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Mortal Prey | [John Sandford]

Mortal Prey

Years ago, Lucas Davenport almost died at the hands of Clara Rinker, a pleasant, soft-spoken, low-key Southerner, and the best hitwoman in the business. Now retired and living in Mexico, she nearly dies herself when a sniper kills her boyfriend, the son of a local druglord, and while the boy's father vows vengeance, Rinker knows something he doesn't: The boy wasn't the target, she was, and now she is going to have to disappear to find the killer herself.
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Publisher's Summary

Years ago, Lucas Davenport almost died at the hands of Clara Rinker, a pleasant, soft-spoken, low-key Southerner, and the best hitwoman in the business. Now retired and living in Mexico, she nearly dies herself when a sniper kills her boyfriend, the son of a local druglord, and while the boy's father vows vengeance, Rinker knows something he doesn't: The boy wasn't the target, she was, and now she is going to have to disappear to find the killer herself.

The FBI and DEA draft Davenport to help track her down, and with his fiance deep in wedding preparations, he's really just as happy to go, but he has no idea what he's getting into. For Rinker is as unpredictable as ever, and between her, her old bosses in the St. Louis mob, the Mexican druglord, and the combined, sometimes warring, forces of U.S. law enforcement, this is one case that will get more dangerous as it goes along. And when the crossfire comes, anyone standing in the middle won't stand a chance.

Filled with the rich characterization and exceptional drama that are his hallmarks, Mortal Prey proves that John Sandford just keeps getting better.

Hear Lucas Davenport on the case in more of John Sandford's Prey novels.

©2002 John Sandford; (P)2002 Putnam Berkley Audio, a member of Penguin Putnam, Inc., and Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Sandford's eye for the tell-all character quirk remains finely tuned, as does his deadpan humor, rivaled by few in the crime-drama ranks." (Publishers Weekly)
"With lyrical Southern accents and charm, Eric Conger transports the listener to the Deep South as he dramatizes Sandford's latest suspense-filled thriller." (AudioFile)

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    Michael Mineola, TX, USA 10-16-07
    Michael Mineola, TX, USA 10-16-07
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    "Raves for Mortal Prey"

    John Sandford is at his best. But,all of his books have equal rank--"tops." John excells at bringing the reader into the story and portraying the every-mans (and womans)-ideal-hero in Lucas Davenport. Mortal Prey is a mystery that can be played and replayed. Well worth downloading. I have all of his early books on cassettes and plan to download each to CDs.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Leroy Valle Tinley Park, IL 07-27-06
    Leroy Valle Tinley Park, IL 07-27-06 Member Since 2001
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    "Great Story"

    This book is one of my favorite "Shoot-Em-Up" stories. It held my interest from the start as it kept moving the reader along with no pauses.
    I recommend this book to action listeners.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    K VANCOUVER, WA, United States 05-14-06
    K VANCOUVER, WA, United States 05-14-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Pretty Good!!"

    I hadn't read this author before, but think that I will look for more audiobooks from him in the future. This book was thoroughly entertaining and I would recommend it to fans of the mystery/suspense genre. The customers were fairly well developed, and I actually found myself rooting for the antagonist until I took a step back. All in all a good read!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ronnie Athens, GA, USA 06-03-10
    Ronnie Athens, GA, USA 06-03-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great sequel to Certian Prey"

    Great book to listen to on a long drive. The back story for Mortal Prey is contained in the book Certain Prey. Although you can follow the book without problems, I would read Certain Prey first. Both are good books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan lilburn, GA, United States 01-07-10
    Brendan lilburn, GA, United States 01-07-10 Member Since 2005
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    "First Class Excitement"

    This is Sandford at his absolute best, a terrific sequel (Mortal Prey) to a terrific original (Certain Prey).

    Clara Rinker is a baddie with plenty on her side for the empathy of the reader, and the duel between her and Lucas Davenport is well drawn.

    I was disappointed when the book ended, and have re-read it many times since.

    A brilliant work, such a pity Audible hasn't seen fit to include the original 'Certain Prey' unabridged in its catalogue.



    brendan (atlanta)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Lafayette, CA, United States 06-07-06
    Scott Lafayette, CA, United States 06-07-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Best Prey Book Yet"

    I have listened to quite a few Sandford books and have enjoyed every one of them. This book is my favorite.

    iff you like Detective Thrillers then check out any of John Sandford's Prey series doesn't make a difference which one you start with they are all good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Betty Gulf Breeze, FL, United States 08-13-12
    Betty Gulf Breeze, FL, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent mystery"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes,


    Have you listened to any of Richard Ferroneā€™s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, He does an excellent performance on all the Sanford boooks,


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to most of the Prey books and enjoyed all of them, Needs to omit the political bias from story line,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bill largo, FL, USA 08-21-05
    Bill largo, FL, USA 08-21-05
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    "Good listen"

    This was only my third audio book and I liked it very much.
    I liked it enough to read another of his books to see if it read as well as it sounded. And it did.
    The readers voice was good and the characters developed well I felt. After a short time into the story I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. Perfect action/mystery/thriller to make a car trip fly by.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph janesville, WI, USA 12-04-04
    Joseph janesville, WI, USA 12-04-04
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    "mortal prey"

    I liked this book for its straight forward story, and its roller coaster twists and spins.
    Easy listen.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 12-13-14
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 12-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Always good!"

    Same as always, good solid story, great narration. At this point I'd feel cheated if I had to read one of these and couldn't listen to Richard Ferrone do the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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