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Certain Prey

By: John Sandford
Narrated by: Eric Conger
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Publisher's Summary

Her name is Clara Rinker, a southern woman, trim, pleasant, attractive, and the best hit woman in the business. She isn't showy; she just goes quietly about her business, collects her money, and goes home.

It's when she's hired for a job in Minnesota that things become complicated for her. A defense attorney wants a rival eliminated, and that's fine. But then a witness survives, the attorney starts acting weird, this big cop Davenport gets on her case, and loose ends begin popping up faster than on an unraveling sweater.

Lucas has no idea of the toll the case is about to take on him. For of all the criminals he has hunted during his life, none has been as efficient or as ferociously intelligent as the one who is about to start hunting him, and none has known so well what his weak spots are...and how to penetrate them.

Hear Lucas Davenport on the case in more of John Sandford's Prey novels.
©1999 John Sandford (P)1999 Putnam Berkley Audio, a member of Penguin Putnam Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Intensely cinematic...slickly compelling.” (The Seattle Times)

“Brilliantly swift...sinks a meat hook under the reader's jaw on page one and never lets up.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Clever plotting, sure pacing...rich in authentic detail.” (Publishers Weekly)

What listeners say about Certain Prey

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Certain Prey

A wonderful addition to the Prey series. This was the first one I "read" and I was hooked! Richard Ferrone's reading is perfect and the story is a real grabber from the first chapter!

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good but...

music and sounds distract from the quality of the narrative and the prose of Standford

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Abridged?

This appears to be an abridged version - Audible offers the same book running over 10 hours, read by Richard Ferrone whereas this version is only about 6 hours. I am returning it to get the "real thing".

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bad music

Story line was good. Did not like the narrator and really disliked the music between chapters.

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Enjoyed, but needs work.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I recommend that the story itself is really interesting.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Being able to hear both sides was really cool.

What three words best describe Eric Conger’s performance?

Articulate, Tone, and Interesting.

Could you see Certain Prey being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Already did.

Any additional comments?

Technical quality needs improvement, and removing the book from the device, and downloading the items from the wishlist sucked.

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Boring narration and annoying music.

The story overall was good but this narrator is hard to listen to. It’s often hard to follow which characters are speaking as the voices he uses are too similar and he’s very monotone. Even worse was the odd music at the end of the chapters. This is a downgrade from previous prey books in my opinion.

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It’s abridged!

Outstanding, except that it was abridged and I didn’t realize it. Introducing Clara Rinker as one of Davenport’s best antagonists. No spoilers here though!

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Nice surprises

I really enjoyed this book in the series, having female as the leads instead of Male. Eric Conger is my favorite narrator he gives a great performance. A++++

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Another winner

This want the typical Prey gore (which I love). Very refreshing for the series...if murder can be be refreshing.

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Every "Prey" a hit!

JS always entertains, this one even more that some others. The police characters seem real (I'm a retired cop). Hard to stop listening once you start.