Certain Prey (Lucas Davenport #10)
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
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
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
Clara Rinker is a hitwoman. Raped after working one evening as a stripper at a...more
My problem wit...more
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
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
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
Lucas Davenport faces his most unusual and most implacable foe, in a harrowing new Prey novel."You know life is good when you have a new Lucas Davenport thriller to escape into", said the Chicago Tribune of Secret Prey, and everyone agreed that it was one of Sandford's very best. "Enthralling . . . Everything works", said USA Today. "Sandford is at the top of his game", praised the Richmond Times-Dispatch.In Certain Prey, Davenport confronts an entirely new kind of adversary. Clara Rinke
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
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
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
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
One aspect of the series I like a good deal is that Davenport and the people he...more