Certain Prey (Lucas Davenport, #10)
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Certain Prey (Lucas Davenport #10)

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Attorney Carmel Loan is beautiful, intelligent, ambitious - and used to getting what she wants. When she becomes infatuated with fellow barrister Hale Allen, she isn't going to let a little thing like his being married get in the way. So, through the contacts of an ex-client, she hired professional killer Clara Rinker to get rid of Allen's wife. Smart, attractive Rinker is...more
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Published June 1st 2004 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1999)
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Kemper
Lucas Davenport has always had a way with the ladies, but he’ll need a lot more than charm to deal with Carmel Loan and Clara Rinker.

Carmel is a pit-bull of a criminal defense lawyer who gets what she wants. Since what she wants includes her handsome and married co-worker Hale Allen, Carmel reaches out to a drug dealing client to hook her up with a hit man to kill Hale’s wife so she can step in. In this case, the hit man turns out to be a hit woman. Clara Rinker has killed over two dozen people...more
James Thane
This is probably my favorite book in John Sandford's Prey series, featuring Lucas Davenport of the Minneapolis P.D. and, later, of the Minnesota State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Sandford is famous for creating terrific villains and the main antagonist here, Clara Rinker, is perhaps his best. Actually, Lucas is up against two great antagonists in this story: Rinker, who is a particularly deadly professional hitwoman and Carmel Loan, a man-eating, ass-kicking Minneapolis criminal attorney.

As...more
Werner
Jul 19, 2014 Werner rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of "thrillers" (with reservations because of the language)
Recommended to Werner by: One of my Internet pen pals
Note, April 18, 2014 --I updated this review slightly just now, with more current information.

This tenth novel in Sandford's popular Prey series is my first experience with his work; usually, I prefer to read a series in order, but the friend who recommended this one felt (probably correctly) that it can be read just as well as a stand-alone, or out of order. Series sleuth Lucas Davenport, a Minneapolis homicide detective (who, by the time of this novel, is actually a deputy police chief) isn't...more
Bob Koch
Really liked it. I am slow to hook up to the Prey series by Sandford. Just starting to read again and not sure it's good for me as I tend to read at 1am when I get up to pee and with thrillers it's hard to get back to sleep! I really like the Lucas Davenport character. Trying to remember now all that I have read in this series. Rules of Prey was first.

I've read Silent Prey, Bekker in NYC. Then Winter Prey where he meets Winter. Mind Prey which had the villain John Mail and the victim Andi Manet...more
Travis (Home of Reading)
This book has a different feel then the previous parts of the prey series. In earlier books he was reacting to the criminal’s actions trying to stop them before whatever plan the bad guy came to fruition. In Certain Prey Sandford has reversed the roles with the bad guy being pushed by Davenport and company, reacting to his moves. The feel of the book is definitely different and really helps pump some new life into the series. While I have enjoyed every installment so far I was starting to notice...more
Eric_W
I grabbed this particular book off the leasing shelf on a whim, began it in the station waiting for the train and could not put it down. Apparently, Sandford writes a series of novels that would be difficult to classify as either mysteries or thrillers. They all have the word “prey” in the title, and Lucas Davenport as protagonist. In this latest work, Davenport is a deputy chief of the Minneapolis Police Department.

Clara Rinker is a hitwoman. Raped after working one evening as a stripper at a...more
Girlfoxgirl
I found this book pretty interesting. I was very excited when they introduced the 'villains.' The character of the hitwoman Rinker was very sympathyzable with. I found myself liking her and rooting for her from the get-go. I was excited whenever she or Carmel were in a scene because of their genius plotting, philosophical debates, and heartless indiscriminate killing. Not to mention that epic torture scene with the drill. They were sleek, they were sexy, and they were entertaining.

