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Mortal Prey (Lucas Davenport #13)

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Mortal Prey (Lucas Davenport, No. 13)
Paperback, 424 pages
Published April 29th 2003 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published January 1st 2002)
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Lucas Davenport is one busy fellow with an upcoming wedding to his pregnant girlfriend, a new house in the final phases of construction and a lot of political scheming to be done that makes sure that the top positions within the Minneapolis police get filled by people he trusts as he gets ready to leave the department for a position with state law enforcement. Even though Lucas' plate is pretty damn full, when he gets a call from the FBI about Clara Rinker he drops everything else to give chase. ...more
John Culuris
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-shelf, 5-star
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 . . .

. . . 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/
James Thane
The thirteenth entry in John Sandford's Prey series finds the protagonist, Assistant Minneapolis Police Chief Lucas Davenport, with his life in an uproar. His long-time boss, Chief Rose Marie Roux, is about to lose her job as a new mayor takes over. This means that Lucas will be out of a job as well. But Rose Marie is angling for a state job and, if she can pull off the scheme, she promises to take Davenport with her.

On the home front, Lucas's girlfriend, surgeon Weather Karkinnen, is with child
May 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Noir and action-adventure fans (with reservations because of the language)
Murder mysteries typically climax with the apprehension of the murderer, or murderers; but at the conclusion of the 10th Prey series novel, one of the two culprits, Clara Rinker (who's been a professional hired killer ever since she was 16), made a clean getaway. When I finished that book, I was sure that readers hadn't seen the last of her. Sure enough, three years later, this installment picks up her story; and I knew it was a story I couldn't leave hanging.

The Goodreads book description gives
Kathy Davie
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Thirteenth in the Lucas Davenport thriller mystery series and revolving around a cop with a very sharp mind who's more interested in justice than legalities.

My Take
This is a good'un. Rinker is amazing with the different ways she takes her enemies out.

I know this is a serious story with serious mayhem, but it's fun, too. Sandford tosses the humor around, and it relieves the tension and horror of what the bad guys are up to. Lucas finds all sort of useful facts and impresses the heck out of the FB
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
2nd reading - Lucas is enlisted by the FBI to infiltrate the mind of previous antagonist Clara Rinker. Living a new life in Mexico under an assumed name and with child by the son of a former drug cartel boss, she is tracked down by St. Louis associates who want her dead.

After a double tragedy, Clara is back in the states and has her sights set on four criminal bad guys who contributed to the failed assassination attempt. Mallard, Malone and Davenport use the baddies as bait for the larger prize
When the FBI calls wanting his help with a hired killer that he tangled with in a previous book, Lucas drops everything to go to St. Louis and join in on the chase. While I missed the Minneapolis crew, this was a fast paced thriller with a very good plot. Listened to the audio which was read by Richard Ferrone.
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Sometimes illogic rules the human heart.

In Mortal Prey, we meet again a previously introduced fictional criminal who is awesome, but someone who despite her awesomeness should totally die. However, readers may feel conflicted because this serial killer, Clara Rinker, is so smart, professional and honorable with a backstory which is heartbreaking. So, there you are, victory fist-pumping away at the end of another chapter as the horrible killer-for-hire escapes from yet another trap. Giving a ser
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is officially my favorite Prey book! It's a very good thriller, I think all of the Davenport series are pretty good but this one is the best. I thoroghly enjoyed Clara's character as well as the detailed scenery of St. Louis (my hometown). You should read it... go on... go find it...
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Clara Rinker is back ! Clara's put a target squarely on Lucas Davenport's back in author John Sandford's thirteen Davenport thriller, "Mortal Prey". Hit-man (Woman ?) Clara Rinker was first featured in Sandford's tenth Davenport series book, "Certain Prey". Clara never misses and is a master at leaving no evidence to follow in each of her contracts. She is also able to kill in several types of ways. Davenport well knows that if he's ever to come across Clara Rinker it would get ugly and probably ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
There’s an area of Hell reserved for authors who introduce wonderful characters only to kill them. And in this area, there is a small, particularly scalding, pitchfork-poking, and spider infested corner where the authors who not only have a wonderful character killed, but have the dirty deed done by another wonderful character are sentenced to eternal torment. What I’m talking about, folks, is good-guy on good-guy violence.

