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Certain Prey (Lucas Davenport #10)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  11,137 ratings  ·  306 reviews
Now Davenport confronts an entirely new kind of adversary. Her name is Clara Rinker, a Southern woman, trim, pleasant, attractive -- and the best hitwoman in the business. She isn't showy, not one of those movie killers; she just goes quietly about her business, collects her money and goes home.It's when she's hired for a job in Minnesota that things become complicated for ...more
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published May 10th 1999 by Putnam Adult (first published 1999)
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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
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.

Apr 01, 2015 Werner rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of "thrillers" (with reservations because of the language)
Recommended to Werner by: One of my Internet pen pals
Note, April 1, 2015: I updated this review slightly just now, to correct a typo (misspelled word).

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) is
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
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
Lucas Davenport has his hand full with 500+ page report to review and respond to a committee. Then there is business of an intelligent female hitman that has remained undetected through several hits and a female lawyer that is accomplished and cold. Lucas is truly challenged by these circumstances, a well paced story with a satisfying conclusion.
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
Brent Soderstrum
This is book #10 of the Lucas Davenport series from John Sandford.

Have you ever seen a sexy co-worker and thought to yourself "If they weren't married I would be exploring me some of that"? Have you thought to yourself "It would be great if their spouse would die"? Well, keep your answers to yourself. In this book Carmel Loan, a successful criminal lawyer, thought that about a co-worker but she went beyond that and hired a hit woman, Clara Rinker to kill the wife.

Davenport is on this case trying
Apr 18, 2015 Marleen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marleen by: Leuven Library
Reading this 10th Prey book for the first time about 10 years ago left a greater impression than I have re-reading it now. Of course I like the police procedural aspect of the story. There’s nothing like reading the pages where Lucas follows clues and goes on the hunt on nothing but a hunch. And there’s no doubt that the female “hit woman” Clara Rinker is a very enigmatic character and maybe the most normal “bad person” in all of the Prey books, but all things considered, she remains a cold-bloo ...more
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
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
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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
#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
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
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
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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
Narrator: Richard Ferrone

I would have given this 3 stars, or even 2, if not for the last quarter again. Much of the book was taken up by Rinker (Clara) and Carmel. Davenport didn't take up many pages until later in the book. A villain(s)-centric book, for sure.

I watched the movie, with Mark Harmon playing Davenport, before I started on the series as I wasn't sure I'd take to Lucas D after having been on a Harry Bosch glom. The movie was only 90 minutes and I thou
Of the 25 of this author's novels that I have read (in no particular order), this one is by far the best, even though it is an early work. Suspense and mystery are created early in the story, and are maintained right up to the end. Editing errors are almost non-existent. The only minor inconsistency that comes to mind is that former Minneapolis detective Lucas Davenport travels to New York City to act as a consultant to the NYPD, but is able, somehow, to carry a badge and a gun. This is never ex ...more
The tenth Lucas Davenport thriller presented the most fascinating "bad guys" I've yet read from Sandford. I am reading his books all out of order, and I thought the character of Davenport hadn't hit his stride just yet. The pace was as fast and no-nonsense as ever. A couple lines about my hometown of Madison made me laugh. But the best thing about this novel was Rinker and Carmel Loan. Just terrific characters! I would read another novel just about them. And I liked that Davenport's luck played ...more
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!!
This well written "Prey" story features a strong hit woman along with good plots. 8 of 10 stars
My first John Sandford book and I loved it. I loved his main characher, Clara Rinker. So what if she is a killer. She was an amazing woman who took her lemons of life and made her own brand of lemonade. I know we don't normally root for the the criminal, but was she really the criminal? I have since read the next installment, Mortal Prey. Great story telling. I'm almost positive I will not enjoy the others as much because I usually get bored with sameness. May try one of his others...Virgil Flow ...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
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
L.A. Kent
Thought this had a very interesting story line and at least one baddy that we could sympathize / empathise with even to the point of thinking they should escape punishment. Interseting becasue this has great similarities to a key character in our book Rogue Flamingo by L.A. Kentwhich you don't see very often!

This was the last of a batch of 5 Davenports I bought not too long ago - they go too quickly!! Will have to get on to the next 4 or 5 ASAP!
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
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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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Lucas Davenport (1 - 10 of 26 books)
  • Rules of Prey (Lucas Davenport, #1)
  • Shadow Prey (Lucas Davenport, #2)
  • Eyes of Prey (Lucas Davenport, #3)
  • Silent Prey (Lucas Davenport #4)
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  • Night Prey (Lucas Davenport, #6)
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