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Certain Prey

Book 10, Prey

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Description

When a wealthy socialite is murdered, the brilliant killer sets her sights on the one man who can solve the case--Lucas Davenport.

From Publishers Weekly

May 03, 1999 – For all his brooding, Minneapolis cop Lucas Davenport lacks the charisma of, say, Robert B. Parker's Spenser or James Patterson's Alex Cross. The vast popularity of the Prey novels is probably due, then, not so much to this dependable hero as to Sandford's clever plotting, sure pacing and fully rounded villains--as well as his smart prose. As if acknowledging his series' hero's unflashy demeanor, Sandford, in his 10th Prey book (after Secret Prey), allows two gleefully unrecalcitrant female antagonists to steal the show from Davenport. Clara Rinker's life as a murderer and mob hit woman begins when she is raped at age 16 and beats her assailant dead with a baseball bat. Years later, the other femme fatale, sociopathic Minneapolis defense lawyer Carmel Loan, hires Rinker to kill the wife of property attorney Hale Allen, whom Carmel desires; within days, she has Hale in bed. The storyline spools out as a cat-and-mouse among the women and Davenport, with the villainesses dominating the action, sometimes in tangential scenes. When the junkie who connected Carmel to Rinker blackmails the pair, for instance, Carmel tortures him with an electric drill as Rinker watches. The action doesn't always wash: Davenport tumbles to Carmel's involvement too easily, and Carmel's ferocious response to being framed by Davenport redefines the term "over the top." The play between the two women, who bond like sisters, is as fascinating as the courtship of venomous lizards, and the novel's background hum--comprised of various amatory rustlings, forensic and legal ploys, and maneuvers among cops, FBI agents, mobsters and the killers--is rich in authentic detail. While not the pseudonymous Sandford's best, (he is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp) this is a swift, satisfying entry in a series with long, muscular legs. 300,000 first printing; $300,000 ad/promo; BOMC main selection; author tour. FYI: Mind Prey was adapted into a TV movie, John Sandford's Mind Prey, which aired on ABC in March .

Customer Reviews

Not his finest

The Davenport series are very good ,but this is below average.The story is too contrived,the bad guys do not scare,the solution a bit less convincing.

Certain Prey

I've read all the "Prey" series of books, up to this one. They were all good reading. However, this book was not the same. Lucas pulls some very crazy and super illegal maneuvers to prove his case. Really unbelievable stuff.

Plus, the villain was a little on the unbelievable Sid as well.

I'm going to try one more book, and if it's like this one, that's it.

Freaking awesome!!!!!!

This is by far THE BEST Sanford novel ever!!!!

Other Books in This Series

Easy Prey
11.
Chosen Prey
12.
Mortal Prey
13.
Naked Prey
14.
Hidden Prey
15.
Broken Prey
16.
Phantom Prey
18.
Wicked Prey
19.
Certain Prey
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: May 10, 1999
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 10, Prey
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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