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Certain Prey (The Prey Series)

Certain Prey (The Prey Series) [Kindle Edition]

John Sandford
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In the 10th instalment of his popular Prey series, John Sandford (a.k.a. John Camp) pits his popular antihero, Lucas Davenport, against a pair of cunning killers unlike any he has encountered before.

Attorney Carmel Loan is preternaturally beautiful, intelligent and ambitious. When she becomes infatuated with fellow barrister Hale Allen, she isn't going to let a little thing like his being married get in her way. A quick meeting with an ex-client sets up the hit on Hale's wife, Barbara. The professional killer, Clara Rinker, is one of the best in the business. Smart, attractive, with a gentle Southern drawl, no one would suspect her of being a top Mafia hit man ... er, hit person. When she takes the Allen assignment, she figures it will be easy money for a day's work. But things go wrong from the beginning. Loan's ex-client made a tape of the meeting, and is shaking her down for money. Worse, the shooting of a witness--a cop--brings deputy inspector Lucas Davenport into the case. Somehow Davenport has not only linked Loan to the killing, but seems to have a lead on Rinker as well. Carmel and Clara team up to clean up the loose ends, which includes getting Davenport off their backs by whatever means necessary.

Like all of Sandford's books, Certain Prey is a fast and furious ride. Fans of previous Prey books will find Davenport a little older, a little more wary, but no less sharp-witted and determined. Though parts of the plot may stretch the limits of credulity and the dialogue falls a little flat in places, this is still a wonderfully crafted thriller, possibly one of the best of 1999. Certain Prey cements Sandford's standing among such luminaries as James Lee Burke, Lawrence Block and Thomas Harris. --Perry Atterberry


"Pulse-pounding, page-turning excitement."--Minneapolis Star Tribune "One of his best."--Orlando Sentinel

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 931 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425274314
  • Publisher: Berkley (1 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002YKOX7U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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John Sandford is the pseudonym of Pulitzer prize-winning journalist John Camp. He is the author of seventeen PREY novels, four KIDD novels and the stand-alone thriller, DEAD WATCH. He lives in Minnesota. Visit

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
With Certain Prey, John Sandford continues the series of 'Lucas Davenport' stories managing to both maintain the high standards of the previous 'Prey' books and continue to develop the reader's understanding of his principal character, Lucas Davenport. In this installment Davenport is confronted by the twin challenges of a clinically professional hit-woman and also the developing realisation of his own mortality (as he begins to accept his movement into 'middle-age', albeit one more challenging than that faced by your average bloke). The device of intertwining Davenport's personal life with the case he is investgating has always formed a fundamental part of the 'Prey' series and lends greatly to its appeal, but in this story the link seems to be far more significant than in previous novels and so gives a deeper insight into the character that Sandford has created. The plot, as always, is tightly written and well executed; as Davenport negociates the 'grey areas' of law enforcement - battling not only against the criminals but also the increasing interference of a 'PC' administration that seems intent on frustrating his efforts to bring law-breakers to book. A fine continuation of the 'Prey' story-line, this book should appeal to both fans of the Sandford's previous books and also readers new to the series - though obviously, references to past events crop up in the course of many of the stories, so new readers may wish to start off in 'chronological' order, with the excellent 'Rules of Prey'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Probably the perfect example of John Sandfords "Prey" series, I have to confess to buying this in desperation to kill time on a long-haul flight, and getting suckered in to buying pretty much everything else hes ever written.
Its not so much that there is anything here that hasn't been done before - more that just about every aspect is polished, credible and attractive. The plot, centring on an apparently simple professional hit slowly starting to unravel, is taught and well laid out, whilst the dialogue has Sandford's familiar wisecracks, which, unlike some other authors, don't sound too forced or scripted.
Perhaps the best thing though is our central characters. Lucas Davenport, Deputy Chief of Police, is well known to us as someone brutal, unforgiving, and seriously sexist - yet somehow you can't help admiring the guy, and secretly hoping you'd have the courage to act the same way in his shoes. Of his quarry, an attractive young hit-woman working for the St. Louis mafia manages to be both clinically efficient and symapathetic, while her employer, a high powered Twin Cities lawyer, has us admiring her smarts and daring, even as we acknowledge her total lack or moral restraint.
If you haven't discovered the "Prey" novels, this one is a wonderful place to start. If you have and have yet to reach "Certain Prey", then I think you will find this the best of an exceptional bunch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rinker Rules! 8 Sep 2003
This is the 9th (I think?!) Prey book in the series and one of the most unputdownable. The characters in this book are just so cool. I liked the fact that two of the main characters are women, Carmel a high flying attorney who is slightly insane and the other, Clara Rinker a beautiful but lethal hit-woman. The mix is perfect. Blend that in with Lucas's character and sparks were obviously going to fly. I also liked the fact that Weather wasn't in this one. The relationship between her and Lucas was getting a little irritating. I'm sure she will feature in further books, but it was refreshing to leave her behind, if only for one book. If you haven't yet picked up a Prey book, what are you waiting for? Start with Rules of Prey and work your way through the series. I can guarantee you, once you have read Rules, you will want to buy the lot. My only problem now is that I am coming to the end of the series and will have to wait for Sandford to write another Prey. I can't stress this enough, if you haven't started the Prey series yet, DO IT NOW!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great intoduction to crime fiction. 23 May 2004
By A Customer
This book was my intro to crime fiction.
The use of a female hitman may be unusual, but Clara Rinker is the bees knees. Clinical but interesting in her executions, she keeps you turning the pages. The hero of the 'Prey' series of books is the detective 'Davenport', but in this book, to me at least, Clara leaves him in the shadows.
Even if you're not sure, this is a great book.
Buy it, buy it now, before it's too late. Although I warn you, you'll be buying the rest of the series soon after.
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Certain Prey is the latest in the series of Lucas Davenport novels. This time Lucas has come across probably his most challenging adversary yet.
In this novel Lucas has to deal Clara Rinker, the best hit woman in the business, although Lucas does not know this as yet. She is extremely intelligent and goes about her business quietly, just doing her job and collecting her payment. Things unfortunately start to go drastically wrong for Clara when she is hired for a hit by a prominent attorney in Minneapolis and Lucas ends up investigating the matter.
As things start to unravel Lucas finds the case taking some bizarre turns but suspects that one, or possibly two people, may be behind the whole thing. The only thing missing is the evidence.
I really enjoyed this book and read most of it in one afternoon. It certainly deserves 5 crowns (or more if that was possible). The book is so well written and is as fast paced as ever, the story grips you right from the first sentence and keeps you hanging on with your fingernails until the turn of the last page. It has plenty of clever twists to the plot - just as you would expect from the masterful Mr Sandford. More of the same please!
Eliza Thom
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