My problem wit...more
aPriL meows 'n growls TLDR

I think Sandford took a big chance in 'Certain Prey', but he pulls it off, just. It teeters into too-silly pulp territory, and probably some readers would be justified in complaining the book falls over. I gave it a four star rating because I think Sandford works it, but I can also see how one could argue that it failed. There are some plot contrivances that seem improbable, but not impossible. Lucky discoveries happen in police work all of the time, despite the emphasis on legal proofs in the c...more
Christy
As a teenager, Clara Rinker ran away from home and an abusive stepfather. While working as a dancer in a strip club, Clara is raped but plots her vengeance and kills the man who assaulted her. This begins a long career for Clara as a hired killer. Carmel Loan is a successful defense attorney in Minneapolis, a woman who is used to getting what she wants. And she wants Hale Allen, but standing in her way is Allen’s wife. Through a third-party, Carmel hires Clara to kill Allen’s wife, at which poin...more
Ed
#10 in the Lucas Davenport series. Lucas' fling with detective Marcy Sherrill has run its course and he's been spending his time with a six hundred page report on Cultural Diversity; he welcomes a diversion and it comes in the form of a dead lawyer, a shot cop and a female shooter.
Sandford has a knack for portraying females as the 'bad guys'. A good, solid series entry and the introduction of a memorable assassin.

Lucas Davenport series - Two female antagonists steal the show from Davenport. Clar...more
Thom
Great book, and while I love Mark Harmon as Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs on NCIS, casting himself as Detective Lucas Davenport in the small-screen adaptation of this book is a mistake. Although his attitude is right, he's too short, too slight of build, to thinning and gray. In a nutshell, he's not not macho enough, not credible as a tough guy in that Sinatra & Bogart kind of way. He's a physical wimp. Treat Williams would be my first choice, simply based on looks and physical presence....more
Magda
Kinda weird. I wanted to read this because the movie with the actor who plays Gibbs from NCIS will be playing the main investigator. I thought he would be the main character in the book, but he isn't, really.

It was creepy-horrible in terms of the gore, but there wasn't all that much of it. Maybe it was just the sheer delight that one of the co-villains illustrated. The other one was rather likeable in comparison, but then, her character had been fleshed out quite a bit more and was less Cruella...more
Wanda Gibbons
Liked this book as the style is a bit different in that you know who the killer is from the beginning and you get to see the good guys unravel the tale of suspense. From the back of the book---Attorney Carmel Loan is beautiful, intelligent, ambitious - and used to getting what she wants. When she becomes infatuated with fellow barrister Hale Allen, she isn't going to let a little thing like his being married get in the way. So, through the contacts of an ex-client, she hired professional killer...more
Paula Dembeck
Number 10 in the Lucas Davenport series.

In this installment Lucas confronts Clara Rinker a gun for hire and a new type of adversary for a man accustomed to chasing down street criminals. But in this and his last book, Davenport has had rather different targets. Clara has an incredible reputation: she is fast, efficient and works at close range so there are no mistakes.

Carmen Loan is a good looking, efficient and well respected criminal defense lawyer. She has won over half her cases and if you c...more
Kphw13
I read this one first after picking it up in a bunch of books for $5. It got me interested in the Prey series, that is for sure!!
Tim
This well written "Prey" story features a strong hit woman along with good plots. 8 of 10 stars
Tracy Johnson
If you have enjoyed other Lucas Davenport novels, you will enjoy this one.

It is a bit lighter and not quite so hard on one's subconcious. I think this has two of the most interesting or approachable baddies of his novels. Sometimes Sandford's villain's can be almost too creepy to contemplate - you just want to keep them at arm's length. But, these two women are really normal, except that killing people doesn't bother them.