Which brings me to John Sandford’s novel, Mortal Prey. Sandford typicall
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Each of the books in John Sandford's "Prey" series -- all 21 or so -- can stand alone, in large part because he does a great job with exposition so readers can learn what's happened before as it relates to the current book. That said, I'll continue to suggest reading them in order from the beginning, simply because it gives even more insight into the happenings in the one you're currently reading. In this one, for instance, Minneapolis Deputy Chief Lucas Davenport bumps up against one who got aw ...more
Ellen Keim
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the best I've read
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has killer for hire, Clara, return from book 10. Lucas is contacted by the FBI and goes to St. Louis to help track her down, despite being in the middle of building a new house and planning a wedding to Weather. Clara is a nuanced character, and you'll be rooting for her again, as you were in Certain Prey. One of the best Prey books.
Sheila Myers
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Everything you'd expect from a novel in the prey series. If I could give a higher rating, I'd add a half star because there isn't as much cussing in the dialogue and the sex talk is also kept to a minimum. I know that's a personal preference, but that preference would add to my rating.
Dusti Connelley
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it
This was pretty standard Lucas Davenport.....I only didn't love it because it brought back my favorite "bad guy" Clara Rinker, and I wanted her to have a happy ending.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing! Rinker is definitely my favorite character. I accidentally picked up Certain Prey, which was my very first Prey book and I have been hooked on this series. I started from Rules of Prey and work my way through in order, unless there is a current book out. Certain Prey and Mortal Prey are definitely my favoritSe, with Golden Prey a close third. I think I love these three because I love the villains in these three books.

I was cheering for Rinker, hoping her, not willing her to
Betty Day
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You know it's a good story when you get up at 5 o'clock to turn on the whole-house fan and grab the book to finish the tale . . . bad girl this time . . . along with a raft of bad guys . . . family abuse twisting her development . . . father and brother . . . Lucas doing his usual thing with local ex-cops to gather intel while the FBI (who knows how they really work) does it by the book . . . lots of dead people on both sides . . . always another twist . . .
Jul 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
One of best books of the year, Lucas & Rinker's back !!

Clara Rinker shares almost all the great qualities of many leading ladies we're fond of except one: she's the villain! Rinker is back (from "Certain Prey") and this time is out for total revenge for the single bullet that killed her lover, her unborn baby, and laid her up for a month or two. It doesn't take her long to return from Mexico to St. Louis where she systematically and cleverly, amidst a huge FBI team watching her every moveme
Feb 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
No Fakes, No Fillers, No Phonies, No Foolin'. No gimmicks. No half-cocked inexperienced bounty hunters or flippant wisecracks that exist in books from my other favorite authors. John Sandford brings it down to the gritty earth and rises above the rest. It’s grounding to come back to a John Sandford novel. MAN, I LOVE BOOKS!

I say it every time... John Sandford's style is unpretentious making his writing effortless. He doesn't try to force another action scene, crack another joke to evoke nonchala
Brent Soderstrum
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the 13th book in Sandford's Lucas Davenport series.

I am a big fan of the villain Clara Rinker. We first saw her in Certain Prey. Well she is back and is very angry. Since we last saw her she has moved to Cancun and has a boyfriend who is the son of a Mexican drug lord. She is also pregnant with his child. While cuddling with her hunk, an assassination attempt is made. The more hunk and no more baby. Clara is injured and very mad. As we have learned it isn't good to make Clar
Nov 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marleen by: Leuven Library
In this thirteenth Prey book, Lucas is contacted by the FBI because they finally have more news about the whereabouts of Clara Rinker, the hit woman who came to Minneapolis in Certain Prey (book 10) and left some bodies in her wake. Lucas couldn’t catch her then but he’s never given up.
After being shot together with her fiancé in Cancun, Clara recovers and returns to St. Louis, the town where she used to work for several mafia bosses for a long time. Clara suspects that they put a hit on her whe
Dotti Elrick
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Our favorite assassin has returned. We first meet Clara Rinker in Certain Prey. She barely escapes a shoot out with Lucas and disappears. At the start of Mortal Prey we learn Clara has escaped to Mexico, she has a boring job, a handsome and attentive lover (whose father is a Mexican drug lord), and they are expecting a child. Her life of happy retirement comes crashing down around her with one well placed bullet that kills her lover, her unborn child and seriously wounds Clara.
Upon learning the
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, audio-books
Hit woman Clara Rinker (book #10) is back with a vengeance, methodically doling out revenge on old contacts in St. Louis, MO, for the murder of her Latino boyfriend and unborn baby. The change of venue was good - like the "Murder, She Wrote" TV series, you can have only so many big crimes in one metropolitan area.

