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Mortal Prey (2002)

av John Sandford

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Serier: Lucas Davenport (13)

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Lucas Davenport's boss is about to lose her job as chief of police, his fiance is distracted with wedding plans, and his house-remodeling project is at a standstill. So when the FBI and DEA draft the Minneapolis cop to head off hit woman Clara Rinker's bloody murder spree, he's glad to oblige. The lady killer and the killer lady have tangled before in Sandford's Prey series, and their personal history seasons this fast-paced story of mayhem, murder, and revenge.… (mer)

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Perfectly entertaining, these two Clara Rinker (this with Certain Prey) books. ( )
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
Sigh. Wow. Sandford holds nothing back in this 13th book in the Lucas Davenport series. He brings back Clara Rinker and we are on for a wild ride. I really had no issues with anything except the ending, I wanted a different one, which probably says more about me than anything else.

In "Mortal Prey" we have Lucas and Weather planning their wedding and expecting their first child together. Lucas is going crazy with plans for their new house coming together and also with him planning on leaving the Minnesota PD to go and work for Rose Marie when she moves over to a new department as well. When the FBI calls up Lucas to ask for his help with Rinker, he decides why not, he still feels like he owes Rinker after she tried to kill him. And Lucas also admires Rinker especially after he is provided background on her life.

Sandford makes this a book about Rinker too. We get even more details about her and what she's been doing since she went on the run. And you actually will wish her well on her quest to take out the mafia after they kill her lover and cause her to miscarry. And you feel a bit sad, because Rinker had dreams of what her life was going to be, and now it's all up in smoke.

We have some old favs from the FBI returning, Mallard and Malone, and those two keep making some mistakes with Lucas coming along to fix. And we have new characters that Lucas meets in St. Louis.

The writing is very good. I cracked up a few times. And I have to say that I loved the women in this book. They definitely end up outsmarting a lot of men. Part of me wishes that Sandford had written a separate series for Rinker. The flow was very good too. I kept being happy when Rinker was getting away with everything.

The ending definitely shows you a big loss to Lucas that I don't even think he was expecting. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
I picked up this book at my library because it was on the shelf - the shelf of audio books and I was looking for a good 'read' on CD. I listen to books during my commute and this looked like a good candidate. I had read a couple of his other books and been underwhelmed but maybe it just needed to be 'read' to me. Lucas Davenport is the star of the many 'Prey' books and in this one he chases his old nemisis - assassin, Clara Rinker. It was a great book to hear. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
There seems to be considerable debate as to whether discussing the identity of the killer in this novel constitutes the spoiling of a previous entry in the series. I’ve come down on the side that it is not--so if you personally have any doubt, please exit now with my 5-Star rating and hearty recommendation because . . .
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. . . I have two reasons for going forward. First of all, both her assumed identity and real name are the focus of the first chapter, so any previously issued blurb, synopsis and/or review would almost certainly contain the same information. Secondly, the author has publicly stated that four of his most popular books with fans are the pair featuring Michael Bekker and the two featuring Clara Rinker, a clear enough statement that neither was killed during their initial appearance. Mortal Prey spotlights the latter foe in her second encounter with Deputy Chief Lucas Davenport.

Which is just as well, as I have no great fondness for Bekker in either of his appearances, and therefore no real insight. Clara Rinker is a completely different matter, and this vital difference allows me to state with confidence what I consider to be the secret of her wide-ranging appeal. We like her. It’s that simple. She is a stone cold killer. She kills without hesitation or remorse. And we still like her. A lot.

In Certain Prey, her debut, Sandford quietly established our affection for Clara by revealing the traumatic and abuse-ridden childhood of her past and juxtaposing it against two major story elements in the present. The first of these was the level-headed, well-adjusted adult she somehow survived to become, in spite of the fact that she's a professional killer. The second contrast was Davenport himself, the supposed good guy, who commits some ethically questionable and fairly ruthless acts in the pursuit of Clara and her accomplice. Even Davenport--when he meets Clara before learning who she is--came away really liking her. (She was aware of who he was, by the way; she was trying to discover how close he was getting.)

Sandford could not, however, use any of this as a springboard in Clara’s return. Recaps bring no emotional impact. He could sprinkle it in later to add texture but Sandford needed a different means to get the readers on Clara’s side immediately. He chose to make her a victim again. Retired, hiding in Mexico, in love and newly pregnant, an assassin’s bullet robs her of everything but her life. Righteous anger takes her to St. Louis seeking revenge for her losses and freedom from her past. The FBI getting word of her general location brings Davenport down from Minneapolis to help in the search. The rematch is set.

The novel is mostly about Clara. We meet friends and acquaintances, rivals and enemies. We also receive more glimpses into her past with Davenport’s visit to her home town. She is inventive in how she eliminates her various targets, sometimes under the nose of the FBI. It forces Davenport to be just as imaginative in his pursuit. And once she realizes he’s on the scene, there is more interaction between the two of them. Over the phone, of course; at her instigation. And more than once. These are interesting conversations and readers are left to wonder just how much of Davenport’s affection and respect is real and how much is an attempt to keep her talking while trying to trace her location. Both characters had been through a lot since their first meeting years ago, and we can never be completely sure of their true feelings, at least not until the conclusion. But that’s the point. It keeps us turning the pages.

Mortal Prey contains more than a few multi-layered reasons to keep turning pages. It stands among the best John Sandford has to offer. And that’s often as good as it gets. ( )
  JohnWCuluris | Dec 8, 2016 |
Things are happening in Davenports life and he doesn't need any more excitement but no one told this to the FBI or the DEA. They've drafted Lucas to help track down his old "friend", hit woman, Clara Riker who is retired and living in Mexico. Clara has had some excitement of her own when her boyfriend, the son of a local druglord, is killed. The father swears revenge but Clara knows that he wasn't the target, she was. Davenport books are always full of fast moving plots and enjoyable characters. This one will not disappoint. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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Lucas Davenport's boss is about to lose her job as chief of police, his fiance is distracted with wedding plans, and his house-remodeling project is at a standstill. So when the FBI and DEA draft the Minneapolis cop to head off hit woman Clara Rinker's bloody murder spree, he's glad to oblige. The lady killer and the killer lady have tangled before in Sandford's Prey series, and their personal history seasons this fast-paced story of mayhem, murder, and revenge.

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