Anyway, I enjoyed the novel and it reads really easy. It doesn't dwell on...more
Jessica Goodman
This book was outside my normal genre. Like with most mysteries of this caliber, some parts were way to predictable, while others were way too far-fetched. This was the first book I read in Sanford's "Lucas Davenport" series. However, the story was unique and I didn't feel like I missed anything by not reading the series in others. Slow in parts and fast paced in the end. I would give this book 3.5 stars because I enjoyed the characters and would like to see more of them. On the other hand, defi...more
David Shaffer
good book one of the best prey books that I have read so far
Jerome Statema
I received a sense of déjà vu when I started reading this book. I was reasonably certain that I hadn't read it before, but it seemed somewhat familiar. It wasn't until I was a few pages in that I realized that this was the "Prey" book which was made into a TV-movie starring Mark Harmon as Lucas Davenport. I'd watched the movie and, though the book started a bit differently, there were enough similarities to set my "spidey-sense" tingling. I'm glad they made the movie, and I hope they turn more b...more
Jay Fromkin
I have a rule of thumb for watching television - no doctors, no lawyers, no cops. It's different with books. I was given a copy of "Certain Prey," and decided to give it a shot. There's a lot to like in this book - the protagonist, Lucas Davenport, is a well-regarded cop. Attractive, but not too attractive; smart, but not too smart; determined, but willing to take time off to go fishing. There's a streak of independence that befits his status as a deputy chief, but he's not a Dirty Harry flouter...more
Dotti Elrick
Clara Rinker.. a very smart, careful, controlled, and deliberate assassin, Until she takes a job from one of Minneapolis' best defense attorneys Carmel Loan. Then both their lives begin to spiral out of control.
Carmel is in love with Hale Allen. In order to have him she has to get rid of his wife. So she goes to a drug dealer she once represented, and through his connections, hires Clara to do the job.
Well as in every aspect of life, there are loose ends that no one saw coming. To keep themselve...more
Diane
The tenth book in this excellent series (21 books as of 2011) is one of the best. Lucas Davenport, the 40-something protagonist, is between girlfriends, but he's upstaged by two females, a legal shark and a hit woman. The villains of this entry are developing a friendship that is both funny and fascinating. The humor is very dry as these two sociopaths go on a killing spree while planning a vacation in Mexico - if they don't wind up killing each other first. Lucas isn't the only one who wants to...more
Lola4
I get the impression that if I had started this series with the original and read them in order, that I would have had even greater appreciation. I really like the well-drawn personality and snappy dialogue of Lucas Davenport, as well as his uncommon intelligence in solving crime. By this point Davenport would probably feel like an old friend instead of an interesting new acquaintance, and that is probably how this book is meant to be read. I definitely have to read more Sanford books. He seems...more
Leslie
This is a fun and fantastic trip into the world of crime. A female hitman (hit person) is hired to kill the rich wife of a handsome lawyer. The victimspersonal wealth makes her handsome but not particularly smart husband suspect number one. He hires the best criminal lawyer in town to represent him, she is a lot closer to the case than he or the police know.

What makes this book so good is that the hitman is a wonderfully developed character, she isn't a psycho or a caricature but rather a savvy...more
Lisa H.
I read a bunch of John Sandford's "Prey" series a number of years ago - I forget which one I started with, but I do know it wasn't the first (Rules of Prey.) In any case, I think I read the first six or so before I got a little bored with the characters and moved on. Picked up and re-read the first couple a few months back and decided to see what had happened with Lucas Davenport and company in the intervening time.

One aspect of the series I like a good deal is that Davenport and the people he...more
Monnie
Much as I love John Sanford's "Prey" series, this one -- the 10th in the series -- just didn't grab me quite like most of the others so far. This one, for the record, also was made into a USA Network made-for-TV movie starring the very hunky Mark Harmon - and also for the record, the movie didn't much grab me either. Like the book, the movie centers on Minneapolis Deputy Chief Lucas Davenport as he tries to first identify, then apprehend, two female killers. Of course, he succeeds, but the real...more
Joe
This book has some of the far-fetched, convenient "coincidences" that in another author's hands, would have failed miserably. But not Sandford's. He works everything into the story so convincingly that instead of a wrap up at the end of the book to explain who done it and how, we get a comfortable and casual conclusion as Sandford coasts to the end of another winner. Of course a winner from Sandford is no longer expected on the onset of a new episode, it is confirmed beforehand. With so many bes...more
Dana
Carmel Loan gets whatever she wants and she wants Hale Allen. A pesky little detail is that he is already married to a wealthy socialite. Carmel is an intelligent, beautiful and driven lawyer. Carmel contacts a former client and arranges for a 'hit'.

Clara Rinker is a petite and attractive Southern bar owner who happens to be the mafia's best professional killer. She comes to do her job and it should be a walk in the park but an innocent policeman comes to be in the wrong place at the wrong time...more
Kayla
While the plot was interesting enough to compel me to continue reading - out of curiosity as to how everything would be resolved, I found myself unable to really connect to or sympathize with any of the characters. There were two that I liked, but none that I loved, so rather than really rooting for the book to play out a certain way - rather than becoming heavily invested in the fates of any of them - I found myself feeling more like an interested, objective, outside observer. Being unable to s...more
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John Sandford was born John Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962. He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966. In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa. He was in th...more
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