And, like a typical Sandford/Davenport book, the criminal is one step ahead of the FBI and Lucas for 2/3 of the book. She knows not to get caught on a phone trace, she slips through su
Deana M
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book!!! Clara Rinker is back and she is out for the kill. Rinker is a woman who fled the US after being identified as a hit woman who killed several people. Clara was in Cancun, Mexico when her lover was shot to death; she too was shot, but recovered. In the shooting, she lost her unborn baby also. Clara heads back to the US to go after four men she thought were responsible for the hit on her, and for the death of her boyfriend and baby. In comes Lucas Davenport. Lucas was on the case in MN ...more
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Thriller lovers
Shelves: 2011
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Now, this was a great book. It started off as a thriller and had elements of mystery thrown in here and there. I loved the character of Rinker, a really strong woman, both physically and mentally. It was fascinating to read through her plans and moves. It was a very well developed character. Then Lucas, as is multiply referred to in the book, is a lucky chap. He keeps on throwing himself in Rinker's path.

The book is about Rinker, a killer, whose fi
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Clara Rinker was a hitman. Lucas Davenport from the Minneapolis police was almost killed by her in the past. Clara retired and went to Cancun to live. She was all set to live an idyllic life with her boyfriend and soon-to-be child when it all goes wrong. Her boyfriend is killed and she miscarried as a result of her injuries. She knows she was the target of the hit and now vows to kill all those responsible.

Clara returns to St. Louis in order to kill the four men she thinks ordered the hit. Thes
Narrator: Richard Ferrone

3.5 stars. I expected more from this. Unlike the other books, there was no murder to solve. It was all about chasing down Clara Rinker and while I liked her character, nasty as it was, I found the chase rather tedious. Still, I would not have wanted to miss this installment because I knew, from Certain Prey (Book 10), that Davenport has an emotional connection with Rinker. I believe, in his heart, Davenport always thinks "there, but for
May 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clara Rinker is a new age Annie Oakley and when someone sends a hitman for her, and accidentally kills her fiancee and unborn child, she's pissed. Hell hath no fury like Rinker scorned. So she leaves Mexico to find the culprit. Davenport must set aside his home obligations (now engaged to Weather) and head to St. Louis to track her down before she lays out anyone in her path from her past. Unfortunately, she remains one step ahead as the FBI wrench their hands together in their failed arrest of ...more
Dec 04, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent Lucas Davenport case with a very smart opponent. Clara Rinker is smart, good looking and knows how to handle a gun...she was a professional hitman (woman?) for the St. Louis mob. She is back because someone from her old employers tried to kill her down in Mexico where she was hiding out. Lucas is called in to help track her down before everyone is knocked off. Lucas and Clara have a history from an earlier book. She respects Lucas and he returns the respect, even while he knows ...more
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John Sanford 3 48 Jul 12, 2013 01:59AM  
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Lucas Davenport (1 - 10 of 28 books)
  • Rules of Prey (Lucas Davenport, #1)
  • Shadow Prey (Lucas Davenport, #2)
  • Eyes of Prey (Lucas Davenport, #3)
  • Silent Prey (Lucas Davenport, #4)
  • Winter Prey (Lucas Davenport, #5)
  • Night Prey (Lucas Davenport, #6)
  • Mind Prey (Lucas Davenport, #7)
  • Sudden Prey (Lucas Davenport, #8)
  • Secret Prey (Lucas Davenport, #9)
  • Certain Prey (Lucas Davenport, #10)
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