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Mortal Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 13)
Mortal Prey - Lucas Davenport, Bk 13
Author: John Sandford
This time, Lucas Davenport is the prey — Years ago, Lucas Davenport almost died at the hands of Clara Rinker, a pleasant, soft-spoken, low-key Southerner, and the best hitwoman in the business. Now retired and living in Mexico, she nearly dies herself when a sniper kills her boyfriend, the son of a local druglord, and while the boy's father v...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780425189863
ISBN-10: 0425189864
Publication Date: 4/29/2003
Pages: 387
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 345 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed Mortal Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 13) on + 43 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
If you're a fan of the Prey series you cannot miss this one. I can't say it was my favorite but it fits and fans will still love it.

Clara Rinker is back and better than before. If you've met her already then you already have a soft spot for her if only for her abilities. She's a great match for Lucas Davenport.

Definitely read this if you're following the series.
reviewed Mortal Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 13) on + 18 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Good summer read. Plot moved along and there were characters that I found interesting. This book was up to Sandford's best writing.
reviewed Mortal Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 13) on + 26 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Another fantastic Lucas Davenport story, I cannot believe that after all these books and all these years his mysteries are still tight, compelling and intense. The plots are complex and well thought out, and I always enjoy books where the character's history is just as interesting and important as the story line, and in some cases where his past opponents return to wreak havoc.
dsire avatar reviewed Mortal Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 13) on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
So far I have read all the "preys" by Sanford and J. Sanford's character, Lucas Davenport never fails to electrify. A very good read.
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reviewed Mortal Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 13) on + 3 more book reviews
This book was one of my favorites. John Sanford writes some of the best stories. Seriously recommend this book
reviewed Mortal Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 13) on + 111 more book reviews
In this spellbinder, the 13th installment in John Sandford's Prey series, likable hit woman Clara Rinker becomes an assassination target herself. When the plot fails, Rinker slips underground to track down her would-be killers. To quiet things down, the feds call out Minneapolis deputy police chief (and series hero) Lucas Davenport. Lucas has his own steer-sized beef with the soft-spoken Rinker: A few years back, in Certain Prey, she nearly killed him. In this exciting thriller, everyone is caught in the crossfire.
reviewed Mortal Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 13) on + 3 more book reviews
My favorite author
gigi avatar reviewed Mortal Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 13) on + 355 more book reviews
Great book in the Prey series. Lucas Davenport is pitted against an extremely clever hit woman.
MELNELYNN avatar reviewed Mortal Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 13) on + 669 more book reviews
Loyal Lucas Davenport fans will remember Clara Rinker, the stone killer from 'Certain Prey.' After making her escape, she fled to Cancún, where she established a new identity, found a lover and became pregnant. Clara, now Cassie McLain, was on her way to a normal existence for the first time in her life. Then a hired gun from the States makes an attempt on her life killing her boyfriend and wounding her enough to lose her child. Clara recovers with one thing one her mind - cold, cold revenge. Clara's going home, with some very evil plans.
When the FBI realize that McLain was Rinker and has returned to the States, they call in Davenport, who is, after all, the only cop to ever even come close to catching her. Lucas, who is spending his time annoying builders and supervising his fiancée Weather's pregnancy, reluctantly agrees. Actually, the truth is that Weather tells him to go away and stop bothering her. What follows is a classical chase thriller where Rinker manages to keep killing one step ahead of her pursuers. In several cases, she even manages to rub Lucas's face in it.

If you are a sucker for tricks and wild plot devices, you are going to love 'Mortal Prey.' Rinker is smart and crazy. Each killing is detailed and jarring, full of the kind of twists that keep this from being yet another long chase. And while Clara is certainly over the top, Sandford manages to make her a sympathetic character all on her own. I found myself cheering for her time after time. She is after the Mafia men who put out the hit on her and she intends to get each and every one. That she is also capable of killing anyone in her way seems to become a matter of indifference.

Lucas and the FBI agents as well, repeatedly get left holding the bag. Malone and Mallard return, along with a host of camp followers. Davenport, true to his nature, runs his own investigation with the help of some St. Louis retired officers, and manages to keep finding almost enough clues. Of course, it wouldn't be any fun if they caught her too early, and the little glitches and tricks that keep her out of reach are novel enough to keep the action moving without any sign of tedium.

Oddly enough, Sandford does such a good job of making Rinker likeable that he winds up making Davenport look a bit of a jerk. One is tempted to think he is suffering from a bad case of premarital jitters, and that may very well be the case. I can't consider it a major defect, because the book itself is extremely well written. Certainly, it is a welcome return to Sandford's best form.
celticscrapper27 avatar reviewed Mortal Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 13) on + 54 more book reviews
One of my personal favorites. I love Clara and her relationship with Lucas. This one doesn't disappoint!


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