Years ago, Lucas Davenport almost died at the hand of Clara Rinker, a soft-spoken Southern beauty, and one of the FBI's most wanted killers. Now, they're crossing paths again---on an intersate revenge spree triggered by a sniper's bullet that robbed Clara of her lover and her unborn baby. With nothing left to lose, she can only be stopped by Davenport---or count him among her victims...
Years ago,Lucas Davenport almost died at the hands of Clara Rinker,a soft-spoken beauty,and one of the FBI's mostwanted killers.Now,they're crossing paths again-on an interstate revenge spree triggered by a sniper's bullet that robbed Clara of her lover and her unborn child.
Year before, Lucas Davenport almost died at the hands of a soft-spoken Southern beauty and one of the FBI's most wanted killers. Now, they're paths cross again during an interstate revenge spree. This Southern beauty has nothing to loose and only Lucas can identify her and stop her.
Years ago, Lucas Davenport almost died at the hands of Clara Rinker, a soft-spoken Southern beauty, and one of the FBI's most wanted killers. Now, they're crossing paths again - on an interstate revenge spree triggered by a sniper's bullet that robbed Clara of her lover and her unborn baby. With nothing left to lose, she can only be stopped by Davenport - or count him among her victims.
It's the little things about Lucas Davenport that make him such a kick to follow his ruminations about why a public bus smells like urine, his fear that a cell phone won't work in the bathroom "with all the tile." Davenport is, of course, a marvelous if unorthodox cop from Minneapolis, starring here in his 13th Prey offering, which finds creator Sandford operating at top efficiency and in high style. Clara Rinker, the hit woman extraordinaire who slipped out of Davenport's grasp in 1999's Certain Prey, is now back on the prowl, looking for revenge against old enemies from Kansas City who killed her fiance and shot her in the gut. The bullet spared her life, but not that of her baby. The FBI, knowing she's headed to Missouri, assembles a huge team of shirt-and-tie, laptop-carrying agents, but also taps Davenport to make the trip. Sure enough, Rinker starts knocking off old business partners in creative ways, making the tech-minded FBI look foolish. It's only Davenport and his feet-on-the-street savvy that finally rope Rinker into a furious pursuit and showdown. Sandford's eye for the tell-all character quirk remains finely tuned, as does his deadpan humor, rivaled by few in the crime-drama ranks. Longtime fans should take note that changes are ahead for Davenport. He's marrying his sweetie, Dr. Weather Karkinnen, and they're having a kid. He's also about to leave the city police force, following his boss, Rose Marie Roux, to a job with the state police.
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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.
Lucas Davenport is again faced with wanted killer Clara Rinker. Clara's lover and unborn baby is killed by a sniper. With nothing to lose, she can only be stopped by Davenport--or count him among her victims
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.
years ago, lucas davenport almost died at the hands of Clara Rinker, a soft spoken southern beauty, and one of the FBI's most wanted killers,now they are crossing paths again, on an interstate revenge spree that robbed clara of her lover and unborn baby. with nothing left to loose, she can only be stopped by davenport, or...count him amoung her victims.
For this book, you'll want to have first read Certain Prey which introduces Clara Rinker; it's not crucial but will give Mortal Prey a bit more depth. Clara returns in a plot that reminded me irresistibly of Thomas Perry's The Butcher's Boy. Clara is living in Cancun and pregnant when a sniper murders her boyfriend, hits her as well and she loses her baby. She decides on revenge and heads back to the States to take out the Mafia guys that ordered it. I don't think it was explained real well just why they decided she had to go, and why her boyfriend's VIP dad helped her later when she needed it. (But this is a Sandford book...you read it fast, like eating potato chips, and maybe some bits are forgettable, just like when you can't believe you just ate the whole bag) It's another very consistent book from Sandford, with the usual amount of excellent action scenes, lots of bodies, and Davenport setting up scenarios for the bad guy to get killed. Unlike most Sandford novels you can actually feel some sympathy for the killer Clara, while most but not all of the victims get what they deserve.