The bad proofing must be acknowledged. The use of Sally's name by accident.... Otherwise, I love John Stone. And Carmen Dehan's not bad either. My major issue is John's underestimating how a take down can go wrong. And as I always ask- come on! These two have heat, let's get it ON. Wanted to give 5 stars but.. The bad proofing must be acknowledged. The use of Sally's name by accident.... Otherwise, I love John Stone. And Carmen Dehan's not bad either. My major issue is John's underestimating how a take down can go wrong. And as I always ask- come on! These two have heat, let's get it ON.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Fred Thornton

    Another good read from Mr. Banner Stone and Dehan find themselves caught up in a cold case that becomes anything but cold. Bodies start showing up in frequent order and Stone must figure out who is responsible. Dehan finally saves the day as their personal relationship continues to evolve. An excellent read, spellbinding!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ricardo

    Banner really went overboard with this one: Church treasures, two coasts, a private eye, gangsters, and a very disturbed set of sisters. It could have been a notch down, but in the end, everything is at least clarified and no serious loose ends remain, which requires reliable professionalism. That's what you can expect from his cold case novels. Banner really went overboard with this one: Church treasures, two coasts, a private eye, gangsters, and a very disturbed set of sisters. It could have been a notch down, but in the end, everything is at least clarified and no serious loose ends remain, which requires reliable professionalism. That's what you can expect from his cold case novels.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chrystal Evans

    Crazy I dunno some how I picked the whole Emma Tammy storyline but let's be honest Baxter should have got his 'ah huh' moment and told us how he found her. That wasn't all stone and Dehan afterall Anyway i enjoyed it and enjoyed Dehan saving his butt again. Surely she isn't little grasshopper anymore Crazy I dunno some how I picked the whole Emma Tammy storyline but let's be honest Baxter should have got his 'ah huh' moment and told us how he found her. That wasn't all stone and Dehan afterall Anyway i enjoyed it and enjoyed Dehan saving his butt again. Surely she isn't little grasshopper anymore

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Miller

    I really enjoy this series. The two main characters are fun and likeable. These books are quick reads. I just love the cold cases. They start out with almost nothing to go on and eventually solve the case.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Scheff

    Why the tough guy twist? I did not enjoy as much as the first 3. Maybe because I read them in succession. Did not understand the need for the main character becoming jaded and reckless. Also is starting to make police detectives slimy. Do the "ends always justify the means?" Why the tough guy twist? I did not enjoy as much as the first 3. Maybe because I read them in succession. Did not understand the need for the main character becoming jaded and reckless. Also is starting to make police detectives slimy. Do the "ends always justify the means?"

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michael Robert Pullan

    Stone and Dewan Let us Prey Fantastic book with so many twists and turns best book so far in the series in my opinion,getting used to the characters Stone and Dewan they make a great team, great ending, now on to book 5 in the series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bill Kilpatrick

    This is a WOW!! Book This book is a WOW!,, it will hold your interest from page one. I read it straight through. All the events were possible and the entire book is full of different events. Do not get this book unless you have the time to read it in one sitting.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Monroe Bryant

    Wonderful Jihn Stone and Carmen Behan Wow, another great book even though I figured out the “twins”. Super plot and, once again, great characters. Highly recommend ANY book by Blake Banner.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bradley L. Stout

    Encore Once again, the dynamic duo pulls it out of the fire. The plot twists and turns keep coming, more confusing at each ensuing step. Entertaining is an understatement. Well done!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Duhon

    Just as good 👍 as the last! Really enjoyed this one. Love these characters and the twists and turns of the storylines. Keep up the good work and I will keep on following you for as long as you go. ☺

  26. 5 out of 5

    Teri Hawk

    Good story I like this series, but I don't love it. The stories are rather interesting but not my favorites. I love the funny little things that his characters say that make me chuckle so I will keep on reading. Good story I like this series, but I don't love it. The stories are rather interesting but not my favorites. I love the funny little things that his characters say that make me chuckle so I will keep on reading.

  27. 5 out of 5

    D. George

    Definitely not good when you find yourself "asking" the protagonist if he's an idiot -- which you know very well he is definitely not supposed to be. Also, the non-American vernacular seemed to get worse -- and therefore even more annoying -- in this one. But Banner still created yet another exceptional story, and that's what will keep me reading the series, at least for a while. Definitely not good when you find yourself "asking" the protagonist if he's an idiot -- which you know very well he is definitely not supposed to be. Also, the non-American vernacular seemed to get worse -- and therefore even more annoying -- in this one. But Banner still created yet another exceptional story, and that's what will keep me reading the series, at least for a while.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Friga

    An amazing srory. I scored a five because I enjoyed the story and was intrigued on how cold cases are only closed when they are solved...that is justice. I especially, the two detectives.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Hold wiN to Your Seats What a wild ride this book takes you on. OMG! HOOKED on the series for sure. John and Carmen are great partners. Solving a crime that has you wondering and guessing

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carole Eshenbaugh

    Good solid story Well the two detectives did it again. Just enough of every thing to make the story plausible. The twisted turns of a cold case and the final out come. What I liked is that every this seemed real. Yes this could have happened. Good series.

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