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Certain Prey (Lucas Davenport #10)

4.2  ·  Rating details ·  15,374 Ratings  ·  447 Reviews
The #1 New York Times Bestselling series featuring Lucas Davenport. Of all the criminals that Lucas Davenport has hunted, none has been as frighteningly intelligent as the woman who's hunting him now.
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Berkley Books (first published May 10th 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, and what she wants includes her handsome and married co-worker Hale Allen. So 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. However, the hit man turns out to be a hit woman. Clara Rinker has killed over two dozen people whil
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.

Nov 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  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
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2nd reading - Before reading the most recent Davenport story, I'm running back through and bringing myself up-to-date on the characters.

Carmel Loan is a top notch lawyer in the Minneapolis area. She gets what she wants professionally - and now - personally. She wants a fellow lawyer, but the problem is, he's married to a wealthy lady already. Solution: hire a hitman, or in this case, a hitwoman.

Carmel contacts a drug abuser she's represented before to find the appropriate baddie, and the proble
Maureen DeLuca
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Lucas Davenport! A story that I enjoyed, even though it was a bit far fetched at times. Book number 10 in the series, and going strong - I'm probably the only one who has not yet finished the series- but I started in order and I'm still enjoying it. I know I won't be 'happy' further along , for to me--- well Lucas should be a man who 'plays the field' with a few different love interests. But I'm pretty sure, I'll love the story lines anyway!!

Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Fast and furious. The tenth Lucas Davenport novel from author John Sandford, "Certain Prey", is relentless by it's pursuit of a female hit woman. In probably Lucas Davenport's toughest case ever with the Minneapolis P.D. one wrong move could get himself killed. Davenport's most worthy adversary Clara Rinker fears and hates Davenport equally as this suspense thriller flies along at warp speed. Knockout beautiful defense attorney Carmel Loan is in love with Hale Allen. Allen is a property and real ...more
RJ Koch
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
RachelW (BamaGal)
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
3.5 Stars. This is one of the Lucas Davenport books I missed my first time through the series. I wanted to read it because - a) Lucas was honestly a much more fun character when he was single and a man-slut; and b) two crazy-ass female characters, one a hit-woman, and the other a garden variety psycho killer. What's not to love there in a read? ;-)
Shane Phillips
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's always interesting when your home town is mentioned in a book. While not completely set in my home town of Wichita, KS, Lucas made several stops there and the villain was based there. This was a good story with a surprising ending.
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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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Lucas Davenport (1 - 10 of 28 books)
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  • 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)
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